Jeffrey Holland (actor)

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Jeffrey Holland
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Jeffrey Holland in May 2011.
Jeffrey Michael Parkes

(1946-07-17) 17 July 1946 (age 74)
Years active1963–present
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[edit]

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 2012 he was cast in the film version of Ray Cooney's farce Run for Your Wife as Dick Holland. The film was met with overwhelming negative reviews from both the critics and audiences.

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. [1] The play was devised by Holland and written by Gail Louw.

Personal life[edit]

Holland is married to the actress Judy Buxton. They married in 2004.

Television roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1964 Crossroads Mike Hawkins
1974 Dixon of Dock Green Alan Hunt
1976 to 1977 It Ain't Half Hot Mum Aircraftsman Ormanroyd/ RAF Airman
1977 Dad's Army Soldier
1977 Secret Army Michel
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


  1. ^ Jeffrey Holland/Mr Laurel at retrieved 3 March 2015

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