Norman Eshley is an English actor best known for his television roles.
Eshley attended Bristol Grammar School and worked in a bank, before training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He played many Shakespearean roles on stage. His first screen role was in the 1968 film The Immortal Story, directed by Orson Welles. He played a lead character, Steve, in Blind Terror (1971) and appeared in the Pete Walker horror film House of Mortal Sin in 1975.
He is possibly best known for his role in the sitcom George and Mildred (1976–79) as the snobbish, right-wing real estate agent Jeffrey Fourmile, the foil to George. He had previously played characters in its direct predecessor, Man About the House (1976), as Robin Tripp's brother Norman who married Chrissy, but in an earlier episode in 1974 he had played a sleazy married executive named Ian Cross who tried to seduce Chrissy. Other TV credits include: Department S (1969), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1970), Thriller ("The Colour of Blood"/US title: "The Carnation Killer", 1973) as an escaped serial killer, Warship (1973–74), The Onedin Line (1974), The Duchess of Duke Street, I, Claudius, The Sweeney (all 1976), Secret Army (1977), Return of the Saint (1978), The Professionals (1980), Minder(1985), Brookside (1986), Taggart (1990), Cadfael (1994), One Foot in the Grave (1997), Dangerfield (1998), Murder Most Horrid (1999), and The Bill (1999-2000). In 1988 he appeared in a public information film about road safety called "Accident in Park Road". His character is seen driving a Ford Escort before running over a child who dashes out between cars in front of him. He is questioned by Graham Colewho plays a policeman, a role he played as PC Tony Stamp in The Bill.
Along with Douglas Fielding, he provided the narration for the Blind Guardian album Nightfall In Middle Earth.. He had roles in the BBC TV series New Tricks (2007) and A Christmas Campaign (short, 2011).