Roy Dotrice

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Roy Dotrice is a Guernsey born actor and Tony Award winner.


Roy Dotrice was born in Guernsey on the 26 May 1923 the son of Louis Dotrice and Neva Wilton who were bakers. After leaving school he worked as an office boy for a fruit merchant, but with the coming of the Second World War he left for England, and joined the RAF. He trained as a wireless operator and gunner before being sent on missions. In 1942 he was plane was shot down over Germany, he was captured and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp. It was in the camp that he received his first taste of the stage - performing in concert parties.

After the war Dotrice began to pursue an acting career, studying at RADA, and met his wife, the actress Kay Newman. They married in 1947, acting together in repertory with the Denville Players. In 1957 he joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (now the RSC), working with some of the finest actors of his generation. He also founded a softball team that included Paul Robeson, Sam Wanamaker, Laurence Olivier, Peter O'Toole Albert Finney, Charles Laughton was the umpire.

He also began to take on roles in film, television and radio which eventually led to him becoming well known in the United States in series such as Beauty and the Beast, and Picket Fences. He also featured in a number of guest roles on both sides of the Atlantic, from Casualty to Murder She Wrote.

He has perhaps achieved his greatest success in theatre, especially on Broadway. He was nominated for a Tony award for his performance in A Life in 1980, and won the Tony for his role as Phil Hogan in A Moon for the Misbegotten.

He continues to act, most recently in White Christmas in 2009-2010.

He and his wife had three daughters -Michele, Yvette and Karen, all of whom have acted at some stage. His wife Kay died in 2007.

Roy Dotrice was made an O.B.E. in the 2008 New Years Honours List.

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