The Info List - Donald Sinden

Sir Donald Alfred Sinden, CBE
(9 October 1923 – 12 September 2014)[1] was an English actor in theatre, film, television and radio as well as an author. Sinden starred in the 1953 film Mogambo
and achieved early fame as a Rank Organisation
Rank Organisation
film star in the 1950s in films including Doctor in the House (1954), Simba (1955), Eyewitness (1956) and Doctor at Large (1957). He then became highly regarded as an award-winning Shakespearean and West End theatre
West End theatre
actor and television sit-com star. winning the 1977 Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for King Lear, and starring in the sitcoms Two's Company (1975–79) and Never the Twain (1981–91).


1 Early career 2 Rank Organisation
Rank Organisation
and Pinewood Studios 3 Theatre

3.1 Commercial theatre 3.2 Royal Shakespeare Company 3.3 Great West End Theatres series

4 Television 5 Hollywood 6 Radio 7 Books 8 Later life 9 Personal life 10 Family 11 Filmography

11.1 Film 11.2 Television

12 Awards 13 Publications 14 References 15 External links

Early career[edit] Sinden made his first stage appearance at the amateur Brighton Little Theatre (of which he later became President) in 1941, stepping into a part in place of his cousin Frank, who had been called up to war and so was unable to appear. Offered a professional acting part by the Brighton impresario Charles F. Smith, he made his first professional appearance in January 1942, playing Dudley in a production of George and Margaret for the Mobile Entertainments Southern Area company (known as MESA) and in other modern comedies, playing to the armed forces all along the South Coast of England during World War II[2] and later trained as an actor for two terms[3] at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.[2] In 1942, in Hove, Sinden befriended Lord Alfred Douglas
Lord Alfred Douglas
(known as "Bosie"), who had been Oscar Wilde's lover. On 23 March 1945, he was one of only two persons who attended his funeral.[4] He is believed to have been the last living person to have known Douglas.[5] Rank Organisation
Rank Organisation
and Pinewood Studios[edit] After the critical and financial success of his first screen leading role in The Cruel Sea (1953), made by Ealing Studios, in which he co-starred and received top-billing with Jack Hawkins, Sinden was contracted for seven years to the Rank Organisation
Rank Organisation
at Pinewood Studios and subsequently starred in 23 movies during the 1950s and early 1960s, including Mogambo; Doctor in the House; Above Us the Waves; The Black Tent; Eyewitness; Doctor at Large; The Siege of Sidney Street and Twice Round the Daffodils.[6] Sinden became associated with his character of "Benskin" in the Doctor film series as the duffel-coated medical student, regularly failing his finals and spending most of his time chasing pretty nurses, accompanied by his trade-mark "wolf-growl".[7] Sinden was the recipient of several "audience-based" awards during this period, including "The actor who made most progress during 1954".[8] In 1956, a profile was written on him which stated:

In the three years since his début in The Cruel Sea, the un-temperamental Sinden has moved steadily up the British film ladder until people are noticing, not without surprise, that he is suddenly one of the country's prime box-office favourites. It's as though he arrived on tiptoe. He is not colourful or flamboyant, yet he has his niche in public favour, as a recent poll proved: British women-folk voted him "The face we'd most like to see across our breakfast table." This defines with a certain accuracy the sure, dependable appeal of the man who, so far, has shared star billing with some other more boisterous male idols. He has usually been left, crestfallen and jilted, in the last reel.[9]


