Tim Pigott-Smith Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Rugby, Warwickshire, England, UK
Died in Northampton, England, UK
Birth NameTimothy Peter Pigott-Smith
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

British classical stage and TV actor Tim Pigott-Smith was a familiar face both here and in his native England. A drama major, he graduated from the University of Bristol in 1967 (where he frequently returned to lecture) and made his professional debut two years later with the Bristol Old Vic. Predominantly a stage player in both regional and repertory, he made his Broadway debut in "Sherlock Holmes" as Dr. Watson in 1974. Over the years, he appeared opposite England's theatre royalty including Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Geraldine James, Margaret Tyzack, and Patrick Stewart. He was invited by an ailing Sir Anthony Quayle to take over the running of the Compass theatre company founded by him in 1984 and Piggot-Smith served as its artistic director from 1989-1992. In addition, he directed several major productions including "Hamlet" and "A Royal Hunt of the Sun." He took several Shakespearean classics to TV, including his Hotspur in "Henry IV, Part I" and Angelo in "Measure for Measure," and delivered impressive performances in such prestigious mini-series productions as "Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years," "Fame Is the Spur" and "The Jewel in the Crown." Lesser known for his body of film work, such movies as Aces High (1976), his film debut, Joseph Andrews (1977), Victory (1981), Clash of the Titans (1981), State of Emergency (1986), Remains of the Day (1993), and Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York (2002) never gave him that necessary breakout role. Tim was a frequent broadcaster who had recorded many audio books and published the anthology, "Out of India." He was long married to actress Pamela Miles and they had one son, Tom, who is a concert solo violinist. He scored critical acclaim in "The Iceman Cometh" (both London and Broadway), and as Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol." Among his final performances, he graced the stage with Ms. Mirren in the 4 1/2 hour production of "Mourning Becomes Electra."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Pamela Miles (1972 - 7 April 2017) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

He frequently played military officers and other authority figures

Trivia (9)

His son, Tom Pigott Smith, is a concert violinist.
Doctor Who: The Claws of Axos: Episode Two (1971) was his television acting debut, for which he was paid 60 pounds.
He acted in both the Doctor Who franchise and the Eon James Bond film series.
In North & South (1975) he played the son, Frederick Hale. In North & South (2004) he played the father, Richard Hale.
He was considered for the roles of Caine, Bukovsky, Dr. Armstong, Kelly and Lamson in Lifeforce (1985).
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2017 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to Drama.
He appeared in two films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Remains of the Day (1993) and Gangs of New York (2002).
Following the death of the actor and theatre manager Anthony Quayle, Piggott-Smith took over the running of the Compass Theatre Company then based at Dean Clough in Halifax.
He died on the same day as Christopher Morahan, who directed him in his most famous television role in The Jewel in the Crown (1984).

Personal Quotes (2)

[on playing villains] I never think of the people that I play as being bad, because I don't think most people, even if they are terrible, think of themselves as being bad. I think that may be part of the trick of it.
I'd pay the licence fee for Radio 4 alone.

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