Veteran English actor Trevor Peacock, star of the Vicar of Dibley, dies aged 89
Iconic English actor Trevor Peacock, known for portraying the character Jim Trott in the BBC comedy series, The Vicar of Dibley, died on March 8 due to dementia-related illness. He was 89. Peacock, who has appeared in popular British shows like EastEnders and Jonathan Creek, was also a screenwriter and an accomplished songwriter and, is best remembered for playing Trott on The Vicar of Dibley, in which his character was a member of the Dibley Parish Council alongside its main star Dawn French. Appearing in every episode of the hit BBC sitcom from 1994 to 2015 apart from the recent Christmas special, fans reminisce Peacock for his catchphrase of "no no no no..." and his regular use of sexual innuendo. An emotional French tweeted a picture of them together captioning the post, "Night Trev. I love you."
💔 Night Trev. I love you. pic.twitter.com/17sXcpVDhI— Dawn French 💙 (@Dawn_French) March 9, 2021
We’re saddened to hear of the death of actor Trevor Peacock. pic.twitter.com/YKPYl91k1m— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) March 9, 2021
Trevor Peacock was born in Edmonton, north London, and began his career in television in the 1960s in the ITV Television Playhouse, Comedy Playhouse and The Wednesday Play. He then played Rouault in Madame Bovary and Quilp in The Old Curiosity Shop, including making appearances in The Bill and the sitcom My Family. He also played the father of Father Christmas in the film Fred Claus, which also included in its star cast Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti.
Apart from being recognized as an actor, Peacock had also carved a niche for himself as a songwriter and wrote several hit songs among which also includes the 1960s track Mrs Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, by Herman’s Hermits and Mystery Girl, recorded by Jess Conrad, including penning the lyrics for hits composed by the Vernon Girls. Peacock was married twice - first to Iris Jones, from whom he was divorced and then to actress Tilly Tremayne. He has two sons, actors Daniel Peacock and Harry Peacock, and two daughters, Sally and Maudie. Among them, Daniel and Harry followed Peacock into acting, with the former starring in Only Fools and Horses as the character Mental Mickey, while the latter appeared as Ray Purchase in Toast of London.
Peacock, whose most famous role is on The Vicar of Dibley, had also appeared in a number of BBC productions including Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night and Henry V. A Shakespearean actor, he has also starred in the 1990 film version of Hamlet and a 2000 production of Don Quixote.
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