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Donald Sinden (1923–2014)


The son of a country chemist, the British actor Donald Sinden intended to pursue a career in architecture but was spotted in an amateur theatrical production and asked to join a company that entertained the troops during World War II (Sinden was rejected for naval service because of asthma). Following a brief training at drama school, he ... See full bio »

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Known For

Never the Twain
Never the Twain Simon Peel
(1981-1991)
Our Man at St. Mark's
Our Man at St. Mark's Rev. Stephen Young / Ven. Stephen Young
(1964-1966)
The Cruel Sea
The Cruel Sea Lockhart
(1953)
Mogambo
Mogambo Donald Nordley
(1953)

Filmography

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 2012 Run for Your Wife
Man on bus
 2012 Blowing Dandelions (Short)
Grandfather
 2010 Labrats (Video)
Colonel (voice)
 2010 Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series)
Sir Henry Clithering
- The Blue Geranium (2010) ... Sir Henry Clithering
 2008 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Colonel Henry Hammond
- Shot at Dawn (2008) ... Colonel Henry Hammond
 2001-2007 Judge John Deed (TV Series)
Sir Joseph Channing
- Evidence of Harm: Part 2 (2007) ... Sir Joseph Channing
- Evidence of Harm: Part 1 (2007) ... Sir Joseph Channing
- War Crimes: Part 2 (2007) ... Sir Joseph Channing
- War Crimes: Part 1 (2007) ... Sir Joseph Channing
- Heart of Darkness (2006) ... Sir Joseph Channing
 2003 The Accidental Detective
Professor Stein (as Sir Donald Sinden)
 1999 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
the voice of the Gryphon (voice)
 1999 Nancherrow (TV Mini-Series)
Robin Jarvis
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Robin Jarvis
 1998 The Treasure Seekers (TV Movie)
Old Wincott
 1998 Creche Landing (TV Movie) (voice)
 1997 Richard II (TV Movie)
Duke of York
 1997 The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie)
Lord Dumbleton (as Sir Donald Sinden)
 1996 Cuts (TV Movie)
Sir Luke Trimmingham
 1996 The Canterville Ghost (TV Movie)
Mr. Umney
 1995 Balto
Doc (voice)
 1981-1991 Never the Twain (TV Series)
Simon Peel
- The First of the Queue (1991) ... Simon Peel
- Two Fools and Their Money (1991) ... Simon Peel
- There Goes the Bride (1991) ... Simon Peel
- Born Again (1991) ... Simon Peel
- The Best Laid Plans (1991) ... Simon Peel
 1990 The Children
Lord Wrench
 1988 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Sir Anthony Absolute
- The Rivals (1988) ... Sir Anthony Absolute
 1981 Present Laughter (TV Movie)
Garry Essendine
 1981 All's Well That Ends Well (TV Movie)
King of France
 1975-1979 Two's Company (TV Series)
Robert Hiller
- The Friendly Aristocrats (1979) ... Robert Hiller
- The Rolls-Royce (1979) ... Robert Hiller
- The Silence (1979) ... Robert Hiller
- The Visiting Scots (1979) ... Robert Hiller
- The Salesman (1979) ... Robert Hiller
 1978 The Morecambe & Wise Show (TV Series)
Butler of the Year Judge
- The First Thames Special (1978) ... Butler of the Year Judge
 1975 That Lucky Touch
British Gen. Armstrong
 1975 Against the Crowd (TV Series)
Mr Thomas
- Tell It to the Chancellor (1975) ... Mr Thomas
 1975 The Confederacy of Wives (TV Movie)
Gripe
 1974 The Island at the Top of the World
Sir Anthony Ross
 1973 The Day of the Jackal
Mallinson
 1973 Father Dear Father
Philip Glover
 1973 The National Health
Mr. Carr / Senior Surgeon Boyd
 1972 Rentadick
Jeffrey Armitage
 1969-1972 Father Dear Father (TV Series)
Philip Glover
- Brother Dear Brother (1972) ... Philip Glover
- An Explosive Situation (1971) ... Philip Glover
- Baby Won't You Please Come Home (1969) ... Philip Glover
 1972 The Organization (TV Series)
David Pulman
- Mr Pulman and Mr Pershore (1972) ... David Pulman
- Veronica and Mr Pulman (1972) ... David Pulman
- Peter Frame and Veronica (1972) ... David Pulman
- Rodney Spurling and Peter Frame (1972) ... David Pulman
- Eve and Rodney Spurling (1972) ... David Pulman
 1971 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Romney Pringle
- The Assyrian rejuvenator (1971) ... Romney Pringle
 1971 Villain
Gerald Draycott
 1971 The Ten Commandments (TV Series)
