David Warner
Warner in 2013
David Hattersley Warner

(1941-07-29)29 July 1941
Manchester, England
Died24 July 2022(2022-07-24) (aged 80)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1962–2022
  • Harriet Lindgren
    (m. 1969; div. 1972)
  • Sheilah Kent
    (m. 1979; div. 2005)
PartnerLisa Bowerman (2006–2022; his death)[1]
Awards1981 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special

David Hattersley Warner (29 July 1941 – 24 July 2022) was an English actor who worked in film, television and theatre. Warner's lanky, often haggard appearance lent itself to a variety of villainous characters as well as more sympathetic roles across stage and screen. He received accolades such as a Primetime Emmy Award and nominations for a BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.

Warner trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) where he made his stage debut in 1962 where he played Henry VI in The Wars of the Roses cycle at the West End's Aldwych Theatre in 1964. The RSC then cast him as Prince Hamlet in Peter Hall's 1965 production of Hamlet. He made his Broadway debut in the 2001 revival of Major Barbara.

He gained prominence portraying the leading role in the film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (Karel Reisz, 1966), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Other notable roles include in The Omen (1976), Time After Time (1979), Time Bandits (1981), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Tron (1982), A Christmas Carol (1984), Titanic (1997), Scream 2 (1997), Ladies in Lavender (2002), and Mary Poppins Returns (2018). He is also known for his roles in the films Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).[3]

Also known for his television roles, Warner received two Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie nominations for his roles as Reinhard Heydrich in the CBS miniseries Holocaust (1978), and Pomponius Falco in the ABC miniseries Masada (1981), winning for the latter.[4]

Early life

Warner was born on 29 July 1941 in Manchester, Lancashire, the son of Ada Doreen Hattersley and Herbert Simon Warner, a nursing home proprietor.[5] He was born out of wedlock and frequently taken to be brought up by each of his parents, eventually settling with his stepmother and Russian Jewish father.[6][7][8]

He graduated from RADA in 1961.[9]


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Warner made his professional stage debut at the Royal Court Theatre in January 1962, playing Snout, a minor role in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tony Richardson for the English Stage Company. In March 1962, at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, he played Conrad in Much Ado About Nothing, following which in June he appeared as Jim in Afore Night Come at the New Arts Theatre in London.

He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1963 to play Trinculo in The Tempest and Cinna the Poet in Julius Caesar, and in July was cast as Henry VI in the John Barton adaptation of Henry VI, Parts I, II and III, which comprised the first two plays from The Wars of the Roses trilogy. At the West End's Aldwych Theatre in January 1964, he again played Henry VI in the complete The Wars of the Roses history cycle (1964). Returning to Stratford in April, he performed the title role in Richard II, Mouldy in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry VI. At the Aldwych in October 1964, he was cast as Valentine Brose in the play Eh? by Henry Livings, a role he reprised in the 1968 film adaptation Work Is a Four-Letter Word.

He first played the title role in Hamlet for the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1965. This production transferred to the Aldwych Theatre in December of that year. In the 1966, Stratford season, his Hamlet was revived and he also played Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. Finally at the Aldwych in January 1970, he played Julian in Tiny Alice.

According to his 2007 programme CV, Warner's other work for the theatre included The Great Exhibition at Hampstead Theatre (February 1972); I, Claudius at the Queen's Theatre (July 1972); A Feast of Snails at the Lyric Theatre (February 2002); Where There's a Will at the Theatre Royal, Bath; King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre (in 2005, see details below); and also Major Barbara on Broadway in 2001.

Film and television

In 1963, he made his film debut as the villainous Blifil in Tom Jones, and in 1965, starred as Henry VI in the BBC television version of the RSC's The Wars of the Roses cycle of Shakespeare's history plays. Another early television role came when he starred alongside Bob Dylan in the 1963 play Madhouse on Castle Street. A major step in his career was the leading role in Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) opposite Vanessa Redgrave, which established his reputation for playing slightly off-the-wall characters. He also appeared as Konstantin Treplev in Sidney Lumet's 1968 adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Sea Gull and starred alongside Jason Robards and Stella Stevens as Reverend Joshua Duncan Sloane in Sam Peckinpah's The Ballad of Cable Hogue.

In horror films, he appeared in one of the stories of From Beyond the Grave, opposite Gregory Peck in The Omen (1976) as the ill-fated photojournalist Keith Jennings, and the 1979 thriller Nightwing. He also starred in cult classic Waxwork (1988), and featured alongside a young Viggo Mortensen in the 1990 film Tripwire.

