Trevor Byfield

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Trevor Byfield
Trevor Mills Byfield

(1943-10-20)20 October 1943
Died11 October 2017(2017-10-11) (aged 73)
Other namesZig Byfield, Ziggy Byfield
Occupation Actor
Years active1967–2017
Spouse(s)Janet Offor (1966) divorced

Trevor Mills Byfield (20 October 1943 – 11 October 2017) [1] was a British character actor particularly well known for his roles on British television. In many of his later roles he was credited as Zig Byfield.


Theatre work

Prior to his work in television and film he appeared in several stage musicals under the name Ziggy Byfield. These included the 1970s production of Hair , where he appeared alongside Joan Armatrading, Richard O'Brien, Paul Nicholas and Floella Benjamin. [2] He also appeared later in Richard O’Brien's The Rocky Horror Show . [3]

Television work

Byfield featured in many popular British television programmes over several decades, these included Heartbeat , EastEnders , Casualty , Holby City , Coronation Street , Family Affairs , Doctors , Only Fools and Horses , Inspector Morse (as the title character in the episode "Who Killed Harry Field?"), One Foot in the Grave , Birds of a Feather , The Professionals , Minder , Spooks , Lovejoy , So Haunt Me and New Tricks . [4] [5] [6] He appeared in seventeen episodes of The Bill in fourteen different roles.

Personal life

Byfield married Janet Offor in 1966 and they had two children together, but subsequently divorced.


In January 2009 he suffered a broken hip and ribs as well as a collapsed lung, when a tractor that he was driving lost control on a road and hit trees before rolling down an embankment during filming of the ITV show Heartbeat near Grosmont. Four crew members were also hurt. Byfield was airlifted to hospital. [7]


Byfield died in 2017 following a bout of pneumonia, he was 73.

Partial filmography


1982 Who Dares Wins Baker
1983 Slayground Sams
1989 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Train Driver
1995 GoldenEye Train Driver
1999Nasty NeighboursCar Salesman
1999 G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time Brian
2000 Distant Shadow John Clay
2009 Dead Man Running The Mark


1980 Minder Billy1 episode
1987 Yesterday's Dreams Don Ackford6 episodes
1991 Lovejoy Jeff DiamondSeries 2 Episode 4 - Montezuma's Revenge
1991 Inspector Morse Harry Field1 episode
1991 Only Fools and Horses Eric1 episode
1991 Minder Billy Meadows1 episode
1992 One Foot in the Grave Salmon1 episode
2003–2010 Waking the Dead John Nesbitt2 episodes
2000 A Touch of Frost George English1 episode
2003–2012 Doctors Tom Irving / Buster Bevan / Tony Raynor3 episodes (including final acting role)
2003 Holby City John Palmer1 episode
2004 Heartbeat Don Megson1 episode
1989–2008 The Bill various characters17 episodes
2008 New Tricks Clive Evans1 episode
2008 Casualty Don Harrikent1 episode
2009 Lewis Bone1 episode
2009 Heartbeat Harry Brown1 episode
2010 EastEnders Reg 2 episodes

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