David Rintoul (right) with fellow actor Julian Glover was at the Society for Theatre Research book awards at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 7 April 2009
29 November 1948
Rintoul was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied at Edinburgh University and won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His brother is stage manager and £250,000 winner on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Dougie Wilson.
His appearances have included Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV, As You Like It, and the title role in Macbeth. Other stage appearances include George Bernard Shaw's Candida and Funny Girl. In 2010 he plays Charles Dickens in Andersen's English, the new play by Sebastian Barry.
Selected theatre roles
- Epsom Downs, Joint Stock Theatre Company, 1977
- The Speculator by David Greig - 1999 Traverse Theatre production at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, played John Law, and other roles
- Remembrance of Things Past, Cottesloe and Olivier theatres, November 2000-April 2001, as Charlus
- Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre, London) as Dr Jake Houseman
- Gaslight (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh)
- Andersen's English by Sebastian Barry (Out of Joint and Hampstead Theatre), as Charles Dickens, 2010
In 2010, David starred in the film The Ghost Writer with Pierce Brosnan and Ewan Mcgregor.
Television and film career
In 1980, he played the role of Mr Darcy in a BBC television adaptation by Fay Weldon of Pride and Prejudice. From 1993 to 1996 he played Doctor Finlay in the television series of the same name. His other television appearances include Taggart, Hornblower and the Agatha Christie's Poirot film, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. David also voices three characters in the popular children's series Peppa Pig, Granddad Dog, Mr. Bull and Dr. Brown Bear. He also voiced the knight 'Sir Boris' in the 1999 animation The Big Knights and the arch villain Cut Throat Jake in the newer version of Captain Pugwash.
Selected television roles
- Taggart (2 episodes, 1990 and 2005)
- Hornblower as Dr. Clive, Ship's Surgeon (2001 and 2003)
- Doctor Finlay as Dr. John Finlay (1993–1996)
- Alleyn Mysteries as Sir John Phillips (1993)
- Agatha Christie's Poirot -The Mysterious Affair at Styles as John Cavendish (1990)
- Pride and Prejudice as Fitzwilliam Darcy (1980 adaptation)
- Captain Pugwash (1998 version) as Cut Throat Jake / Governor of Portobello / Lieutenant Scratchwood / The Admiral
- The Big Knights as Sir Boris
- Peppa Pig as Granddad Dog / Mr. Bull / Dr. Brown Bear
- Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom as Redbeard the Elf Pirate
David has narrated many audiobooks over the years, captivating the listener with his crisp, commanding voice. Titles included Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal and J. G. Ballard's Millenium People. In 1986, he recorded readings of 13 of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels for Chivers Audio Books, all unabridged, on cassette and CD. (He also later recorded Nobody Lives Forever and Licence to Kill, written by John Gardner. Rula Lenska read The Spy Who Loved Me as this was a first person narrative from a female character.) Whilst reading the prose with his usual speaking voice, Rintoul speaks Bond's dialogue with an mild Scottish accent, alluding to both Sean Connery's association with the role and Fleming's later revelation that Bond was from Scotland.
- Theatre Record and its annual Indexes