He often played villains, in films such as The Thirty Nine Steps (1978), Time After Time (1979), Time Bandits (1981), Tron (1982), Hanna's War (1988), and television series such as Batman: The Animated Series playing Ra's al Ghul, the anti-mutant scientist Herbert Landon in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, as well as rogue agent Alpha from Men in Black, the Archmage in Disney's Gargoyles, and the Lobe in Freakazoid!. He was also cast against type as Henry Niles in Straw Dogs (1971) and as Bob Cratchit in the 1984 telefilm A Christmas Carol starring George C. Scott as Scrooge. In addition, he played German SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich both in the film Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil, and the television miniseries Holocaust; as sinister millionaire Amos Hackshaw in HBO's original 1991 film Cast a Deadly Spell.[10]

In 1981, Warner received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special for Masada as Pomponius Falco. In 1988, he appeared in the Danny Huston film Mr. North.

He subsequently appeared in films such as Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Avatar (known as Matrix Hunter in the US), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991), Titanic (the third time he appeared in a film that is about or includes reference to RMS Titanic) and Scream 2. In 2001, he played Captain James Sawyer in two episodes of A&E's adaptation of C.S. Forester's Hornblower series. He appeared in three episodes of the second season of Twin Peaks (1991) as "Thomas Eckhardt". He also continued to play classical roles. In "Chain of Command", an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, he was a Cardassian interrogator. He based his portrayal on the evil "re-educator" from 1984. He appeared in Murder, She Wrote in 1993 as Hong Kong based detective. His less-spectacular roles included a double-role in the low-budget fantasy Quest of the Delta Knights (1993) which was eventually spoofed on Mystery Science Theater 3000. He also played Admiral Tolwyn in the film version of Wing Commander.

Warner's sympathetic side had been evident in Sam Peckinpah's Cross of Iron (1977), where he portrayed Captain Kiesel. Other "nice guy" roles include the charismatic "Aldous Gajic" in "Grail", a first season (1994) episode of Babylon 5 and "Chancellor Gorkon" in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). In an episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, he played Superman's deceased Kryptonian father Jor-El, who appeared to his son through holographic recordings. Warner also played "ambiguous nice guys" such as vampire bat exterminator Philip Payne in 1979's Nightwing; and Dr. Richard Madden in 1994's Necronomicon: Book of the Dead. In Seven Servants by Daryush Shokof, he co-starred with Anthony Quinn in 1996.

Another 'sympathetic' role was in 2013, when he played Professor Grisenko in the Doctor Who episode "Cold War" in which he battled a revived Ice Warrior and struck up a rapport with the Doctor's companion Clara Oswald. Warner also appeared in the second series of the Sky 1 comedy-drama Mad Dogs and starred in two 2014 episodes of the Horror series Penny Dreadful as Abraham Van Helsing.

Warner contributed "Sonnet 25" to the 2002 compilation album When Love Speaks, which consists of Shakespearean sonnets and play excerpts as interpreted by famous actors and musicians. He performed in many audio plays, starring in the Doctor Who Unbound play Sympathy for the Devil (2003) as an alternative version of the Doctor, and in a series of plays based on ITV's Sapphire & Steel as Steel, both for Big Finish Productions. He reprised his incarnation of the Doctor in a sequel, Masters of War (2008). In 2007, he guest starred as Isaac Newton in the Doctor Who audio drama Circular Time and as Cuthbert in four of the seven stories in the second Fourth Doctor series. He also guest starred in the BBC Radio 4 science fiction comedy Nebulous (2005) as Professor Nebulous' arch-enemy Dr. Joseph Klench. In all these productions, Warner worked with writer and comedian Mark Gatiss of the League of Gentlemen, and plays a guest role in the League's 2005 feature film The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse. He also performed in radio plays for the American companies L.A. Theatre Works and the Hollywood Theater of the Ear. In 2005, Warner read a new adaptation of Oliver Twist for BBC Radio 2 (adapted by Neville Teller and directed by Neil Gardner). In 2008, he guest-starred as Mycroft Holmes in the Bernice Summerfield audio play The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel. In 2009, he was the voice of Lord Azlok of the Viperox, an insectoid alien race in the animated Doctor Who serial "Dreamland". In 2016, he returned as his alternate Doctor in a series of audios where his Doctor briefly travels to the 'prime' universe and enlists the Seventh Doctor's companion Benny Summerfield (Lisa Bowerman) to try and help him save his universe. Warner's Doctor continued his travels with Benny in a second series of audios released in 2017. Shortly before his death in 2022 it was revealed he would return as his alternate Doctor as part of Finish's celebration of the 60th Anniversary and would share scenes with Christopher Eccleston who appeared as the Ninth Doctor.[11]

He also contributed voice acting to a number of video games, notably playing the villain Jon Irenicus in Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Morpheus in Fallout.

