Sean Pertwee

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Sean Pertwee
Sean Pertwee at NY PaleyFest 2014 for Gotham.jpg
Pertwee at the 2014 NY PaleyFest for Gotham
Born (1964-06-04) 4 June 1964 (age 50)
London, England
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Years active 1975–present
Known for
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Spouse(s) Jacqui Hamilton-Smith (1999–present)
Children Alfred Pertwee

Sean Pertwee (born 4 June 1964) is an English character and voice actor. Pertwee attended Teddington School and Sunbury College. Pertwee has played Captain Fitzpatrick in the play Tom Jones, Doctor Talbot in the film Doomsday and Alfred Pennyworth in Fox's Gotham. [1]

Early life[edit]

Pertwee was born in London, the son of Ingeborg and Jon Pertwee, who played the third incarnation of The Doctor in the television series Doctor Who. He attended Teddington School in London.


In the early 1980s, Pertwee was cast as Captain Fitzpatrick in the play Tom Jones, based on the novel by Henry Fielding. After leaving Sunbury College, Pertwee trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and, after graduating in 1986, toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company for three years. In 1999 he portrayed Brutus in the Hallmark channel film Cleopatra. He co-owned the Natural Nylon film production company along with Sadie Frost, Jude Law, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewan McGregor.[2] The company folded in 2003.

Pertwee starred in the 2008 film Doomsday as Doctor Talbot. His voice is frequently heard in a variety of television commercials, documentaries and video games, including the medieval empire-building computer game Medieval: Total War and futuristic war games Killzone (as Colonel Gregor Hakha), Killzone 2 (as Colonel Mael Radec) and Fire Warrior (as Governor Severus). He is also the voice behind the Northeast's tourism advertisement which started broadcasting at the start of 2009. He is the current narrator of Masterchef: The Professionals, replacing India Fisher for the fourth series which began on 7 November 2011.

Sean appeared in the film Devil's Playground, a zombie horror film directed by Mark McQueen. He stars alongside Danny Dyer, Jaime Murray, Janet Montgomery and Craig Fairbrass. The film was released in October 2010. Pertwee appeared in the Nazi zombie film The 4th Reich[3][dead link] which he filmed in 2010, directed by Shaun Smith.[4][dead link]

Pertwee's recent dramatic work for BBC Radio 4 includes playing the actor Oliver Reed in the play Burning Both Ends by Matthew Broughton.[5]

