Bernard Holley

Last updated 22 November 2021

Bernard Holley (1940-2021)
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Bernard Holley

Born: Friday 9th August 1940
Died: Monday 22nd November 2021 (age: 81)


Bernard Holley (born in EastcoteMiddlesex) is a British actor, whose career has spanned more than four decades.

Holley attended the Rose Bruford Drama School and Kilburn Grammar School. He made his first professional stage appearance at the Theatre Royal Lincoln.

He first rose to prominence in the long-running UK police drama series Z-Cars as PC Newcombe, a character he would play for four years. He is also well known for his appearances in Doctor Who, first as Peter Haydon in the 1967 story The Tomb of the Cybermen, starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, and later he appeared as the Axon Man in the Jon Pertwee story The Claws of Axos in 1971. Bernard reprised his role as Axos in a new Doctor Who audio drama, The Feast of Axos, opposite Colin Baker which was released on CD in February 2011.

Other regular roles include The Gentle Touch as Detective Inspector Mike Turnbull (1982�84), a character he also played in the follow-up series C.A.T.S. Eyes in 1985. He later played Richard in two seasons of Birds of a Feather in 1998. He also appeared as the Chief Constable in the popular drama series A Touch of Frost, starring David Jason, in 1999 and returned to play the role in 2003.

His recent television appearances include HollyoaksEastEndersDoctors and Holby City. He has also worked consistently on the stage, working in theatres all over the country, including Brighton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Derby, and Norwich. His most recent stage role was in Allan Monkhouse's Mary Broome at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in 2011. He has also voiced hundreds of commercials, including the TV campaign for the Playstation 3 gameLittleBigPlanet and has presented many Corporate Videos.