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Date of Birth 12 September 1927Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK
Birth NameFrederick Charles Jones
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The British character actor Freddie Jones came to the acting profession after 10 years of working as a laboratory assistant and acting in amateur theater on the side. To kick off his mid-life career change, Jones attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Kent, England, on a scholarship. He then worked in repertory theater, later joining up with the Royal Shakespeare Company and gaining recognition as an actor of exceptional cleverness, intelligence and perception. His theatrical film debut came in 1967 in Peter Brook's critically acclaimed, Marat/Sade (1967). Two years later, Jones made his mark on the acting world playing "Claudius" in the six-part television miniseries, The Caesars (1968). Based on this performance, he was named "The World's Best Television Actor of the Year" at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival in 1969. Also, around this time, Jones gave one of his most touching film performances, that of the "monster" in Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), in which he displayed pathos reminiscent of Boris Karloff's monster. Critical acclaim led Jones to more prominent roles in television, e.g., The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1976), Children of the Stones (1977), and Pennies from Heaven (1978), as well as in film, e.g., The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), Antony and Cleopatra (1972), All Creatures Great and Small (1975) and Zulu Dawn (1979). Jones achieved international recognition as a film actor after appearing in such Hollywood films as Clint Eastwood's Firefox (1982) and David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984) and Wild at Heart (1990). Arguably one of his most endearing roles was the frequently drunk reporter "Orlando" in Federico Fellini's And the Ship Sails On (1983). His theatrical acting has been especially well-suited for literary drama, e.g., Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), Silas Marner (1985), Screen One: Adam Bede (1992), David Copperfield (2000) and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). Jones' eccentric, twitchy portrayals, often bordering on caricature, although sometimes criticized, have nevertheless ensured his international recognition and popularity as a character actor.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lyn Hammond

Spouse (1)

Jennie Heslewood (1965 - present)

Trivia (12)

Children's names: Toby Jones (actor), Rupert Jones (director), and Casper Jones (actor).
An Associate Member of RADA.
Trained at Rose Bruford Drama School Sidcup, Kent. Other there include actors Gary Oldman, Ray Fearon, Tom Baker, and Stephen Armourae.
Opened the New Victoria Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme, near Stoke-on-Trent where he was born.
He and Dudley Sutton are the only actors to appear in both the ITV cult classic series My Partner the Ghost (1969) and its BBC remake Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000).
Considred for roles of Dr.Fallanda, Dr.Armstrong. Dr.Bukovsky and Sir Percy in Lifeforce (1985).
Among the actors thought suitable for the role of Solon in Doctor Who: Brain of Morbius. Phillip Madoc was cast instead.
Played Fortunato in the 1995 version of The Cask Of Amontillado. His son, actor Toby Jones, played the antagonist role of Montresor in the 2014 production.
Considered for the cameo role of Peter Walmsley in Doctor Who:Battlefield.
He was well into his thirties before he became a professional actor.
Before becoming an actor, he worked in a ceramics factory as a laboratory assistant. He has often told interviewers that this job came close to making him clinically insane.
Considred for the major guest roles of Dastari and Shockeye in The Two Doctors.

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