Jeff Rawle

Jeffrey Alan Rawle (born 20 July 1951) is an English actor. He is known for playing George Dent in the news-gathering sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey. He also played Silas Blissett in Hollyoaks from December 2010 until 2012. Rawle returned to Hollyoaks in 2016 and 2020.

Jeff Rawle
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Rawle in 2011
Born (1951-07-20) 20 July 1951 (age 70)
Years active1973–present
Nina Marc
(m. 1998)

Early lifeEdit

Rawle was born on 20 July 1951 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. His first secondary school was King Edward VI School in Aston, Birmingham. When he was 15 his family moved to Sheffield, and it was at High Storrs Grammar School that he first became interested in drama when he appeared in school plays. He worked at the Sheffield Playhouse before training at LAMDA.[1]


Rawle landed his first major role in 1973 as Billy in the TV version of Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall's Billy Liar. In 1979 he appeared with Ian McKellen and Tom Bell in Bent at the Criterion Theatre, London. In 1984 he appeared in the Doctor Who story Frontios as the character Plantaganet. He appeared in Faith in the Future on ITV from 1995–1998. In 2004, Rawle began appearing in the ITV series Doc Martin as Roger Fenn. The actor went on to make a guest appearance in the fourth episode of the fourth series of New Tricks as lawyer Jonathan Blunt. The following year, he starred in the fourth series of Spooks as the Home Secretary. He also appeared in Ultimate Force – "Never Go Back" alongside Ross Kemp.

Rawle played Amos Diggory, father to Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson), in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 2008 saw Rawle play Gilbert Murray in the National Theatre's production of Tony Harrison's play Fram. The following year, he guested in The Bill and appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures on CBBC. During 2010, Rawle joined the cast of Hollyoaks in the role of Silas Blissett.[2] He stated that he was delighted to be playing such a sinister character. He has won various awards for his portrayal of Silas.[3]

In October 2012, it was announced Rawle had joined the cast of Doctors as Rory Bishton, .a road sweeper with something to hide.[4] Rawle made his screen debut as Rory in early 2013.[4] He had previously appeared in the series in 2004.[4]

Rawle has provided numerous narrations including A Bear Called Paddington, three series of the Duchess of York's Budgie the Little Helicopter, Stephen Hawking's Universe and Tom Fort's The Grass is Always Greener for BBC Radio 4. Rawle's writing credits include The Young Poisoner's Handbook in 1995 and Who Goes There?

