Oct. 28th, 1955
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Jeffrey Stewart (born 28 October 1955) is a British actor, probably best known as PC Reg Hollis in the ITV drama The Bill, a role he played from 1984 to 2008.
In 2009, Stewart shot a film in Chester, New York portraying a German-Russian in a Soviet prison in Under Jakob's Ladder alongside Australian actor Christopher Elliott, and produced by Roberto Munoz. He won best actor at the 2011 Manhattan Film Festival for the role. He also voiced Mr. Tickle in The Mr. Men Show.
Stewart has played numerous roles in other television series, including Harry Fellows in Crossroads in 1981 (his first television appearance) and Dukkha in the Doctor Who story Kinda in 1982. He played a police constable in Hi-De-Hi! in 1983, the same year "Woodentop" (the pilot episode of "The Bill"), aired.
Reg Hollis is mentioned but not seen in "Woodentop", so Stewart's first appearance in the series was in the first regular episode, "Funny Ol' Business - Cops & Robbers". By March 2007 Stewart was the last member of the cast remaining from that first episode.
On January 8, 2008 Stewart cut his wrists after being told that his contract for The Bill would not be renewed. He survived the suicide attempt after calling for help and being taken to hospital by ambulance.
Stewart later said of the incident: "I love being an actor. My work as an actor is very important to me - it's my life, and the thought of this suddenly changing had an extremely serious effect on me."
In 2009, Stewart appeared in the video for "Black and Blue" by Swedish band Miike Snow. The video, directed by Vince Haycock, was shot on location in Hackney, London, and featured Stewart as a recluse musician with a penchant for creating animatronic performers in his dingy apartment, and presented the long hair and a large beard he had grown in the year since he left The Bill.
Stewart was born in Aberdeen but moved with his family to Southampton, Hampshire when he was three months old. His father initially worked in the shipyards and then for Fawley oil refinery.
Stewart is fond of the Hotel Chelsea in New York City, having stayed there on a number of occasions during the 2000s. He is friends with a number of the building's permanent residents. Stewart was staying at the Chelsea in the summer of 2011 when the hotel changed ownership and closed to transient guests. Stewart initially refused to leave, even calling in the police to assist him but was eventually persuaded to depart by hotel staff.[
- Currently lives with his girlfriend, Catherine, whom he met in 1997.
- Supports Ipswich Town Football Club.
- Hobbies include Gardening and Cycling.
- Self-harmed in his dressing room on the set of _"The Bill" (1984)_ (qv) in January 2008 after being told his contract wouldn't be renewed. He later said of the incident "I love being an actor. My work as an actor is very important to me - it's my life, and the thought of this suddenly changing had an extremely serious effect on me.".
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