Production poster for An Evening with... Sir Donald Sinden

Commercial theatre[edit] In 1949, he appeared in The Heiress at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket opposite Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
and Peggy Ashcroft, directed by John Gielgud. In his Sky Arts
Sky Arts
documentary series Great West End Theatres, Sinden said that the play ran for 644 performances (19 months) and he was the only member of the cast not to have missed a performance: "As the play is the longest run in the [Haymarket] theatre's history, I therefore gave more consecutive performances in this theatre than any other actor since it was built in 1820." The management gave him an engraved silver ashtray as a present in recognition of the fact, which he showed in the episode.[10] Theatre being his first "love",[11] he was a noted farceur and won best actor awards for his appearances in the Ray Cooney farces Not Now, Darling (1967); Two into One (1984) and Out of Order (1990). In 1976 he was nominated for a Tony Award
Tony Award
as Best Actor for his performance on Broadway as Arthur Wicksteed in Alan Bennett's comedy Habeas Corpus. His other notable leading performances in the commercial theatre included roles in productions such as There's a Girl in My Soup (1966); In Praise of Love (1973); An Enemy of the People (1975); Present Laughter
Present Laughter
(1981); The School for Scandal (1983); The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel
(1985); Major Barbara (1988); Diversions and Delights (one-man show as Oscar Wilde, 1989); That Good Night (1996) and Quartet (1999).[12][13] Sinden was a leading figure in the fight to launch the Theatre Museum in London's Covent Garden
Covent Garden
in the 1980s.[2] In 2007, Sinden embarked on a UK, European and American theatre tour to talk about his life, work and anecdotes in An Evening with... Sir Donald Sinden. Produced by his son Marc, this included, on 8 November 2007 as part of Marc's British Theatre Season, Monaco, a performance in front of Prince Albert of Monaco (the son of Grace Kelly, his co-star in the film Mogambo) at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo.[14] Royal Shakespeare Company[edit] Joining the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company in 1946,[15] Sinden was an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
(RSC) from 1967. Outstanding among his many notable stage appearances for the RSC, both at Stratford-upon-Avon
and in London's West End (usually at the Aldwych Theatre), was his performance in 1963 as the Duke of York in The Wars of the Roses opposite Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
as Queen Margaret. Other notable performances by Sinden for the company were Eh? by Henry Livings in 1964; as Lord Foppington in The Relapse in 1967; Malvolio in Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night
(opposite Judi Dench
Judi Dench
as Viola) in 1969[16] and again with Judi Dench
Judi Dench
and her husband Michael Williams in 1974, as Sir Harcourt Courtly in London Assurance (Albery Theatre). After the production transferred to New York in 1975, Sinden became the first recipient of the newly established Broadway Drama Desk Special
Award.[13][17] Sinden sought and received advice about the character's costume and mannerisms in the role from the Regency novelist Georgette Heyer.[18] For the 1976 Stratford season and then at the Aldwych Theatre
Aldwych Theatre
in 1977, Sinden won the Evening Standard Award as Best Actor for his performance in the title role of King Lear
King Lear
(with Michael Williams as the Fool). Meanwhile, he was also portraying in repertory, Benedick (regarded as "the most admired Benedick
in living memory")[19] opposite Judi Dench's Beatrice in John Barton's highly acclaimed[20] 'British Raj' revival of Much Ado About Nothing,[21] and in the same time frame also rehearsing the third season of the LWT sitcom Two's Company with Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
during the daytime and filming the show at the studio in front of a live audience on Sunday evenings.[22] He claimed "RSC money isn't very good compared with a normal commercial theatre rate. I was on their 'star' salary, which meant it worked out at about £47 per performance! You work for them 'for the honour' of doing the greatest classical plays, not for the money, so you have to make up the financial short-fall somewhere".[14] In 1979 he played the title role in Othello, directed by Ronald Eyre, becoming the last 'blacked-up white' actor to play the role for the RSC. Everyman editor and critic Gareth Lloyd Evans noted that his interpretation was "not…about colour or racialism" but one that illuminated the character's personal tragedy.[23][24] Great West End Theatres series[edit] In 2013 Sinden presented a documentary series called Great West End Theatres, which describes the history and stories associated with each of the 40 London theatres. Directed and produced by his son Marc, it was to be released as a 40-part DVD and Sky Arts
Sky Arts
TV series, with the first 10 episodes showing on Sky Arts
Sky Arts
2 during the autumn of 2013.[25] In their review of the series, the British Theatre Guide said "Sir Donald's gorgeous plummy tones are a joy to listen to whatever he is saying but when he is extolling the virtues of one of his own favourite theatres, the pleasure is heightened. At his first entrance, he announces that he is "tingling with excitement" which is just what one wants from a tour guide. Soon enough, so are viewers."[26] The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph
review states " Great West End Theatres is a lovely documentary series, made by the director Marc Sinden. Its star, and – it transpires – the best documentary frontman of all time, is his actor-father: Sir Donald Sinden, 90 years old next month. Sir Donald has been let loose and the effect is enchanting beyond belief. It is also, at times, incredibly funny. One has the sense of a lifetime spent in this world, being poured out for our delight like glasses of vintage champagne."[27] Television[edit] Sinden achieved wide fame with the television-viewing public in 1963 through the Associated Rediffusion
Associated Rediffusion
series Our Man at St Mark's.[28] His other featured television roles included guest-starring as the Colonel in an episode of The Prisoner
The Prisoner
("Many Happy Returns", 1967). After starring in the series The Organisation (1971), he co-starred in the London Weekend Television
London Weekend Television
situation comedy Two's Company which debuted in 1975. Sinden was cast in the role of an English butler, Robert, to Elaine Stritch's American character, Dorothy. Much of the humour derived from the culture clashes between Robert's very stiff-upper-lip Britishness and Dorothy's devil-may-care New York view on life. Two's Company was well received in Britain and ran for four seasons until 1979. The programme was nominated for a 'Best Situation Comedy' BAFTA in 1977.[29] Stritch and Sinden also sang the theme tune for the opening credits to the programme, which received a BAFTA nomination. They each received a BAFTA nomination in 1979 for 'Best Light Entertainment Performance'[30] and the show received two additional BAFTA nominations that year. In 1979 Sinden presented a documentary series on BBC2 (later repeated in 1981 on BBC1), Discovering English Churches inspired by his grandfather's architectural drawings and watercolours. Over 10 episodes Sinden explored the unique history of the English church, and the influences that shaped the development of 16,000 unique churches, showing the history of 2-3 specific churches in each episode.[31] From 1981, Sinden starred in the Thames Television
