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Paul Eddington

Paul Eddington

Born in June 1927, Eddington started his career in ENSA and repertory theatre.

For two decades he had a solid career on TV (playing Will Scarlett in Robin Hood) and cinema (a decent role in The Devil Rides Out).

As Margot's long suffering husband Jerry, he was the unsung hero of that splendid The Good Life ensemble, before being cast in the role that defined him: Jim Hacker in Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.

His bemused and loveable performance garnered Eddington four BAFTA nominations and a CBE.

Latterly he was blighted with a rare form of cancer which caused disfigurement of the skin, readily apparent in his final TV appearance in Henry IV.

A Quaker and lifelong pacifist, when pressed he said he hoped his epitaph would be "he did very little harm".

He died in November 1995, shortly after the publication of his autobiography, So Far, So Good.

Appearances by Paul Eddington
Start YearAliasProgramme BrandCountry

As an Actor

Yes Minister 1980
Yes, Prime Minister 1986
The Good Life 1975

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