Filmography and TVEdit

Title Year(s) Character Note
Father Brown 2019 Professor Robert Wiseman Season 7 Episode 3: “The Whistle in the Dark“
Peterloo 2018 Magistrate Rev. Hay Film directed by Mike Leigh
Steptoe and Son[5] 2016 Albert Steptoe A one off episode, part of the BBC's Lost Sitcom season, recreating lost episodes of classic comedies
Bottersnikes and Gumbles[6] 2016 Happi Voice only
Holby City 2013–2017 Jerry Clark 4 episodes
Heading Out 2013 Donald One episode
An Adventure in Space and Time 2013 Mervyn Pinfield Television docudrama about the creation of Doctor Who in 1963
Midsomer Murders 2011 Gerry Dawkins TV Series, Episode: “Dark Secrets”
Hollyoaks &
Hollyoaks Later
2010–2011, 2012, 2016, 2020–2021 Silas Blissett Series regular
The Sarah Jane Adventures 2009 Lionel Harding Museum Curator, Mona Lisa's Revenge
The Bill 2009 George Fielding TV Series, Episode: “Innocence Betrayed”
The Large Family 2006 Mr. Large TV series; voice
Sea of Souls 2006 James Norman TV series; episode Oracle
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 Amos Diggory
A Touch of Frost 2005 Steve Markham TV series; episode Near Death Experience
Spooks 2005 Home Secretary Also known as MI-5 in the USA
TV series; episodes The Special: Part I and The Special: Part II
Holby City 2005 Ron Fell TV series; episode It's Kinda Rock 'n' Roll
Ultimate Force 2005 David Cox TV series; episode Never Go Back
Doc Martin 2004–2007 Roger Fenn TV series; episodes Haemophobia, Sh*t Happens, Gentlemen Prefer, The Family Way, Happily Ever After
My Dad's the Prime Minister 2004 Union leader TV series; episode Powerless
William and Mary 2004 George Emerson TV series; series 2 episode 5
Heartbeat 2004 Ken Simner TV series; episode Scent of a Kill
The Deputy 2004 Graham Hammond TV
The Royal 2004 Banks TV series; episode Doing Time
Doctors 2004 John Marshall TV series; episode A Late Flowering
Death in Holy Orders 2003 Father Peregrine Glover TV
Blackball 2003 Dennis
Midsomer Murders 2003 Derrick Seagrove TV Series, Episode: “A Talent for Life”
Dalziel and Pascoe 2002 Raymond Miles TV series; episode Mens Sana
Take a Girl Like You 2000 Mr. Charlton TV
I Saw You 2000 Frank TV
Microsoap 1998 Colin TV series
Neville's Island 1998 Neville TV
Lord of Misrule 1996 Derek TV
Faith in the Future 1995–1998 Paul TV series
Look at the State We're In! 1995 Jeff Jarndyce TV mini-series
Wycliffe 1994 Reverend Jordan TV series; episode The Last Rites
Budgie the Little Helicopter 1994–1996 Narrator and Dell the baggage cart towing truck TV series; voice
Minder 1993 Jehovah's Witness TV series; episode Uneasy Rider
Casualty 1992 Len Jackson TV series; episode Silent Night, series 7 episode 12
The Life and Times of Henry Pratt 1992 Ezra Pratt TV series
A Perfect Hero 1991 Service Policeman TV series
This is David Harper 1990 Bob Benchley TV series; episode A List of Abuses
Drop the Dead Donkey 1990–1998 George Dent TV series
The Gift 1990 John Price TV miniseries
Testimony of a Child 1989 TV
The Bill 1988 Derek Pardoe TV series; episode Alarms and Embarrassments
Boon 1987 Maurice
also known as Billy Clutterbuck
TV series; episode Credit Where it's Due
Fortunes of War 1987 Sgt. Ridley TV miniseries
Call Me Mister 1986 TV series; episode Humpty Dumpty
The Doctor and the Devils 1985 Lambert
Remington Steele 1985 Chalky TV series; episode Steele Searching: Parts 1 and 2
Doctor Who 1984 Plantagenet TV series; episode Frontios
The Case of Marcel Duchamp 1984
Angels 1983 Jeff Harris TV series; episodes 22 and 24 of season 9
Bergerac 1983 Mitch TV series; episode Almost Like a Holiday
Crystal Gazing 1982 Julian
Juliet Bravo 1981 Steve Ramsey TV series; episode Lies and Liars
Hammer House of Horror 1980 Franks TV series; episode Charlie Boy
Home Before Midnight 1979 Johnnie McGee
Leave It to Charlie 1979 TV series; episode Never a Cross Word
The Wilde Alliance 1978 Pusher TV series; episode A Game for Two Players
A Hitch in Time 1978 'Sniffy' Kemp
The Life Story of Baal 1978 TV
Van der Valk 1977 Diederick TV Series; episode The Professor
Crown Court 1975
Whodunnit 1975 Arthur TV Series Episode 22 Worth Dying For
Billy Liar 1973 Billy Liar TV series; episode Bad Day at Black Cape


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  2. ^ "Silas". Hollyoaks. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Jeff Rawle thrilled with 'Oaks Silas role". 20 September 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Kilkelly, Daniel (4 October 2012). "'Doctors' role for 'Hollyoaks' star Jeff Rawle". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Lost Sitcoms". BBC Four.
  6. ^ "The Screen Guide: Bottersnikes and Gumbles". Screen Australia. Retrieved 12 September 2016.

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