As Greeves in Dr Who


I trained at the Webber Douglas School of Music and Dramatic Art, now sadly gone, in the early sixties and from there into weekly repertory in Chesterfield.

I’ve played at many provincial theatres including Leicester Haymarket, Birmingham Rep, Belgrade Coventry, Liverpool Playhouse, Edinburgh Lyceum, Derby Playhouse, Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, Edinburgh Traverse, Oxford Playhouse, Chester Gateway, Watermill Theatre Newbury and Windsor Theatre Royal.

My most prominent roles include King Henry in A Man For All Seasons, Dick Follywhit in She’d Rather Kiss Than Spin, Clive in See How They Run, Sparkish in The Country Wife, Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons, Owen in Clouds, Robert in Betrayal, Torvald in A Doll’s House, Elyot in Private Lives, Julian in The Flip Side, William Collyer in The Deep Blue Sea, The Brother in Storm.
I was with the Royal Shakespeare Company for two seasons playing small parts and working with, among others, Peggy Ashcroft, Hugh Griffiths, David Warner, Ian Holm, Paul Schofield, Donald Sinden, Roy Dotrice, John Schlesinger, Janet Suzman and Peter Hall. I learned a tremendous amount from watching them rehearse, perform and direct. I’m planning a short Shakespeare film, taking a few liberties, of which I hope the above mentioned would approve.

I appeared with Peter Ustinov in his production of his own play, The Unknown Soldier & His Wife which opened the  New London Theatre.

The Flip Side - 1973

The Flip Side – 1973

TV roles include PC Tanner in 28 episodes of Softly Softly , Flight-lieutenant Grant in Get Some In, Bernard Samothrace in Clochemerle, Tor Anderson in Winston Churchill – The Wilderness Years, Rothermere in Goldeneye, Alan Campbell-Johnson in Mountbatten – The Last Viceroy, Chris in Firm Friends, Inspector Charteris in The Interrogation of John, Cookie in Heat of The Sun, Judge Hartington in Have Your Cake, Fredo in Space Precinct, Dr. Kent in The Bill, Mr. Arnold in Grange Hill, Jack Adams in Man on the Screen, Andrew in All Creatures Great and Small, Nikitin in Anna Karenina. And prominent roles in Brass, The Sinking of HMS Victoria, Reith, The Canterbury Tales, The Expert, Blake’s Seven, Secret Army,

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Never Say Die, Bread, Last Love,Video Stars, Blue Money, Bomber Harris, Alexander Fleming, The Chief, Bergerac, Mr. Palfrey of Westminster,  Strong Poison, Shine On Harvey Moon, William Tell, Holby City, Egypt, Lilies and Doctor Who.

My film appearances include Sergeant Pilot Angus in The Battle of Britain, Mr. Bulhead in When The Whales Came, Boffin in Wilt, Arthur Poppy in White Mischief, Cambridge coach in True Blue, Bill in Five Seconds to Spare.

I have narrated some 700 programmes for the History Channel, The National Geographic Channel and Channel Four.

Living near the coast in East Anglia gives me a life of sailing, gardening and dog-walking.

A series of short films based on a book written by my grandfather, Lawrence Beesley, who was a survivor of the Titanic disaster are now on You Tube and there is a link to them on my Titanic page.