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Peter Vaughan

Peter Vaughan (born 4 April 1923) is an English character actor, known for many supporting roles in a variety of British film and television productions. He has worked extensively on the stage, becoming known for roles such as police inspectors, Soviet agents and similar parts. He is best known for his role as Grouty in the sitcom Porridge and also had a recurring role alongside Robert Lindsay in Citizen Smith, written by John Sullivan. He also had a major part as Tom Franklin in the Chancer TV series 1990 -1991 which ran for 20 episodes He was born Peter Olm in Wem, Shropshire, the son of a bank clerk and a nurse, and was brought up in Staffordshire where he attended Uttoxeter Grammar School. After leaving school he joined Wolverhampton Repertory theatre and gained experience in other repertory theatres before army service in WWII, having served in Normandy, Belgium and the Far East. Vaughan has been married twice, on the first occasion to Billie Whitelaw. His second wife is actress Lillias Walker, with whom he lives in the village of Mannings Heath, in West Sussex, having previously lived in Crawley, West Sussex. He is legally blind.


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