Jerome Barry Willis (23 October 1928 – 11 January 2014[1]) was a prominent British stage and screen actor with more than 100 screen credits to his name.[2][3]

Jerome Willis
as Edward Pengelley in Poirot (1990)
Born(1928-10-23)23 October 1928
Died11 January 2014(2014-01-11) (aged 85)

Willis had a leading role in the ITV drama series The Sandbaggers as Matthew Peele.[4] He also appeared in Z Cars as DCS Richards, Within These Walls as Charles Radley, and Doctor Who as corporate polluter Stevens in The Green Death.[5] He played Praetorian Guard commander Macro in the ITV Roman series The Caesars.[6] Other television appearances include the cult children's television series Freewheelers as the manic Professor Nero, and the science fiction police drama Space Precinct as Captain Podley.[7][8]

In 2002 Willis appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in Pericles at the Roundhouse in London.[9]

His film credits included Siege of the Saxons (1963), A Jolly Bad Fellow (1964), Khartoum (1966), The Magus (1968), Doomwatch (1972), Yellow Dog (1973), Winstanley (1975), Lifeforce (1985), God's Outlaw (1986), Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady (1991), Incident at Victoria Falls (1992) and Orlando (1992).[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1960 Foxhole in Cairo 1st British Signals Sergeant
1963 Siege of the Saxons The Limping Man
1964 A Jolly Bad Fellow Detective Inspector Armstrong
1966 Khartoum Frank Power Uncredited
1968 The Magus 'False' German Officer
1972 Doomwatch Lt. Com. Tavener
1973 Yellow Dog Hawk Curtis
1975 Winstanley General Lord Fairfax
1985 Lifeforce Pathologist
1986 God's Outlaw Bishop Stokesley
1991 Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady Mycroft Holmes
1992 Incident at Victoria Falls Mycroft Holmes
1992 Orlando Translator
1994 A Business Affair Moderator
1998 The Sea Change Older Board Member
2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Councillor 1


  1. ^ Jerome Willis obituary The Guardian 26-Jan-2014
  2. ^ "Jerome Willis: Character actor and Shakespearian specialist who was".
  3. ^ a b "Jerome Willis".
  4. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Sandbaggers, The (1978-80) Credits".
  5. ^ "Jerome Willis".
  6. ^ "The Caesars: S".
  7. ^ "Jerome Willis - Obituaries - The Stage". 3 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Jerome Willis".
  9. ^ "Production of Pericles - Theatricalia".

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