Roger Jerome: Actor

From 1954, when he played a comic role in a play in French at high school, Roger has enjoyed acting and been commended for it. His next role was Mercutio in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet". His first play at college was "Our Town." He played every part he could get while at the University of Birmingham and then worked in community theatre. At the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art—where he studied under the legendary Clifford Turner—he was a prizewinner for fencing and dialects.

Going straight into provincial repertory from RADA, Roger played a wide variety of characters over five years, including STANLEY ("The Birthday Party"), ESTRAGON ("Waiting for Godot"), FANCOURT-BABBERLY ("Charley's Aunt"), ROCHEFORT ("The Three Musketeers") and FESTE ("Twelfth Night"). A stint at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon Avon saw him working with such luminaries as John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Plummer, Ian Bannen and Peggy Ashcroft.

Roger toured every major British city with "Beyond the Fringe", appeared as the BEGGAR in "The Beggar's Opera" in Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and Paris, and was featured in "Saint's Day" at the St. Martin's Theatre in London. He is a member of British Actors' Equity Association.

Roger Jerome began to visit America in 1988 and, for a while, worked at various colleges. Picking up his professional acting in the USA, in the early 90's, Roger played MR. DARLING and CAPTAIN HOOK in "Peter Pan" at the WV Public Theater, for whom he also played ALFRED P. DOOLITTLE in "My Fair Lady". Out on Cape Cod, he was FRIAR LAURENCE ("Romeo and Juliet"), DOGBERRY ("Much Ado About Nothing"), SMEE ("Peter Pan") and S. B. O'DONNELL ("Philadelphia, Here I come!") at the Monomoy Theatre. At the Pittsburgh Public Theatre he was CAPULET ("Romeo and Juliet"). He played REV TOOKER ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof") at Arkansas Rep, Little Rock. Also in Pittsburgh, he was BEN WEATHERSTAFF ("The Secret Garden"), NEVILLE McBRIDE ("James McBride") and received rave reviews for his 3 lead roles in a new triple bill, "Elder Hostages".

Plus, for PICT in Pittsburgh, he played TEDDY ("Faith Healer"), TARTUFFE ("Tartuffe"), MR.HARDCASTLE ("She Stoops to Conquer") and roles in "The School for Scandal" and "Hobson's Choice". He is a member of American Actors' Equity.