68 (passed away Nov. 4th, 1995)
Jun. 18th, 1927
London, England, UK
Paul Eddington's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1968 - The Devil Rides Out
Guest TV Roles
Paul Eddington was a tall, debonair actor who achieved international success in the 1970s with "The Good Life" (1975), a popular television series about a young couple farming their backyard in a London suburb. He played the supporting role of neighbor Jerry Leadbetter. It was the hit comedy series "Yes Minister" (1980), later called "Yes, Prime Minister" (1986), in the 1980s that brought him television stardom as the inept politician Jim Hacker. The actor's performances as an incompetent minister and prime minister were so admired by Margaret Thatcher that she awarded him the honor of Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Despite suffering from skin cancer, he continued to perform on stage and television, concealing his illness, until tabloid press began suggesting he had AIDS.
- First TV lead was to be in a play called 'On Easy Terms' for Rediffusion TV, written by Ken Taylor and directed by Tania Lieven. He was to play an amorous door-to-door salesman. However the production was cancelled during rehearsals, near the end of Rediffusion's tenure. The play was taken by Belgian TV and made as FacilitÚs de payement (1970) (TV).
- Just before he died, Paul Eddington gave a very moving interview in the Face to Face series. With typical modesty, he said that his epitaph should simply be "He did very little harm".
- Four children with Patricia Scott: Toby (born 1954), Hugo, Dominic and Gemma.
- He was awarded the 1992 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performance in No Man's Land.
- He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1987 for his services to drama.
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