Major
- The Nineteenth Hole (1971) ... Major
 1969 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Philip Carter
- Relatively Speaking (1969) ... Philip Carter
 1968 Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher
The Prison Governor
 1968 Ooh La La! (TV Series)
- Above Reproach (1968)
 1968 Late Night Horror (TV Series)
William Pearl
- William and Mary (1968) ... William Pearl
 1968 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Faulk
 1967 The Prisoner (TV Series)
The Colonel
- Many Happy Returns (1967) ... The Colonel
 1964-1966 Our Man at St. Mark's (TV Series)
Rev. Stephen Young / Ven. Stephen Young
- Christmas Special: There Are More Things... (1966) ... Ven. Stephen Young
- When Will They Ever Learn? (1966) ... Ven. Stephen Young
- My Uncle Oswald (1966) ... Ven. Stephen Young
- Ships That Pass (1966) ... Ven. Stephen Young
- Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die (1966) ... Ven. Stephen Young
 1965 Love Story (TV Series)
Henry Chime
- A Bachelor of Grey (1965) ... Henry Chime
 1965 Blackmail (TV Series)
Edward Leech
- The Red House (1965) ... Edward Leech
 1965 The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini-Series)
Richard Duke of York / Plantagenet / York
- Margaret of Anjou (1965) ... Richard Duke of York
- The Inheritance (1965) ... Plantagenet
- The Fearful King ... York
 1964 First Night (TV Series)
Stephen Russell
- The Happy Ones (1964) ... Stephen Russell
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Solinus, Duke of Ephesus
- The Comedy of Errors (1964) ... Solinus, Duke of Ephesus
 1962 Mix Me a Person
Philip Bellamy, QC
 1962 Twice Round the Daffodils
Ian Richards
 1961 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Harry Frazer
- Drama '61: The Glove (1961) ... Harry Frazer
 1960 The Mystery of Edwin Drood (TV Mini-Series)
John Jasper
- The Final Answer? (1960) ... John Jasper
- The Strangler (1960) ... John Jasper
- The Central Problem (1960) ... John Jasper
- An Inquisitive Stranger (1960) ... John Jasper
- The Last Meeting (1960) ... John Jasper
 1960 The Siege of Sidney Street
Mannering
 1960 Your Money or Your Wife
Pelham Butterworth
 1959 Operation Bullshine
Lt. Gordon Brown
 1959 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- Odd Man In (1959)
 1959 The Captain's Table
Shawe-Wilson
 1958 Mad Little Island
Hugh Mander
 1958 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
The young man
- Dinner with the Family (1958) ... The young man
 1957-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Richard Gordon
- The Frog (1958) ... Richard Gordon
- The Road to Rome (1957)
 1957 Doctor at Large
Dr. Tony Benskin
 1956 Tiger in the Smoke
Geoffrey Leavitt
 1956 Eyewitness
Wade
 1956 The Black Tent
Col. Sir Charles Holland
 1955 An Alligator Named Daisy
Peter Weston
 1955 Josephine and Men
Alan Hartley
 1955 Above Us the Waves
Lt Tom Corbett
 1955 Simba
Inspector Drummond
 1954 Mad About Men
Jeff Saunders
 1954 The Beachcomber
Ewart Gray
 1954 Doctor in the House
Tony Benskin
 1954 You Know What Sailors Are
Lt. Sylvester Green
 1953 A Day to Remember
Jim Carver
 1953 Mogambo
Donald Nordley
 1953 The Cruel Sea
Lockhart
 1949 Lost Daughter
Minor Role
 1947 A Bullet in the Ballet (TV Movie)
Inspector Adam Quill
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He played Adrian in William Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest," in the Stratford Theatre Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with Robert Harris, Joy Parker, Julian Somers, Hugh Griffith, and John Harrison in the cast. Eric Crozier was director. Lennox Berkeley was musical director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 23 Articles | 15 Pictorials | 12 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sir Donald Sinden CBE | Sir Donald Sinden

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on mumbling] If the audience can't hear what you're saying, what is the point? It is all about communication. See more »

Trivia:

His father, brother and sister were keen actors and he and his mother had to watch them perform. See more »

Trademark:

rich deep sonorous voice

Star Sign:

Libra

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