Jeffrey Holland

Jeffrey Holland (born 17 July 1946 in Walsall and educated there at Queen Mary's Grammar School) is an English actor well known for roles in television sitcoms, as well as BBC Radio comedy, including Week Ending.

Jeffrey joined an amateur theatre company and worked at a wine merchants and in the office of a manufacturing company before becoming a professional actor. He appeared in an episode of Dixon of Dock Green, in several episodes of Crossroads and as a soldier in an episode of Dad's Army. He broke through to public fame in the role of Spike Dixon, the camp comic at the Maplin's holiday camp in Hi-de-Hi!. He later appeared in Russ Abbot's Madhouse.

The writers David Croft and Jimmy Perry reprised the three key Hi-de-Hi characters and their traits:

  • Paul Shane - a dodgy, amoral character who likes to look after Number One
  • Holland - a sensible, kind and very moral role to counter the roles played by Shane
  • Su Pollard - a lovable scatterbrained character

The other Perry/Croft sitcoms in which the characters appeared were You Rang, M'Lord? (1988-1993), in which the comedy situation was an aristocrat (Lord Meldrum) and his servants. Then written with Richard Spendlove there was Oh, Doctor Beeching! (1995-1997) in which the characters were the staff at a country railway station threatened with closure by Dr Beeching in the 1960s.

Holland is married to fellow actor Judy Buxton.

Television Roles

Year Title Role
1980 to 1988 Hi-de-Hi! Spike Dixon
1988 to 1993 You Rang M'Lord? James Twelvetrees
1996 to 1997 Oh Doctor Beeching Cecil Parkin


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