Geoffrey Palmer joined the Royal Marines but on demobilisation, and with no career beckoning, Geoffrey drifted into the theatre. His first job was as an unpaid trainee assistant stage manager at the Q Theatre, by Kew Bridge. From there he graduated to the Grand Theatre, Croydon and some years of repertory theatre at Leatherhead, Canterbury, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen.
This was followed by various tours and hundreds of small parts in undistinguished and forgettable television productions. His so called " break " came in John Osborne's "West of Suez" at the Royal Court with Ralph Richardson. Soon after this he had the pleasure of working with Paul Scofield in "Savages" by Christopher Hampton also at the Royal Court and for Laurence Olivier at the National in "Eden End" and was directed by John Gielgud in "Private Lives" at the Globe. Subsequent theatre included "On Approval" at the Haymarket with Geraldine McEwan, "St. Joan" at the Old Vic with Eileen Atkins, "Kafka' s Dick" at the Royal Court and "Piano" at the National.
Film appearances include "O Lucky Man", "The Honorary Consul", "A Zed and Two Noughts" "Clockwise", "A Fish Called Wanda", "The Madness of King George", "Mrs. Brown", and "Tomorrow Never Dies". His many television appearances include "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin", "Butterflies", "The Insurance Man", "Fairly Secret Army", "A Question of Attribution" and "As Time Goes By".