Where Do I Know That Actor?

I spotted a face I recognized on Saturday night’s Midsomer Murders and even though the actor is by far a household name I thought it worth mentioning for his appearances on some beloved British fare.

The episode in question (part one of “Vixen’s Run”) saw Barnaby on the case after the death of an eccentric aristocrat. One of the guest actors was Leslie Schofield in the role of Amos Brown. If you spotted him from programs that have aired on UNC-TV, you’re most likely a longtime fan of either Doctor Who or EastEnders.

Schofield may be best known to public television viewers as Jeff Healy on EastEnders. Jeff was the father of Alex (the local vicar) and Melanie (one of the many wives of Ian Beale). Jeff’s primary storyline was his brief and failed courtship with Pauline Fowler (he proposed; she declined). Schofield’s EastEnders run was in the late 90s although UNC-TV ran the episodes some years later.

Going back much further, Schofield appeared on the original run of Doctor Who – in two different roles. He first appeared in one episode of the classic 1969 Patrick Troughton serial “The War Games” as Leroy. Eight years later, he played Calib, a member of the Sevateem, in the Tom Baker adventure “The Face Of Evil” (most notable for introducing Leela).

One more role of note for the veteran actor – Leslie Schofield portrayed Tom, the son-in-law of Reggie Perrin, in the third series of the classic Britcom The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin. Schofield replaced Tim Preece, who had played Tom in the first two seasons of the program.

So there you have it. Another minor, yet memorable character actor popping up on Midsomer Murders. “Vixen’s Run” part two airs Saturday at 8 on UNC-TV.

Got a face you can’t place from one of the plethora of programs UNC-TV airs from the UK? Email me at sparkymac@unctv.org and I’ll try to help out.

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