Thames Television
situation comedy, Never the Twain. He played snooty antiques dealer Simon Peel who lived next door to a competitor Oliver Smallbridge (played by Windsor Davies). The characters hated each other and were horrified when they discovered that their son and daughter were to be married – thus meaning they were related. Despite a lack of critical acclaim, the series was a TV ratings success and ran for 11 series until 1991. One episode in 1990 (A Car by Any Other Name) had Sinden being literally picked up by two police officers who were played by his own actor sons, Jeremy and Marc. His wife, Diana, appeared in the last episode.[citation needed] He was the subject of an extended edition of This Is Your Life in 1985 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews. He also appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank.[32][33][34] Sinden was spoofed on Spitting Image, the 1980s British satirical television programme in which famous people were lampooned by caricatured latex puppets. For example, when his puppet, sitting in a restaurant, summons a waiter and asks "Do you serve a ham salad?" the waiter replies "Yes, we serve salad to anyone". From 2001 to 2007 he played the part of senior judge (and father-in-law of the title character), Sir Joseph Channing in Judge John Deed and was the voice of Totally Viral. In 2008, he played Colonel Henry Hammond on the Midsomer Murders
Midsomer Murders
episode "Shot at Dawn". Hollywood[edit] He starred in the Walt Disney Productions family film The Island at the Top of the World (1974), playing Sir Anthony Ross, which was filmed at Disney's studios in Burbank, California.[35] Radio[edit] Sinden's distinctive voice was heard frequently on radio, including as Sir Charles Baskerville in a Radio 4 adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles.[2] He starred in multiple adaptations of John Dickson Carr's Dr. Gideon Fell
Dr. Gideon Fell
mysteries, including The House on Gallows Lane, The Hollow Man and Black Spectacles, To Wake the Dead, The Blind Barber and The Mad Hatter Mystery.[35] Books[edit] Sinden wrote two autobiographical volumes: A Touch of the Memoirs (1982) and Laughter in the Second Act (1985), edited the Everyman Book of Theatrical Anecdotes (1987), wrote a book to coincide with his BBC TV series The English Country Church (1988) and a collection of "epitaphs and final utterances" titled The Last Word (1994).[36] Later life[edit] Sinden was awarded the CBE
in 1979 and was knighted in 1997.[37] He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
in 1966 and received the Freedom of the City of London
Freedom of the City of London
in 1997.[37] On 12 July 2005, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Leicester[38] and, on 20 July 2011, an honorary Doctor of Arts
Doctor of Arts
degree from the University of Kent.[39] In reply to a question from an audience member during a performance at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
of An Evening with... Sir Donald Sinden, he said he had worked out that, apart from "gaps before the next job started", he had only had a total of five-weeks unemployment between 1942 and 2008.[40] In 2004, the purpose-built theatre located in the grounds of Homewood School, Tenterden, Kent
was named the Sinden Theatre.[41] Sinden was Honorary President of the Garden Suburb Theatre, an amateur theatre group based in Hampstead Garden Suburb
Hampstead Garden Suburb
where he was resident from 1954–1997.[42] On 9 October 2012, he celebrated his 89th birthday and his retirement after 30 years as the longest-standing President of the Royal Theatrical Fund (founded by Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
in 1839) with a celebration lunch for 350 guests at the Park Lane Hotel, London which was compered by Russ Abbott and the charity auction was conducted by Jeffrey Archer. Leading the tributes was Jean Kent, who had co-starred with Sinden in Bernard Delfont's 1951 stage production of Froufrou and letters from Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
and Prince Albert of Monaco were read out, with speeches from Julian Fellowes, Ray Cooney and Gyles Brandreth. Sinden received, posthumously, the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts at the Guildhall, London
Guildhall, London
during the 2014 Theatre Awards UK ceremony, held on 19 October. The award was collected on his behalf by his son Marc Sinden.[43][44] Personal life[edit] Sinden was born in St Budeaux, Plymouth, Devon[45] on 9 October 1923. The middle child of Alfred Edward Sinden and his wife Mabel Agnes (née Fuller), he had an elder sister Joy and a younger brother Leon (1927–2015) also an actor.[46] They grew up in Ditchling, where their home 'The Limes', doubled as the local chemist shop.[47] According to his second autobiography, while investigating his family genealogy he discovered that the only previous relatives who were also members of the theatrical profession were the Victorian brother and sister act of Bert and Topsy Sinden, who were distant cousins. Topsy achieved "some fame as a 'skirt dancer' and première danseuse at the Empire Theatre of Varieties in Leicester Square."[48] He was colour blind[48] and suffered from asthma, which prevented him from joining the armed forces during the Second World War[49] and suffered from negative buoyancy, meaning that he was unable to float or swim in water, which was discovered while filming The Cruel Sea when the ship was sinking. Co-star Jack Hawkins
Jack Hawkins
saved him from drowning in the open air water-tank at Denham Studios.[49] He died at his home in Wittersham
on the Isle of Oxney, Kent, on 12 September 2014, aged 90, from prostate cancer which had been diagnosed several years earlier.[50][51] The participants at his funeral on the 19 September in St John the Baptist Church, Wittersham
were Dame Judi Dench, his grandson Hal Sinden and Sir Patrick Stewart. The eulogy was read by Lord Archer. An Honorary Life Member and Trustee of the Garrick Club
Garrick Club
in London, which he joined in 1960,[52] he was cremated in a coffin painted in the Club's 'salmon and cucumber' colours.[53] It was announced that his estate on his death was valued at £2.3 million.[54] A Blue Plaque
Blue Plaque
in his memory was attached to his former family home in Hampstead Garden Suburb
Hampstead Garden Suburb
in 2015. Family[edit] Sinden was married to the actress Diana Mahony from 3 May 1948 until her death from stomach cancer aged 77 in 2004.[55][56] The couple had two sons: the actor Jeremy Sinden (1950-1996), who died of lung cancer, and the film director and West End producer Marc Sinden
Marc Sinden
(born 1954).[1][37] Donald Sinden
Donald Sinden
had four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.[57] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1948 Portrait from Life Minor Role

