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An alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, actor Peter Bowles has been refining his craft for over 50 years. Leaving the stage for the television in 1959, it wasnâ¿¿t until 1966 that Bowles landed a recognizable role. As Ron in visionary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioniâ¿¿s art house thriller and ode to mod London, "Blow-Up," Bowles established himself as a rising young actor. After a string of television appearances Bowles co-starred in Tony Richardsonâ¿¿s war drama "The Charge of the Light Brigade" with "Blow-Up" co-star, Vanessa Redgrave. The following year Bowles was cast in Richardsonâ¿¿s "Laughter in the Dark," adapted from Vladimir Nabokovâ¿¿s novel. Moving into the â¿¿70s, Bowles was cast in two strong supporting roles, alongside Sean Connery in Sidney Lumetâ¿¿s thriller "The Offence" and as Freddie in the endearing black comedy "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg." Gaining more substantial television roles in the late â¿¿70s, Bowles was cast as Guthrie Featherstone on the crime drama "Rumpole of the Bailey." Taking a comedic turn, he was cast in two of his best-known roles, as Archie Glover on "Only When I Laugh" and as Richard DeVere on "To the Manor Born." Working...

An alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, actor Peter Bowles has been refining his craft for over 50 years. Leaving the stage for the television in 1959, it wasnâ¿¿t until 1966 that Bowles landed a recognizable role. As Ron in visionary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioniâ¿¿s art house thriller and ode to mod London, "Blow-Up," Bowles established himself as a rising young actor. After a string of television appearances Bowles co-starred in Tony Richardsonâ¿¿s war drama "The Charge of the Light Brigade" with "Blow-Up" co-star, Vanessa Redgrave. The following year Bowles was cast in Richardsonâ¿¿s "Laughter in the Dark," adapted from Vladimir Nabokovâ¿¿s novel. Moving into the â¿¿70s, Bowles was cast in two strong supporting roles, alongside Sean Connery in Sidney Lumetâ¿¿s thriller "The Offence" and as Freddie in the endearing black comedy "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg." Gaining more substantial television roles in the late â¿¿70s, Bowles was cast as Guthrie Featherstone on the crime drama "Rumpole of the Bailey." Taking a comedic turn, he was cast in two of his best-known roles, as Archie Glover on "Only When I Laugh" and as Richard DeVere on "To the Manor Born." Working consistently and successfully on television in the â¿¿80s and â¿¿90s, Bowles continued with comedies as Major Sinclair Yeates on "The Irish R.M." and on "Perfect Scoundrels." Younger American audiences may recognize Bowles as Miles in the Jason Statham action thriller "The Bank Job."

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CAST: (feature film)

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 In the Blood (2014)
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 Lilting (2014)
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 Love's Kitchen (2011)
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 Freebird (2008)
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 Ballet Shoes (2008)
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 Bank Job, The (2008)
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 Color Me Kubrick (2006)
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 In Love and War (2001) Melville
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 One of the Hollywood Ten (2000) Jack Warner
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mejane ( 2006-09-21 )

Source: my memory, having watched many of the showswikipedia.comimdb.combbccomedy/guide.comtv.com

Enter Your Contribution Here Peter Bowles, born October 16, 1936 in London, is an actor known for playing the stereotypical upper-crust Brit in 1970s and 1980s sitcoms. He’s perhaps best-known to American audiences for his roles in the PBS broadcasts of two BBC productions. In To the Manor Born, Bowles is the nouveau riche owner of an estate opposite Penelope Keith’s estate widow forced to live in the coach house. In Rumpole of the Bailey he plays Guthrie Featherstone, the constantly posturing head of chambers shared with the crusty Horace Rumpole, played by the late Leo McKern. Bowles reappeared in later seasons in a reoccurring role as Justice Featherstone, who as a judge is especially onerous to Rumpole. Earlier in his career he played in an episode of The Prisoner and in four episodes of The Avengers, both cult classics from the 1960s. Bowles and Penelope Keith later teamed up in ITV’s BAFTA-awarded Executive Stress. He appeared in a 2005 episode of Jericho, a WGBH-Boston and Granada Television co-production. He plays The Chairman in the not yet released 2006 film Freebird, promoted as “a rock and roll road movie comedy set in Wales.” Peter Bowles has an impressive filmography that also includes producer and writer credits. He now mainly works in theatre, often appearing in London’s West End.

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