Peter Halliday obituary

The actor Peter Halliday, who has died aged 87, was best known for playing the scientist John Fleming in the BBC's cult sci-fi series A for Andromeda (1961), co-starring Julie Christie, and its sequel, The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962), with Susan Hampshire. He also portrayed a number of characters in Doctor Who in the 1960s and 70s, including Packer in the serial The Invasion.

Peter was born near Llangollen, north-east Wales. When he was five, his family moved to Welshpool in Powys. He attended Oswestry school in Shropshire and, aged 18, was called up by the army. He spent three and a half years in Iraq, Palestine and Egypt. He auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and, much to his surprise, was accepted; he started his studies upon leaving the army.

He enjoyed his time at Rada and became friends with Patricia Hitchcock, the daughter of Alfred Hitchcock. He taught her about cricket
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