Warner did voice work on the short-lived FOX animated series Toonsylvania as Dr. Vic Frankenstein. He was also the first voice of the demon Nergal from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, but was later replaced by Martin Jarvis.

Warner narrated the Disney direct-to-video Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin.[12]

In March 2010, it was announced that Warner would be joining the cast of the Dark Shadows audio drama miniseries Kingdom of the Dead.

Return to theatre and later work

Warner in 2008

In 2001, Warner returned to the stage after a nearly three-decade hiatus to play Andrew Undershaft in a Broadway revival of George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara. In May 2005, at the Chichester Festival Theatre Warner made a return to Shakespeare, playing the title role in Steven Pimlott's production of King Lear. Tim Walker, reviewing the performance in The Sunday Telegraph, wrote: "Warner is physically the least imposing king I have ever seen, but his slight, gaunt body serves also to accentuate the vulnerability the part requires. So, too, does the fact that he is older by decades than most of the other members of the youthful cast."

On 30 October 2005, he appeared on stage at The Old Vic theatre in London in the one-night play Night Sky alongside Christopher Eccleston, Bruno Langley, Navin Chowdhry, Saffron Burrows and David Baddiel.[13] In December 2006, he starred in Terry Pratchett's Hogfather on Sky1 as Lord Downey. And in August 2007, as an RSC Honorary Artist, he returned to Stratford for the first time in over 40 years to play Sir John Falstaff in the Courtyard Theatre revival of Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 which were part of the RSC Histories Cycle.[14] He is one of the few actors[citation needed] to play Hamlet (RSC), Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Falstaff (RSC).

In February 2008, Warner was heard as the popular fictional character Hugo Rune in a new 13-part audio adaptation of Robert Rankin's The Brightonomicon released by Hokus Bloke Productions and BBC Audiobooks. He starred alongside some high-profile names including cult science fiction actress and Superman star Sarah Douglas, Rupert Degas, The Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis, Harry Potter villain Jason Isaacs, Mark Wing-Davey and Martin Jarvis (written by Elliott Stein & Neil Gardner, and produced/directed by Neil Gardner).

In October 2008, Warner played the role of Lord Mountbatten of Burma in the BBC Four television film In Love with Barbara, a biopic about the life of romantic novelist Barbara Cartland.[15] He plays Povel Wallander, the father of Kurt Wallander, in BBC One's Wallander.

Other work

In 2010, writer and actor Mark Gatiss interviewed Warner about his role in The Omen (1976) for his BBC documentary series A History of Horror.[16][17] In November 2013, David Warner posed for Rory Lewis Photographers 'Northerners' Exhibition,[18] David's image was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London, and was the first professional portrait sitting of David since 1966.[19]

Personal life

Warner was married twice. He married his first wife Harriet Lindgren in 1969.[20] They divorced three years later in 1972.[20] He later married his second wife Sheilah Kent in 1979.[20] The marriage lasted for 26 years, until their divorce in 2005.[20] Warner's partner until his death in 2022 was the actress Lisa Bowerman.[21]


