Roger Brierley

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Roger Brierley
Roger Brierley.jpg
Brierley in Casualty (1987)
Born David Roger Brierley
(1935-06-02)2 June 1935
Stockport, Cheshire, England
Died 23 September 2005(2005-09-23) (aged 70)
Westminster, London, England
Partner(s) Gillian McCutcheon (?–1996)
Joan Jones (2001–2005) (his death)
Children 1

David Roger Brierley (2 June 1935 – 23 September 2005) was an English actor.

Though never a major star, Brierley appeared in many television productions over a forty-year period. He twice appeared in Doctor Who, as Trevor in The Daleks' Master Plan (1965) and as the voice of Drathro in The Mysterious Planet (1986). Brierley appeared in the biopic Jinnah based on the life of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in the Granada television series Jeeves and Wooster as Sir Roderick Glossop, and as Michael Palin's Latin teacher in an episode of Ripping Yarns called Roger of the Raj, which first shown on BBC television in 1979. He played the part of Osborne in the 1977 episode "Suddenly At Home" in the TV series Rising Damp. He was also in an Only Fools and Horses episode (1982). Later work included portraying John Biffen in the TV dramatisation of The Alan Clark Diaries (2004). He also played the hotel manager in "Mr. Bean in Room 426" and appeared in A Fish Called Wanda as Archie Leach’s secretary Davidson.

Brierley worked on several occasions with Victoria Wood such as in her play Nearly a Happy Ending, in the early series Wood and Walters and her mid-1990s TV film Pat and Margaret. In a nod to her previous work with Brierley, Wood named a character after him in her 2006 film Housewife, 49.

Brierley was also passionate about Manchester United, and was a founding member of Shareholders United Against Murdoch.

He died of a heart attack on 23 September 2005.

Selected filmography

External links

  • Roger Brierley on IMDb
  • Red Issue
  • MUST, the independent Manchester United supporters trust
  • Obituary in The Guardian
  • Obituary in The Daily Telegraph
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