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17 March 1966
Chelmsford, Essex, England, UK
|Occupation||Actor and former ballet dancer|
Jeremy Sheffield (born 17 March 1966) is a British actor and former professional ballet dancer from Chelmsford, England. He is most noted for his roles in Holby City, Murder in Suburbia and Hollyoaks on television, as well as in the films Creep and The Wedding Date.
Life and career
Sheffield was born in Chelmsford, Essex. The second son of Brenda (née Dare) and Barry Sheffield, Sheffield trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Ballet School, graduating into the Royal Ballet, and also dancing with Northern Ballet Theatre. Roles with the Royal Ballet included Aria in The Spirit of Fugue, Paris in Romeo and Juliet, Benno in Swan Lake, He in My Brother, My Sisters, Wilfred in Giselle, Rakitin in A Month in the Country and Mouse King in The Nutcracker.
He appeared as a dancer in Queen's music video for "I Want to Break Free" in 1984, performing in a pastiche of the ballet L'après-midi d'un faune. However, his ballet career ended at the age of 27 due to a broken toe and torn ligament. He had a prominent (non dancing) music video role several years later when he played the male lead in the video for Natalie Imbruglia's debut single "Torn" in 1997.
Since then, Sheffield has been in the BBC medical drama series Holby City where he played Alex Adams from 2000–03, as well as Lancelot in the 1998 television drama Merlin. He had a supporting role in the 2005 film The Wedding Date alongside Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney. Subsequently he made a cameo appearance in the final episode of Green Wing, playing a character that Sue White (played by Michelle Gomez) was dating.
In 2005 he appeared in the British and Irish Renault Clio advert "France vs. Britain" directed by Ridley Scott’s daughter Jordan Scott who also directed the 2007 follow up spot "More Va Va Voom" again starring Sheffield as Ben and French actress Annelise Hesme as Sophie. He regularly featured on the BBC's Holiday programme in which he visited Mexico, Egypt, Sichuan, South Africa and Bermuda. In 2006 travelled to South Africa where eight celebrities competed to become rangers in a South African reserve, for the 2007 series of BBC2's Safari School. In the final, Sheffield came second to singing coach Carrie Grant.
In January 2010, he took part in ITV show Dancing on Ice alongside professional skater Susie Lipanova. He was the third person to be voted off (therefore finishing the contest in 12th place) after losing in the skate-off.
In October 2011, it was announced that Sheffield would be joining Coronation Street and would portray Danny Stratton. Sheffield's Coronation Street stay was only short as he was part of a storyline that saw Becky McDonald (Katherine Kelly) depart.
In October 2012, it was announced that he would be joining the cast of Hollyoaks to portray Patrick Blake, the biological father of twins Sienna Blake (Anna Passey) and Dodger Savage (Danny Mac). Sheffield left the cast in 2015, with Patrick's exit scenes airing in January 2016.
Sheffield is openly gay but has rarely given interviews on the subject as he feels it's irrelevant to his career stating: "I don’t feel anybody should have to wear their sexuality on their sleeve, but 99% of the time people make a projection onto me that I’m straight, and I feel that if I just allow them to run with that projection, then it’s sort of as if I’m lying. It’s a strange position to be in, because I shouldn’t have to say anything, but I often do feel like I have to get it into the conversation. It’s a shame, but that’s how it is".
|2003||The Confidence Trick||Walter|
|2005||The Wedding Date||Jeffrey|
|Last Chance Harvey||Matt|
|The Long Lonely Walk||JD||Short film|
|The Power of Three||Film Star|
|1991||Dark Season||Guard||Episode 1.4|
|1995||The Governor||Dr. Anthony Thomas||6 episodes|
|1998||Merlin||Lancelot||Television miniseries TV film|
|Her Own Rules||Lucas Kent||TV film|
|2000–03||Holby City||Alex Adams||Cast member|
|2002||Linda Green||Stan Peterson||1 episode Blind Date|
|2003||The Afternoon Play||Tom Rourke||1 episode Coming up For Air|
|Grease Monkeys||Mark Miller||1 episode Last Man Standing (BBC TV series)|
|Hearts of Gold||Dr. Andrew John||BBC TV film won BAFTA Cymru Awards for Best Costume and Best Sound|
|2004–05||Murder in Suburbia||DCI Sullivan||Cast member|
|2006||Bombshell||Major Nicholas Welling||Cast member|
|Blue Murder||Paul Cochran||1 episode In Deep|
|Green Wing||Jeremy||1 episode Christmas special|
|2007||New Tricks||Chris Parr||1 episode Fathers's Pride|
|2008||Hotel Babylon||Adam Price||2 episodes|
|2009||Personal Affairs||Dr. Richard Palmer|
|2011–12||Coronation Street||Danny Stratton||Recurring role|
|2012–2016, 2018||Hollyoaks||Patrick Blake||Regular role|
|1984||I Want to Break Free||Dancer||Queen music video|
|1997||Torn||Boyfriend||Natalie Imbruglia music video|
- Royal Opera House performance database search, accessed 10 August 2013.
- "Jeremy Sheffield voted off Dancing On Ice". BBC News. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- Lester, Charley. "Should We Still Use Sexuality as a Social Descriptor?". Retrieved 22 August 2018.