Maurice Roëves

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Maurice Roëves
Born(1937-03-19)19 March 1937
Died14 July 2020(2020-07-14) (aged 83)
Alma materGlasgow College of Dramatic Art
Years active1966–2020
    Jan Wilson
    (m. 1965, divorced)
    Vanessa Rawlings-Jackson
    (m. 2001)

John Maurice Roëves (/ˈr.vz/; 19 March 1937 – 14 July 2020[1]) was a British film and television actor, born in Sunderland, and raised in Glasgow.[2][3]


His first notable roles were in films, and he played the leading role of Stephen Dedalus in the first film adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses in 1967, followed by Oh! What a Lovely War. His first television role was in the series "Out of the Unknown" playing a schoolmaster in the episode "Taste of Evil" 1971. A short thriller series called The Scobie Man followed in 1972.[citation needed] He then went on to appear in The Sweeney (1975), Danger UXB (1979), The Nightmare Man (1981), the 1984 Doctor Who serial The Caves of Androzani, Days of Our Lives (1986), North and South (1985), Tutti Frutti (1987), Rab C. Nesbitt (1990), The New Statesman (1990), Spender (1991), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993), the BBC adaptation of Vanity Fair (1998), EastEnders (2003), A Touch of Frost (2003) and Skins (2008).[4] He played Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield in the 1996 television film Hillsborough.[4]

In 2006, he appeared in the BBC docudrama Surviving Disasters, portraying Sir Matt Busby in the story of the Munich air disaster.[4] He starred as Robert Henderson in BBC Scotland's drama River City. He appeared as a retired police superintendent in episode 3, "Sorrow's Child" on Southcliffe. His film roles included Ulysses, Oh! What a Lovely War, A Day at the Beach, The Eagle Has Landed, Hidden Agenda, a major role as Colonel Munro in a version of The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Judge Dredd (1995), The Acid House and Beautiful Creatures.[4] In 2003, he appeared in May Miles Thomas's film Solid Air.[4]

Last years and death[edit]

In 2014, he stated that he had moved to Nottinghamshire with his wife, Vanessa Rawlings-Jackson, and they spent part of the year at a condo in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

On 15 July 2020, it was announced that Roëves had died at the age of 83, after a period of ill health.[5]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Guardian - Obituary
  2. ^ "Slow down? God forbid, says star Maurice Roeves, 77". Evening Times.
  3. ^ "Veteran actor Maurice Roeves back at Fringe with lowdown on the Lawrences". Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Maurice Roëves". BFI. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Scots actor Maurice Roeves dies aged 83". BBC News. 15 July 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.

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