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Overview (3)

Born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Birth NameMichael James
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Jayston was born on October 29, 1935 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England as Michael James. He is an actor, known for Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Zulu Dawn (1979) and Doctor Who (1963). He has been married to Elizabeth Ann Smithson since 1978. They have two children. He was previously married to Heather Mary Sneddon and Lynn Farleigh.

Spouse (3)

Elizabeth Ann Smithson (1978 - present) ( 2 children)
Heather Mary Sneddon (1970 - 1977) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Lynn Farleigh (1965 - 1970) ( divorced)

Trivia (6)

He is a distinguished classical stage actor (including performances for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre) who came into his own briefly in 1970s historical films, particularly as Czar Nicholas in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971). He is also a familiar face (and voice) to British television viewers.
He was once considered for the role of James Bond during re-negotiations for Roger Moore's services. He did play James Bond on BBC radio for a version of You Only Live Twice (1967).
He was offered the part of Captain Striker (played by Keith Barron) in Doctor Who: Enlightenment: Part One (1983). He later played the role of the Valeyard in the "Trial of the Time Lord" season of Doctor Who (1963), an amalgamation of the dark side of the Doctor between his twelfth and thirteenth regenerations.
He is the only actor to play both Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 and the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963). He played Bond in a 1971 BBC radio adaptation of You Only Live Twice (1967) and was at one point considered for the role on film. He portrayed the Valeyard, a possible future, evil incarnation of the Doctor, throughout the 1986 series of Doctor Who (1963). He later reprised his role in the 2003 Big Finish audio drama "He Jests at Scars...".
He was considered for the role of Dr. Armstrong in Lifeforce (1985), which was taken by Patrick Stewart.
He was the first actor play an alternative incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running science fiction series Doctor Who (1963) when he took the part of the Valeyard opposite Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor. John Hurt later played another alternative Doctor, the War Doctor, in the 50th anniversary special.

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