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6 August 1959 |
Normanton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Years active||1980 – present|
He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1977 until 1980. After initially working in theatre in Exeter, Nottingham, Birmingham and at the Edinburgh Festival, Reece got his first TV role in the Granada thriller Knife Edge in 1981. He followed this up by appearing in Out On the Floor a single drama for the BBC in 1982. This led to him being cast as Albert in Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime series for ITV also in 1982. More theatre followed with Beethoven's Tenth with Peter Ustinov at the Vaudeville Theatre, London and the highly acclaimed Red Saturday at the Royal Court. Then in 1984 he played Jimmy Kemp in the powerful nuclear war BAFTA award-winning BBC docudrama Threads (1984), a-soon-to-be-father and husband caught up in a nuclear attack on Sheffield. Interestingly, that same year Dinsdale would also star in the Cold War drama Winter Flight, in which he played a shy, introverted Royal Air Force man who falls in love with a feisty barmaid. 1984 also saw Dinsdale appearing in one of his first feature films, Alan Bennett's A Private Function.
Glamour Night, another single drama for the BBC followed in 1984 before Dinsdale was cast as Matthew Willows in the British sitcom Home to Roost written by Eric Chappell and starring John Thaw. Dinsdale played Thaw's unruly teenaged son Matthew who comes to live with his estranged father after his mother throws him out. The core of the show's comedy came from constant clashing between Henry Willows (Thaw's character), who resents his son for imposing on his bachelor solitude, and Matthew's adolescent antics, which clash with his father's conservatism. The show ran for four series between 1985 and 1990. Interspersed with this were many appearances on stage, including the award-winning play Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme at The Hampstead Theatre London in 1986, Woundings and Don Carlos at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and Old Year's Eve at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Whilst on television Dinsdale had leading roles in the three-part series Take Me Home, in The Attractions by Tony Marchant and the single drama Coppers opposite Tim Roth (all BBC).
Dinsdale played the leading role of Jack Rover in Wild Oats in the inaugural production at Leeds' the newly built West Yorkshire Playhouse in 1990. He then appeared opposite Julia Ormond and Vanessa Redgrave in the American mini-series Young Catherine in which he played the Grand Duke Peter. Following this he appeared at the National Theatre in David Hare's Racing Demon. From 1990-1992 he co-starred in Haggard, a comedy set in the late 18th century written once again by Eric Chappell. In 1994 Dinsdale played the leading role in ID, a British feature film charting the demise of a police officer who goes under-cover to root out a firm of football hooligans. Based on a true story, Dinsdale won the International Critics' Award for best actor at the Geneva Film Festival for his portrayal.
Since then, Reece has continued to play leading roles on both stage and screen. Highlights include: two series of Thief Takers in which he played the central role of Charlie Scott, Kenneth Branagh's film of Hamlet in which he played Guildenstern opposite Timothy Spall's Rosencrantz, and guesting in Spooks, Life on Mars, Murder in Mind, Silent Witness and many others. He starred opposite Julie Walters in the ITV drama Ahead of the Class and played the enigmatic Robert in Red Production's award-winning series Conviction for the BBC. He starred in two series of The Chase (also for the BBC) and in two thrillers for ITV; Love Lies Bleeding and Midnight Man.
In the summer of 2008, Reece joined the cast of Coronation Street to play the ill-fated Joe McIntyre, leaving of his own volition in February 2010. Since then he has filmed leading guest roles in Waterloo Road, Taggart and Moving On. Reece has also recently played Doctor Wengel in Ibsen's 'The Lady From the Sea' at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
Reece appeared in a 1993 instructional video, Report Writing, playing a harassed engineering manager grappling with the exacting literary requirements of his manager, Denise (Dawn French). The 20-minute video, written by Ros Jay, was released on VHS (and subsequently DVD) by Video Arts Ltd.
In January 2012 Reece directed his first drama for television; a 45 minute single drama called The Crossing starring Lee Boardman, Ramona Marquez and Susie Blake, in the Secrets and Words series for BBC1.