1953 The Cruel Sea Lockhart

Mogambo Donald Nordley

A Day to Remember Jim Carver

1954 You Know What Sailors Are Lt. Sylvester Green

Doctor in the House Tony Benskin

The Beachcomber Ewart Gray

Mad About Men Jeff Saunders

1955 Simba Inspector Drummond

Above Us the Waves Lt Tom Corbett

Josephine and Men Alan Hartley

An Alligator Named Daisy Peter Weston

1956 The Black Tent Col Sir Charles Holland

Eyewitness Wade

Tiger in the Smoke Geoffrey Leavitt

1957 Doctor at Large Dr Tony Benskin

Rockets Galore! Hugh Mander

1959 The Captain's Table Shawe-Wilson

Operation Bullshine Lt. Gordon Brown

1960 Your Money or Your Wife Pelham Butterworth

The Siege of Sidney Street Mannering

1962 Twice Round the Daffodils Ian Richards

Mix Me a Person Philip Bellamy, QC

1968 Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher The Prison Governor

1971 Villain Gerald Draycott

1972 Rentadick Jeffrey Armitage

1973 The National Health Mr Carr / Senior Surgeon Boyd

Father Dear Father Philip Gloves

The Day of the Jackal Mallinson

1974 The Island at the Top of the World Sir Anthony Ross

1975 That Lucky Touch British Gen. Armstrong

1990 The Children Lord Wrench

1995 Balto Doc Voice

2003 The Accidental Detective Professor Stein Credited as Sir Donald Sinden

2012 Run for Your Wife Man on bus (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes

1972 The Organization David Pulman TV series (Yorkshire Television)

1975–79 Two's Company Robert TV Series (LWT)

1981–91 Never the Twain Simon Peel TV series (Thames Television)

1996 The Canterville Ghost Mr Umney TV movie

1999 Alice in Wonderland Voice of the Gryphon TV movie, voice

2001–07 Judge John Deed Sir Joseph Channing TV drama recurring character

2008 Midsomer Murders Colonel Henry Hammond TV series, episode Shot at Dawn


Year Award Work Result

1975 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play London Assurance Nominated

1976 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actor in a Play Habeas Corpus Nominated

1977 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Revival (Society of West End Theatre Awards until 1983) King Lear Nominated

1977 Evening Standard Award for Best Actor King Lear Won

1978 Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance Shut Your Eyes and Think of England Nominated

1979 BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance Two's Company Nominated

1981 Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance Present Laughter Nominated

1982 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Revival Uncle Vanya Nominated


1975 Drama Desk Special
Mention London Assurance Recipient

2014 Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts (posthumous) N/A Recipient


A Touch of the Memoirs (1982) ISBN 0340262354 Laughter in the Second Act (1985) ISBN 0340285400 Everyman Book of Theatrical Anecdotes (1987) ISBN 0460046926 The English Country Church (1988) ISBN 0283995041 The Last Word (1994) ISBN 0860518922


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