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The Onedin Line actor details:
Actor name: Peter Gilmore
Date of Birth: 25 August 1931 /
Passed away on 3 February 2013
Role played: James Onedin (husband of
Born in Germany in 1931, Peter Gilmore came to the UK at the
age of six and was raised by relatives in Yorkshire. He quit
school at age 14 to pursue his dream of becoming an actor,
joined RADA, but was expelled shortly after. Peter then
joined the army to do his National Service and it was whilst
helping to put on variety shows to entertain the troops that
he discovered he had a bit of a knack for singing.
The big break
After leaving the army, Gilmore joined a singing group, The
George Mitchell Singers, and also won parts in a variety of
musicals. This didn’t lead to the success that he was
looking for, so he gave up singing to concentrate on acting.
Peter got his first break as a supporting member of the
‘Carry On’ team, appearing in several installments during the
60s and 70s, including the classic Carry On Cleo.
Lovers of classic horror would certainly count 1971’s The
Abominable Dr Phibes, in which Peter Gilmore starred alongside a
cackling Vincent Price, as a career high. However, the clear
masterpiece of Gilmore’s career has to be
The Onedin Line.
First broadcast in 1976, this rich period series finally
gave him the chance to play the dashing leading man – and it
was one of the biggest hits of its day.
The 1970s gave us such cinematic masterpieces as The
Godfather, Apocalypse Now and Last Tango in Paris. Alas, the
decade also gave us Warlords of Atlantis, the very poor
sci-fi fantasy in which Peter Gilmore played an explorer who
bravely battles rubber sea monsters and bog-standard aliens.
Frightening stuff, for all the wrong reasons!
Did you know?
After starring in The Onedin Line, Gilmore decided to return
to his first love - singing. Rather than capitalizing on his
newfound fame to get more TV roles, Peter Gilmore spent years on tour
in different musicals.
Gilmore's second marriage broke up,
the friendship between the two Onedin Line stars (Peter
Anne Stallybrass) gradually
developed; they fell in love and moved in together. In 1987,
after ten years together, the couple married. They lived in
Barnes, west London and have a small cottage in Dartmouth,
Devon - which was used as a film location for scenes in
The Onedin Line.
The final word
Many actors find being associated with one role frustrating,
but not Peter. "I’m very grateful to The Onedin Line,
Gilmore once said. "Without it, I’d just be remembered for
playing funny coppers and crazy Romans in the Carry On