In 2014, Pertwee was cast in Fox's TV series Gotham, a series presenting an origin for the characters of the Batman franchise. Pertwee stars as Alfred Pennyworth, a tough-as-nails ex-marine from east London who loyally serves the Wayne family. In the wake of their tragic deaths, he is fiercely protective of the young Bruce Wayne — the boy who will eventually become Batman.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Pertwee is the brother of actress Dariel Pertwee, grandson of actor and screenwriter Roland Pertwee, and is more distantly related to actor Bill Pertwee. He married make-up artist Jacqui Hamilton-Smith, daughter of Anthony Hamilton-Smith, on 12 June 1999 at the House of Lords. Jacqui gave birth to twins, Alfred and Gilbert, around Christmas 2001. They were born prematurely; Gilbert died in April 2002. The family lives in Stockwell. Pertwee has said that Alfred is a fan of Doctor Who, both of David Tennant's Tenth Doctor and his father Jon's Third Doctor.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Coping with Cupid Peter Short sci-fi romance film[6][7]
1991 London Kills Me
  • Uncredited
  • Critically panned and a failure at the box office
1992 Leon the Pig Farmer Keith Chadwick British comedy[8][9]
1993 Dirty Weekend The Quiet One
1993 Swing Kids
1994 Shopping Tommy British action crime drama film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson
1995 Blue Juice J.C. British film directed by Carl Prechezer
1995 I.D. Martin British film made by BBC Films about football hooliganism, directed by Philip Davis[11]
1997 Event Horizon Pilot Smith British-American science fiction horror film directed by Paul W. S. Anderson
Budget=$60 million[12]
Gross Box Office=$47,073,851[13]
1998 Soldier Mace American science fiction action film directed by Paul Anderson
1998 Tale of the Mummy Bradley Cortese British-American horror film, directed by Russell Mulcahy
1998 Stiff Upper Lips George
  • A broad parody of British period films, especially the lavish Merchant-Ivory productions of the 'eighties and early 'nineties.
  • Stiff Upper Lips received mixed reviews. Alexander Walker of the Evening Standard called it "A Spot of Spiffing Spoofery" while the Time Out reviewer said "it is beautifully acted and consistently spot on".[14]
  • Stephen Holden of the New York Times, however, lamented "If only it were funnier".[15]
1999 Cleopatra Brutus
2000 Five Seconds to Spare Piers[16]
2000 Love, Honour and Obey Sean[17]
2000 Seven Days to Live Martin Shaw[18]
2001 The 51st State Detective Virgil Kane
2002 Equilibrium Father American dystopian science fiction film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer
2002 Dog Soldiers Sergeant Harry G. Wells British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall
2005 Goal! Barry Rankin
  • Also known as Goal! The Dream Begins in the United States was a film directed by Danny Cannon
  • The first installment of a trilogy also named Goal!
  • This film was made with full co-operation from FIFA, which is one of the reasons actual teams and players are used throughout the film.
2005 The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby Duncan Smithie Family-based Scottish film released in the US in 2005 as Greyfriars Bobby directed by John Henderson.
2005 The Prophecy: Uprising Dani Simionescu
2005 The Last Drop Sgt Bill McMillan British-Romanian war adventure film by Colin Teague that went directly to DVD release.
2006 Renaissance Montoya (English Language) French black-and-white animated science fiction film by French director Christian Volckman.
2006 Wilderness Jed British-Irish horror film directed by Michael J. Bassett and written by Dario Poloni.
2007 Dangerous Parking Ray Molina Drama film based on the novel of the same name by Stuart Browne.
2007 Goal! 2: Living the Dream... Barry Rankin The second part of the football film trilogy Goal!.
2007 Botched Mr. Groznyi Horror comedy
2008 Doomsday Dr. Talbot[20]
2008 Mutant Chronicles Nathan Rooker Independent science fiction horror film, loosely based on the role-playing game of the same name.
2010 Mr. Richards British crime thriller film directed by Noel Clarke and Mark Davis
2010 Just for the Record Sensei[21]
2010 Ultramarines: The Movie Brother Proteus Science fiction[22] CGI film set in Games Workshop's fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe and based around the Ultramarines.
2010 Devil's Playground Rob British horror film directed by Mark McQueen
2010 Heaven and Earth
2011 Four Detective British independent film directed by John Langridge.
2010 The 4th Reich
  • In pre-production[3]
  • Directed by Shaun Smith.[4]
