Biography

​Sir Donald Alfred Sinden CBE (born 9 October 1923) is an English actor of theatre, film and television. Sinden was born in Plymouth, Devon, England, on 9 October 1923. The son of Alfred Edward Sinden and his wife Mabel Agnes (née Fuller), he grew up in the Sussex village of Ditchling, where their home ('The Limes') doubled as the local chemist shop. He was married to actress Diana Mahony from 1948 until her death in 2004. He lives near Tenterden, Kent.

The couple had two sons: actor Donald Sinden, who died of lung cancer in 1996, and Marc Sinden who is a West End theatre producer.

Early career

He trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and made his first stage appearance at the Brighton Little Theatre (of which he later became President) in January 1941, playing Dudley in George and Margaret. He broke into professional acting after appearing with the Mobile Entertainments Southern Area company in modern comedies for the armed forces during the Second World War.

Rank Organisation

In 1953 he was contracted for seven years to the Rank Organisation at Pinewood Studios and subsequently starred in many outstanding British films of the 1950s including The Cruel Sea, Mogambo, Doctor in the House, Above Us The Waves, Doctor at Large, The Siege of Sidney Street, Twice Round the Daffodils and with a very young Adam Faith in Mix Me a Person.

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​Sir Donald Alfred Sinden CBE (born 9 October 1923) is an English actor of theatre, film and television. Sinden was born in Plymouth, Devon, England, on 9 October 1923. The son of Alfred Edward Sinden and his wife Mabel Agnes (née Fuller), he grew up in the Sussex village of Ditchling, where their home ('The Limes') doubled as the local chemist shop. He was married to actress Diana Mahony from 1948 until her death in 2004. He lives near Tenterden, Kent.

The couple had two sons: actor Donald Sinden, who died of lung cancer in 1996, and Marc Sinden who is a West End theatre producer.

Early career

He trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and made his first stage appearance at the Brighton Little Theatre (of which he later became President) in January 1941, playing Dudley in George and Margaret. He broke into professional acting after appearing with the Mobile Entertainments Southern Area company in modern comedies for the armed forces during the Second World War.

Rank Organisation

In 1953 he was contracted for seven years to the Rank Organisation at Pinewood Studios and subsequently starred in many outstanding British films of the 1950s including The Cruel Sea, Mogambo, Doctor in the House, Above Us The Waves, Doctor at Large, The Siege of Sidney Street, Twice Round the Daffodils and with a very young Adam Faith in Mix Me a Person.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Donald Sinden, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 40

Birthday 1923-10-09

Day of Death 2014-09-11

Place of Birth Plymouth, Devon, England, UK

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Also Known As

  • Sir Donald Sinden

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2001 Judge John Deed(30 episodes)
1999 Alice in Wonderland as Voice of the Gryphon (voice)
1999 Nancherrow(2 episodes)
1999 Nancherrow as Robin Jarvis
1998 Hey, Mr Producer!
1997 The Canterville Ghost as Lord Dumbleton
1996 The Canterville Ghost as Mr. Umney
1990 The Children as Lord Wrench
1985 The Golden Gong: The Story of Rank Films - British Cinema's Legendary Studio as Himself-Interviewee
1984 Playing Shakespeare(11 episodes)
1981 Never the Twain(67 episodes)
1975 Two's Company(30 episodes)
1974 The Island at the Top of the World as Sir Anthony Ross
1973 Father Dear Father as Philip Glover
1973 The Day of the Jackal as Mallison
1973 The National Health as Mr. Carr / Senior Surgeon Boyd
1972 Rentadick as Jeffrey Armitage
1971 Villain as Gerald Draycott
1967 The Prisoner(1 episode)
1965 The Wars of the Roses as Duke of York
1962 Mix Me a Person as Philip Bellamy, QC
1960 The Siege of Sidney Street as Inspector Mannering
1960 Your Money Or Your Wife as Pelham Butterworth
1959 Operation Bullshine as Lt. Gordon Brown
1959 The Captain's Table as Shawe-Wilson
1958 Rockets Galore as Hugh Mander
1957 Doctor at Large as Dr Tony Benskin
1956 Tiger in the Smoke as Geoffrey Leavitt
1956 Eyewitness as Wade
1956 The Black Tent as Col. Sir Charles Holland
1955 An Alligator Named Daisy as Peter Weston
1955 Josephine and Men as Alan Hartley
1955 Above Us the Waves as Lieutenant Tom Corbett
1955 Simba as Inspector Drummond
1954 Mad About Men as Jeff Saunders
1954 Doctor in the House as Tony Benskin
1954 You Know What Sailors Are
1953 A Day to Remember as Jim Carver
1953 Mogambo as Donald Nordley
1953 The Cruel Sea as Lockhart

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