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Geoffrey Palmer



Geoffrey Palmer is a master of deadpan drollery. His hangdog countenance and understated comedic style are two of the main reasons that his TV situation comedies are popular not only in Britain but also in America. Among the best-loved of his sitcoms -- which enjoy a long afterlife in the rerun market -- are The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin and As Time Goes By. In the latter sitcom, Palmer co-stars with one of the U.K.'s most esteemed actresses, Judi Dench. They play old flames reunited after 40 years. Palmer has also performed in other popular TV comedies, including Fawlty Towers, Executive Stress, Fairly Secret Army, Hot Metal, Butterflies, and Whoops Apocalypse. In addition, his finespun wit and waggery has enlivened many a film production, such as Rat, A Fish Called Wanda, and The Madness of King George.

Palmer was born in London on June 4, 1927. After a brief career in business, he discovered his acting talent in amateur theater, then became a stage manager and eventually a full-time performer. Like so many other outstanding British actors, he studied and acted in plays written by the greatest popularizer of situation comedies, William Shakespeare. His role as Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream is well known to fans of BBC Shakespeare productions. However, Palmer has not limited himself to comedies; he has also performed in productions in other genres, such as Mrs. Brown (a drama about Queen Victoria as a widow), Tomorrow Never Dies (a James Bond adventure), and Anna and the King (a historical/costume epic about an Englishwoman's relationship with the King of Siam). Thanks to his resonant voice, Palmer has also obtained work doing TV commercials, selling everything from veal to varooming cars.

In his leisure time, he enjoys foraying into nature with his wife, Sally, who introduced him to trout and salmon fishing. They have two children.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
13% W.E.
  • Stanley Baldwin
2012
No Score Yet Going for Gold
  • Don Burnell
2012
No Score Yet Lost Christmas
  • Dr. Clarence
2011
No Score Yet Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley
  • Actor
2008
72% Flushed Away
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Cathy Come Home
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Pope John Paul II: 1920-2005
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Piccadilly Jim
  • Bayliss
2005
No Score Yet He Knew He Was Right
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Young Visiters
  • Minnit
2003
77% Peter Pan
  • Sir Edward Quiller Couch
2003
No Score Yet As Time Goes By - You Must Remember This
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Rat
  • Doctor
2000
51% Anna and the King
  • Lord John Bradley
2000
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • White King
1998
57% Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Admiral Roebuck
1997
No Score Yet Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown
  • Actor
1997
94% Mrs. Brown
  • Henry Ponsonby
1997
No Score Yet Full Throttle
  • Actor
1995
93% The Madness of King George
  • Warren
1994
No Score Yet Stalag Luft
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Question of Attribution
  • Donleavy
1992
79% A Zed and Two Noughts
  • Fallast
1990
No Score Yet Christabel
  • Mr. Burton
1989
No Score Yet Hawks
  • SAAB Saleman
1988
93% A Fish Called Wanda
  • Judge
1988
No Score Yet Clockwise
  • Headmaster
1986
No Score Yet Inside Rooms: 26 Bathrooms, London & Oxfordshire, 1985
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Beyond the Limit
  • Ambassador
1983
82% O Lucky Man!
  • Doctor/Basil Keyes
1973
No Score Yet Doctor Who - The Silurians
  • Actor
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • The Lord Chief Justice
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Donleavy Sir Marmaduke Vice Adm. Hamling
88% Doctor Who
2006-2016
  • Actor

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