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Martin Jarvis as Leonard

Leonard (Martin Jarvis)

Widower Leonard is the boss of South West TV, who make Wessex Tonight. He's much liked by most of his staff, especially Wessex Tonight's glamorous weathergirl Hero, because he's her dad! Not all of his staff choices have been quite so well thought out though - if he can't find a way to sort out Benedick and Beatrice's bickering, putting them together again might not seem so clever.

Martin Jarvis

A distinguished actor with a very long career, Martin Jarvis is probably best known for his radio work - his voice is a staple of Radio 4. With his wife Rosalind Ayres, he runs Jarvis and Ayres Productions, which produces dramas, readings and audiobooks. For this, and his other work, Martin was honoured with an OBE for his services to drama in 2000.

Martin often steps behind the mike himself, and has narrated dozens of audiobooks and readings, including versions of Richmal Crompton's William books, Kafka's Metamorphosis, P.G. Wodehouse's Carry On Jeeves, and 101 Dalmations.

Martin's TV debut was in Doctor Who in 1965, playing a giant butterfly in The Web Planet. A couple of years later he played Jolyon Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga. Since then, his many TV parts have included Oliver, the main lead, in 1978 sitcom Rings On Their Fingers, Uriah Heep in David Copperfield, and Jeeves in the TV version of Alan Ayckbourn's musical By Jeeves!

On the big screen, Martin's impressive credits include Titanic, Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War, Emily's Ghost, Kid with the X-Ray Eyes, Buster with Phil Collins and the cult film Taste the Blood of Dracula.

Martin's also had plenty of stage success, including parts in Woman in Mind and Henceforward by Alan Ayckbourn; Other Places by Harold Pinter and Michael Frayn's Exchange. In 2003 he performed his own one-man reading, Just William Live.


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