Jeremy Bulloch was a guest at our 2018 Nickel City Con event. To see this year’s lineup, click here.
Jeremy Bulloch was born in the town of Market Harborough in the middle of England. He is one of six children and even at the young age of five was on stage in his school show enjoying acting and singing. After failing a school exam at the age of eleven Jeremy seemed destined for the acting profession and was soon attending Corona Academy Drama School, making his first professional appearance at the age of twelve when he appeared in a commercial for a breakfast cereal.
Following many appearances on children’s television, Jeremy’s big break came at the age of 17 when he landed a major role in the musical film Summer Holiday which starred the pop idol Cliff Richard (now Sir Cliff). Shortly after he went into a BBC soap opera called The Newcomers which ran for three years and made him a household name in the U.K. In 1969, Jeremy was off to Madrid, Spain to play the leading role in a musical film called Las Leandras. This was followed by two major films: The Virgin & the Gypsy and Mary Queen of Scots.
During the 1970s he made many other screen appearances, including the James Bond films, in which he portrayed the character ‘Smithers’ (Q’s assistant). In 1977 Jeremy spent six months in the Far East, where he was based in Singapore and traveled to the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia filming a BBC drama documentary called The Sadrina Project. This documentary was designed to teach the English language to people in the Far East, mainly the Chinese. On a trip to China some 15 years later, where Jeremy was performing in a stage play, he was instantly recognized by hundreds of people who said they had learned their English from The Sadrina Project.
In 1978 he was starring in the hit television comedy series Agony that ran for three years. It was during this series that Jeremy was asked to play a small part in The Empire Strikes Back – the sequel to Star Wars. The part, of course, was none other than ‘Boba Fett’. Return of the Jedi followed soon and Jeremy was invited to reprise the role of Boba.
Since the early 1980s, Jeremy has played many roles on television and on the stage in London’s West End. He has also done two worldwide theatre tours covering the Middle and the Far East. Jeremy appeared regularly in the favorite TV series Robin of Sherwood, in which he played the part of ‘Edward of Wickham’. Jeremy’s son Robbie was asked to play Matthew in the series. Robin of Sherwood has a great following all around the world. Another popular series he has appeared in is Dr. Who where he played ‘Hal the Archer’ in The Time Warrior with Jon Pertwee, and also ‘Tor’ in The Space Museum with William Hartnell as the Doctor.
Since the release of the Star Wars: Special Editions in 1997, the phenomenal interest in the character of ‘Boba Fett’ has grown and grown and has meant that Jeremy is invited to sci-fi conventions and events all around the world. His fan mail increased five-fold, but he still manages to reply to everyone that writes to him!
In the last few years apart from traveling the world Jeremy has been working in the UK on various revisionist shows and has also appeared in a film Number One Longing, Number Two Regret. Another project Jeremy worked on – StarHyke – was released in 2000.
It was while on holiday in Tuscany, Italy that he received a surprise telephone call inviting him to make a cameo appearance in The Revenge of the Sith as ‘Captain Colton’. It was great fun to meet up with George Lucas and some of the characters again after so many years.
In the little leisure time, he has managed to write his autobiography ‘Flying Solo’ which is proving a big seller. He loves nothing more than watching a game of cricket or soccer and traveling; in the past few years, he has spent more time abroad than at home. He has collected an awesome amount of Boba Fett memorabilia, some given to him by dedicated fans, and some he cannot resist buying at toy fairs! His office at home resembles a Boba Fett Museum!
Recently Jeremy worked on a BBC television series called Bonekickers and filmed a pilot episode of Turpin. He has also worked on an audiobook for the Dr. Who series and a workshop on a musical about the life of singer Dusty Springfield. Jeremy has appeared in an episode of the UK version of Law & Order and his latest project has been filming The Presentiment a story set in the time of Jack the Ripper, and he has just finished a documentary on teaching Spanish children the English language. One project in the pipeline is voicing a character in the upcoming cartoon series called Max Adventures. At the moment he is working on a documentary about the famous Mallard steam engine train that broke the world record in 1938 with a speed of 126mph.