4 June 1940 |
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
|Relatives||Samuel Collings (son)|
David Collings (born 4 June 1940 in Brighton, East Sussex) is an English actor. He has played various roles on television, including the leading dramatic role in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment in 1964 (with Associated-Rediffusion Television).
Collings has played historical characters such as Percy Grainger in Ken Russell's Song of Summer (1968), John Ruskin in The Love School (1975), a BBC series about the Pre-Raphaelites, and Sir Anthony Babington in Elizabeth R. In 1975 he portrayed William Wilberforce in the The Fight Against Slavery, and starred as William Pitt in Prince Regent in 1979.
He appeared three times in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who - as Vorus in Revenge of the Cybermen, Poul in The Robots of Death and Mawdryn in the serial Mawdryn Undead. He has also played an alternate Doctor in one of the audio plays by Big Finish Productions in the Doctor Who Unbound series, Full Fathom Five. Collings returned to the role of Poul, now named Paulus, in the episode Hidden Persuaders of the audio drama series Kaldor City;.
In 1981, he played the dual roles of Lord Dark and The Friendly Ghost in the perennial school-children's favourite Dark Towers, part of the Look and Read series.
He did voice acting (the voice of Monkey) for the Japanese television series Journey to the West, released in English-speaking countries as Monkey.
In 2006, Collings was the reader of the critically acclaimed recordings of The Complete Ghost Stories of M. R. James.
He is also noted for his children's television appearances including the role of Julian Oakapple in Midnight is a Place (1977). In 1989 he played Charn (the villain) in Through The Dragon's Eye and had a recurring role as the headmaster in Press Gang from 1989 to 1993.
- Song of Summer (1968)
- Joanna (1968)
- Scrooge (1970)
- For the Love of Ada (1972)
- Mahler (1974)
- Hennessy (1975)
- The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)
- Julius Caesar (1979)
- The Outsider (1980)
- Tangiers (1982)
- Persuasion (1995)
- The Invisible Woman (2013)
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- "Silver Jubilee Interview with David Collings". Magic Bullet Productions. 30 April 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- "Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - Mawdryn Undead". BBC. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- "Concerning The Lord of the Rings BBC 1981". SF-Worlds.Com. Retrieved 2010-10-17.