Trevor Peacock

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Trevor Peacock
Born Trevor Peacock
(1931-05-19) 19 May 1931 (age 85)
Tottenham, England
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Iris Jones (divorced)
Tilly Tremayne (present)
Children Daniel Peacock
Harry Peacock
Parent(s) Victor Peacock
Alexandria Peacock

Trevor Peacock (born 19 May 1931) is an English stage and television character actor and former screenwriter and songwriter. He was born in Tottenham, the son of Alexandria and Victor Edward Peacock.[1]

Television and film career[edit]

His many television roles include Jim Trott in The Vicar of Dibley, Rouault in Madame Bovary (opposite Keith Barron), Quilp in The Old Curiosity Shop and Old Bailey in Neverwhere. He has also appeared in diverse programmes such as EastEnders (playing Sid, a war veteran Alfie Moon met in France), LWT's Wish Me Luck (in which he played resistance leader Renard), Jonathan Creek, Between the Lines and My Family.

He had starring roles in several of the BBC Shakespeare series, including the title role in Titus Andronicus, Feste in Twelfth Night, or What You Will, Lord Talbot in Henry VI, Part 1 and Jack Cade in Henry VI, Part 2. He was the Gravedigger in Franco Zeffirelli's 1990 film version of Hamlet, Old Joe in the 1999 Patrick Stewart version of A Christmas Carol, and the Innkeeper in the 2000 made-for-television film version of Don Quixote, starring John Lithgow and Bob Hoskins.

He played the father of Father Christmas in the 2007 film Fred Claus co-starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti. In July 2009 he also had a bit part in the TV drama Hotel Babylon. He has also appeared as "Captain Zero" in BBC TV series, Last of The Summer Wine. In 2012, he played George in Quartet, a British comedy-drama film based on the play of the same title.

Peacock is also a noted songwriter. He wrote the 1960s pop classic "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter", which was recorded by Herman's Hermits.[2] Other hit songs to his credit include "Mystery Girl" (recorded by Jess Conrad),[3] "Made You" (Adam Faith),[4] "Gossip Calypso" (Bernard Cribbins),[5] "Stick Around" (Billy Fury),[6] "That's What Love Will Do"[7] and "Nature's Time For Love"[8] (both recorded by Joe Brown). He wrote the lyrics for a number of hits by The Vernons Girls. The songs include "Be Nice To Him Mama", "You Know What I Mean", "Funny All Over" and "We Love The Beatles".[9] He wrote the lyrics for the musical show, Passion Flower Hotel (music by John Barry), and for a musical based on the popular newspaper cartoon strip, Andy Capp (music by Alan Price). Before his acting career took off, he compered Drumbeat for the BBC and wrote scripts for Oh Boy! and Six-Five Special.

He starred in the 1991 fantasy BBC radio play Heart of Hark'un. In 2002 he filmed an episode of Dinotopia in Budapest; playing the mysterious sage Lok in "Night of the Wartosa". In 2010, he guest appeared in The Old Guys and I, Claudius.

Theatre career[edit]

Peacock has acted in the theatre throughout his career and has been particularly associated with the Royal Exchange, Manchester.[10][11] In addition to performing in many productions since the theatre opened in 1976, he has also written a number of shows for the company. These include:

Acting credits[edit]

His acting credits include:[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Peacock is the father of actors Daniel Peacock and Harry Peacock. He lives in the village of East Coker, Somerset[12] and is a supporter of Yeovil Town.


  1. ^ "Trevor Peacock Biography (1931-)". 1931-05-19. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Mystery Girl - Jess Conrad : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  4. ^ "Made You - Adam Faith : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  5. ^ "Gossip Calypso - Bernard Cribbins : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Stick Around - Billy Fury : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  7. ^ "That's What Love Will Do - Joe Brown : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  8. ^ "Nature's Time for Love - Joe Brown : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  9. ^ Eder, Bruce (1996-10-29). "Very Best of Vernon Girls - The Vernons Girls : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  10. ^ a b Murray, Braham (2007). The Worst It Can Be Is a Disaster. London: Methuen Drama. ISBN 978-0-7136-8490-2.
  11. ^ a b The Royal Exchange Theatre Company Words & Pictures 1976–1998, 1998, ISBN 0-9512017-1-9
  12. ^ "Villagers hold referendum to beat sprawl". BBC News. 18 September 2003. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 

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