2011 Wild Bill Jack British film directed by Dexter Fletcher.
2012 The Seasoning House Goran[23] British horror film directed by Paul Hyett.
2012 Vuosaari Unknown Internet based movie
2012 St Georges Day Unknown Internet based movie
2013 U.F.O. Tramp[24]
  • Re-titled Alien Uprising in 2013.
  • British science fiction film about an alien invasion,[25] written and directed by independent British filmmaker Dominic Burns.
2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa SFO Steve Stubbs
  • Released as Alan Partridge in the United States.[26]
  • British action comedy film
  • Directed by Declan Lowney
  • Sequel to various BBC radio and television shows since 1991.
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Tom Jones Captain Fitzpatrick A BBC adaptation for the stage by playwright Joan Macalpine.[27]
Year Title Role Notes
1975 Billy Smart's Children's Circus
1989 Poirot: The King of Clubs
1990 Chancer Jamie Douglas Recurring
1990 Harry Enfield's Television Programme
1990 Cluedo Richard Forrest Episode: "Christmas Past, Christmas Present" (S 1:Ep 7)
1991 The Chief Det. Sgt. Kevin Powers Episode: "Episode 2" (S 2:Ep 2)
1991 Clarissa John Belford
1992 Virtual Murder Matt Andries Episode: "Dreams Imagic" (S 1:Ep 6)
1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Captain Heinz Episode: "Trenches Of Hell, Part 2)" (S 2:Ep 3)
1992 Boon David Kennedy Episode: "Whispering Grass" (S 8:Ep 12)
1992 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Det Sgt Barry Vine Episodes:
  • "Kissing the Gunner's Daughter, Part One" (S 6:Ep 8)
  • "Kissing the Gunner's Daughter, Part Two" (S 6:Ep 9)
  • "Kissing the Gunner's Daughter, Part Three" (S 6:Ep 10)
  • "Kissing the Gunner's Daughter, Part Four" (S 6:Ep 11)
1992 A Touch of Frost Episode: "Quarry"
1993 Peak Practice Episode: "Hope to Die"
1994 Cadfael Sheriff Hugh Beringar Series 1
1996 Deadly Voyage Ion Plesin TV film directed by John Mackenzie and written by Stuart Urban
1997 Bodyguards Ian Worell Main cast
1998 Macbeth Macbeth UK TV
2000 Operation Good Guys Episode: "The Leader" (S 3:Ep 4)
2000 In the Beginning Isaac 2-part biblical TV Mini-series directed by Kevin Connor
2001 Cold Feet (2001) Mark Cubitt Guest star; Series 4
2003 Cold Feet (2003) Mark Cubitt Guest Star; Series 5
2003 Waking The Dead Carl Mackenzie Episodes:
  • "Multistorey, Part One" (S 3:Ep 1)
  • "Multistorey, Part Two" (S 3:Ep 2)
2004 Bo' Selecta! Hilself Episode: "Episode Five" (S 3:Ep 5)
2004–2005 A Bear's Tail Richard Head Series 4 - Episodes:
  • "A Bear's Christmas Tail" (S 1:Ep 1)
  • "The Good, The Bear & The Ugly" (S 1:Ep 2)
  • "Adventures in Bearbysitting" (S 1:Ep 3)
  • "The Son of Bear-elzebub (S 1:Ep 4)
  • "Meet the Bearents" (S 1:Ep 5)
  • "Blame it on the Bearboy" (S 1:Ep 6)
  • "Two Weddings, a Bear and No Funeral" (S 1:E 7)
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Dr. Owen Griffith Episode: "The Moving Finger"
2006 Ancient Rome–The Rise And Fall Of An Empire: Caesar Julius Caesar
2007 The Tudors English ambassador in Italy Episode: "In Cold Blood" (S 1:EP 1)
2007 When Evil Calls The Janitor[28] TV Mini-series
2008 Honest DS. Ed Bain
2008 The Wrong Door
  • Guest star
  • Episode: "The Smutty Aliens" (S 1:Ep 3)
2008 Skins
2009 Law & Order: UK Josh Pritchard Episode: "Vice" (S 1:Ep 3)
2010 Luther Terry Lynch Episode: "Episode 2" (S 1:Ep 2)
2011 National Geographic: Islands Series Narrator Cyprus
2011 Camelot Sir Ector recurring; Series 1
2013 Agatha Christie's Poirot Sir George Stubbs Episode: "Dead Man's Folly"
2013 Himself Episode: "Being Poirot"
2013 Death in Paradise Malcolm Powell[29] Episode: "A Deadly Party" (S 2:EP 8)
2013–2014 Elementary Inspector Lestrade Episodes:
  • "Step Nine" (S 2:Ep 1)
  • "The One Percent Solution" (S 2:Ep 16)
  • "Ears to You" (S 2:Ep 17)
2013 The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
2014– Gotham Alfred Pennyworth Main cast[1]
2014 The Musketeers Sarazin Episode: "Musketeers Don't Die Easily" (S 1:EP 10)
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Burning Both Ends Oliver Reed [5]
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Gene Machine Piers Featherstonehaugh
2002 Medieval: Total War Narrator
2003 Primal Jared
2003 Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior Governor Severus
2003 Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance Invictus Thrax
2004 Killzone Colonel Gregor Hakha
2008 Fable II Additional Voices
2009 Killzone 2 Colonel Mael Radec
2010 Fable III Captain Saker
2012 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Colonel Mael Radec


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