Gareth Armstrong (born 28 September 1948) is a British ( Welsh) actor. He began his career by acting in school plays at the Bishop Gore School, Swansea. His television credits include: Z-Cars, Doctor Who (in the serial The Masque of Mandragora), Blake's 7, The Professionals, Terry and June, One Foot in the Grave, Casualty and EastEnders. On the stage he has appeared in productions of Shakespeare on numerous occasions, including the role of Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. He has also toured internationally in his own one-man show Shylock, in which Shakespeare's principal Jewish character is seen from the viewpoint of Tubal, the Bard's only other Jewish character and Shylock's only friend in the original play. Armstrong did the voice acting for the Japanese television series Journey to the West released in English-speaking countries as Monkey. On radio, Armstrong has played three recurring roles in The Archers on Radio 4, including Sean Myerson, the publican of the Cat and Fiddle and the serial's first regular gay character.