Jeffrey Holland (actor)
Jeffrey Holland in May 2011.
Jeffrey Michael Parkes
17 July 1946
|Spouse(s)||Eleanor Hartopp (m.1971 - ?) (divorced) |
Judy Buxton (2004-present)
Jeffrey Holland (born Jeffrey Michael Parkes, 17 July 1946) is an English actor well known for roles in television sitcoms, playing camp comic Spike Dixon at the Maplin's holiday camp in Hi-de-Hi!, as well as BBC Radio comedy, including Week Ending. He also played a leading role in the sitcom You Rang, M'Lord?.
Early life and career
Born in Walsall, Staffordshire, he was educated at Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall. Holland joined an amateur theatre company, and worked at a wine merchants and in the office of a manufacturing company before training at Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art and becoming a professional actor. His first stage appearance was at the Alexandra Theatre in 1967, in the Henry Cecil Leon play No Fear or Favour. He appeared in an episode of Dixon of Dock Green, Are You Being Served, several episodes of Crossroads and as a soldier in an episode of Dad's Army and It Ain't Half Hot Mum. He broke through to public fame in the role of Spike Dixon, the camp comic at the Maplin's holiday camp in Hi-de-Hi!. He later appeared in Russ Abbot's Madhouse.
David Croft used three main Hi-de-Hi! actors (Paul Shane, Holland, and Su Pollard) in similar roles in a later Croft/Perry sitcom, You Rang, M'Lord? (1988–1993), and again in Oh, Doctor Beeching! (1995–1997), this time co-written with Richard Spendlove.
In 2001, Holland performed in Goon Again, the 50th anniversary celebration of The Goon Show. He took the parts originally played by Peter Sellers, alongside Jon Glover (playing Spike Milligan's roles), Andrew Secombe (playing the son of his dad Harry's character Neddie Seagoon) and Christopher Timothy.
In 2011 he appeared in Coronation Street as Clive Drinkwater.
In 2013, he débuted his short one-man play, ….And this is my friend Mr Laurel, based on the life of Stan Laurel, at the Camden Fringe festival. This was taken on tour of the UK in 2014–2015.  The play was devised by Holland and written by Gail Louw.
Holland is married to the actress Judy Buxton. They married in 2004.
|1974||Dixon of Dock Green||Alan Hunt|
|1976 to 1977||It Ain't Half Hot Mum||Aircraftsman Ormanroyd/ RAF Airman|
|1978||The Mayor of Casterbridge (mini-series)||Carter|
|1978||King Richard the Second||Duke of Surrey|
|1978||As You Like It||William|
|1977 to 1979||Are You Being Served?||The Blazer/ The Afro Pants|
|1979||The Life of Henry the Fift||Nym|
|1980 to 1988||Hi-de-Hi!||Spike Dixon|
|1981 to 1985||Russ Abbot's Saturday Madhouse||Various|
|1985||The Kenny Everett Television Show||Various|
|1986||Spitting Image||Lester Piggott|
|1986||The Les Dennis Laughter Show||Various|
|1988 to 1993||You Rang, M'Lord?||James Twelvetrees|
|1990||The Russ Abbot Show||Various|
|1995 to 1997||Oh, Doctor Beeching!||Cecil Parkin|
|2011||Coronation Street||Clive Drinkwater|
|2012||Run for Your Wife||Dick Holland|
|2015||Art Ache||Steve Phillips|
|2016||The National Union of Space People||Rupert Darling|
- http://www.jeffreyholland.co.uk/Jeffrey_Holland/Mr_Laurel.html Jeffrey Holland/Mr Laurel at jeffreyholland.co.uk: retrieved 3 March 2015
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