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Peter Gilmore as James Onedin and Anne Stallybrass as Anne Webster in the BBC series The Onedin LineWelcome to our website

The Onedin Line actor details:

Actor name: Peter Gilmore
Date of Birth: 25 August 1931 / Passed away on 3 February 2013
Role played: James Onedin (husband of Anne Webster)

Background info
Born in Germany in 1931, Peter Gilmore came to the UK at the age of six and was raised by relatives in Yorkshire. He quit school at age 14 to pursue his dream of becoming an actor, joined RADA, but was expelled shortly after. Peter then joined the army to do his National Service and it was whilst helping to put on variety shows to entertain the troops that he discovered he had a bit of a knack for singing.

The big break
After leaving the army, Gilmore joined a singing group, The George Mitchell Singers, and also won parts in a variety of musicals. This didn’t lead to the success that he was looking for, so he gave up singing to concentrate on acting. Peter got his first break as a supporting member of the ‘Carry On’ team, appearing in several installments during the 60s and 70s, including the classic Carry On Cleo.

Career highs
Lovers of classic horror would certainly count 1971’s The Abominable Dr Phibes, in which Peter Gilmore starred alongside a cackling Vincent Price, as a career high. However, the clear masterpiece of Gilmore’s career has to be The Onedin Line. First broadcast in 1976, this rich period series finally gave him the chance to play the dashing leading man – and it was one of the biggest hits of its day.

Career lows
The 1970s gave us such cinematic masterpieces as The Godfather, Apocalypse Now and Last Tango in Paris. Alas, the decade also gave us Warlords of Atlantis, the very poor sci-fi fantasy in which Peter Gilmore played an explorer who bravely battles rubber sea monsters and bog-standard aliens. Frightening stuff, for all the wrong reasons!
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Did you know?
After starring in The Onedin Line, Gilmore decided to return to his first love - singing. Rather than capitalizing on his newfound fame to get more TV roles, Peter Gilmore spent years on tour in different musicals.

After Peter Gilmore's second marriage broke up, the friendship between the two Onedin Line stars (Peter Gilmore & Anne Stallybrass) gradually developed; they fell in love and moved in together. In 1987, after ten years together, the couple married. They lived in Barnes, west London and have a small cottage in Dartmouth, Devon - which was used as a film location for scenes in The Onedin Line.

The final word
Many actors find being associated with one role frustrating, but not Peter. "I’m very grateful to The Onedin Line, Peter Gilmore once said. "Without it, I’d just be remembered for playing funny coppers and crazy Romans in the Carry On films."

Source: http://uktv.co.uk
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