Born in Rugby, Warwickshire, his interest in theatre was sparked when his family moved to Stratford-upon-Avon, where his father became editor of the local paper.Aged 16, he was sent to Shakespeare’s old school, King Edward VI grammar, after which, he told The Stage’s Nick Smurthwaite in 2014, “there was really no way back”.I am Edward (Eddie) Jarvis, descended from Salthouse's miller, John Dewing Jarvis through his son Edward (and from then to two more Edwards and a Lawrence). My partner and I live in Holt and have acquired a beautiful c.1800 metal deed box with a brass plaque engraved rather elaborately with the name 'C. My research led me to your website where I noticed that a relative, Mr Gathorne Girdlestone of Kelling had posted a brief family history.I'm wondering if the box would be of interest to Mr Girdlestone and would be very grateful if you could either pass on my details or if you could put me in touch with Mr Gathorne himself.It is the fate of a certain type of well-spoken classically trained actor to spend his autumn years in the livery of the English Establishment.Tim Pigott-Smith, double-barrelled and tall with a high forehead, is one such.
My great, great grandfather, Samuel Wright, ran what was called the Kelling Arms public house in The Street, Kelling. He took over as the Innkeeper in 1897, and my family ran it until 1957.HESE MESSAGES are ones I have gratefully received and put up here for people who are interested to read and may be encouraged to send a message.If you didn't want your message to be put here just say so, but do let me know you've visited!In Wodehouse in Exile, he plays the giant of comic letters as he underwent the trauma of war which alienated him for good from the country his work celebrates.In 1939 PG Wodehouse and his wife Edith were living in tax exile in Normandy and failed to escape before the Germans invaded. Starring Kate Nelligan as Isabella, the novice nun who has to defend her chastity against a corrupt judge.Also starring Tim Pigott-Smith and Kenneth Colley and directed by Desmond Davis Although this version is just under 2 and a half hours long, it doesn't feel that way.In recent years he had appeared in defining roles – including King Lear at West Yorkshire Playhouse (2011) and Prospero (The Tempest, 2012) and George (Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 2014) at the Theatre Royal, Bath – that suggested he had entered his prime.His Tobias in Albee’s A Delicate Balance (Almeida Theatre, 2011) and Olivier-nominated Ken Lay in Lucy Prebble’s Enron (Minerva, Chichester, 2009 and Noel Coward Theatre, 2010) had served to cement his status as a theatre actor of consummate and nuanced skill.And of course he presided over an extremely weepy Sunday as a posh obstetrician attending to the death of Lady Sybil in Downton Abbey.But Pigott-Smith has embodied no one quite as quintessentially English as the man he portrays in his next role.