David Collings

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David Collings
David Collings 2004.jpg
Born (1940-06-04) 4 June 1940 (age 74)
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961-present
Relatives Samuel Collings (son)

David Collings (born 4 June 1940 in Brighton, East Sussex) is an English actor.[1] He has played many different roles on various television programmes, including the leading dramatic role in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment in 1964 (with Associated-Rediffusion Television).[2]

Collings has played historical characters such as Percy Grainger in Ken Russell's Song of Summer (1968), John Ruskin in The Love School (1975), a BBC series about the Pre-Raphaelites, and Sir Anthony Babington in Elizabeth R. In 1975 he portrayed William Wilberforce in the BBC TV mini-series The Fight Against Slavery, and starred as William Pitt in Prince Regent in 1979.

He is also known for his roles in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who including Vorus in Revenge of the Cybermen, Mawdryn in the serial Mawdryn Undead[3] and Poul in The Robots of Death. He has also played an alternate Doctor in one of the audio plays by Big Finish Productions in the Doctor Who Unbound series, Full Fathom Five.

His other notable television science fiction appearances were as Deva in the final episode of Blake's 7 and as the character of 'Silver' in several of the Sapphire and Steel adventures. He also appeared in the TV series Danger Man, Mystery and Imagination, UFO and Gideon's Way in which he played an emotionally disturbed man attacking young women in the episode The Prowler.

Collings memorably played the character of Bob Cratchit in the 1970 film musical adaptation of Scrooge.

He did the voice acting for the Japanese television series Journey to the West, released in English-speaking countries as Monkey.

In 2006, Collings was the reader of the critically acclaimed recordings of The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James (Craftsman Entertainment).

Collings returned to the role of Poul, now named Paulus, in the episode Hidden Persuaders of the audio drama series Kaldor City;[2] and on radio he portrayed Legolas in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.[4]

He is also noted for his children's television appearances including the role of Julian Oakapple in Midnight is a Place (1977). In 1989 he played Charn (the villain) in Through The Dragon's Eye and had a recurring role as the headmaster in Press Gang from 1989-1993.

He played the parts of Mortimer the Elder and Matrevis in the summer 2011 production of Edward II at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, which also featured Sam Collings.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "David Collings". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Silver Jubilee Interview with David Collings". Magic Bullet Productions. 30 April 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - Mawdryn Undead". BBC. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Concerning The Lord of the Rings BBC 1981". SF-Worlds.Com. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 

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