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John Quayle
John D S Quay

(1938-12-21) 21 December 1938 (age 83)
Lincoln, England
RelativesDouglas Quayle (father)
Kathleen Parke (mother)
Anna Quayle (sister)

John Quayle (born 21 December 1938) is an English actor who is best remembered for his roles in many sitcoms including All Gas and Gaiters, Terry and June, Steptoe and Son and The Liver Birds.


Quayle's first main TV role was that of Jim Hawkins in the 1951 BBC serialisation of Treasure Island alongside Bernard Miles as Long John Silver. He also appeared in a 1952 episode of Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School. In 1953, he played the office boy in the film 'The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan'. His roles in the 1960s included appearances in The Power Game and No Hiding Place. He also appeared in a 1964 episode of Coronation Street as an army bomb disposal officer.

He appeared in the sitcom All Gas and Gaiters in 1970. Later appearances included Steptoe and Son, The Liver Birds, Doomwatch, The Dick Emery Show, The Good Life, The Duchess of Duke Street, Happy Ever After, Rising Damp, Citizen Smith, Mind Your Language, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, and the recurring role of Bunny Newbury in Upstairs, Downstairs.

The 1980s saw Quayle play the two roles that he is perhaps the most remembered for. Firstly, he played the Duke of Broughton in the BBC period drama Nanny. Secondly, in 1985 he became the third actor (after Terence Alexander and Tim Barrett) to play the Medfords' best friend Malcolm in the sitcom Terry and June. He also played a lead role in Yorkshire Television's sitcom Farrington of the F.O. alongside Joan Sims and Angela Thorne. Other appearances in the 1980s included roles in Johnny Speight's The Nineteenth Hole and Only When I Laugh. In 2006, he appeared in The Line of Beauty as Geoffrey Titchfield.

In recent years Quayle has played Mr Wilcox in Hippies, Anthony Stephens in Coronation Street, as well as roles in The Bill, Midsomer Murders, Monarch of the Glen, and Lab Rats.

Theatre career

Appearances include Agatha Christie's Afternoon at the Seaside, and Light Up The Sky.

Film career

Films include Night Train to Paris, Privates on Parade, Longitude, Seeing Red, A.K.A., and Fish Tales.

Animal sanctuary

At the time of the filming of series 2 of Farrington, John Quayle and his wife Petronell were using their farmhouse home as an animal sanctuary. They began in 1976 when they adopted two donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth in Devon. In 1984 they adopted their third donkey, Jacob. Other animals included a pony, a horse, three pugs, a Russian Blue cat and a giraffe named Binkie.


Yorkshire Television, Press Pack for Farrington Series Two.