To The Manor Born star Peter Bowles has died of cancer at the age of 85.
Owl is known for his role as Richard DeVere on the BBC sitcom that aired from 1979 to 1981, playing the self-made businessman opposite Dame Penelope Keith, and the pair reprized their roles in a series. 2007 special
A statement to the PA news agency said: “Actor Peter Bowles has sadly passed away at the age of 85 from cancer.
“Starting his career at the Old Vic Theater in 1956, he starred in 45 theatrical productions ending at the age of 81 in The Exorcist at the Phoenix Theater.
“He has worked continuously on stage and screen, becoming a household name on television playing the typical British man in To The Manor Born, Only When I Laugh, The Bounder and Lytton’s Diary thought by himself.
“He left his wife of over 60 years, Sue, and their three children Guy, Adam and Sasha.”
Born in London in 1936, raised in Nottingham and won a prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) scholarship before cutting his teeth on stage with the Old Vic Company.
He’s played the villain in several TV series, including The Avengers and The Saint, but with his mustache in To The Manor Born, co-starring Dame Penelope and commanding 20 million viewers, he’s known. come the most.
His DeVere role comes in his 40s but his other TV credits include shows such as Only When I Laugh, Lytton’s Diary, The Bounder and Perfect Scoundrels, with reports also foreshadowing. Here he turned down a role in The Good Life.
Speaking of his success in sitcoms, he told the PA news agency in 2010: “If you have a big hit on popular television, especially in comedy, people won’t think of you. can perform on stage.
“People thought I was just a sitcom actor and the BBC told me I would never do a TV series again. I didn’t realize there were two worlds. It is new to me. I find that very odd and frustrating.”
Growing up, his parents were servants of the nobility – his father was a servant and chauffeur for one of the Earl of Sandwich’s sons, his mother was a nanny employed by the heir to the Duke of Argyll in Scotland. .
During World War II, his father worked as an engineer at Rolls-Royce, and when Bowles was six, the family moved to one of Nottingham’s poorest working-class counties. Their house has an outside toilet and no bathroom.
“We were in a Coronation Road environment but everyone was super friendly and there were lots of kids. It was amazing,” he said previously.
After appearing in amateur plays in Nottingham, upon winning a Rada scholarship, he lost his Northern accent and was thrown into a talent furnace with peers that included the likes of Alan Bates, Peter O’Toole and Sian Phillips, and he shares a flat with fellow student Albert Finney.
He reunited with Dame Penelope on the regional tour of Sheridan’s The Rivals, directed by Sir Peter Hall, in 2010.
During his career, he has starred in many films including Eyewitness 1970, The Steal 1995, Color Me Kubrick 2005 and The Bank Job in 2008.
He also starred in the BBC Two series Murder in 2016, delving into the psyche of everyone involved in a murder case through testimony delivered straight to each character’s camera.
He recently starred alongside Jenna Coleman in the hit ITV series Victoria, playing the Duke of Wellington.
Bowles is married to actress Susan Bennett and the couple has three children.
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