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Trevor Peacock

Trevor Peacock

Born in Tottenham, London in 1931, Peacock began writing pop songs in the early 1960s. Some of his biggest hits of the era include 1963's "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," performed by Herman's Hermits; Jess Conrad's "Mystery Girl;" and "Stick Around," recorded by Billy Fury. Peacock also wrote a number of hits for the all-female English pop group The Vernon Girls, such as "Be Nice to Him Mama" and "We Love the Beatles." In addition to his songwriting, Peacock also penned several scripts for the British music show "Oh Boy!" (ITV, 1958-59), and wrote the 1965 crime drama starring Judi Dench, "He Who Rides a Tiger." Having appeared in a few TV roles throughout the 1960s, Peacock turned to acting full-time by the 1970s. In addition to nabbing roles on "EastEnders" and "The Vicar of Dibley," Peacock appeared in several starring roles for the BBC's Shakespeare Series, including "Twelfth Night" (1980), and both episodes of the two-part "Henry the Sixth" (1983). Furthermore, Peacock made an appearance as The Gravedigger in the 1990 feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," starring Mel Gibson as the title character. In 2007 he starred alongside Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti as Papa Claus in the Hollywood comedy "Fred Claus" and followed that up with a supporting role in Dustin Hoffman's 2012 directorial debut, "Quartet."