Bernard John Holley (9 August 1940 – 22 November 2021) was a British actor whose career spanned more than 50 years.
|Died||22 November 2021(aged 81)|
Life and careerEdit
Holley first rose to prominence in the long-running UK police drama series Z-Cars as PC Newcombe, a character he played for four years. He is also well known for his appearances in Doctor Who, first as Peter Haydon in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, and later as the Axon Man in The Claws of Axos (1971), starring Jon Pertwee. Holley reprised his role as Axos in a new Doctor Who audio drama, The Feast of Axos, opposite Colin Baker, which was released on CD in February 2011.
Other regular roles included Detective Inspector Mike Turnbull in The Gentle Touch (1982–84), a character he also played in the follow-up series C.A.T.S. Eyes in 1985. He later played Richard in two seasons of Birds of a Feather in 1998. He also appeared as the Chief Constable in the popular drama series A Touch of Frost, in 1999 and returned to play the role in 2003. His later television appearances included roles in Hollyoaks, EastEnders, Doctors and Holby City.
Holley also worked consistently on the stage in theatres across the UK, including Farnham, Brighton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Derby and Norwich. One of his last stage roles was in Allan Monkhouse's Mary Broome at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in 2011.
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