Peter Cartwright (actor)

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Peter Cartwright
Born(1935-08-30)30 August 1935
Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa
Died18 November 2013(2013-11-18) (aged 78)
London, England
Years active1969–2013
Spouse(s)Peggy Naugton (2013-2013; his death)

Peter Cartwright (30 August 1935 – 18 November 2013) [1] was a South African born British actor who made hundreds of appearances in television, film and on radio and worked extensively in the theatre, both in the provinces and London's West End.


Cartwright was born in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa, and educated at St. Andrew's College in Grahamstown. He arrived in Britain in 1959 and studied at RADA.

He was best known in South Africa for a series of television commercials in which he was the face of Charles Glass, the legendary founder of South African Breweries and the brewmaster who brewed Castle Lager. He died of cancer at his home in London on 18 November 2013, aged 78.

Selected TV credits

Softly, Softly: Taskforce , Z-Cars , Rumpole of the Bailey , Danger UXB , Yes Prime Minister , Casualty , Shackleton , Longitude , The Vicar of Dibley, Doctor Who .

He appeared in the British soap Emmerdale playing George Postlethwaite the fictional bishop of Skipdale.

Selected film credits

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , he played a wizard, Elphias Doge, part of the Order of the Phoenix, escorting Harry to Grimmauld Place.

Other films include Wimbledon , Cry Freedom , Gandhi and The Fourth Protocol .


1978 Let's Get Laid Film Director
1979 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Major Treadwell
1982 Gandhi European Passenger
1987 The Fourth Protocol Jan Marais
1987 Cry Freedom Senior police officer
1996 The Innocent Sleep Gerald Phillips
2004 Wimbledon Elderly Man in Lift
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Elphias Doge

Stage credits

Sleuth (Fortune Theatre, West End), Habeas Corpus (Theatre Royal, Windsor), Don Carlos (Royal Exchange, Manchester),

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