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Sir Coles John Jeremy Child, 3rd Baronet (born 20 September 1944) is an English actor.

Jeremy Child
Coles John Jeremy Child

(1944-09-20) 20 September 1944 (age 74)
Woking, Surrey, England
Years active1967–present
Deborah Grant
(m. 1971; div. 1976)

Jan Todd
(m. 1978; div. 1987)

Elizabeth Morgan (m. 1987)


Early lifeEdit

Coles John Jeremy Child was born on 20 September 1944 in Woking, Surrey. He was educated at Wellesley House School,[1] a Preparatory school in the coastal town of Broadstairs in Kent and at Eton College, followed by training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[citation needed]


After appearing in repertory theatre, Child was cast in a significant role in the 1967 film Privilege. Since then he has played over 90 different roles in films and television, including a small role in the cult film Quadrophenia; as Piers Leigh in the miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson; as one of the main villains in Bird of Prey; as Tory politician Charles Gurney Seymour in the television adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's First Among Equals, and a cameo in A Fish Called Wanda. From 1977-78, he appeared in the second series of Backs to the Land.

Most recently, Child appeared in the 2004 film Wimbledon and television drama Judge John Deed. He has also appeared in Doctors for one episode, and most recently appeared as David Walsh in EastEnders. Child has played the British Foreign Secretary three times in his career.


In 1993, Child appeared in a party political broadcast for the Labour Party which also starred Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.[citation needed]


Child has been married three times, his first wife being the actress Deborah Grant, by whom he has a daughter. His second wife was Jan Todd, daughter of Bernard Todd; from that marriage came a son and a daughter. He has a daughter and a son from his third marriage to Elizabeth Morgan.[2] He currently lives in Benson, Oxfordshire.


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Privilege Martin Crossley
1968 Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher Nigel
1969 Play Dirty 2nd Lieutenant
1969 Oh, What a Lovely War! Wealthy Young Man Uncredited
1969 The Gladiators B-1
1970 The Breaking of Bumbo Billy
1970 Jane Eyre Harry Lynn TV movie
1971 Quest for Love Dougie Raynes Uncredited
1972 Doomwatch David Broome
1972 Young Winston Austen Chamberlain Uncredited
1976 Emily Gerald
1977 Hardcore Tenniel
1978 The Stud Lawyer
1979 Quadrophenia Agency Man
1980 Sir Henry at Rawlinson End Peregrine Maynard
1981 Chanel Solitaire Uncredited
1983 High Road to China Silversmith
1984 Give My Regards to Broad Street Record Company Executive 1
1988 Taffin Martin
1988 A Fish Called Wanda Mr. Johnson
1993 Harnessing Peacocks Julian Reeves TV movie
1994 The Madness of King George Black Rod
1997 Regeneration Balfour Graham
1999 Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Doctor Bannister
2001 Lagaan Maj. Cotton
2001 South Kensington Camilla's Father
2002 Safe Conduct Jeremy
2004 Wimbledon Fred Pilger
2005 Separate Lies Angus Burrell
2011 Foster John Burns
2011 The Iron Lady Cabinet Ministers
2017 Darkest Hour Lord Stanhope
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Child
(of Bromley Place)
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Profile Archived 2013-07-09 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 2 May 2013.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed 4 June 2016.

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