Having been diagnosed with cancer 18 months prior, which he had kept private, Warner died of a cancer-related illness at Denville Hall, London, on 24 July 2022, aged 80.[21]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1962 We Joined the Navy Sailor painting ship Uncredited [22]
1963 The King's Breakfast 1st trumpeter Short film [23]
Tom Jones Blifil [12]
1966 Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment Morgan Delt [12]
1967 The Deadly Affair Edward II Uncredited [12]
1968 The Bofors Gun Terry "Lance Bar" Evans [12]
Work Is a Four-Letter Word Valentine Brose [12]
A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander [12]
The Fixer Count Odoevsky [12]
The Sea Gull Konstantin Treplev [12]
1969 Michael Kohlhaas - Der Rebell Michael Kohlhaas [12]
1970 The Ballad of Cable Hogue Joshua Duncan Sloane [12]
Perfect Friday Lord Nicholas "Nick" Dorset [12]
1971 Straw Dogs Henry Niles Uncredited [4]
1973 A Doll's House Torvald Helmer [24]
1974 From Beyond the Grave Edward Charlton Segment: "The Gate Crasher" [12]
Little Malcolm Dennis Charles Nipple [12]
1975 Mister Quilp Sampson Brass [12]
1976 The Omen Keith Jennings [12]
1977 Providence Kevin Langham / Kevin Woodford [12]
Cross of Iron Hauptmann Kiesel [12]
Age of Innocence Henry Buchanan [12]
Silver Bears Agha Firdausi [12]
The Disappearance Burbank [12]
1978 The Thirty Nine Steps Sir Edmund Appleton [12]
1979 Nightwing Phillip Payne [25]
The Concorde ... Airport '79 Peter O'Neill [12]
Time After Time John Leslie Stevenson / Jack the Ripper [12]
1980 The Island John David Nau [12]
1981 Time Bandits Evil [12]
The French Lieutenant's Woman Murphy [12]
1982 Tron Ed Dillinger / Sark / Master Control Program [12]
1983 The Man with Two Brains Alfred Necessiter [12]
1984 The Company of Wolves Father [12]
Summer Lightning George Millington [26]
1987 Hansel and Gretel Father [12]
My Best Friend Is a Vampire Leopold McCarthy [12]
1988 Waxwork David Lincon [12]
Mr. North Doctor McPherson [12]
Office Party Eugene Brackin [12]
Hanna's War Capt. Julian Simon [12]
Magdalene Baron von Seidl [12]
Keys to Freedom Nigel Heath [12]
1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier St. John Talbot [12]
Grave Secrets Carl Farnsworth [12]
Tripwire Josef Szabo [12]
Mortal Passions Doctor Terrence Powers [12]
1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Prof. Jordan Perry [12]
Blue Tornado Commander Heller [12]
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Chancellor Gorkon [12]
1992 The Lost World Professor Summerlee [12]
The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter Chancellor Thayer [27]
1993 Quest of the Delta Knights Baydool / Lord Vultare / Narrator [12]
H.P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon Dr Madden [12]
Pretty Princess Prince Max [12]
1994 Felony Cooper [12]
Tryst Jason [12]
Inner Sanctum II Dr Lamont [12]
In the Mouth of Madness Dr Wrenn [12]
1995 Ice Cream Man Reverend Langley [12]
Final Equinox Shilow [28]
Luise and the Jackpot The Butler [29]
1996 Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny Eugene Botkin [12]
Naked Souls Everett Longstreet [12]
Seven Servants Blade [12]
The Leading Man Tod [12]
1997 Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin The Narrator [12]
Money Talks Barclay (James' Boss) [12]
Titanic Spicer Lovejoy [12]
Scream 2 Gus Gold [12]
1998 The Last Leprechaun Simpson [12]
1999 Wing Commander Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn [12]
2000 Back to the Secret Garden Dr. Snodgrass [12]
2001 Planet of the Apes Senator Sandar [12]
The Little Unicorn Ted Regan [12]
Superstition Judge Padovani [12]
2002 The Code Conspiracy Professor [12]
2003 Kiss of Life Pap [12]
2004 Straight into Darkness Deacon [12]
Cortex Master of Organisation [27]
Ladies in Lavender Francis Mead [12]
Avatar Joseph Lau [30]
2005 The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Erasmus Pea [12]
2010 Black Death Abbot [12]
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Void Voice [31]
2011 A Thousand Kisses Deep Max [32]
2013 Before I Sleep Eugene Devlin [12]
Old Habits John Short film [33]
2017 You, Me and Him Michael Miller [12]
2018 Mary Poppins Returns Admiral Boom [12]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1962 Madhouse on Castle Street Lennie Videotaped television play [34]
1963 Z-Cars Gee Episode: "The Hitch-Hiker" [35]
Armchair Theatre Steve Episode: "The Push Over" [36]
1965 The Wars of the Roses King Henry VI Miniseries [37]
1970 NBC Experiment in Television Dominic Boot Episode: "The Engagement" [38]
1975 Three Comedies of Marriage Bobby Episode: "Bobby Bluesocks" [39]
1976 Clouds of Glory William Wordsworth 2 episodes [40]
1977 The Blue Hotel[41] Swede Television film [12]
1978 Holocaust Reinhard Heydrich Miniseries [42]
1979 S.O.S. Titanic Lawrence Beesley Television film [12]
1981 Masada Falco ABC miniseries [12]
1982 Nancy Astor Philip Kerr 4 episodes [43]
1982–1983 Marco Polo Rustichello da Pisa Miniseries [44]
1983 Remington Steele Alexander Sebastien 2 episodes [12]
Hart to Hart Mr. Bowlly Episode: "Two Harts Are Better Than One"
1984 Charlie Charlie Alexander Television film [45]
A Christmas Carol Bob Cratchit [12]
Frankenstein The Creature [12]
Faerie Tale Theatre Zandor, the Innkeeper Episode: "The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers" [12]
