Roy Dotrice was born in Guernsey, England. He joined the Royal Airforce at age 14 and volunteered for National Service telling them he was 18.
While in a German P.O.W camp, he performed in camp plays and it was there that he also acquired a love for the game of Baseball from the Canadian prisoners.
After the war, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and acted in theater for the next thirteen years. In 1988 he joined the Shakespearean Company and performed in over forty productions in London.
His one man show, "Brief Lives" is noted in the Guiness Book Of Records for the most performances (1,700)
He has had roles in feature films such as Amadeus, A Twist Of Sand and Nicholas and Alexandria.
Roy's television roles included such shows as The Caretaker, receiving an Emmy for his performance in 1968, Tales Of The Gold Monkey, Magnum, P.I, The Equaliser,Beauty and The Beast, Space 1999 and of course his unforgettable role as Mr. Big on Mr & Mrs Smith, which unfortunately was abruptly cancelled in 1996