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Jeffrey in an episode of Adam Adamant Lives!
18 April 1929|
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
25 December 1999 (aged 70)|
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Yvonne Bonnamy (1955–?) (divorced)|
Jill Jowett (1990–1999) (his death)
Peter Jeffrey (18 April 1929 – 25 December 1999) was an English character actor, starting his performing career on stage, he would later have many roles in television and film.
Jeffrey was born in Bristol, the son of Florence Alice (née Weight) and Arthur Winfred Gilbert Jeffrey. He was educated at Harrow School and Pembroke College, Cambridge, but had no formal training as an actor.
After many years on stage with the Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company, he became a very familiar face to British television viewers. From 25 May 1966 he appeared in Tango, a play by Sławomir Mrożek at the Aldwych Theatre alongside Patience Collier, Mike Pratt, Ursula Mohan and Dudley Sutton under director Trevor Nunn.
Numerous television roles include two guest appearances in Doctor Who: as the Colony Pilot in The Macra Terror (1967) and as Count Grendel in The Androids of Tara (1978). It is reputed he had been offered the role of the lead character in the show by Innes Lloyd in 1966, but turned it down; Patrick Troughton was cast instead.
He played King Philip II of Spain in the BBC serial Elizabeth R (1971) and Oliver Cromwell in By the Sword Divided (1985). He also appeared in Thriller (1974), Porridge (1975), Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1975), Quiller (1975), Rising Damp (1978), Minder (1980), Nanny (1981), Juliet Bravo (1982), Yes Minister (1984), Dennis Potter's Lipstick on Your Collar. In 1988, he played the villainous Sultan in the fantasy epic The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. In (1993), Our Friends in the North (1996), and many other series.
- Never Look Back (1952) – Court reporter (uncredited)
- Becket (1964) – Baron
- The Early Bird (1965) – Fire Chief
- That Riviera Touch (1966) – Mauron
- The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966) – Sergeant
- The Fixer (1968) – Berezhinsky
- If.... (1968) – Headmaster: Staff
- Ring of Bright Water (1969) – Colin Wilcox
- The Best House in London (1969) – Sherlock Holmes (uncredited)
- Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) – Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
- Goodbye Gemini (1970) – Detective Inspector Kingsley
- Countess Dracula (1971) – Captain Balogh – Chief Bailiff
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) – Inspector Trout
- The Horsemen (1971) – Hayatal
- Kidnapped (1973) – Riach
- What Became of Jack and Jill? (1972) – Dr. Graham
- Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) – Inspecter Trout
- O Lucky Man! (1973) – Factory chairman / Prison Governor
- The Odessa File (1974) – David Porath
- Deadly Strangers (1975) – Belle's Uncle
- The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) – General Wadafi
- Midnight Express (1978) – Ahmet
- The Quiz Kid (1979) – Rigby
- Britannia Hospital (1982) – Sir Geoffrey
- Yes Minister - episode "Party Games" (1984) - Eric Jeffries
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) – Sultan
- Hands of a Murderer (1990) – Mycroft Holmes