Peter Vaughan

Character & Episode: James Howarth in Never Trust a Ghost
Born: 4/4/1923, Wem, Shropshire, England (as Peter Ewart Ohm)
Died: 6/12/2016, Mannings Heath, West Sussex, England

Though born in Shropshire, Peter was brought up in Staffordshire where he attended Uttoxeter Grammar School. Soon after leaving he joined the Wolverhampton Repertory Theatre, also gaining experience in other repertory theatres across the country before army service brought a halt to his acting career. During the war he served in the Army and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals, serving in Normandy, Belgium and the Far East. At the end of the war, he was in Singapore and present during the liberation of Changi Prison.

After the war, he resumed acting but purely in theatre. Then in 1952 he married the well-known actress Billie Whitelaw (1932-2014). For a while Peter was in the shadow of the up and coming Billie. He made his screen debut in 1954 in the TV series Stage by Stage, the first of more than two hundred film and television appearances. He rose to become one of Britainís leading character actors.

An early well-known role for Peter was as the Police Chief in the spy drama The Devilís Agent (1962). A further role in the film Smokescreen (1964) gained him wider notice within the industry. He was often cast as villains; in 1965 he starred with Tallulah Bankhead in the Hammer Horror Fanatic and two years later he starred alongside Frank Sinatra in The Outside Man.

Having divorced Billie Whitelaw in 1966, Peter would marry another actress, Lillias Walker Ė the couple would occasionally act together and remained married until Peterís death in 2016. A role that people particularly remember Peter for is his portrayal of Grouty in the BBC situation comedy Porridge (1974) - though he is also well remembered for his more dramatic roles, such as in The Gold Robbers (1969), a series in which he took the lead role. Peter would remain busy and hugely in demand for both television and film,  until shortly before his death and his final role was as Maester Aemon Targaryen in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones between 2011-15.

Peterís stepdaughter Victoria Burton (1955-), an actress most notable for her role in High Road as Jennifer Goudie, is married to comedian and actor Gregor Fisher (1953-). Peter appeared in an episode of Fisher's popular Rab C Nesbitt series in 1994.

Anne de Vigier

Character & Episode: Julia Fenwick in But What a Sweet Little Room
Born: 22/12/1943, Ealing, London, England

An actress who had a brief career, mainly in the Sixties, with almost twenty credited roles to her name, almost all confined to television. Her most notable role was as Imogen in the BBC's epic period drama The Forsyte Saga (1967, based upon John Galsworthy's popular novels). As the series followed the story of a family through a period of change from 1879 to 1926, Anne's character did not feature in the full 26-episode run (she appeared in seven episodes), but she would be considered a regular cast member nonetheless. Other notable appearances included roles in ITC film series The Saint and The Persuaders!.

Section compiled by Darren Senior

Additional research and presentation by Alan Hayes

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