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James Villiers (1930–1998)

Character actor James Villiers was of an aristocratic background - you could half tell, not only from his sardonic looks and precisely modulated voice, but from the roles he played. More often than not, he was typecast as a snobbish, supercilious upper-class twit, effete weakling or comic second-string villain. A graduate of RADA (Royal Academy of... See full bio »

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Filmography

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 2005 The Kingdom of Shadows (Short)
The Man At The Lake
 1998 The Tichborne Claimant
Uncle Henry
 1997 A Dance to the Music of Time (TV Mini-Series)
Buster Foxe
- The Thirties (1997) ... Buster Foxe
 1996 The Willows in Winter (TV Movie)
Magistrate (voice)
 1996 E=mc2
Dr. James Mallinson
 1995 The Wind in the Willows (TV Movie)
Magistrate (voice)
 1994 Uncovered
Montegrifo
 1994 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Lord Cantlemere
- The Mazarin Stone (1994) ... Lord Cantlemere (as James Villers: in opening credits)
 1992 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Lionel Beckwith
- Out to Lunch (1992) ... Lionel Beckwith
 1991 The Gravy Train Goes East (TV Mini-Series)
Penhurst
- Episode #1.4 (1991) ... Penhurst
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... Penhurst
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Penhurst
- Episode #1.1 (1991) ... Penhurst
 1991 A Perfect Hero (TV Mini-Series)
Air Commodore
- Episode #1.6 (1991) ... Air Commodore
 1991 King Ralph
Prime Minister Jeffrey Hale
 1990 Mountains of the Moon
Lord Oliphant
 1989 Chelworth (TV Mini-Series)
Ronnie Esholt
- A Real House (1989) ... Ronnie Esholt
- Taking Your Profits (1989) ... Ronnie Esholt
- Shopping Around (1989) ... Ronnie Esholt
- A Wonderfully Wrong Thing (1989) ... Ronnie Esholt
- Coming Home (1989) ... Ronnie Esholt
 1989 Scandal
Conservative M.P.
 1988 Blind Justice (TV Mini-Series)
 1988 A Gentleman's Club (TV Series)
Fabian
- The New Boy (1988) ... Fabian
 1988 Room at the Bottom (TV Series)
Director General
- The Hostage (1988) ... Director General
 1988 Hemingway (TV Mini-Series)
Perceval
 1988 Dirty Dozen: The Series (TV Series)
Lord Welbourne
- Heavy Duty (1988) ... Lord Welbourne (as Jimmie Villiers)
 1987 Fortunes of War (TV Mini-Series)
Inchcape
- Romania: June 1940 (1987) ... Inchcape
- Romania: January 1940 (1987) ... Inchcape
- The Balkans: September 1939 (1987) ... Inchcape
 1986 The Good Doctor Bodkin-Adams (TV Movie)
 1986 Call Me Mister (TV Series)
Sir Edward
- Humpty Dumpty (1986) ... Sir Edward
 1985 Honour, Profit & Pleasure (TV Movie)
Addison
 1984 The Irish R.M. (TV Series)
General Portius
- A Horse! A Horse! (1984) ... General Portius
 1983 ABC Mantrap
Tony Walmsley
 1983 Rumpole of the Bailey (TV Series)
Sir Arthur Remnant
- Rumpole and the Golden Thread (1983) ... Sir Arthur Remnant
 1983 All for Love (TV Series)
Mr. Lyng
- Mrs. Silly (1983) ... Mr. Lyng
 1983 Jack of Diamonds (TV Series)
George Billyard
- The Fun of the Fair (1983) ... George Billyard
- Herr of the Dog (1983) ... George Billyard
- Going Dutch (1983) ... George Billyard
- A Drip in the Ocean (1983) ... George Billyard
 1982 The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Movie)
Baron de Batz
 1980-1981 The Other 'Arf (TV Series)
Freddy Apthorpe
- After the Ball (1981) ... Freddy Apthorpe
- The Big 'E' (1981) ... Freddy Apthorpe
- Holding the Baby (1981) ... Freddy Apthorpe
- Moving Away (1981) ... Freddy Apthorpe
- Separate Ways (1980) ... Freddy Apthorpe
 1981 Brendon Chase (TV Series)
Colonel Hensman
- Run to Earth (1981) ... Colonel Hensman
 1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Hilary Martin
- Unity (1981) ... Hilary Martin
 1980 The Marquise (TV Movie)
Esteban (the Duke)
 1980 Dick Turpin (TV Series)
Lord Fordingham
- The Thief-Taker (1980) ... Lord Fordingham
 1979 Saint Jack
Frogget
 1978-1979 Crown Court (TV Series)
Richard Ireland QC
- Boys Will Be Boys: Part 1 (1979) ... Richard Ireland QC
- Meeting Place: Part 1 (1978) ... Richard Ireland QC
 1978 The Famous Five (TV Series)
Johnson
 1978 Two's Company (TV Series)
Peter Boatwright
- The Politicians (1978) ... Peter Boatwright
 1978 Wilde Alliance (TV Series)
Roper
- Flower Power (1978) ... Roper
 1977 Spectre (TV Movie)
Sir Geoffrey Cyon
 1977 Joseph Andrews
Mr. Booby
 1976 Seven Nights in Japan
Finn
 1975 Whodunnit? (TV Series)
John Harley
- Beware, Wet Paint (1975) ... John Harley
 1975 Thriller (TV Series)
Paul
- The Double Kill (1975) ... Paul
 1974 Marty Back Together Again (TV Series)
Various Characters
- Episode #1.4 (1974) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.3 (1974) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.2 (1974) ... Various Characters
