Roy Dotrice

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Roy Dotrice
OBE
Born(1923-05-26) 26 May 1923 (age 90)
Guernsey, Channel Islands
NationalityBritish
OccupationActor
Years active1945–present
Known forBrief Lives
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Spouse(s)Kay Newman (m. 1947; w. 2007)
ChildrenKaren, Michelle and Yvette Dotrice
ParentsLouis Dotrice and Neva Wilton
Awards1 Tony Award
1 Drama Desk Award
1 British Academy Television Award
Website
www.roydotrice.com
 
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Roy Dotrice
OBE
Born(1923-05-26) 26 May 1923 (age 90)
Guernsey, Channel Islands
NationalityBritish
OccupationActor
Years active1945–present
Known forBrief Lives
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Spouse(s)Kay Newman (m. 1947; w. 2007)
ChildrenKaren, Michelle and Yvette Dotrice
ParentsLouis Dotrice and Neva Wilton
Awards1 Tony Award
1 Drama Desk Award
1 British Academy Television Award
Website
www.roydotrice.com

Roy Dotrice, OBE (born 26 May 1923) is a British actor known for his Tony Award-winning Broadway performance in the revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Life and career[edit]

Dotrice was born on Guernsey to Neva (née Wilton) and Louis Dotrice.[1] He served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, and was imprisoned in a German POW camp from 1942 to 1945.

Theatre[edit]

Dotrice played the part of John Aubrey in Brief Lives, a one-man show that saw him on stage for more than two-and-a-half hours (including the interval, during which he would feign sleep). Premiering in 1967 at the Hampstead Theatre in London, the play had two tours on Broadway. In 1968, it moved to the Criterion Theatre in the West End, where it would run for 400 performances before transferring to the Mayfair Theatre.

These runs, combined with extensive international touring, earned Dotrice a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the greatest number of solo performances (1,782). In 1984, he starred opposite Rosemary Harris in a production of Noël Coward's Hay Fever. He appeared in the stage production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Lowry Theatre in Salford from November 2009 to January 2010.

Television[edit]

In the 1970s, Dotrice played the title role in the television mini-series Dickens of London. He also appeared as Albert Haddock in the BBC TV adaptation of A.P. Herbert's Misleading Cases in 1971. He is known to North American audiences as Father in the 1980s American TV series Beauty and the Beast, although his acting career dates back to 1945 in a revue called Back Home, performed by ex-POWs in aid of the Red Cross.

Dotrice is known to Buffyverse fans as Roger Wyndam-Pryce, the overbearing father of the character Wesley Wyndam-Pryce. An earlier science-fiction role was Commissioner Simmonds in two episodes of the 1970s series Space: 1999. He played Father Gary Barrett in Picket Fences from 1992 to 1995. In 1998, Dotrice appeared in three episodes of the series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys as Zeus to Kevin Sorbo's Hercules.

In June 2010, it was announced that Dotrice would be playing the role of Grand Maester Pycelle in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, an adaptation of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books. Dotrice has recorded the audiobooks of all the novels, earning a place in Guinness World Records in 2004 for the highest number of character voices by a single actor for the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones (in which he voices a total of 224 characters).[2][3]

Dotrice later withdrew from the part for medical reasons, after which Julian Glover was cast in his place.[4] Shortly after filming for the second season commenced, it was confirmed that Dotrice would be returning to play Pyromancer Hallyne,[5] who is featured in the instalments "The Ghost of Harrenhal" and "Blackwater".

Radio[edit]

In 1982, BBC Radio 4 broadcast Dotrice's reading of fellow Guernseyman G.B. Edwards' classic novel The Book of Ebenezer Le Page in twenty-eight 15-minute parts on its Woman's Hour segment. The producer subsequently wrote that the serialisation was "without question the most popular serial I have ever done in the 500 or so I have produced in the last 21 years..." [6]

He subsequently performed "The Islander", a stage version of The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, to critical success at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln. In 2012, AudioGo produced a complete and unabridged recording of Ebenezer Le Page.[7][citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Voice acting[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Dotrice was married to Kay Newman from 1947 until her death in 2007. They had three daughters—Michelle, Yvette and Karen—all of whom acted at various points in their lives. He was the father-in-law of actor Edward Woodward, the deceased husband of Michelle.

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.

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