Tim Pigott-Smith

Actor
Tim Pigott-Smith was born in England, but he spent part of his childhood growing up in Africa. It was there that he developed an ear abscess, received penicillin for it, and promptly fell into a coma after an allergic ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1946

Filmography

Actor (42)

Houdini 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jupiter Ascending 2015 (Movie)

Malidictes (Actor)

Downton Abbey 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red 2 2013 (Movie)

Director Philips (Actor)

My Piece of the Pie 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hour 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alice in Wonderland 2010 (Movie)

Lord Ascot (Actor)

Quantum of Solace 2008 (Movie)

Foreign Secretary (Actor)

Flyboys 2006 (Movie)

Mr Lowry (Actor)

V for Vendetta 2006 (Movie)

Creedy (Actor)

North & South (UK) 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Alexander 2004 (Movie)

Omen Reader (Actor)

Johnny English 2003 (Movie)

Pegasus (Actor)

MI-5 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bloody Sunday 2002 (Movie)

Major General Ford (Actor)

Gangs of New York 2002 (Movie)

Calvinist Minister (Actor)

The Four Feathers 2002 (Movie)

General Feversham (Actor)

Arms in Action 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Arms in Action: Knights 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Battlefield 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Primo Levi: The Memory of the Offense 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Remains of the Day 1993 (Movie)

Benn (Actor)

Pyramid 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

A Fish Called Wanda 1988 (Movie)

Child Johnson--Age 13 (Actor)

A State of Emergency 1986 (Movie)

Father Joe Ryan (Actor)

Agatha Christie's "Dead Man's Folly" 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Masterpiece Theatre: Fifteen Years 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Hamlet 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Clash of the Titans 1981 (Movie)

Thallo (Actor)

Richard's Things 1981 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Victory 1981 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Henry IV, Part One 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet William 1980 (Movie)

Gerald (Actor)

Aces High 1977 (Movie)

Stoppard (Actor)

Double Helix (TV Show)

Actor

Eroica (TV Show)

Actor

Measure For Measure (TV Show)

Actor

Pompeii: The Last Day (TV Show)

Actor

The Day Christ Died (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Show)

Actor

The Jewel in the Crown (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Tim Pigott-Smith was born in England, but he spent part of his childhood growing up in Africa. It was there that he developed an ear abscess, received penicillin for it, and promptly fell into a coma after an allergic reaction. Audiences may find it difficult to imagine Pigott-Smith as a sweet and sickly three-year-old when they watch him in his iconic role as the vicious Captain Ronald Merrick in the 1980s British crime TV series "The Jewel in the Crown." As Merrick, Pigott-Smith tortured a man he knew to be innocent, and to whom he was actually attracted (though Merrick's repressed homosexuality was in part what drove his extreme sadism). Pigott-Smith won a BAFTA for his chilling and complex portrait of the captain, and while he never went on to break out as a Hollywood leading man, the critically acclaimed role provided him with the opportunity to play a rich and diverse array of other villains, both on screen and on stage. Though there are over 20 years between the performances, one can see traces of the old fascist Merrick again in Pigott-Smith's turn as security chief Creedy in the dystopian political thriller "V for Vendetta." Pigott-Smith has said he doesn't mind being typecast as the villain, and he gets to take a break from it with his large body of work providing voice-overs for audio-books and documentaries.

Relationships

Pamela Miles

Wife

Tom Piggott-Smith

Son
born c. 1976

Milestones

2016

Was in the British romantic comedy "Whiskey Galore"

2015

Nabbed a supporting role in the fantasy film "Jupiter Ascending"

2014

Was in the biographical TV mini-series "Houdini"

2012

Was a guest star on "Downton Abbey"

2011

Nabbed a supporting role in the British dramatic series "The Hour"

2010

Was cast in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"

2008

Appeared in the James Bond film "Quantum of Solace"

2007

Nabbed a recurring part on the crime series "Holby Blue"

2006

Cast in the Wachowski brothers' "V for Vendetta" based on the acclaimed graphic novel by author Alan Moore

2002

Portrayed a General in the war feature "Four Feathers," which co-starred Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson

2002

Co-starred as Major General Ford in the drama feature "Bloody Sunday"

Bonus Trivia

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Due to his distinctive deep voice, Piggot-Smith has narrated several documentaries for British television.

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He has played two separate characters on the popular British time-travel series "Doctor Who."

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