Jeremy Sinden

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Jeremy Sinden
Born Jeremy Mahony Sinden
14 June 1950
London, England
Died 29 May 1996(1996-05-29) (aged 45)
London, England, UK
Cause of death Lung Cancer
Spouse(s) Delia Lindsay
(m. 1978 - his death)
Children 2 daughters
Parent(s) Donald Sinden
Diana Mahony
Relatives Marc Sinden (brother)

Jeremy Sinden (14 June 1950 – 29 May 1996) was an English actor who specialised in playing eccentric military men and overgrown schoolboys.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in London into a theatrical family, both his parents were actors. His father was Sir Donald Sinden and his mother was Diana Mahony. He was educated at Edgeborough and Lancing College.



He went to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre to train as an assistant stage manager and then spent two seasons in Stratford-upon-Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1970-71, also as an assistant stage manager and understudied 45 parts.[1] He appeared in pantomime and rep in Bournemouth, Farnham, Leatherhead and Windsor and he spent one season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. He then decided to enrol at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) where he spent three years and won the Forsyth Award. Whilst still at drama school he made his West End stage acting début in 1972 at the Cambridge Theatre as Private Broughton in R. C. Sherriff's Journey's End and then returned to the Chichester Festival Theatre and appeared in four plays there.

Jeremy played 'Baloo' the bear in a 1984 West End production of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, at the Adelphi Theatre, a production that also featured Fenella Fielding as Kaa the Python. In 1994 he appeared at the Royal National Theatre as Major Swindon in Shaw's The Devil's Disciple and his last performance was also for the National the following year at the Old Vic playing Toad in Alan Bennett's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. The Times reviewer described his performance as "a nice smug Toad, who wears everything down to his convict's arrows like a model on a Paris catwalk."[1]


He made his film debut as rebel fighter pilot "Gold Two" in Star Wars (1977). His character was later identified as Dex Tiree in the 2015 reference book, Ultimate Star Wars. He appeared in such films as Rosie Dixon – Night Nurse (1978); Chariots of Fire (1981) playing the president of the Gilbert and Sullivan society; Ascendancy (1983); Madame Sousatzka (1988); The Object of Beauty (1991); Let Him Have It (1991) and The Innocent (1993).


His work on television included playing Anthony Mortimer in Crossroads for two years; The Expert; Danger UXB; Henry Weldon in Have His Carcase; 'Boy' Mulcaster in Brideshead Revisited; The Far Pavilions; Never the Twain, Robin of Sherwood, Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy; Middlemarch; The House of Windsor and As Time Goes By. His last role was as Mr Barling in The Famous Five series episode Five Go To Smugglers Top, which was dedicated to him following its broadcast in 1996.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Jeremy Sinden was the husband of actress Delia Lindsay from 1978 until his death from lung cancer in 1996 at the age of 45. This was, coincidentally 12 weeks after his best friend Simon Cadell, born 5 weeks after him, also died of lung cancer. Cadell's father, John Cadell, had been Donald Sinden's theatrical agent for over 30 years.[2] Jeremy and Delia had two daughters, Kezia (born 18 December 1979) and Harriet (born 1 July 1984).

He was the brother of the West End theatre producer Marc Sinden.

Jeremy Sinden and his brother Marc were part of the 'Na-Na' chorus on "Hey Jude", recording and filming the song with the Beatles at Twickenham Film Studios on 4 September 1968.[3][4]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Star Wars Dex Tiree (Gold Two)
1978 Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse Dr. Robert Fishlock
1981 Chariots of Fire President-Gilbert & Sullivan Society
1981 Mark Gertler: Fragments of a Biography Vorticist
1982 Doll's Eye Business Executive
1983 Ascendancy Darcy
1988 Madame Sousatzka Woodford
1991 The Object of Beauty Jonathan
1991 Let Him Have It Soames Daily Telegraph
1993 The Innocent Captain Lofting


Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Expert Price 9 episodes
1976 - 78 Crossroads Anthony Mortimer 20 episodes
1979 Danger UXB Lieutenant Ivor Rodgers 10 episodes
1981 Brideshead Revisted Boy Mulcaster 4 episodes
1986 Robin of Sherwood Mortimer 1 episode
1986 Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy Ronald Brockman 6 episodes
1987 Lord Peter Wimsey: Have his carcase Henry Weldon 4 episodes
1994 Middlemarch Captain Lydgate 3 episodes
The House of Windsor Giles Huntingdon 6 episodes
1995 The Famous Five Barling 2 episodes
1996 As Time Goes By Alan 2 episodes


  1. ^ a b c Times Obituary 31 May 1996
  2. ^ Croydon Life issue 14 June 2008
  3. ^ Pinch, Emma (6 March 2009). "Marc Sinden on John Lennon: We were in the presence of God". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 7 March 2009. 
  4. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books. p. 151. ISBN 0-517-57066-1. 

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