Pip Torrens

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Pip Torrens
Born Philip Dean Torrens
(1960-06-02) 2 June 1960 (age 56)
Bromley, Kent, England, UK
Nationality British
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present

Philip Dean "Pip" Torrens (born 2 June 1960) is an English actor.

Life and career[edit]

Torrens was born in Bromley, Kent and educated at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire. He studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge. His television appearances include Consenting Adults, two episodes of Doctor Who ("Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood"),[1] The Brittas Empire, Green Wing, Silk, The Government Inspector (as John Scarlett), The Last Detective and DI Torrens for a few episodes in The Bill in 2001. He has also appeared in a 2008 series of British television advertisements for First Direct, with Matthew King. He appeared also in 1992 episode of Maigret with Michael Gambon

In 2011, Torrens appeared in both episodes of an Outnumbered two-part special. In 2012 he appeared in the first episode of series 8 of Hustle as Heinz Zimmermann and also presented new gameshow The Devil's Dinner Party. Torrens briefly appeared in an episode of Death in Paradise in 2013, as a museum guide. His film appearances include Tomorrow Never Dies as the captain of HMS Bedford, the 2001 film To End All Wars and voicework for Valiant. He also does work as a simulated patient in medical schools in the UK.

In 2013, Torrens appeared in "The Waldo Moment", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.

Notable appearances[edit]

Torrens appeared as Bingo Little in Jeeves and Wooster, has appeared in Heartbeat and Agatha Christie's Marple and portrayed Colonel J. S. Wilson in The Heavy Water War.[2] In 2015 he played Cassel in Versailles. In 2016 he played Tommy Lascelles in The Crown.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Lady Jane Thomas
1987 Little Dorrit Henry Gowan
1988 A Handful of Dust Jock
1989 How To Get Ahead In Advertising Jonathan
1992 Patriot Games Lord North's 1st Aide
1993 The Remains of the Day Doctor Carlisle
1999 Tomorrow Never Dies Captain (HMS Bedford)
2005 Pride & Prejudice Netherfield Butler
Valiant Lofty
2008 Easy Virtue Lord Hurst
2009 Dorian Gray Victor
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Heathcoat Parker
2011 My Week with Marilyn Sir Kenneth Clark
War Horse Major Tompkins
2012 Anna Karenina Prince Shcherbatsky
Gambit Savoy Desk Clerk
2014 Gemma Bovery Rankin
2015 The Danish Girl Dr Hexler
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Colonel Kaplan
2018 Jungle Book Colonel Hathi


Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Lenny Henry Show P C Monkhouse 6 episodes
1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Howard Carter Episodes: Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal and Treasure of the Peacock's Eye
1993 Lovejoy: Fly the Flag Christian Shotley
1993 To Play the King Andrew Harding 3 episodes
1995-2007 The Bill Various 5 episodes
2000 Lorna Doone Colonel Kirke TV film
2005 Rome Lucius Tullius Cimber Episode: Kalends of February
2006 Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Olympius Episode: The Fall of Rome
2007 Doctor Who Rocastle 2 episodes
2010 Coronation Street Prosecution Q.C 6 episodes
2012 Hustle Heinz Zimmermann Series 8, Episode 1
2013 Yes Prime Minister Jeremy Burnahm Episode: The Poisoned Chalice
2013 Death in Paradise Guide
2013 Black Mirror Philip Carne Episode: "The Waldo Moment"
2014 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Esmond Rothermere TV mini-series, 4 episodes
2015 The Heavy Water War John Skinner Wilson 6 episodes
2015 Poldark Cary Warleggan 7 episodes
2015 Versailles The Duke of Cassel 10 episodes
2016 The Crown Tommy Lascelles
2016 Grantchester Sir Edward Kendall Christmas special


  1. ^ Gavin Fuller; Catherine Gee; Ben Lawrence (19 September 2015). "10 best modern-era Doctor Who episodes". telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Andrew Collins (6 August 2015). "The Saboteurs box set review - "how wartime adventure should be done"". theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Jennie Bond. "'As dazzling and disparaging as the Queen herself': Jennie Bond fact-checks The Crown | Television & radio". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 

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