Michael Troughton

Last updated 09 January 2020

Michael Troughton
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Michael Troughton

Born: Wednesday 2nd March 1955 (age: 69)

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Michael Troughton is an English actor, writer and teacher, and is the son of second Doctor Patrick Troughton and younger brother of David Troughton.

Perhaps his best known role on television is as Sir Piers Fletcher-Dervish, foil to Ric Mayall's Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman. He also appeared as Melish in Minder, and in a number of dramatic roles throughout the 20th Century including A Moment in Time, Blake's 7, The Member for Chelsea, Woof!, Get Well Soon, Retrace, and Micawber.

During the 2000s he took a break from acting to care for his wife, Caroline, during which he graduated with a science degree from the Open University and took up a teaching role at St John Leman School in Beccles, later becoming Head of Drama at Woodbridge School. After his wife passed away in 2012, he returned to acting, appearing in the ITV series Breathless and in the 2014 series of Jonathan Creek.

Unlike his brother, Michael had never appeared in Doctor Who until the 2014 Christmas Special; however, he played the character Quendril in the Big Finish audio The Lost Stories: Lords of the Red Planet, and in 2011 released a biography of his father.