Peter Gilmore Biography – Peter Gilmore Wiki
Peter Gilmore (born John Peter Gilmore) was an English actor. He was best known for his portrayal of Captain James Onedin in the BBC television period drama The Onedin Line (1971–1980), which followed the lives of shipping magnate James Onedin and his family. He also appeared in a number of TV dramas such as Doctor Who, The Persuaders, Ruth Rendell Mysteries, and Heartbeat.
Gilmore was born in the German city of Leipzig. At the age of six, he moved to Nunthorpe, near Middlesbrough, where he was raised by relatives, later attending the Friends’ school in Great Ayton, north Yorkshire. From the age of 14 he worked in a factory, but later studied at Rada. While undertaking national service in 1950 he discovered a talent for singing and after his discharge joined singing groups who performed all over the country.
During the 1950s and 60s he became a stalwart of British stage musicals, appearing in several largely unsuccessful shows, including one called Hooray for Daisy! in which he was the chief human in a drama about a pantomime cow. He even released a single in 1960 as a spin-off from his performance in the musical Follow That Girl, opposite Susan Hampshire. In 1958 he appeared on the pop programme Cool for Cats, where he met the actor Una Stubbs, then one of the Dougie Squires Dancers, who were weekly tasked with interpreting hit songs in movement. The couple were married from 1958 until 1969.
His success at this time in British and US TV commercials led him to be cast in comedies, with 11 appearances in Carry On films, two of which – Carry On Jack (1963) and Carry On Cleo (1964) – gave him early nautical roles.
In 1984 a new generation of viewers saw Gilmore as Brazen, the security chief of a distant human colony called Frontios in Doctor Who’s 21st series. Brazen died heroically while helping the Doctor escape. Gilmore made his last stage appearance in 1987 in Michael Frayn’s Noises Off and his last screen one in the 1996 television movie On Dangerous Ground, according to The guardian.
Peter Gilmore Age
Peter Gilmore was born on 25 August 1931, in Leipzig, Germany. He died on 3 February 2013, in London, England, UK. He was 81.
Peter Gilmore Wife
Peter Gilmore married three times: first to actress Una Stubbs (1958–1969), with whom he adopted a son, Jason Gilmore; to Jan Waters (1970–1976); and to actress, and former Onedin Line colleague, Anne Stallybrass (1987–2013). His first marriage to Stubbs was from 1958 to 1969. He married his second wife, actress Jan Waters, in 1970, but they divorced in 1976. He met Stallybrass while filming the first series of The Onedin Line. They began living together after the collapse of his relationship with Waters and were married in 1987. Stallybrass is best known for her performance as Jane Seymour in the 1970s television series The Six Wives Of Henry VIII.
Peter Gilmore Children
Peter Gilmore’s only child was Jason Gilmore, whom he adopted with actress Una Stubbs during their marriage from 1958 to 1969.
Peter Gilmore Death
Peter Gilmore died at the age of 81 on 3 February 2013 at a hospice in London after a long illness. His agent Primie Carey said: “On behalf of his wife Anne and Peter’s family I would like to thank those who have sent their kind thoughts and condolences and would request their privacy is respected at this sad time.”
His co-star Jessica Benton, who also appeared in other BBC period dramas The Duchess Of Duke Street and Upstairs, Downstairs, said: “The Onedin Line was a very happy, long-running series to be involved in and that was all credit to Peter because he made it so. We all became very close friends over the years and had a lot of fun. Peter was a gentle man and a gentleman and we sorely miss him.”
Peter Gilmore Cause of Death
Peter Gilmore’s cause of death was not revealed.
Peter Gilmore Family
He was survived by his son, Jason Gilmore, from his first marriage, and his third wife, Anne Stallybrass, best known for her performances in the 1970s series The Six Wives of Henry VIII and more recently in Heartbeat.
Peter Gilmore Net Worth
Onedin Line star Peter Gilmore left an estate worth £1,205,847. Gilmore left his entire estate to his third wife, actress Anne Stallybrass.