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Frazer Simpson Frederick Hines

(1944-09-22) 22 September 1944 (age 79)
Alma mater Corona Theatre School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1955–present
Television Doctor Who
Emmerdale Farm
  • (m. 1981; div. 1984)
  • Liz Hobbs
    (m. 1994; div. 2003)

Frazer Simpson Frederick Hines (born 22 September 1944) is an English actor. He began his career as a child actor and appeared in A King in New York (1957) with Charlie Chaplin. He later played Jamie McCrimmon in Doctor Who, appearing in 117 episodes of the series, more than any other companion. He was a regular in the series alongside Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor between 1966 and 1969, and made guest appearances in the 1980s stories The Five Doctors and The Two Doctors. He also had a long-running role as Joe Sugden in Emmerdale Farm between 1972 and 1994.

Early life and career

Hines was born in Horsforth, a north-west suburb of Leeds in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the third son of Bill and Molly Hines. His mother was Scottish and came from Port Glasgow. Shortly after Hines was born, the family moved to Harrogate where his mother ran a boarding house. As a child, Hines went to the Western Board Primary School and then Norwood College. Through his parents attending a local amateur dramatics group and regularly visiting the cinema, Hines discovered a love for performing and began attending the Margery Newbury School of Dancing every Saturday morning. It was here that during a performance aged seven at the Royal Hall in Harrogate that Hines sang the song Louise while doing an impersonation of Maurice Chevalier which generated newspaper headlines reading "A young star is born here tonight at the Royal Hall Harrogate".

Because of this success, Hines began attending Corona Theatre School in London where his fellow classmates included Richard O'Sullivan, Dennis Waterman, Jeremy Bulloch and Francesca Annis. Making his debut in the film John and Julie (1955) as an extra in a crowd scene, Hines went on to have minor roles in a number of films including One Good Turn (1955) and The Woman for Joe (1955) before playing speaking parts in Moby Dick, The Weapon and X the Unknown (all 1956). Hines' breakthrough role however was in 1957 where he performed the role of Napoleon in a six-part television adaptation of John Buchan's 1922 novel Huntingtower. That same year, Hines appeared alongside Charlie Chaplin in the film A King in New York. From 1957 and throughout the 1960s, he performed a steady stream of roles in various television series, such as Jan in The Silver Sword (1957–58), Tim Birch in Emergency – Ward 10 (1963–64), and Roger Wain in Coronation Street (1965). He appeared in a 1964 serial, Smuggler's Bay, with Patrick Troughton. With a well-established career in television, Hines appeared in feature films less frequently, however he did appear in Tunes of Glory (1960) with Alec Guinness, I Could Go On Singing (1963) with Judy Garland and the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967).

Doctor Who

Hines auditioned for the part of Ben Jackson in 1966 but was unsuccessful.

Hines' Doctor Who debut came in the same year, when he was cast to play the part of Jamie McCrimmon, the companion of the Second Doctor (played by Patrick Troughton). Originally intended as a one-off guest character, Jamie joined the regular cast and appeared in the series from 1966 to 1969. Hines reprised the role in a cameo in the 20th anniversary serial The Five Doctors (1983) and as a guest star in The Two Doctors (1985). Hines appeared in 117 episodes of Doctor Who in all—more than any other "companion" actor in the history of the series. The only actors appearing in more episodes are those who played the first four Doctors. Many of the episodes featuring Jamie no longer exist in the BBC's collection.

In 1968, during his third year on the show, Hines released with Major Minor Records the novelty record "Who's Dr. Who?" Esteemed songwriters Barry Mason and Les Reed composed the music and lyrics, but the record was a commercial failure. Hines later called it the only flop Mason and Reed ever wrote.

Hines and his fellow lead actors Patrick Troughton and Wendy Padbury (who played the Doctor's other companion Zoe Heriot) decided collectively that the workload of Doctor Who was exhausting them. Frazer was the first of the three to announce his intention to leave. Troughton asked him to stay a few more months, to the end of the sixth series, as this was when Troughton planned to relinquish his role. The three actors remained with the show until the conclusion of the final Season 6 serial The War Games (1969). In a documentary about Patrick Troughton, Hines reported that they all left with smiles on their faces, feeling that their job was done and that it was well done. Frazer attested that he remained in contact with Troughton afterward.

Author Diana Gabaldon credits watching Frazer Hines in the Doctor Who serial The War Games (and finding him attractive in a kilt) as the inspiration for her first novel, Outlander, a time travel story set in 18th century Scotland. Consequently, she named the novel's male protagonist Jamie. She says that the character's surname, Fraser, is a coincidence, as the PBS station on which she watched Doctor Who habitually cut off the episode's credits. She did not learn Hines' name until several years after Outlander was published.

