John Shrapnel

John Shrapnel

  • Born on
    • April 27th, 1942
  • Died on
    • February 14th, 2020
Shrapnel was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, the son of Mary Lillian Myfanwy (née Edwards) and journalist/author Norman Shrapnel.[1] As a stage actor, he was a member of Laurence Olivier's Royal National Theatre company and the Royal Shakespeare Company and most recently appeared as Sir Oliver Surface in The School for Scandal (directed by Deborah Warner) at the Barbican Centre in 2011. He has also appeared extensively in film and on television in roles in Elizabeth R, Z-Cars, Edward and Mrs. Simpson, 101 Dalmatians, Space: 1999, Inspector Morse, Coogan's Run, Notting Hill and Foyle's War. He presented an episode of the 1983 BBC television travel series Great Little Railways. He gave performances in three entries in the BBC Television Shakespeare plays and as Creon in the BBC's 1984 productions of the Three Theban plays of Sophocles. In America, he has starred in supporting roles as Senator Gaius in Gladiator, Nestor in Troy and Pompey in the second episode of Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. He also played the Jail Warden in the 10th Kingdom, an epic fantasy miniseries. He has the rare achievement of appearing in two episodes of Midsomer Murders as two different characters, in Death in Chorus and Written in Blood. Shrapnel appeared in an episode of Jonathan Creek as Professor Lance Graumann in the episode The Omega Man. He appears in Chemical Wedding alongside Simon Callow, telling the tale of the resurrection of occultist Aleister Crowley. Shrapnel also has experience in the field of BBC radio drama through such characters as Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse and William Gibson's Neuromancer. He is the son-in-law of Deborah Kerr through his 1975 marriage to her younger daughter Francesca Ann Bartley. They have three sons, the actors Lex Shrapnel (b.1979), Tom Shrapnel (b.1981) and the writer Joe Shrapnel (b.1976). They live in Highbury, north London.

Starring John Shrapnel on Plex

  • Hamlet


Acting (26 Credits)

2017King Charles III as Archbishop of Canterbury
2015Hamlet as Claudius/Ghost
2011The Awakening as Reverend Hugh Purslow
2008Chemical Wedding as Crowley
2008The Duchess as General Grey
2008Mirrors as Lorenzo Sapelli
2008Apparitions as Cardinal Bukovak
2007Elizabeth: The Golden Age as Lord Howard
2006Alien Autopsy as Michael Kuhn
2006Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire as Pompey
2004Troy as Nestor
2002Alone as Hannah
2002Whistle as Paul
2002K-19: The Widowmaker as Admiral Bratyeev
2001The Body as Moshe Cohen
2000Gladiator as Senator Gaius
2000The 10th Kingdom as Governor of Prison
1999Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War as General Charette
1999Mary, Mother of Jesus as Simon
1999Notting Hill as PR Chief
1996101 Dalmatians as L. Skinner
1994Fatherland as General Globus
1989How to Get Ahead in Advertising as Psychiatrist
1987Personal Services as Lionel
1975Hennessy as Tipaldi
1971Nicholas and Alexandra as Petya


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