Gerald Harper (born 15 February 1929 in London, England) is an actor, best known for his work on television, having played the title roles in both Adam Adamant Lives! (1966–67) and Hadleigh (1969–76).
He originally wanted to be a doctor but became interested in acting while still at school. He was educated at Haileybury. After National Service he trained at RADA. He started in the London Arts Theatre followed by Liverpool Playhouse before returning to London to play in Charley's Aunt with Frankie Howerd. He also played in Free As Air and Ross and toured in America with the Old Vic and Boeing-Boeing.
His film credits include: The Admirable Crichton (1957), A Night to Remember (1958), The League of Gentlemen (1960), Tunes of Glory (1960) and The Punch and Judy Man (1963), The Lady Vanishes (1979). On radio he did The Sunday Affair; for Capital Radio. Television also included; The Sleeper, The Corsican Brothers and Gazette.
Harper presented a series of Saturday afternoon shows for BBC Radio 2 in the early 1990s, where he played classic songs from the past and gave away bottles of champagne and chocolates. His opening phrase, usually spoken over the introduction of the first song, was "Hello....I'm Gerald Harper. Welcome to my Saturday selection". The radio show was resurrected for Talksport radio for a few months between 2000-2001, and re-titled "Champagne and Roses".