|Born||Jeremy Mahony Sinden
14 June 1950
|Died||29 May 1996
London, England, UK
(1978 - his death)
Jeremy Sinden (14 June 1950 – 29 May 1996) was an English actor who specialised in playing eccentric military men and overgrown schoolboys.
He went to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre to train as an assistant stage manager and then spent two seasons in Stratford-upon-Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1970-71, also as an assistant stage manager and understudied 45 parts. He appeared in pantomime and rep in Bournemouth, Farnham, Leatherhead and Windsor and he spent one season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. He then decided to enrol at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) where he spent three years and won the Forsyth Award. Whilst still at drama school he made his West End stage acting début in 1972 at the Cambridge Theatre as Private Broughton in R. C. Sherriff's Journey's End and then returned to the Chichester Festival Theatre and appeared in four plays there.
Jeremy played 'Baloo' the bear in a 1984 West End production of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, at the Adelphi Theatre, a production that also featured Fenella Fielding as Kaa the Python. In 1994 he appeared at the Royal National Theatre as Major Swindon in Shaw's The Devil's Disciple and his last performance was also for the National the following year at the Old Vic playing Toad in Alan Bennett's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. The Times reviewer described his performance as "a nice smug Toad, who wears everything down to his convict's arrows like a model on a Paris catwalk."
He made his film debut as a rebel fighter pilot in Star Wars (1977) and appeared in such films as Chariots of Fire (1981), playing the president of the Gilbert and Sullivan society; Madame Sousatzka (1988); The Object of Beauty (1991); Let Him Have It (1991) and The Innocent (1993).
His work on television included playing Anthony Mortimer in Crossroads for two years; The Expert; Danger UXB; Henry Weldon in Have His Carcase; "Boy" Mulcaster in Brideshead Revisited; The Far Pavilions; Never the Twain; Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy; Middlemarch; The House of Windsor and As Time Goes By. His last role was as Mr Barling in The Famous Five series episode Five Go To Smugglers Top, which was dedicated to him following its broadcast in 1996.
Jeremy Sinden was the husband of actress Delia Lindsay from 1978 until his death from lung cancer in 1996 at the age of 45 (coincidentally 12 weeks after his best friend Simon Cadell, born 5 weeks after him, also died of lung cancer. Cadell's father, John Cadell, had been Donald Sinden's theatrical agent for over 30 years). They had two daughters, Kezia (born 18 December 1979) and Harriet (born 1 July 1984).
- Times Obituary 31 May 1996
- "IMDB". Retrieved 14 February 2009.
- Croydon Life issue 14 June 2008
- Pinch, Emma (6 March 2009). "Marc Sinden on John Lennon: We were in the presence of God". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 07/03/2009.
- Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books. p. 151. ISBN 0-517-57066-1.
- Film of Hey Jude recording on YouTube Jeremy Sinden (wearing white shirt & orange t-shirt) standing behind Marc Sinden (wearing grey jacket & tie and horn-rim spectacles) identified (starting at 3' 43") standing next to Ringo Starr during recording of Hey Jude by the Beatles at Twickenham Film Studios on 4 September 1968.
- Jeremy Sinden at the Internet Movie Database