1985 Love's Labour's Lost Don Armado BBC Television Shakespeare [46]
Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil Reinhard Heydrich Television film [12]
Hold the Back Page Ken Wordsworth Television mini-series [47]
1987 Crossbow The Alchemist Episode: "Vogel" [27]
1988 Worlds Beyond Ken Larkin Episode: "Reflections of Evil" [27]
1990 Murder, She Wrote Justin Hunnicut Episode: "The Szechuan Dragon"
Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen Bradley Thompson Television film [12]
Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming Admiral Godfrey [12]
Father Dowling Investigates Sir Arthur Wedgeworth Episode: "The Murder Weekend Mystery"
1991 Uncle Vanya Ivan "Uncle Vanya" Voynitsky Television film [48]
Cast a Deadly Spell Amos Hackshaw [12]
Twin Peaks Thomas Eckhardt 3 episodes [49]
1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation Gul Madred Episode: "Chain of Command" [12]
Tales from the Crypt Alan Getz Episode: "The New Arrival" [12]
Captain Planet and the Planeteers Zarm Voice, episode: "The Dream Machine" [27]
1992–1995 Batman: The Animated Series Ra's al Ghul Voice, recurring role (5 episodes) [50]
1992–1994 The Legend of Prince Valiant Duke Richard of Lionsgate
/ additional voices
Voice, 7 episodes
1993 Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal Harley Griswold Television film [12]
Dinosaurs Spirit of the Tree Voice, episode: "If I Were a Tree" [51]
Wild Palms Eli Levitt Miniseries [27]
Body Bags Dr. Lock Television film [12]
Murder, She Wrote Insp. McLaughlin Episode: "A Death in Hong Kong" [12]
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Winston Smiles Episode: "Deep in the Heart of Dixie" [12]
1993–1994 The Larry Sanders Show Richard Germain 2 episodes [12]
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Jor-El Episode: "The Foundling" [12]
Babylon 5 Aldous Gajic Episode: "Grail" [12]
Mighty Max Talon Voice, episode: "Souls of Talon" [27]
1995–1997 Spider-Man Herbert Landon Voice, 12 episodes [12][50]
1995 Biker Mice from Mars Ice Breaker Voice, episode: "Below the Horizon" [27]
The Choir Alexander Troy 5 episodes
Iron Man Arthur Dearborn Voice, episode: "Cell of Iron" [50]
Gargoyles Archmage Voice, 4 episodes [27][50]
1995–1997 Freakazoid! The Lobe Voice, 10 episodes [50]
1996 Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus Lord Agon Television film [12]
1997 Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys The Glyph Voice, episode: "Rhesus Pieces" [50]
Perversions of Science Dr. Nordhoff Episode: "The Exile" [27]
Roar Narrator Episode: "Pilot"
A Mind to Kill David Caulfield Episode: "Green Wounds"
1997–2001 Men in Black: The Series Alpha Voice, 9 episodes [27]
1998 Three The Man 2 episodes
Houdini Arthur Conan Doyle Television film [12]
Toonsylvania Doctor Victor Frankenstein Voice, main role [27]
A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving The Narrator Television special [12]
1999 Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You [12]
The Outer Limits Inspector Harold Langford 2 episodes [12]
Total Recall 2070 Felix Latham 2 episodes [12]
Superman: The Animated Series Ra's al Ghul Voice, episode: "The Demon Reborn" [50]
The Hunger Vassu Episode: "Nunc Dimittis" [12]
2000 Cinderella Martin Television film [12]
Batman Beyond Ra's al Ghul Voice, episode: "Out of the Past" [50]
In the Beginning Eliezer Miniseries [12]
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Lord Angstrom Voice, 2 episodes [50]
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne Arago 2 episodes [27]
Love & Money Hugh Episode: "Diagnosis: Effie"
2001 Hornblower Captain James Sawyer Miniseries, 2 episodes [12]
2002 Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Sir Danvers Carew Television film [12]
2002–2003 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Old Man Voice, 3 episodes
2001–2003 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Nergal Voice, 3 episodes [27]
2004 Conviction Lenny Fairburn Supporting role
Agatha Christie's Marple Luther Crackenthorpe Episode: "4.50 from Paddington" [12]
2006 Sweeney Todd Sir John Fielding Television film [12]
Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Claudius Pulcher Episode: "Revolution"
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Lord Downey Miniseries [12]
Perfect Parents Father Thomas Television film [12]
2007 Wild at Heart Gerald Season 2, episode 8
2008–2015 Wallander Povel Wallander 5 episodes [12]
2008 In Love with Barbara Louis Mountbatten Television film
2009 Doctor Who: Dreamland Lord Azlok Voice, 6 episodes [52]
2011 Mad Dogs Mackenzie 3 episodes
2012 The Secret of Crickley Hall Percy Judd All 3 episodes [12]
Midsomer Murders Peter Fossett Episode: "Death in the Slow Lane" [12]
2013 Doctor Who Professor Grisenko Episode: "Cold War" [12]
2014 Penny Dreadful Abraham Van Helsing 2 episodes [12]
2015 Inside No.9 Justice Pike Episode: "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge" [53]
Lewis Donald Lockston Episode: "What Lies Tangled" [54]
2015–2016 The Amazing World of Gumball Rob / Dr. Wrecker Voice, 5 episodes [55]
2016 Ripper Street Rabbi Max Steiner 3 episodes [56]
2018 The Alienist Professor Cavanaugh Episode: "Hildebrandt's Starling" [57]
2020 Teen Titans Go! The Lobe Voice, episode: "Huggbees" [58][50]
2021 Elliott from Earth Voice

