Peter Duguid

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Peter Duguid was a prolific stage and TV actor before becoming one of television’s most sought after directors. In the seventies, he directed numerous episodes of Callan, starring Edward Woodward, Public Eye, Special Branch, Armchair Theatre, Hazell and the Max Wall drama Born and Bred.

Born in Felling, Gateshead on February 27, 1923, he won a scholarship to Jarrow Grammar School and on leaving trained as an engineering draughtsman. He began acting in amateur productions and later won a place at the Old Vic School, where he met his future wife Gillian.

Duguid made his first professional appearance at the Theatre Royal Norwich and during the fifties worked with the Old Vic Company and the Stratford Memorial Theatre. He married Gillian in 1956 while acting and directing at the Nottingham Playhouse.

He was appointed artistic director of the Glasgow Citizen’s in 1957-60 and during the sixties appeared as an actor in several films, including The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and This Sporting Life. On television he had character roles in Richard the Lionheart, The Saint, Z-Cars and many other series.

He switched to directing full-time, first working for the BBC and then moving to ABC (later Thames TV). He worked with numerous actors over the years and gave early television roles to Ian McKellen, Hugh Grant and Sinead Cusack.

Later TV credits included The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982), the 13-part trial drama Jury, and the children’s series Danger – Marmalade at Work. He retired from television in the late eighties.

Throughout his long career, those who worked with him spoke of his dedication and professionalism, his support for actors and his dry wit.

He died on March 3, aged 86. He is survived by his wife and their three sons.

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