He is possibly best known for his role in the sitcom George and Mildred as the snobbish real estate agent Jeffrey Fourmile, the foil to George. He had previously played characters in its predecessor Man About the House, most famously Robin's brother who married Chrissy, but previously a sleazy married executive who tried to seduce Chrissy.
Eshley attended Bristol Grammar School and worked in a bank, before training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He then played many Shakespearian roles on stage and his first screen role was in the 1968 Orson Welles directed film The Immortal Story.
Other TV credits include: Department S, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Warship, The Onedin Line, I, Claudius, Secret Army, The Sweeney, The Duchess of Duke Street, Return of the Saint, The Professionals, Minder, Brookside, Taggart, Cadfael, Dangerfield, One Foot in the Grave, Murder Most Horrid and The Bill. Norman also played the lead character, Steve, in the horror film Blind Terror (aka See no Evil) made in 1971, opposite Mia Farrow.
Previously married to Millicent Martin.
|1976 to 1980||George and Mildred||Jeffrey Fourmile|
|1997||One Foot in the Grave||Inspector Rickles|