Donald Sumpter

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Donald Sumpter
Born (1943-02-13) 13 February 1943 (age 71)
United Kingdom
Occupation actor

Donald Sumpter (born 13 February 1943) is a British actor. He has appeared in film and television since the mid-1960s.

Life and career[edit]

One of his early television appearances was the 1968 Doctor Who serial The Wheel in Space with Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. He appeared in Doctor Who again in the 1972 serial The Sea Devils with Jon Pertwee. He also appeared in the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. His early film work included a lead role as real life British criminal Donald Neilson in the 1977 film, The Black Panther.

He also appeared in many television films and serials, including adaptations of Dickens' novels: Nicholas Nickleby in 2001, Great Expectations in 1999 and Bleak House in 1985. Also in 1985, he was remembered for the part of villain Ronnie Day in Big Deal. He played the part of suspected serial killer Alexander Bonaparte Cust in the (1992) Agatha Christie's Poirot episode, The ABC Murders. He has also appeared in episodes of Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Holby City, and A Touch of Frost. He also had a recurring role as Uncle Ginger in the Children's BBC series The Queen's Nose. He played Harold Chapple in Our Friends in the North, and portrayed the physicist Max Planck in Einstein and Eddington. He has also been seen as Kemp in the horror-drama series Being Human. In 2011 he portrayed Maester Luwin in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

His film appearances include The Constant Gardener (2005), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Enigma (2001) and Ultramarines: The Movie (2010).



Year Film Role Notes
1968 The Window Cleaner David
The Lost Continent Sparks – the radioman Uncredited
1969 Night After Night After Night Pete Laver
1970 Groupie Girl Steve
The Walking Stick Max
1971 Bleak Moments Norman's friend
Sunday Bloody Sunday Party Guest Uncredited
1974 Stardust TV Producer
1977 Hardcore Mark
The Black Panther Donald Neilson
1979 Meetings with Remarkable Men Pogossian
1983 Curse of the Pink Panther Dave
1990 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Claudius
1992 Méchant garçon Michael, le père
1993 Being Human Salgedo as Don Sumpter
1995 Richard III Brackenbury
1997 Tangier Cop Ahmed Yaasin
2001 Enigma Leveret
The Point Men Benni Baum
2002 K-19: The Widowmaker Dr. Gennadi Savran
2005 The Constant Gardener Tim Donohue
2007 Eastern Promises Yuri
2009 God & Lucy God Short film
2010 Among Us Man on bench
Ultramarines: The Movie Pythol Voice actor
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Detective Inspector Gustaf Morell
2014 Bypass Grandfather
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Paul Macy


