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29 October 1935
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Lynn Farleigh (m. 1965–70)
Heather Sneddon (m. 1970–77) (divorced)
Ann Smithson (m. 1979)
Michael Jayston (born Michael James) born 29 October 1935 is an English actor.
An early recurring television role was as civil servant Dowling in the final series of boardroom drama The Power Game in 1969.
In 1972 he played Sir Henry Royce alongside Robert Powell in the BBC Drama series 'The Edwardians' episode 'Mr. Rolls and Mr. Royce' then in 1973 took the lead role of Mr Rochester in a BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre opposite Sorcha Cusack.
He made two appearances in the anthology series Thriller in 1974 and in 1975 played Quiller, a spy who never used a gun, in the British TV series of the same name. He appeared as Dornford Yates' gentleman hero Jonathan Mansel in the 1977 BBC adaptation of She Fell Among Thieves. In 1979, he played Peter Guillam opposite Alec Guinness in the series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Jayston played Neville Badger in the 1989 television adaptation of David Nobbs's comedy of manners A Bit of a Do. He portrayed James Bond in a radio adaptation of You Only Live Twice in 1990. In 1991 he appeared as Colonel Mustard in the television series Cluedo and a year later made a guest appearance in the Press Gang episode "UnXpected". Other TV appearances include in EastEnders, Coronation Street, Only Fools and Horses, The Darling Buds of May, Tales of the Unexpected, The Bill and the character of Donald De Souza in Emmerdale. He also appeared in Holby City and Tracy Beaker Returns as Mr Spooner.
In 1986, Jayston played the role of the Valeyard in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. In the serial The Ultimate Foe, the Valeyard is revealed to be a manifestation of the Doctor's dark side. He later reprised the part of the Valeyard in He Jests at Scars..., Trial of the Valeyard, and The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure, audio plays released by Big Finish Productions.
Jayston reads most of John le Carre's novels in audiobook format, providing a link with his role as Peter Guillam in the 1979 TV series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
As an official United Kingdom Record Store Day 2017 release a collaborative double vinyl album with 28 page comic between the underground artist Ruben Vine and Jayston was released. Jayston featured as the narrator on the story based album entitled 'The Life & Times of an Imaginary Rock Star'', the alternative rock album was described by one reviewer as a punk opera.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968) - Demetrius
- Cromwell (1970) - Henry Ireton
- Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) - Nicholas
- Follow Me! (1972) - Charles
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972) - Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson)
- "Mr. Rolls and Mr. Royce", the BBC's 'The Edwardians' series.
- Bequest to the Nation (1973) - Capt. Hardy
- The Homecoming (1973) - Teddy
- Tales That Witness Madness (1973) - Brian (segment 3 "Mel")
- Craze (1974) - Detective Sgt. Wall
- The Internecine Project (1974) - David Baker
- Dominique (1978) - Arnold Craven
- Zulu Dawn (1979) - Col. Crealock
- From a Far Country (1981) - Narrator
- Highlander: The Final Dimension (1994) - Jack Donovan
- Element of Doubt (1996) - Kirk