James Saxon

Last updated 09 January 2020

James Saxon (1955-2003)
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William James Smyth

Born: Sunday 12th June 1955
Died: Wednesday 2nd July 2003 (age: 48)


James Saxon was a British character actor. He often played aristocrats or middle class characters. To a generation of children he was best known for his regular role as Roland Rat's inept agent, D'Arcy DeFarcy who would mistakenly refer to his client as Reynard.

Having trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made a career on screen with leading parts in television series such as the BBC adaptation of Vanity Fair (1987), the ITV comedy Brass (1983), the brief revival of Poldark (1996), Time Riders (1991) and Brush Strokes (1986).

His occasional guest appearances included Jonathan Creek (2001), as a school inspector in Chalk (1997), Murder Most Horrid (1994), Lovejoy (1993), A Touch of Frost (1994), Boon (1990) and Oscar Botcherby in the 1985 Doctor Who story, The Two Doctors, alongside both Colin Baker and Patrick Troughton.

James Saxon’s film appearances were less numerous, though his rich tones brought to life many audio adaptations, including some of the works of P. G. Wodehouse.

He died 2 July 2003 from an aneurysm during his run in The Gondoliers in Chichester.

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