Year Show Role Notes
1966 The Wednesday Play Soldier 1 episode: A Hero of Our Time
1967 Softly Softly Ted Reece 1 episode: Ted Reece
Love Story 1 episode: Cinéma Vérité
Z-Cars Dave Caller 2 episodes: It's Easy Once You Know How (Parts 1 & 2)
1968 Doctor Who Enrico Casali 6 episodes: The Wheel in Space (Parts 1–6)
Sanctuary Lee 1 episode: The Girl with the Blue Guitar
1969 ITV Saturday Night Theatre Leary 1 episode: Pig in a Poke
The First Churchills Lord Cutts 1 episode: A Famous Victory
1970 Mad Jack Wilmot
The Adventures of Don Quick Gezool 1 episodes: The Benefits of Earth
1972 Doctor Who Commander Ridgeway 3 episodes: The Sea Devils (Parts 3–5)
Armchair Theatre Dellow 1 episode: The Breaking of Colonel Keyser
1973 Barlow at Large Jim Page 1 episode: Strays
Hadleigh Tony
1975 Centre Play Johnny 1 episode: The Saliva Milkshake
Sadie, It's Cold Outside Plumber 1 episode: 1.5
Quiller Hudson 1 episode: Assault on the Ritz
Softly Softly George Hartley 1 episode: Choirboy
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Aram
Seven Faces of Woman Joe Belladona 1 episode: She: Anxious Anne
Play for Today Spalding 1 episode: Catchpenny Twist
The Children of the New Forest Ned Corbould
1978 Crown Court 1 episode: To Catch a Thief
Target Heslop 1 episode: Promises
Les miserables Agent
1979 The Other Side 1 episode: Contact
1980 Shoestring Stanley Reeves 1 episode: The Teddy Bears' Nightmare
1981 BBC Television Shakespeare Antony & Cleopatra Sextus Pompeius
The Rose Medallion Harry
1982 The Brack Report Paul Brack
1983 Bergerac Roscoe 1 episode: Fall of a Birdman
1984 Minder Sudbury 1 episode: Hypnotizing Rita
1985 Time Trouble
Oscar Clibborn 1 episode: Gilded Youth
Bleak House Nemo 2 episodes: 1.1 & 1.2
1985–1986 Big Deal Ronnie Day Recurring
1986 Boon Jack Evans, Doreen's ex-husband 2 episodes: Grand Expectations & For Whom the Chimes Toll
1989 Bergerac Harry Tilson 1 episode: Second Time Around
1990 Ruth Rendell Mysteries Edward Peveril 3 episodes: Some Lie and Some Die (Parts 1–3)
1991 Aimée Frank
1992 Agatha Christie's Poirot Alexander Bonaparte Cust 1 episode: The ABC Murders
The Blackheath Poisonings Insp. Titmarsh
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia Matthew Pyke
The Bill DCI Grant 1 episode: Nothing Ventured
1994 Grushko Kartashov
Drop the Dead Donkey Inspector 1 episode: The Strike
Between the Lines Milan 2 episodes: The End User (Parts 1 & 2)
1995–2000 The Queen's Nose Uncle Ginger Recurring
1996 Our Friends in the North Commander Harold Chapple Recurring
Cold Lazarus Dr. Rawl 2 episodes: 1.3 & 1.4
1998 Bombay Blue Supt. John Mayberry
1999 Great Expectations Compeyson
2000 Dalziel and Pascoe Gus Mullavey 1 episode: A Sweeter Lazarus
2001 In Deep Keith Sullivan 1 episode: Romeo Trap
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Mr. Brooker
2002 The Estate Agents Mr. Love 1 episode: Gangsters
2003 Serious and Organised Jimmy Fisk 1 episode: 1.2
A Touch of Frost Maynard 1 episode: Hidden Truth
Ultimate Force General Harkin 1 episode: Mad Dogs
The Bill Archie Foster 2 episode: 127 & 128
Seven Wonders of the Industrial World Farrington 1 episode: Brooklyn Bridge
Holby City Jay Miller 1 episode: Façade
2004 Midsomer Murders Tim Settingfield 1 episode: Sins of Commission
The Last Detective Alfie Clemens 1 episode: The Long Bank Holiday
2005 Rose and Maloney Ronnie Johnson 1 episode: 2.2
2006 Eleventh Hour Richard Adams 1 episode: Kryptos
The Chatterley Affair Mr. Gerald Gardiner
Ørnen: En krimi-odyssé Aca Popov / Milan Nacuk 2 episodes: Kodenavn: Minos – Del 22 & Kodenavn: Ithaka – Del 24
The Bill Alfie Sutton 1 episode: 470
Dracula Alfred Singleton
2007 Fallen Angel Simon Martlesham
Holby City William Chase 1 episode: Past Imperfect
2008 Heist King Edward
Heroes and Villains Garnier 1 episode: Richard the Lionheart
Taggart Alex Sternwood 1 episode: Point of Light
New Tricks Bobby 'Tar' Mcadam 1 episode: Couldn't Organise One
Tess of the d'Urbevilles Parson Tringham
Einstein and Eddington Max Planck
2009 Into the Storm Lord Halifax
The Sarah Jane Adventures Erasmus Darkening 2 episodes: The Eternity Trap (Parts 1 & 2)
2009–2010 Being Human Kemp Recurring; 9 episodes
2010 Spooks Stephen Kirby 1 episode Series 9 Ep 3
Merlin The Fisher King 1 episode: "The Eye of the Phoenix"
2011 The Suspicions of Mr Whicher Peter Edlin QC
Black Mirror Julian Hereford 1 episode: "The National Anthem"
2011–2012 Game of Thrones Maester Luwin Series 1–2
2012 Wallander Fredrik Thorson 1 episode: "An Event in Autumn"
The Secret of Crickley Hall Gordon Pyke Episodes 2 & 3
2013 The Mill Samuel Greg Series 1
Atlantis Tiresias 1 episode: Twist of Fate
2014 New Worlds Sidney

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