Roy DOTRICE (1923-2017)

Roy Dotrice
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Roy Dotrice, actor, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Pinewood Studios, while filming a scene for the sci-fi television series, Space 1999.

Roy was born in Guernsey. He served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War and was imprisoned in a German prisoner-of-war camp from 1942 to 1945. It was during this time that he developed a love of acting - taking part in concerts and entertaining inmates to raise morale.

After the war Roy pursued an acting career, learning his craft in repertory theatre which, as well as acting, gave him the opportunity of producing and directing.

He joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford in 1957 and spent the next nine years performing in all of the bard's plays. This period led to him appearing in a variety of roles in film, television and theatre, including Brief Lives, a one-man show performed in London's West End as well as on Broadway, which earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the greatest number of solo performances at 1782.

Roy Dotrice recalls his experience of This Is Your Life in an exclusive interview recorded in November 2013

Photographs of Roy Dotrice This Is Your Life - and Roy at his home in November 2013

programme details...

  • Edition No: 379
  • Subject No: 380
  • Broadcast date: Wed 20 Mar 1974
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 13 Mar 1974 4pm
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 14
  • Edition: 19

on the guest list...

  • Kay Dotrice - wife
  • Michele Dotrice - daughter
  • Karen Dotrice - daughter
  • Yvette Dotrice - daughter
  • Neva Dotrice - mother
  • Peter Dotrice - brother
  • Geoffrey Lowe
  • Right Hon Peter Thomas
  • Peter Butterworth
  • Bill Sykes
  • Danny Danielewcz
  • Roy Thoume
  • Ruth Thoume
  • Richard Johnson
  • Kenneth Griffith
  • Fred Bailey
  • Pick-Up Only -
  • Prentice Hancock
  • Zenia Merton
  • Mike Stevens
  • Lesley Stamps
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Barry Jones
  • Warren Mitchell

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production team...

  • Director: Royston Mayoh
  • Producer: Malcolm Morris
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 14 subjects: Jim Dale > Vic Feather > Hayley Mills > Pete Murray > George Sewell > David Nixon > Robert Dougall > Deryck Guyler > Derek Dougan > William Coles > Jimmy Jewel > John Alderton > Patrick Moore > Sam Kydd > John Dankworth > Gordon Ostlere (Richard Gordon) > Lionel Blair > Sheila Scott > Roy Dotrice > Barry Briggs > Christopher Lee > Beryl Grey > Terry Biddlecombe > Don Revie > Robert Morley > David Hemery > Eamonn Andrews