- Episode #1.1 (1974) ... Various Characters
 1973 Ghost in the Noonday Sun
Parsley-Freck
 1972 E. Nesbit (TV Movie)
 1972 The Edwardians (TV Mini-Series)
Hubert Bland
- E. Nesbit (1972) ... Hubert Bland
 1972 The Amazing Mr. Blunden
Uncle Bertie
 1972 The Public Eye
Dinner Guest (uncredited)
 1972/I Asylum
George (segment: "Lucy Comes to Stay")
 1972 The Ruling Class
Dinsdale
 1972 Mogul (TV Series)
Lord Hawdcombe
- Whatever Became of the Year 2000? (1972) ... Lord Hawdcombe
 1971 Shirley's World (TV Series)
Morgan
- The Reunion (1971) ... Morgan
 1963-1971 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Billy / Robin Fiske / Blackie
- Father's Help (1971) ... Billy
- The Story-teller (1969)
- The Story-Teller (1969)
- Unscheduled Stop (1968) ... Robin Fiske
- The Living Image (1963) ... Blackie
 1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Philipott
- Married Alive (1970) ... Philipott
 1969 A Nice Girl Like Me
Freddie
 1969 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Oscar
 1969 Counterstrike (TV Series)
Wyatt
- The Lemming Syndrome (1969) ... Wyatt
 1969 Absolute Aggers and Torters (TV Short)
 1968 The Touchables
Twyning
 1968 Otley
Hendrickson
 1967 Half a Sixpence
Hubert
 1967 Man in a Suitcase (TV Series)
Peters
- Dead Man's Shoes (1967) ... Peters
 1965-1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Ian Kilbannock / John Styles / Lord Strange / ...
- The Fantasist (1967) ... John Styles
- The Siege of Manchester (1965) ... Lord Strange
 1967 Stiff Upper Lip (TV Movie)
Antrobus
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Lt. Cmdr. Paul Williams
- A Piece of Resistance (1966) ... Lt. Cmdr. Paul Williams
 1966 The Wrong Box
Sydney Whitcombe Sykes
 1966 The Baron (TV Series)
Harrington
- The Persuaders (1966) ... Harrington
 1966 The Avengers (TV Series)
Simon Trent
- Small Game for Big Hunters (1966) ... Simon Trent
 1965 You Must Be Joking!
Bill Simpson
 1965 The Alphabet Murders
Franklin
 1965 Repulsion
John
 1964 Thursday Theatre (TV Series)
Clive Rodingham
- Write Me a Murder (1964) ... Clive Rodingham
 1964 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Paul
- Solo Performance (1964) ... Paul
 1964 King & Country
Captain Midgley
 1964 The Indian Tales of Rudyard Kipling (TV Series)
Wander
- A Germ Destroyer (1964) ... Wander
 1964 Nothing But the Best
Hugh
 1964 The Saint (TV Series)
Inspector Pryor
- The High Fence (1964) ... Inspector Pryor
 1964 Father Came Too!
Benzil Bulstrode
 1964 The Plane Makers (TV Series)
Harvey 'Smiler' Graves
- The Smiler (1964) ... Harvey 'Smiler' Graves
 1963 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Jeremy Trent
- Nicked at the Bottle (1963) ... Jeremy Trent
 1963 The Model Murder Case
David Dane
 1963 Festival (TV Series)
Willy
- Fallen Angels (1963) ... Willy
 1963 Love Story (TV Series)
Gregory
- Snakes and Ladders (1963) ... Gregory
 1963 These Are the Damned
Captain Gregory
 1963 Hancock (TV Series)
 1962 Eva
Alan McCormick - a screenwriter
 1962 Thirty Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Mathias
- Dare to Be Daniel (1962) ... Mathias
 1962 Operation Snatch
Lt. Keen
 1961 Petticoat Pirates
English Lieutenant
 1961 Bomb in the High Street
Stevens
 1961 Harpers West One (TV Series)
Lucien Harper
- Episode #1.2 (1961) ... Lucien Harper
 1961 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Andrew Thurbank
- A Girl Like Xanthe (1961) ... Andrew Thurbank
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Miller
- The Wrong Side of the Park (1961) ... Miller
 1961 Clue of the New Pin
Tab Holland
 1961 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Tab Holland
- Clue of the New Pin (1961) ... Tab Holland
 1960 The Strange World of Gurney Slade (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1960)
 1960 No Wreath for the General (TV Series)
Peake-Harmon
- Episode #1.3 (1960) ... Peake-Harmon
 1958 Carry on Sergeant
Seventh Recruit
 1958 Ivanhoe (TV Series)
 1954 Late Night Final (Short)
Lab Assistant (uncredited)
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Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)

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Other Works:

He acted in Jack Pulman's play, "The Happy Apple," at the Apollo Theatre in London, England with Paul Rogers, Pauline Collins, and John Normington in the cast. See more »

Alternate Names:

James Villers | Jimmie Villiers

Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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Trivia:

Had a long-standing friendship with fellow actors Peter O'Toole and Peter Bowles. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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