Norman Eshley

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Norman Eshley
Born (1945-05-30) 30 May 1945 (age 71)
Bristol, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1968-present
Spouse(s) Millicent Martin (1969-1973; divorced)
Lynette Braid (1980-1981; divorced)
Rachel Spiers (2015-present)

Norman Eshley (born 30 May 1945) is an English actor best known for his television roles.

Biography[edit]

Eshley attended Bristol Grammar School and worked in a bank, before training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He played many Shakespearean roles on stage. His first screen role was in the 1968 film The Immortal Story, directed by Orson Welles. He played a lead character, Steve, in Blind Terror (1971) and appeared in the Pete Walker horror film House of Mortal Sin in 1975.[1]

He is possibly best known for his role in the sitcom George and Mildred (1976–79) as the snobbish, right-wing real estate agent Jeffrey Fourmile, the foil to George. He had previously played characters in its direct predecessor, Man About the House (1976), as Robin Tripp's brother Norman who married Chrissy, but in an earlier episode in 1974 he had played a sleazy married executive named Ian Cross who tried to seduce Chrissy.[1] Other TV credits include: Department S (1969), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1970), Thriller ("The Colour of Blood"/US title: "The Carnation Killer", 1973) as an escaped serial killer, Warship (1973–74), The Onedin Line (1974), The Duchess of Duke Street, I, Claudius, The Sweeney (all 1976), Secret Army (1977), Return of the Saint (1978), The Professionals (1980), Minder (1985), Brookside (1986), Taggart (1990), Cadfael (1994), One Foot in the Grave (1997), Dangerfield (1998), Murder Most Horrid (1999), and The Bill (1999-2000). In 1988 he appeared in a public information film about road safety called "Accident in Park Road". His character is seen driving a Ford Escort before running over a child who dashes out between cars in front of him. He is questioned by Graham Cole who plays a policeman, a role he played as PC Tony Stamp in The Bill.[1]

Along with Douglas Fielding, he provided the narration for the Blind Guardian album Nightfall In Middle Earth.[2] He had roles in the BBC TV series New Tricks (2007) and A Christmas Campaign (short, 2011).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Eshley was married to actress Millicent Martin and Lynette Braid, both of which unions ended in divorced.[3][4]

In 1993 he was a passenger in a car which was involved in a crash in the Dordogne in France. He sustained multiple injuries, including head trauma. He has been able to appear in a few episodes of TV programs since then.

In 2015, Norman married Rachel Spiers at a ceremony in Bristol, attended by close friends and family. [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Norman Eshley at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Discography - Nightfall in Middle-Earth". Blind Guardian Website. Archived from the original on 10 April 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Millicent Martin Biography (1934-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Norman Eshley". Celebrity Height. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Slade, Paul (23 October 2011). "What's an actor worth?". Independent. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 

Selected television roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1973 Warship Lieutenant Bob Last
1974 Man About the House Ian Cross
1976 Man About the House Norman Tripp
1976 The Duchess of Duke Street Wilson
1976 I, Claudius (TV series) Marcus Vinicius
1976 to 1980 George and Mildred Jeffrey Fourmile
1997 One Foot in the Grave Inspector Rickles
1999 Goodnight Sweetheart Priestley

Selected filmography[edit]

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