Freddie Jones

D.O.B: Sep 12, 1927 |  Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, UK

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The British character actor Freddie Jones came to the acting profession after 10 years of working as a laboratory assistant and acting in amateur theater on the side. To kick off his mid-life career change, Jones attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Kent, England, on a scholarship.

Biography

The British character actor Freddie Jones came to the acting profession after 10 years of working as a laboratory assistant and acting in amateur theater on the side. To kick off his mid-life career change, Jones attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Kent, England, on a scholarship. He then worked in repertory theater, later joining up with the Royal Shakespeare Company and gaining recognition as an actor of exceptional cleverness, intelligence and perception. His theatrical film debut came in 1967 in Peter Brooks critically acclaimed, Marat/Sade (1967). Two years later, Jones made his mark on the acting world playing Claudius in the six-part television miniseries, The Caesars (1968). Based on this performance, he was named The Worlds Best Television Actor of the Year at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival in 1969. Also, around this time, Jones gave one of his most touching film performances, that of the monster in Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), in which he displayed pathos reminiscent of Boris Karloffs monster. Critical acclaim led Jones to more prominent roles in television, e.g., The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1976), Children of the Stones (1977), and Pennies from Heaven (1978), as well as in film, e.g., The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), Antony and Cleopatra (1972), All Creatures Great and Small (1975) and Zulu Dawn (1979).