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Peter Vaughan is a Actor and Director British born on 4 april 1923 at Shropshire (United-kingdom)

Peter Vaughan

Peter Vaughan
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Birth name Peter Ewart Olm
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 4 april 1923 at Shropshire (United-kingdom)
Death 6 december 2016 (at 93 years)

Peter Vaughan (born 4 April 1923) is an English character actor, known for many supporting roles in a variety of British film and television productions. He has worked extensively on the stage, becoming known for roles such as police inspectors, Soviet agents and similar parts.

He is best known for his role as Grouty in the sitcom Porridge (despite appearing in only three episodes) and also had a recurring role alongside Robert Lindsay in Citizen Smith, written by John Sullivan. He also had major parts as Tom Franklin in Chancer (1990–1991) which ran for 20 episodes and as Maester Aemon in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011-2015).


He was born Peter Olm in Wem, Shropshire, the son of a bank clerk and a nurse, and was brought up from the age of seven in Staffordshire where he attended Uttoxeter Grammar School. After leaving school he joined Wolverhampton Repertory theatre and gained experience in other repertory theatres before army service in the Second World War, where he served in Normandy, Belgium and the Far East.

Vaughan has been married twice, on the first occasion to Billie Whitelaw. His second wife is actress Lillias Walker, with whom he lives in the village of Mannings Heath, in West Sussex, having previously lived in Crawley, West Sussex. He is partially blind.

Best films

Time Bandits (1981)
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)

Usually with

Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(2 films)
Ken Russell
Ken Russell
(3 films)
David Warner
David Warner
(4 films)
Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(2 films)
Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Peter Vaughan (71 films)

