Tim McInnerny

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Tim McInnerny
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McInnerny at a presentation of Severance in 2006.
Born (1956-09-18) 18 September 1956 (age 57)
Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, England
Nationality British
Education Marling School
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present

Tim McInnerny (/ˌmækɨˈnɜrni/ MAK-ə-NUR-nee; born 18 September 1956) is an English actor. He is known for his many roles on television and stage. Early in his career he featured as Lord Percy Percy and Captain Darling in the Blackadder series.

Early life[edit]

McInnerny was born in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire to William Ronald McInnerny and Mary Joan (née Gibbings).[1] He was brought up in Cheadle Hulme, and Stroud, Gloucestershire, and educated at Marling School, Stroud, and Wadham College, Oxford.

Career[edit]

One of McInnerny's first roles was the bumbling aristocrat Lord Percy Percy in the The Black Adder during the early 1980s. He reprised his role in the second series Blackadder II but declined to do so for the third series for fear of being typecast, though he did make a guest appearance in one episode. The following year, he returned to the cast for the fourth series Blackadder Goes Forth as Captain Kevin Darling, the cowardly aide of Stephen Fry's General Melchett, alongside Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson.

McInnerny has also starred in various films including Wetherby, 101 Dalmatians, where he was reunited with Blackadder co-star Hugh Laurie, and Notting Hill, written by Blackadder creator Richard Curtis. He also had a minor but significant role in the highly acclaimed 1985 BBC TV serial Edge of Darkness as Emma Craven's boyfriend Terry Shields. Recent TV appearances include a moving performance in Law & Order: UK (2011) as a man wrongly convicted of murdering his daughter.

Theatre[edit]

Besides television, McInnerny also works in theatre. He played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1990 West End production of The Rocky Horror Show. His performance can be heard on the soundtrack album of this production. He was cast in Pravda alongside Anthony Hopkins. In summer 2007, he played Iago in Othello at Shakespeare's Globe on Bankside in London and in 2010 Tiberius in a radio adaptation of I, Claudius.

Radio[edit]

In 2001, he played Geoffrey Pyke in the radio play Habbakuk of Ice by Steve Walker.

In 2004, he voiced Odysseus in the BBC audio adaptation of The Odyssey by Simon Armitage.

Other[edit]

In 1989, he co-starred with Kate Bush in the music video for her song "This Woman's Work". He also appeared in the Westlife video for "Uptown Girl", along with Robert Bathurst, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Ioan Gruffudd and James Wilby. In 2006 he starred in One Day, a short film shown at various international film festivals.[2]

In 2007 McInnerny spoke candidly about his love of ITV sitcoms, after receiving criticism for his views expressed on the BBC cult show I Love the '70s. "I think shows like Mind Your Language and Love Thy Neighbour need to be remembered for what they were; truly fantastic examples of sitcom writing that hasn't been seen since," said the Blackadder veteran. "The content is unfortunate in the cold light of modern society, but that's no reason to stop praising the sheer brilliance of the writers that ITV had in its ranks during that decade."

Since 2012, Tim has also been named as a patron of the Norwich Film Festival.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Wetherby John Morgan
1989 Erik the Viking Sven the Berserk
1995 Richard III William Catesby
1996 101 Dalmatians Alonzo
1997 FairyTale: A True Story John Ferret
1999 Rogue Trader Tony Hawes
Notting Hill Max
2000 102 Dalmatians Alonzo
2001 The Emperor's New Clothes Dr. Lambert
2005 Casanova The Doge
2006 Severance Richard
2007 Save Angel Hope Backman
2008 The Devil's Whore Joliffe
2008 Agent Crush Sergeant / Operator Voice only
2010 Black Death Hob
2011 Johnny English Reborn Patch Quartermain[4]
2014 Autómata Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Black Adder Lord Percy Percy
1984 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes John Clay
Vincent Spalding
Episode: "The Red-Headed League"
1985 Edge of Darkness Terry Shields
1986 Blackadder II Lord Percy Percy
1987 Blackadder the Third Topper
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Episode: "Nob and Nobility"
1989 Blackadder Goes Forth Captain Kevin Darling
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Franz Kafka Episode: "Prague, August 1917"
1999 Blackadder: Back and Forth Archdeacon Darling
the Duke of Darling
le Duc de Darling
2000 The Miracle Maker Barabbas voice only
2002 Don't Eat the Neighbours Terrapin
Trial & Retribution series VI Eric Fowler
2004 Spooks Oliver Mace
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple Reverend Leonard Clement
2004 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Cecil
2006 The Line of Beauty Gerald Fedden TV miniseries
2008 Doctor Who Klineman Halpen Episode: "Planet of the Ood"
2009 Hustle Judge Anthony Kent
2009 Inspector George Gently Geoffrey Pershore Episode: "Gently Through the Mill"
2010 Midsomer Murders Hugh Dagleish
2011 Law & Order: UK Simon Bennett Episode: "Haunted"
Twenty Twelve Tony Ward Episode #1.6
The Body Farm Richard Warner Episode "You've Got Visitors"
2012 The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff Harmswell Grimstone Episodes: "#1.1", "#1.2", "#1.3"
New Tricks Stephen Fisher Episodes "A Death in the Family" and "Part of a Whole"
2014 Castles in the Sky Churchill
Outlander Father Bain

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Headlong Tony Churt

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