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Deborah Watling and Frazer Hines at a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary event

Up until 2007, Hines was the only surviving Second Doctor companion actor not to have acted in a Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio play. (The others have played characters other than their television roles.) In November 2007, he starred as Jamie in Helicon Prime, the second instalment in Season 2 of Big Finish's Companion Chronicles. Since then he has appeared in many more Companion Chronicles, where his uncanny ability to mimic Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor has been welcomed by fans of the show. Hines has also recorded linking narration for many Second Doctor serials which no longer exist in video form; the soundtracks, along with Hines' narration, have been released on CD by BBC Audio. He also appeared in an audio trilogy with Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor as an older Jamie. In 2013, Hines portrayed both Jamie and the Second Doctor in the Big Finish audio play The Light at the End, produced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.


After his tenure as Jamie in Doctor Who, Hines resumed the life of a jobbing actor, appearing in several films such as The Last Valley and Zeppelin (both 1971), until 1972 when he was cast in the soap opera Emmerdale Farm as Joe Sugden, a role he played until 1994. In between making episodes of Emmerdale, as it was renamed in 1989, he has continued a career in the theatre and made occasional appearances in other TV shows. Hines was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1992 after Michael Aspel surprised him during the filming of Emmerdale. He stated in a 2019 interview, “I left Emmerdale because I got sick of going to work when it was dark and coming home when it was dark. I’d just got married and owned a stud farm, and so I said I would leave." He stated he was asked back to the show the following year but refused and was later killed off. Hines confirmed that he would like to return to the soap despite his off-screen death.

After Emmerdale

Straight out of Emmerdale, in 1995 Hines toured the UK in a production of Doctor in the House with Vicki Michelle, Robin Askwith and Windsor Davies. In 1998, he starred as Inspector Lord in a touring production of Spider's Web. Hines guest starred in an episode of Dalziel and Pascoe in 2006 and appeared with Kate O'Mara in a tour of The Hollow later that year. Hines appeared in Peter Kay's Comic Relief video of 2007, as one of the many guests dancing to the song I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers. In 2011, he toured in the play Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench with Shirley Anne Field and Anita Harris. He appeared in the film A Voice to Die For in 2013. In 2014, Hines appeared in the film Two Days in the Smoke. He also appeared as Daddy Warbucks in the stage musical Annie in 2014.

Hines was cast in a 2015 episode of the television adaptation of Outlander, which he had helped to inspire. In the May 2015 episode "Wentworth Prison", Hines portrayed Sir Fletcher Gordon, an English prison warden. From 2016 to 2017, Hines starred as Albert Blunderstone in the tour of the play Seriously Dead.

In 2018, Hines starred in the award winning short film Sundown which was directed by Ryan Hendrick and also appeared in the sci-fi western film Blood Corral. In 2019, he starred in an audio film of Up Pompeii!, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the series, appearing alongside original cast members including Madeline Smith and Tim Brooke-Taylor. Hines appeared as Sonny Troughton, a former criminal, in two episodes of Doctors in 2020 and starred in the romantic-comedy film Lost at Christmas set in the Scottish Highlands later that same year.

Personal life

Hines has dated Jill Haworth, Pamela Franklin, Susan George, Liza Goddard and Deborah Watling. He also had a three-year relationship with Michael Caine's daughter Dominique. Hines has been twice married, first to Irish actress Gemma Craven from 1981 to 1984, and second to waterskiing champion Liz Hobbs (with whom he lived in Coddington, Nottinghamshire) from 1994 to 2003.

Boxtree, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, published Hines' autobiography in 1996. This work, titled Films, Farms and Fillies, first appeared in a paperback edition. Thirteen years later, in December 2009, Telos Publishing released a revised hardcover edition, titled Hines Sight.

In July 2010, Hines disclosed that he suffered from colorectal cancer for eleven years, explaining that he kept his illness a secret for fear of professional alienation. Since his recovery, Hines has openly promoted cancer awareness through Cancer Research and the Bobby Moore Cancer Foundation. His older brother Roy Hines (1942–1982) was also an actor and died of cancer aged 40.

Hines later toured Northern England in a solo performance covering his career.

Hines is a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats.



Year Title Role Notes
1955 One Good Turn Minor role uncredited
John and Julie Citizen at Buckingham Palace uncredited
The Woman for Joe Minor Role uncredited
Geordie Boy uncredited
Windfall Boy uncredited
Stock Car Boy uncredited
On the Twelfth Day... Choirboy uncredited
1956 Moby Dick Boy uncredited
The Long Arm Urchin uncredited
Peril for the Guy Kim
The Weapon Jimmy
X the Unknown Ian Osborn
1957 The Smallest Show on Earth Boy uncredited
Miracle in Soho Minor role uncredited
A King in New York Chef
1958 The Salvage Gang Kim
1959 A Woman's Temptation Tommy
Witness in the Dark Newsboy
1960 The Young Jacobites Angus
Tunes of Glory Boy
1963 I Could Go On Singing Schoolboy
1964 Go Kart Go Harry Haggetty
1967 You Only Live Twice Spectre Number 4 Voice
1971 The Last Valley Corg
Zeppelin Radio Operator
2014 Two Days In The Smoke Mr. Hemmings
2015 Impurity Carlson
2018 Blood Corral Thomas
2020 Lost at Christmas Frank
2022 Orchid Moon Eddie Costello


