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Dudley Sutton (born 6 April 1933) is an English actor.
Dudley Sutton was educated at a boys' boarding school at Lifton Park, Devon. He served in the Royal Air Force as a mechanic before enrolling in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he was later expelled for responding to rock-and-roll.
Sutton became known after playing a gay biker in The Leather Boys (1964), a role which showed his potential for eccentric screen personae. He married American actress Marjorie Steele in 1961; she had previously been married to the millionaire producer Huntington Hartford. Sutton and Steele had one child together, but divorced in 1965; she subsequently married, as his fourth wife, the writer Constantine Fitzgibbon). On stage, he played the title role in the first production of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane (1964). From 25 May 1966 he appeared in Tango, a play by Slawomir Mrozek at the Aldwych Theatre alongside Patience Collier, Peter Jeffrey, Mike Pratt, and Ursula Mohan under director Trevor Nunn.
Sutton has appeared in many films during his career, including Rotten to the Core (1965), Crossplot (1969), The Devils (1971), Madame Sin (1972), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Fellini's Casanova (1976), Edward II (1991), and The Football Factory (2004).
Among his many television appearances are his roles as Tinker Dill in Lovejoy (1986 & 1991 – 94) – whose friendship with Lovejoy, the title character, and expertise in the antique trade was the backbone of the show – as Mr Carter in the Beiderbecke Trilogy and as Oleg Kirov in Smiley's People (1982). He also featured in The Sweeney episode 'Golden Boy' and in a Christmas special episode of Porridge (1976) as the somewhat unstable trusty-turned-hostage-taker Reg Urwin, with Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale.
In 2003, Sutton found inspiration from the internet "where apparently people say that every time you masturbate God kills a kitten". From that statement, he developed a comic piece about "a young man's emotions and feelings, from the moment he's a baby tugging at his cock onwards." In August 2003, he performed the one-man Killing Kittens show at Edinburgh's Underbelly. Sutton followed up Killing Kittens with a second autobiographical show Pandora's Lunchbox in 2006. Following an acclaimed performance as William Blake in Peter Ackroyd's BBC television series The Romantics, Sutton joined the cast of Albion Rising at St Giles in the Fields Church, London, in April 2007.
Sutton had a small role in the British teenage drama Skins as Freddie's granddad. He also appeared in the episode of Holby City broadcast on 15 March 2011 as a patient who fell down an escalator in a shopping centre. In 2012 he featured in the video "Once And For All" by Clock Opera.
Sutton also appeared in episode three of the BBC comedy series Family Tree ("The Austerity Games"), which aired in July 2013, and guest-starred in episode three of the BBC series Boomers in 2014. He played William Makepeace in Emmerdale in 2014.
In 2015 he appeared as a Roman Catholic Rector in the BBC TV series Father Brown episode 3.6 "The Upcott Fraternity". He also appeared in three episodes of the BBC's day time show, Doctors, in August 2015.
He narrated the 2016 documentary The Future of Work and Death.
In November 2017 he played the lead role in a video for the Tom Chaplin song Midnight Mass.
- A Night to Remember (1958) – lookout (uncredited)
- Go to Blazes (1962) – boy lover
- The Boys (1962) – Stan Coulter
- The Leather Boys (1964) – Pete
- Rotten to the Core (1965) – Jelly
- Crossplot (1969) – Warren
- The Walking Stick (1970) – Ted Sandymount
- One More Time (1970) – Wilson
- A Town Called Bastard (1971) – Spectre
- The Devils (1971) – Baron De Laubardemont
- Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971) – Starshot
- Madame Sin (1972) – Monk
- Diamonds on Wheels (1973) – Finch
- Paganini Strikes Again (1973) – Raddings
- The Stud (1974) – Randy Warpshot / Longstreet / Charlady / Yidnar Warpshot / Newsboy
- The Sweeney (1975) /Golden Boy – Max Deller
- Pure as a Lily (1976) – Jack
- Fellini's Casanova (1976) – Duke of Wuertemberg
- The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) – Hugh McClaren
- The Prince and the Pauper (1977) – Hodge
- Valentino (1977) – Willie
- No. 1 of the Secret Service (1977) – K.R.A.S.H. Leader
- The Playbirds (1978) – Hern
- The Big Sleep (1978) – Lanny
- The London Connection (1979) – Goetz
- The Island (1980) – Dr. Brazil
- George and Mildred (1980) – Jacko
- Brimstone and Treacle (1982) – Stroller
- Those Glory Glory Days (1983) – Arthur – Journalist
- Lamb (1985) – Haddock
- A State of Emergency (1986) – Soviet professor
- The Rainbow (1989) – MacAllister
- Edward II (1991) – Bishop of Winchester
- Orlando (1992) – King James I
- Incognito (1998) – Halifax / Offul
- The Tichborne Claimant (1998) – Onslow Onslow
- Up at the Villa (2000) – Harold Atkinson
- This Filthy Earth (2001) – Papa
- Tomorrow La Scala! (2002) – Dennis
- Song for a Raggy Boy (2003) – Brother Tom
- The Football Factory (2004) – Bill Farrell
- Irish Jam (2006) – Pat Duffy
- Dean Spanley (2008) – Marriot
- Sezon tumanov (2009) – Darby
- Albion Rising (2009) – William Blake
- Skins (2010) – Norman McClair
- (2010) – Charlie
- Weekend Retreat (2011) – Paulie
- Outside Bet (2011) – Alfie Hobnails
- Cockneys vs Zombies (2012) – Eric
- Katherine of Alexandria (2014) – Marcellus
- Tin (2015) – Zachariah Bennett
- Smith, Adam (1 October 2010). "Interview with Dudley Sutton". Theatre Archive Project. British Library. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
- Burke's Irish Family Records, 1976, p. 430
- "Lively Choice of Plays for Aldwych." The Times (London, England) 22 April 1966: p.17. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- Quinn, Thomas. (4 August 2003) Daily Mirror Edinburgh Festival 2003: Thomas Quinn – Pest at the fest. Section: Features; p. 22