In 2009 Reece wrote the short film Imaginary Friend which was subsequently filmed and stars Maxine Peake and Zara Turner. The film was premiered on 8 May 2010 at the 360/365 Film Festival in New York.
2011 Waterloo Road, BBC
2010 Taggart, STV and ITV
2009 Acid Burn, Short film - Red Productions
2008-2010 Coronation Street, ITV
2008 Silent Witness, BBC
2008 Midnight Man, ITV
2007 The Chase, BBC
2006 Life on Mars, BBC
2006 Dalziel and Pascoe, BBC
2006 The Chase, BBC
2005 Love Lies Bleeding, ITV
2004 Ahead of the Class, ITV
2004 The Trouble with George, BBC
2004 Conviction, BBC
2004 Rabbit on the Moon, Feature Film - Headgear Films
2003 Spooks, BBC
2002 Born and Bred, BBC
2001 The Investigation, Canadian TV/BBC
2000 Murder in Mind BBC
2000 In Deep, BBC
2000 Visiting Mr. Green, Theatre - West Yorkshire Playhouse
1999 Family Fortunes, Theatre - King's Head
1998 Love You, Too, Theatre - The Bush
1997 Romance and Rejection, Feature Film
1996 Thief Takers (second series), ITV
1996 Hamlet, Feature Film - Fishmonger Films
1996 China, Short film - Channel 4
1995 Bliss, ITV
1995 Thief Takers, ITV
1994 Morning and Evening, Theatre - Hampstead Theatre
1994 Mirandolina, Theatre - Lyric Hammersmith
1994 ID, Feature Film - Parallax Pictures
1993 A Going Concern, Theatre - Hampstead Theatre
1993 Report Writing, instructional video by Video Arts Ltd.
1992 Full Stretch, ITV
1992 Revengers Tragedy, Theatre - West Yorkshire Playhouse
1991 Racing Demon, Theatre - National Theatre
1991 Playboy of the Western World, Theatre - West Yorkshire Playhouse
1991 Young Catherine, Mini-Series - America/Canada TV
1990 Haggard, ITV
1990 Wild Oats, Theatre - West Yorkshire Playhouse
1989 Haggard, ITV
1989 Boys Mean Business, Theatre - The Bush
1989 Home to Roost, Series 4, ITV
1989 The Attractions, BBC
1988 Rhinoceros, Theatre - Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
1988 Take Me Home, BBC
1987 Old Years Eve, Theatre - Royal Shakespeare Company
1987 Don Carlos, Theatre - Royal Exchange, Manchester
1987 Coppers, BBC
1987 Home to Roost, Series 3, ITV
1986 Woundings, Theatre - Royal Exchange, Manchester
1986 The Storyteller, Channel 4
1986 Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Theatre - Hampstead Theatre
1986 Home to Roost, Series 2, ITV
1985 Bergerac, BBC
1985 Robin of Sherwood, ITV
1985 Home To Roost, ITV
1984 Glamour Night, BBC
1984 Minder, ITV
1984 A Private Function, Feature Film - Handmade Films
1984 Winter Flight, Channel 4
1984 Threads, BBC
1983/4 Red Saturday, Theatre - Royal Court
1983 Beethoven’s Tenth, Theatre - Vaudeville Theatre, London
1982 The Secret Adversary, ITV
1982 Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime, ITV
1982 Out on the Floor, BBC
1981 Knife Edge, ITV
1980/81 Various Theatre (Northcott Theatre, Exeter - Nottingham Playhouse - Birmingham Rep)
Privately Dinsdale lives with his wife, British actress Zara Turner, in Yorkshire. The couple have two children, a daughter Elwy, and a son Luca. Dinsdale is also a great supporter of Huddersfield Town F.C.. He presented the video Beyond the Touchline that went behind the scenes at Huddersfield Town's former Leeds Road ground. Starting in 2009 his Coronation Street character's van displayed a Huddersfield Town badge stuck on the windscreen.
- Hendry, Steve (5 April 2009). "My wife is still shocked I'm in Coronation Street, says Reece Dinsdale". Sunday Mail. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
- "Reece Dinsdale Biography (1959-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-06.