Brian Pettifer

Brian Pettifer

Born in
Lower Durban, South Africa

Brian Pettifer's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Hamish Macbeth (UK) TV Show
Hamish Macbeth (UK)
Rab C Nesbitt (UK) TV Show
Rab C Nesbitt (UK)
Timeslip (UK) TV Show
Timeslip (UK)
Get Some In! (UK) TV Show
Get Some In! (UK)
Life Support (UK) TV Show
Life Support (UK)
The Revenue Men (UK) TV Show
The Revenue Men (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Brian Pettifer (born 1950) is an actor who has appeared in many television shows. Pettifer was born in Lower Durban, South Africa, and briefly brought up in Glasgow and London.[citation needed] He intended to become a photographer, but pursued a career as an actor. He appeared as a child in the BBC's Dr Finlay's Casebook, and Madame Bovary (with his friend Alex Norton) which gave him the avid interest in acting on television.
His first film role was in Lindsay Anderson's film If..... He also appeared in Anderson's O Lucky Man! and Britannia Hospital.
He was a regular in Rab C Nesbitt mainly propping up a bar, but was also known as Aircraftman Bruce Leckie in Get Some In, where he was constantly the butt of jokes directed at him by Corporal Marsh. He also played cousin Hughie in the long running Liverpool based 70s sitcom the Liver Birds
He also played Dr Alfred Meyer in the BBC/HBO film Conspiracy and the part of Dr. Cameron in the Radio 4 series entitled Adventures of a Black Bag.
He appeared in Hamish MacBeth, as well as guest starring in Still Game. In 2005, he also appeared in the first episode of the BBC Drama Bleak House (2005 TV serial).
Pettifer is the younger brother of folk musician Linda Thompson. Pettifer has worked extensively in the theatre: writing, directing and acting. He has recently been in a production of The Faerie Queen at Glyndebourne, which goes to Paris and New York in 2010. Some of his most prominent films include Amadeus, Lassie and If..... He has worked in films directed by Lindsay Anderson, John Cassavetes, Richard Lester, Milos Forman, Charles Sturridge and Luc Besson.
He currently runs an antiques stall in 'The Mews', just off of Byres Road in Glasgow's West End.

  • He is the younger brother of folk-rock musician and singer Linda Thompson (nee Pettifer) who dedicated the song 'The Banks of the Clyde' to him.

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