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Roy Holder
Born(1946-06-15)15 June 1946
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, U.K.
Died9 November 2021(2021-11-09) (aged 75)
Surrey, England[1]
Years active1961–2018
SpousePauline Cox

Roy Trevor Holder (15 June 1946 – 9 November 2021) was an English film and television actor who appeared in various programmes including Ace of Wands, Z-Cars, Spearhead, the Doctor Who serial The Caves of Androzani.[2] His first notable appearance on the screen was in the 1961 film Whistle Down the Wind and he then appeared in Franco Zeffirelli's The Taming of the Shrew (1967), and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967).[3]


In 1968 he played Peter in Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet.[4] Appearances in The Virgin Soldiers (1969), Loot (1970), The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970), Psychomania (1973), The Land That Time Forgot (1974), and Trial by Combat (1976) followed, and he worked with Zeffirelli for a third time in the Jesus of Nazareth miniseries in 1977.[5][6] He also played the recurring role of Frank Baker in the BBC TV series Sorry! from 1981 to 1988.[7]

Holder also appeared as Mr Callard in "Precious Bane", as Mickey Lister in Coronation Street, and a photographer in Steptoe and Son.[3][8][9] He played Nick the taxi driver in EastEnders (2000), as well as the part of Mr. Hill in Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Gaffer Tom in Robin Hood (2010).[10][3]

Holder returned to film in 2011 as Fred Goddard in War Horse; and made a return to television in 2018, featuring in Dark Heart.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Holder played in several celebrity golf tournaments throughout the year for The Stage Golfing Society.[12]

In 2016, after they had been together for more than 40 years, Holder married Pauline Cox, a BBC makeup and hair designer whom he had met when they were working on the play Brent Geese in 1975. They had two children, Kate and Thomas.


Holder died from cancer, on 9 November 2021, at the age of 75.[13][14]


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Whistle Down the Wind Jackie
1962 Term of Trial Thompson
1964 Murder Ahoy! Petty Officer Lamb Uncredited
1965 Othello Clown
1967 The Taming of the Shrew Biondello
1967 Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush Arthur
1968 Romeo and Juliet Peter
1969 The Virgin Soldiers Fenwick
1970 The Virgin and the Gypsy Bob
1970 Loot Hal
1973 Psychomania Bertram
1974 The Land That Time Forgot Plesser
1976 Trial by Combat William Renfield
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Enoch TV mini-series
1985 Out of the Darkness Garage man
1989 Mack the Knife Wally the Weeper
1995 Cynthia Payne's House of Cyn Client
2004 Tooth Garbage Man
2005 Pride & Prejudice Mr. Hill
2010 Robin Hood Gaffer Tom
2011 War Horse Fred Goddard


  1. ^ GRO Index: 1984–2021
  2. ^ "Roy Holder". www.aveleyman.com.
  3. ^ a b c "Roy Holder". BFI. Archived from the original on 19 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Romeo and Juliet (1968)". BFI. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Roy Holder | Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  6. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Jesus of Nazareth (1977) Credits". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  7. ^ Sorry! (Cast)
  8. ^ "Roy Holder as Mikey Lister Editorial Stock Photo – Stock Image | Shutterstock". Shutterstock Editorial.
  9. ^ "Steptoe and Son". 4 September 1974. p. 43 – via BBC Genome.
  10. ^ "EastEnders". 28 August 2000. p. 80 – via BBC Genome.
  11. ^ "Dark Heart – S1 – Episode 2". Radio Times.
  12. ^ http://www.thestagegolfingsociety.co.uk/media/stage-trophies.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  13. ^ RIP Roy Holder
  14. ^ "Roy Holder obituary". The Guardian. 5 December 2021. Retrieved 5 December 2021.

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