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Dan Starkey
Dan Starkey by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Starkey at the 2016 Phoenix ComiCon
Born (1977-09-27) 27 September 1977 (age 44)
United Kingdom
Alma materBristol Old Vic
  • Actor
Years active2004–present

Dan Starkey (born 27 September 1977)[1] is an English actor known for making numerous appearances in the BBC One science-fiction TV series Doctor Who. He has portrayed a number of different Sontaran characters, most notably Strax, who has come across the Eleventh and Twelfth incarnations of the Doctor, played by Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi respectively. In 2016 joined the CBBC sketch show, Class Dismissed and has appeared in 36 episodes (every episode of Series 1,2 & 3) He left the show after Series 3.

Early life

He studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and graduated in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic before training at the Bristol Old Vic (graduating in 2006).


He played the enraged loner Simon in Muswell Hill by Torben Betts at Richmond's Orange Tree Theatre (Feb/March 2012) and was nominated as Best Male Performance at the 2012 Off West End Theatre Awards (Offies). In November 2013 Starkey appeared in the one-off 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.[2]

University Challenge

On 2 January 2015, Starkey was a member of the winning team on Christmas University Challenge, representing Trinity Hall, Cambridge who defeated Balliol College, Oxford, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Hull. His team-mates were international rower Tom James, world champion cyclist Emma Pooley and novelist Adam Mars-Jones.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Fix Drifter Short film
2015 Alex the Vampire Dan
2018 Sherlock Gnomes Teddy Gregson Voice


Year Title Role Notes
2008–21 Doctor Who Sontarans/Strax 10 episodes
2011 The Sarah Jane Adventures Plark The Man Who Never Was
2012–14 Wizards vs Aliens Randal Moon Series Regular
2012 Casualty Wally St Clare "Sixteen Candles"
2013 The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Himself
2014 Doctor Who Ian "Last Christmas"
2015 Inside No. 9 Blue Demon Dwarf "Séance Time"
2015 Catherine Tate's Nan Ian 1 episode
2016–2018 Class Dismissed Various 36 episodes
2019 Good Omens Passerby 1 episode

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games Field Major Kaarsh; various Sontarans "The Gunpowder Plot"
2015 Lego Dimensions Strax

Theatre credits

CD audio dramas

Year Title Role
2011 Robophobia Cravnet
Hexagora Lord Zellenger
The Five Companions The Sontarans
2012 The Foe from the Future Historiographer Osin
Wirrn Isle Sheer Jawn
Energy of the Daleks Kevin Winston, Robomen
The First Sontarans Jaka
2013 Starlight Robbery Marshall Stenn, Major Vlaar, Sergeant Gredd, Asallis
2014 The King of Sontar Strang, Hutchins
2015 Terror of the Sontarans Field-Major Kayste, Skegg, Stodd


  1. ^ "Doctor Who star chats about Christmas show in Northampton". Northampton Chronicle & Echo. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  2. ^ "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot", BBC programmes, retrieved 26 November 2013
  3. ^ "University Challenge Victory". Trinity Hall, Cambridge. 2 January 2015. Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.