Geoffrey Palmer

Geoffrey Palmer

  • Highest Rated: 94% A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
  • Lowest Rated: 12% W.E. (2012)
  • Birthday: Jun 4, 1927
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

12% W.E. Stanley Baldwin $0.6M 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
73% Flushed Away Actor $64.5M 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
76% Peter Pan Sir Edward Quiller Couch $48.5M 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
92% 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
94% A Fish Called Wanda Judge 1988
80% Clockwise Headmaster 1986
No Score Yet Inside Rooms: 26 Bathrooms, London & Oxfordshire, 1985 Actor 1985
No Score Yet Beyond the Limit Ambassador 1983
78% O Lucky Man! Doctor/Basil Keyes 1973

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Inspector Morse
1987-2000
  • 2017
No Score Yet As Time Goes By
1992-2002
Lionel Hardcastle
  • 2017
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 1993
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
The Lord Chief Justice
  • 2013
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Donleavy Sir Marmaduke Vice Adm. Hamling
  • 2011
  • 2005
94% Doctor Who
2006-2018
  • 2008
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Dr. Lorimer Copley-Barnes Lorimer
  • 1991
  • 1985
68% Doctor Who
1963-1989
Administrator Edward Masters
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
1969
Martin Smythe Dr. Terence Paul Manning
  • 1962
100% Blackadder Goes Forth
1989
Field Marshal Haig
No Score Yet Butterflies
1983
Ben
75% The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin
1979
Jimmy

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