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18 April 1929|
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, UK
|Died||25 December 1999
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK
|Cause of death||Prostate cancer|
|Spouse(s)||Yvonne Bonnamy (1955-?) (divorced)
Jill Jowett (1990-1999) (his death)
Peter Jeffrey (18 April 1929 – 25 December 1999) was an English actor with many roles in television and film.
Jeffrey was born in Bristol, Gloucestershire, 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), Yes Minister (1984), Dennis Potter's Lipstick on Your Collar (1993), Our Friends in the North (1996), and many other series.
- Becket (1964)
- The Early Bird (1965)
- That Riviera Touch (1966)
- The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966)
- The Fixer (1968)
- If.... (1968)
- Ring of Bright Water (1969)
- Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
- Goodbye Gemini (1970)
- Countess Dracula (1971)
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
- The Horsemen (1971)
- Kidnapped (1971)
- What Became of Jack and Jill? (1972)
- Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
- O Lucky Man! (1973)
- Deadly Strangers (1974)
- The Odessa File (1974)
- The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
- Midnight Express (1978)
- Britannia Hospital (1982)
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
- Hands of a Murderer (1990)