Donald Sumpter

Donald Sumpter

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    • February 13th, 1943
Donald Sumpter (born 13 February 1943) is an English actor. He has appeared in film and television since the mid-1960s. One of his early television appearances was the 1968 Doctor Who serial The Wheel in Space with Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. He appeared in Doctor Who again in the 1972 serial The Sea Devils with Jon Pertwee. He also appeared in the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. His early film work included a lead role as real life British criminal Donald Neilson in the 1977 film, The Black Panther. He also appeared in many television films and serials, including adaptations of Dickens' novels: Nicholas Nickleby in 2001, Great Expectations in 1999 and Bleak House in 1985. Also in 1985, he was remembered for the part of villain Ronnie Day in Big Deal. He played the part of suspected serial killer Alexander Bonaparte Cust in the (1992) Agatha Christie's Poirot episode, The ABC Murders. He has also appeared in episodes of Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Holby City, and A Touch of Frost. He also had a recurring role as Uncle Ginger in the Children's BBC series The Queen's Nose. He played Harold Chapple in Our Friends in the North, and portrayed the physicist Max Planck in Einstein and Eddington. He has also been seen as Kemp in the horror-drama series Being Human. In 2011 he portrayed Maester Luwin in the HBO series Game of Thrones. His film appearances include The Constant Gardener (2005), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Enigma (2001) and Ultramarines: The Movie (2010).

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Acting (27 Credits)

2017The Man Who Invented Christmas as Haddock / Ghost of Marley
2015In the Heart of the Sea as Paul Macy
2015Jekyll and Hyde as Garson
2013The Mill as Samuel Greg
2011The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House as Peter Edlin QC
2011The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Detective Inspector Gustaf Morell
2010Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie as Pythol (voice)
2010London Boulevard as Pentonville Governor
2009Into the Storm as Lord Halifax
2008Einstein and Eddington as Max Planck
2008Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008) as Parson Tringham
2007Eastern Promises as Yuri
2006Dracula as Alfred Singleton
2005The Constant Gardener as Tim Donohue
2002K-19: The Widowmaker as Dr. Savran
2001The Point Men as Benni Baum
2001Enigma as Leveret
2001The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby as Mr. Brooker
1999Great Expectations as Compeyson
1995Richard III as Brackenbury
1994Being Human as Salgado
1990Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead as Claudius
1977The Black Panther as Donald NeilsonWatch Free
1977Jesus of Nazareth as AramWatch Free
1974Stardust as TV Concert Producer
1971Bleak Moments as Norman's Friend
1968The Lost Continent as Sparks, the Radioman


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