Year Title Role Notes
1955 London Playhouse Mickey Day Episode: "Fighting Chance"
1957 Huntingtower Napoleon All 6 episodes
1957 Overseas Press Club - Exclusive! Bellhop Episode: "The Littlest Sergeant"
1957–1958 The Silver Sword Jan 6 episodes
1958 Run to Earth Mick Fairbairn 5 episodes
1958 Queen's Champion Toby All 8 episodes
1958 Mary Britten, M.D. Geoff Bates Episode: "The Doctor in the Dark"
1958 Cinderella Buttons
1958 The Adventures of William Tell Carl Episode: "The Boy Slaves"
1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre Donald Episode: "Proud Passage"
1959 Great Expectations Trabb's Boy Episode: "#1.5"
1959 Heidi Organ-grinder Episode: "Away from Grandfather"
1959 The Case Before You Peter Houghton Episode: "#1.5"
1959 Three Golden Nobles Tom Episode: "The Painter's Apprentice"
1959 The Men from Room 13 Hooligan Episode: "The Man Who Watched Birds: Part 1"
1960 The Long Way Home Philippe Rondeur Episode: "Cross Country Run"
1960 Rendezvous Bully Episode: "The Dodo"
1960 No Man's Island Tim 2 episodes
1960 Armchair Theatre Perce Episode: "Mr Nobody"
1960 The Charlie Drake Show Nicholas Nickleby Episode: "A Christmas Carol"
1960 ITV Television Playhouse Landlady's Son Episode: "The Song of Louise in the Morning"
1960 Yorky Phil Grundy Episode: "A Change of Tune"
1960 ITV Play of the Week Barney MacKean Episode: "The Member of the Wedding"
1961 The Cheaters Harry Episode: "The Man with the Ticking Head"
1961 Dear Charles Bruno
1961 ITV Television Playhouse Leonard Scott Episode: "Paris Round the Corner"
1961 Yorky Jimmy Episode: "The Student Teacher"
1961 Family Solicitor David Lee Episode: "In Custody"
1961 ITV Play of the Week Ephraim Episode: "Over the Bridge"
1961 ITV Play of the Week Young Boy Episode: "The Whisperers"
1962 Late Summer Affair Youth
1962 Dr. Finlay's Casebook Robbie Grant Episode: "The Quack"
1962 Probation Officer Tom Harvey Episode: "#4.19"
1962 Z Cars 1st boy Episode: "The Five Whistles"
1962 Suspense Fred Markham Episode: "Needle Point"
1963 Suspense Billy Johnson Episode: "The Honest Man"
1963 The Plane Makers Bob Millett 2 episodes
1963 Smugglers' Cove Tim All 6 episodes
1963–1964 Emergency-Ward 10 Tim Birch 14 episodes
1963 ITV Play of the Week Noisy Boy Episode: "I Can't Bear Violence"
1964 Television Club Tony Brent Episode: "The Brent Family: A Youth Hostel Weekend"
1964 Compact Ray 4 episodes
1964 Smuggler's Bay John Trenchard All 6 episodes
1964 The Old Wives' Tale Cyril 2 episodes
1965 The Villains Sonny Episode: "Sonny"
1965 Coronation Street Roger Wain 3 episodes
1965 The Flying Swan Jonathan Steele Episode: "The Age of Consent"
1965 Theatre 625 Peter Episode: "The Siege of Manchester"
1965 ITV Play of the Week Andy Episode: "Giants on Saturday "
1966 This Man Craig Keith Mitchell Episode: "Sticks and Stones"
1966 King of the River Bob Elliot 4 episodes
1983, 1985
Doctor Who Jamie McCrimmon 117 episodes
1966 ITV Play of the Week John Episode: "Stories of D.H. Lawrence #4: Samson and Delilah"
1967 ITV Play of the Week Man on Motor bike Episode: "Cry Baby Bunting"
1971 Rules, Rules, Rules Alan Episode: "Rules and the Generation Gap"
1971 Seasons of the Year Jethro Episode: "The Three Graces"
1972–1994 Emmerdale Joe Sugden Series regular; 1515 episodes
1984 Duty Free Frazer Hines Episode: "El Astro"
1996 Expert Witness Michael Kyte Episode: "The Answer's in the Soil"
1997–1998 Out of Sight Mr. Spinks 3 episodes
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe Duncan Ramsden Episode: "Glory Days: Part 1"
2007 The Catherine Tate Show Frazer Hines Episode: "Comic Relief Special"
2008 Panto the Series Baron TV film
2015 Outlander Sir Fletcher Gordon Episode: "Wentworth Prison"
2020 Doctors Sonny Troughton 2 episodes

Music videos

Year Artist Title Role
2015 Linzi Gold "Killing Kiss" Barman

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