After training at LAMDA and beginning in regional repertory, the actor Geoffrey Beevers steadily built a prolific stage career including appearances in the West End and on Broadway, at the National Theatre and with the RSC; and a long association with the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, for whom he not only acted but also directed his own acclaimed adaptations of the novels of George Eliot. His film appearances include Victor/Victoria and Miss Potter, and he has acted in countless TV series and plays, from classic 1970s fare such as Budgie to the cult comedy Plebs fifty years later. He is fondly remembered by Doctor Who fans for his appearance in the 1981 story ‘The Keeper of Traken’ where he became the third actor to portray the Doctor’s nemesis, The Master, a role he has since reprised in numerous audio adventures.
In this book, Geoffrey looks back over a long and continuing career and reflects on how his childhood influenced and shaped the actor, and the man, that he became. He examines the conflict faced by every actor, between the desire to do good, satisfying work and the need to earn a living; describes his approach to acting and analyses what makes him tick; and writes movingly of the love of his life, the actress Caroline John, to whom he was married for over forty years until her death in 2012.