Michael Jayston

Michael Jayston

Highest Rated: 100% The Homecoming (1973)

Lowest Rated: 5% Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994)

Birthday: Oct 29, 1935

Birthplace: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK

Michael Jayston came to acting relatively late in life, making his British theater debut at 27. Prior to this, he worked as an accountant for England's National Coal Board, but quit in order to enter London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His first major role was in the lighthearted comedy "The Amorous Prawn," but his specialty was Shakespeare. He had the title role in the 1970 British television mini series version of "Macbeth," and was Gratiano (opposite Laurence Olivier as Shylock) in the 1973 television movie version of "The Merchant of Venice." With these performances, Jayston established himself as a strong character actor. And though he had some notable film roles, such as his starring role in the elaborate romantic drama "Nicholas and Alexandra" and a smaller role, alongside Alec Guinness, in the fifteenth century royal drama "Cromwell," television became Jayston's primary medium in the 1970s. He played Rochester in the 1973 BBC version of "Jane Eyre," and had a part, once again supporting Alec Guinness, in the 1979 adaptation of the popular British spy novel "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." Jayston continued to work steadily in television and theater through the 1980s, perhaps most notably as The Valeyard on the classic science fiction series "Doctor Who." But Jayston also established himself as a popular voiceover artist, finding success with radio dramas and commercial work.

Highest rated movies

The Homecoming
Nicholas and Alexandra
Zulu Dawn
Highlander III: The Sorcerer




No Score Yet No Score Yet Sam Spiegel: Conquering Hollywood Self - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Albert's Memorial Albert (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 36% 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Admiral John E. Sellings (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Element of Doubt Kirk (Character) - 1996
5% 28% Highlander III: The Sorcerer Jack Donovan (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Somewhere to Run Unknown (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Guilty Thing Surprised Quentin Nightingale (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet She Fell Among Thieves Mansel (Character) - 1980
50% 61% Zulu Dawn Col. Crealock (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dominique Arnold Craven (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quiller: Price of Violence Quiller (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quiller: Night of the Father Quiller (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss, Kiss, Kill, Kill Mark Walker (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 44% The Internecine Project David Baker (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 10% Craze Det. Sgt. Wall (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ring Once for Death Roger Masters (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 30% Tales That Witness Madness Brian (Character) - 1973
100% 81% The Homecoming Teddy (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nelson Affair Capt. Hardy (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death in Small Doses Roger Masters (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 57% The Public Eye Charles (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 51% Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll (Character) - 1972
67% 78% Nicholas and Alexandra Nicholas (Character) - 1971
43% 69% Cromwell Henry Ireton (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 53% A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius (Character) - 1968


No Score Yet 88% Only Fools and Horses Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 73% Heartbeat Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
68% 79% Doctor Who Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected G.B. Shaw (Character) 1984
100% 100% Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Peter Guillam (Character) 1979