Audio dramas

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2003 Doctor Who: Sympathy for the Devil The Doctor [59]
2005 The Club of Queer Trades Basil Grant BBC Radio drama in six parts [60][61]
2007 Doctor Who: Circular Time Sir Isaac Newton [62]
2008 Bernice Summerfield: The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel Mycroft Holmes
Doctor Who: Empathy Games Coordinator Angell
Doctor Who: Masters of War The Doctor
2010 Dark Shadows: Kingdom of the Dead Seraph Four-part series
Doctor Who: Deimos Prof. Boston Schooner
Graceless Daniel Series 1
2011–2020 The Scarifyers Harry Crow BBC Radio 4 Extra [52]
2011 Doctor Who: The Children of Seth Siris
2012 Doctor Who: The Rosemariners Biggs
2013 Doctor Who: The Sands of Life Cuthbert
Doctor Who: War Against the Laan
Doctor Who: The Dalek Contract / The Final Phase
2015 The Confessions of Dorian Gray: The Spirits of Christmas Santa Claus
2016 The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield The Doctor Volume Three: The Unbound Universe [52]
Doctor Who: The Pursuit of History / Casualties of Time Cuthbert
Torchwood: Ghost Mission OAP
The Torchwood Archive The Committee
2017 King Lear King Lear
The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield The Doctor Volume Four: Ruler of the Universe
2018 Bernice Summerfield: The Story So Far: Volume Two
Shilling & Sixpence Investigate: Series One Desmund Shilling
Jago & Litefoot Forever Dr Luke Betterman
2019 The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield The Doctor Volume Five: Buried Memories [59]
Torchwood: God Among Us: Another Man's Shoes The Committee
Torchwood: God Among Us: Eye of the Storm
2020 The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield The Doctor Volume Six: Lost in Translation
2021 The Box of Delights Arnold of Todi
2022 The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: The Doctor Volume Seven: Blood & Steel
Posthumous release
Shilling & Sixpence Investigate Desmund Shilling Series Two: In Loving Memory
Posthumous release
2023 Doctor Who: Once and Future The Doctor Part 7: Time Lord Immemorial
Posthumous release

Video games

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1996 Privateer 2: The Darkening Rhinehart Live action [27]
1997 Fallout Morpheus [63][50]
1999 Descent 3 Dravis [64]
2000 Star Wars: Force Commander Grand General Brashin [64]
Star Trek: Klingon Academy Chancellor Gorkon Live action [64]
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn Jon Irenicus [64]
2016 Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear Jon Irenicus [65]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Project Result Ref
1966 BAFTA Award Best Actor in a Leading Role Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment Nominated [12]
1969 German Film Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Michael Kohlhaas - Der Rebell Nominated [12]
1978 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special Holocaust Nominated [66]
1979 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Time After Time Nominated [12]
1981 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special Masada Won
1997 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Titanic Nominated [12]
1998 Annie Awards Outstanding Voice Acting by a Male Performer Toonsylvania Nominated [27]
2000 The New Batman Adventures Nominated


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