Tim Pigott-Smith is an English actor, voice artist, director and author who has had significant roles in a number of television series including Doctor Who (1971-1976), The Jewel in the Crown (1984), The Chief (1990-1993), The Vice (2001-2003), North & South (2004) and The Hour, in 2011.
A drama major, he graduated from the University of Bristol in 1967 (where he frequently lectures) and made his professional debut two years later with the Bristol Old Vic.
Predominantly a stage player in both regional and repertory, he made his Broadway debut in Sherlock Holmes as Dr. Watson in 1974. Over the years, he has appeared opposite England's theatre royalty including Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Geraldine James, Margaret Tyzack and Patrick Stewart.
He formed his own theatre company in later years, Compass, and served as its artistic director from 1989-1992. In addition, he has directed several major productions including Hamlet and A Royal Hunt of the Sun.
He has taken several Shakespearean classics to TV, including his Hotspur in Henry IV, Part I and Angelo in Measure for Measure, and delivered impressive performances in such prestigious mini-series productions as Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, Fame Is the Spur and The Jewel in the Crown.
Lesser known for his body of film work, such movies as Aces High (1976), his film debut, Joseph Andrews (1977), Victory (1981), Clash of the Titans (1981), State of Emergency (1986), Remains of the Day (1993), and Martin Scorcese's Gangs of New York (2002) have yet given him that necessary breakout role.
Tim is a frequent broadcaster who has recorded many audio books and has published the anthology, Out of India. He has long been married to actress Pamela Miles and they have one son, Tom, who is a concert solo violinist.