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Albatross (2011)
, 1h28
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Jessica Brown Findlay, Sebastien Koch, Julia Ormond, Felicity Jones, Peter Vaughan, Josef Altin
Roles Grandpa
Rating62% 3.1479953.1479953.1479953.1479953.147995
Emelia Conan Doyle (Jessica Brown Findlay), a rebellious teenage dropout who believes she is a descendant of Arthur Conan Doyle, takes a job as a cleaner in a seaside hotel owned by Jonathan Fischer (Sebastian Koch). Jonathan is a writer from Germany who has struggled with writer's block since his successful first novel, The Cliff House, was published 21 years before. He lives in the hotel with his wife Joa (Julia Ormond) and two daughters, Beth, 17, (Felicity Jones) and Posy, 6. Jonathan is constantly sequestered in the attic working on his writing, leaving the hotel to be run by Joa. Their marriage is stormy as Joa is unhappy about Jonathan's lack of success in his profession and his disconnected parenting. Meanwhile, Emelia has lived with her grandparents since her mother committed suicide.
Is Anybody There?, 1h35
Directed by John Crowley
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Michael Caine, Bill Milner, David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff, Leslie Phillips, Sylvia Syms
Roles Bob
Rating65% 3.296843.296843.296843.296843.29684
Un garçon solitaire qui vit dans la maison pour personnes âgées de ses parents explore son obsession pour l'au-delà à travers son amitié avec un magicien vieillissant.
Death at a Funeral, 1h30
Directed by Frank Oz
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes L'action se déroule en une journée, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Matthew Macfadyen, Rupert Graves, Andy Nyman, Kris Marshall, Peter Dinklage, Keeley Hawes
Roles Uncle Alfie
Rating72% 3.6472053.6472053.6472053.6472053.647205
Set in England and taking place mainly at a family home, Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen) and his wife Jane (Keeley Hawes) live with his parents; when the story opens, it is the day of Daniel's father's funeral and, while in the process of organising this event, Daniel and Jane plan to purchase a flat and move away from the parental home. Daniel's brother Robert (Rupert Graves), a renowned novelist living in New York City, would rather spend his money on a first class airline ticket to England than help finance the funeral, leaving Daniel to cover the burial expenses. As guests begin to arrive at the family home, where the funeral service is to be held, he struggles to complete a eulogy, although everyone expects Robert the writer will be the one to deliver some appropriate remarks.
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, 2h2
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about films, Films about television
Actors Geoffrey Rush, Charlize Theron, Emily Watson, John Lithgow, Miriam Margolyes, Peter Vaughan
Roles Bill Sellers
Rating68% 3.4479053.4479053.4479053.4479053.447905
The film shows Peter Sellers as a complex and tormented genius, whose success as a film star concealed his difficult and relatively unhappy private life. This "troubled life" is the primary focus of this biopic, which personalizes "one of the greatest comic actors in the history of the British cinema," and shows the many masks he wore and characters he played as an actor.
The Mother
The Mother (2003)
, 1h52
Directed by Roger Michell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Anne Reid, Peter Vaughan, Daniel Craig, Steven Mackintosh, Cathryn Bradshaw, Danira Gović
Roles Toots
Rating66% 3.345753.345753.345753.345753.34575
May (played by Anne Reid) is an ordinary grandmother from Northern England. When her husband dies on a family visit to London, she recedes into the background of her busy, metropolitan children's lives. Trapped in an unfamiliar city, far from home, May fears that she has become another invisible old lady whose life is more or less over. She embarks on a sexual affair with Darren (Daniel Craig), a married handyman half her age who is renovating her son's house and is also her daughter's lover. As her sexual desire soon turns to emotional longing, May unwittingly embroils herself into a point-of-no-return situation with devastating results for all those surrounding her.
Margery and Gladys, 1h38
Directed by Geoffrey Sax
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Penelope Keith, Alan David, June Brown, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Martin Freeman, Peter Vaughan
Roles Troy Gladwell
Rating70% 3.526883.526883.526883.526883.52688
Recently widowed Margery Heywood (Penelope Keith) and her cleaning woman Gladys Gladwell (June Brown) disturb a would-be burglar breaking into Margery's house in Kent. Margery attacks the burglar with a heavy glass vase, and knocks him unconscious. Believing that she has killed him, she panics and flees the house with Gladys, leaving behind her handbag.
Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang), 1h37
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Action, Crime
Actors Martine McCutcheon, Stellan Skarsgård, Chris Penn, Paul Bettany, Allan Corduner, Jacqueline McKenzie
Roles Daddy Zoo
Rating61% 3.097953.097953.097953.097953.09795
Felix is a hit-man who wants out of the business. He takes up a job to look after a reclusive man named Bubba who is like a giant kid, he does not understand people and does not know much, never having seen the outside world before. But Felix has bigger problems. He wants to patch up his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, and he's being targeted by his old colleagues who are not letting him get away from his past so easily.
Hotel Splendide, 53minutes
Directed by Michael Powell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Toni Collette, Jerry Verno, Daniel Craig, Katrin Cartlidge, Anthoney Holles, Stephen Tompkinson
Roles Morton Blanche
Rating59% 2.972512.972512.972512.972512.97251
Jerry Mason inherits the Hotel Splendide at Speymouth but is disappointed when he sees it is a quiet place with few permanent residents. Gentleman Charlie, a jewel thief arrives after a long spell in prison expecting to be able to dig up the pearls he had buried - only to find the hotel has been built on the site.
Making Love, 1h47
Directed by Ricky Tognazzi
Origin Italie
Genres Drama
Actors Hans Matheson, Mélanie Thierry, Lee Williams, Gabriel Byrne, Ricky Tognazzi, Peter Vaughan
Roles Barone Blau
Rating70% 3.537783.537783.537783.537783.53778
Prague, fin des années 60. L'histoire d'amour d'un homme avec une femme, d'un homme avec le violon.
The 10th Kingdom, 6h57
Directed by David Carson, Herbert Wise
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Films about the labor movement, Wolves in film, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Scott Cohen, Ed O'Neill, John Larroquette, Daniel Lapaine, Dianne Wiest
Roles Wilfred Peep
Rating82% 4.1481954.1481954.1481954.1481954.148195
In a hidden realm, fairy tale characters inhabit nine magical kingdoms where an Evil Queen plots to rule them. She is trapped in the Fourth Kingdom Prison under the rule of Prince Wendell; the spoiled, arrogant grandson of Snow White. Weeks before his coronation ceremony, the Queen enlists the help of the brutal Troll King and his three children to release her before the Prince makes his annual visit to the prison.
An Ideal Husband, 1h37
Directed by Oliver Parker
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Cate Blanchett, Peter Vaughan, Minnie Driver, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Jeremy Northam
Roles Phipps
Rating67% 3.3976253.3976253.3976253.3976253.397625
Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs. Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old and the plot to help his friend has unintended consequences.
Les Misérables, 2h14
Directed by Bille August
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical, Crime, Romance
Actors Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, Toby Jones, Hans Matheson
Roles Bishop
Rating73% 3.6982653.6982653.6982653.6982653.698265
Jean Valjean (Liam Neeson), a man arrested for stealing bread nineteen years earlier, is released on parole. When no one is willing to allow a convict to stay the night, Bishop Myriel (Peter Vaughan), kindly welcomes him into his home. Valjean explains to Myriel that sleeping in a real bed will make him a new man. In the night, Valjean, interrupted by Myriel while stealing his silverware, strikes him and flees. When the police arrest Valjean, Myriel tells them that the silverware was a gift and scolds Valjean for forgetting to take his candlesticks as well. Myriel then reminds Valjean that he is to become a new man.