Tim Preece

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Tim Preece
Born (1938-08-05) 5 August 1938 (age 84)
Shrewsbury, England

Tim Preece (born 5 August 1938) is an English actor. He has appeared on British television since the 1960s and also acted on stage. [1] [2]


Early life

Preece was born in Shrewsbury in Shropshire and was educated at the Priory Grammar School for Boys, Shrewsbury.[ citation needed ] He trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic. [3]


Preece's television roles include playing Codal in the six-part Doctor Who serial Planet of the Daleks (1973) and Tom Patterson in the first two series of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976–77). [4] [5] He later returned to the role for The Legacy Of Reginald Perrin (1996). [1] He also appeared as the editor of a local newspaper in "The Journalist", an episode of People Like Us (2001) with Chris Langham. [6] Preece played the recurring role of Rev. Sparrow in Waiting for God (1992–94). [7]

Other television appearances include the Foyle's War episode "War Games" (2003) as James Philby, the pilot of a doomed holiday jet in the Casualty episode "Cascade" (1992), and as Mark's careers guidance counsellor and therapist in the Peep Show episode "Dream Job" (2003). [8] [1]

In 2017, Preece appeared in a Royal National Theatre production of the improvised play Lost Without Words. [9]

Selected filmography

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