Martin Jarvis
Biographical information
Nationality: English
Birthdate: August 4, 1941
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Age: 77
Residence: London, England, UK
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation: Actor, Voice actor
Years active: 1964-present
Marital status: Married
Family: Rosalind Ayres (spouse)
Toby Jarvis (son)
Oliver Jarvis (son)
Margot Lillian Scottney (mother; diseased)
Denys Harry Jarvis (father; diseased)

Martin Jarvis, OBE (born 4 August 1941) is an English actor. He is best known for portraying Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon in James Cameron's 1997 film, Titanic.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Jarvis was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the son of Denys Harry Jarvis and Margot Lillian Scottney, and grew up in South Norwood and Sanderstead, South Croydon. Jarvis was educated at Whitgift School, an independent school in Croydon in south London, and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

He married Rosalind Ayres on 23 November 1974 in Ealing and has two sons by a previous marriage. He met Ayres when playing in Hamlet together, where she played Ophelia. Together with his wife, Jarvis runs the radio production company "Jarvis & Ayres Productions", frequently used by Radio 4. He was awarded the OBE in 2000. He has also published a book of memoirs titled Acting Strangely: A Funny Kind of Life (ISBN 0413728501 hardback, ISBN 0-413-74550-3 paperback). He has houses in London and Los Angeles.

He starred in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest at the "Harold Pinter" Theatre in London from June until September, 2014.

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