Rupert Vansittart

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Rupert Vansittart
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Vansittart in July 2017
Rupert Nicholas Vansittart

(1958-02-10) 10 February 1958 (age 64)
Cranleigh, England
Alma materCentral School of Speech and Drama
Emma Kate Watson
(m. 1987)

Rupert Nicholas Vansittart (born 10 February 1958) is an English character actor. He has appeared in a variety of roles in film, television, stage and radio, often playing comic characters. He is best known for his role as Lord Ashfordly in the ITV drama Heartbeat and for playing Lord Yohn Royce in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2014–2019).

Life and career[edit]

Vansittart is of partial Dutch ancestry, and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Vansittart is known to fans of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice serial as the actor who portrayed Mr Hurst, the brother-in-law of Charles and Caroline Bingley. He has also worked with Rowan Atkinson on a number of occasions, appearing as a guest star in two episodes of Mr. Bean in addition to The Thin Blue Line, and Johnny English Reborn.

In 1993, he appeared in Remains of the Day as Sir Geoffrey Wren, a character based on the 1930s British fascist Sir Oswald Mosley.

In 1994, he appeared in the film Braveheart as Lord Bottoms. He worked in Four Weddings and a Funeral as George the Boor at the Boatman in 1995.[1] In 2003, he appeared in the West End adaptation of Arsenic and Old Lace.

In 2002, he appeared in the "Market for Murder" episode of Midsomer Murders. He also portrayed General Asquith in the two Doctor Who episodes "Aliens of London" and "World War Three". In 2006, Vansittart portrayed Thomas J. Dodd in the BBC three-part drama documentary Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial. In 2007, he appeared in "The Axeman Cometh" episode of Midsomer Murders. He also appeared in the 2008 BBC serial Spartacus as Consul Lentulus.

In 2009, he was asked to play Peter Morrison in Margaret. Two years later in the critically acclaimed The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep he played Cabinet minister John Biffen.[2] He has also played political characters on stage: in 2014 he was one of the main actors in the cast of Great Britain at the National Theatre.[3] He also appeared in This House at the National Theatre.

2009 also saw his third appearance in "Midsomer Murders", in an episode titled "The Dogleg Murders". In 2010, he appeared in Doctors as Anthony Chippington, a friend of Charlie's. He played Harrison Ashton Lard, the "posh girl's father", in How Not to Live Your Life. He provided additional voice-over for World's Craziest Fools. He appeared in the final two seasons of Foyle's War as Sir Alec Myerson, the title character's boss at MI5. Vansittart also appeared in the BBC Three comedy Bad Education, playing Mr. Humpage. In 2014, Vansittart started playing Lord Yohn Royce in the HBO series Game of Thrones, making recurring appearances in season 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. In 2016, he appears in the BBC TV series Father Brown as Arthur Le Broc in episode 4.7 "The Missing Man". In January 2016, he played Peter Jennings in an episode of the BBC series Casualty.

Personal life[edit]

Vansittart has been married to Emma Kate, daughter of the actor Moray Watson, since 1987. They have two children. When Emma Watson was cast for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Emma Kate Watson changed her name to Emma Vansittart, adopting her husband's surname as her new stage name, to avoid being confused with the young actress.[4]


  • The Revengers' Comedies (1989)
  • Taking Steps (1990)
  • The Revengers' Comedies (1991)
  • A Westwood Diary (1996)
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (2003)
  • This House (2013)
  • Great Britain (2014)


Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2019 Du Lac & Fey: Dance of Death John Waldron


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  2. ^ Roya Nikkah (14 January 2012). "The Iron Lady: Thatcher's men deliver verdict on film". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  3. ^ Anita Singh (25 June 2014). "Billie Piper to star as tabloid editor in National Theatre satire about press and prime minister". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  4. ^ Richard Eden (22 April 2012). "Look Out! The original Emma Watson stages a comeback". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  5. ^ Jay Robert Nash (1988). Motion Picture Guide Annual 1988. pp. 78, 690. ISBN 9780933997165. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  6. ^ Jay Robert Nash; Stanley Ralph Nash; Stanley Ralph Ross (1989). Motion Picture Guide Annual 1989. Cinebooks. pp. 32, 550. ISBN 9780933997202. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  7. ^ R Barton Palmer (2016). "Shot on Location: Postwar American Cinema and the Exploration of Real Place". Rutgers University Press. p. 27. ISBN 9780813564104. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  8. ^ Brian True-May; John Nettles; Daniel Casey; Jane Wymark; Ann Bell (2004). Midsomer Murders, Set Four. All 3 Media International.
  9. ^ Anthony Horowitz (2013). Foyle's War, Series 8, The Cold War Files. Acorn Media International.
  10. ^ G K Chesterton (2016). "Arthur Le Broc in Father Brown TV Series". Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Rupert Vansittart - Filmography". Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  12. ^ Kosin, Julie (28 June 2017). "Outlander Season 3: Everything We Know So Far". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 17 July 2017.

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