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Martin Jarvis

Martin Jarvis

Martin Jarvis (born August 4, 1941 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England) is an English actor. He has made many recordings of audio books. As a result of this and other work he is often heard on BBC Radio 4, a fact satirised by the radio show Dead Ringers.

Jarvis first became a familiar face on television when he played Jon in the BBC's landmark 1967 adaptation of The Forsyte Saga. Shortly afterwards, he played the lead in a BBC serialisation of Nicholas Nickleby. He was the male lead in the short-lived British sitcom, Rings on their Fingers during the 1970s, but has more often appeared in dramas.

He has made several guest appearances in the BBC science fiction series Doctor Who including the serial Vengeance on Varos (1985), as the beleaguered governor of the planet Varos. He has also appeared in Jubilee, a Doctor Who spin off audio drama by Big Finish Productions.

An associate of RADA, he has also published a book of memoirs titled Acting Strangely.

Jarvis is married to Rosalind Ayres and now has two children. He and his wife run their own radio production company, Jarvis & Ayres Productions. In 2000, he was honouored with an OBE. In 2005, he guest voiced as William, Monroe's father on The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and in August started filming Framed in Oxford.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Martin Jarvis Facts

BirthdayAugust 4, 1941 (82)
BirthplaceCheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Selected Filmography

Mr. Mom
The Sentinel
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Five Savage Men
"Hallelujah!" Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert
Lorna Doone
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