Sean Pertwee

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Sean Pertwee
Sean Pertwee at NY PaleyFest 2014 for Gotham.jpg
Pertwee at the 2014 NY PaleyFest for Gotham
Born (1964-06-04) 4 June 1964 (age 52)
London, England, UK
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Years active 1975–present
Known for
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Spouse(s) Jacqui Hamilton-Smith (1999–present)
Children Alfred Pertwee (b.2001)

Sean Pertwee (born 4 June 1964) is an English actor and voice actor. Pertwee attended Teddington School and Sunbury College. Pertwee has played Captain Fitzpatrick in the play Tom Jones, Sergeant Wells in Dog Soldiers, Pilot Smith in Event Horizon, Inspector Lestrade in CBS's Elementary and Alfred Pennyworth in Fox's Gotham. He is also the narrator of MasterChef: The Professionals.

Early life[edit]

Pertwee was born in London, the son of English actor Jon Pertwee, known for his roles in The Navy Lark (and later the television series Doctor Who and Worzel Gummidge), and his German wife Ingeborg Rhoesa. He attended Teddington School in London.


In the early 1980s, Pertwee was cast as Captain Fitzpatrick in the play Tom Jones, based on the novel by Henry Fielding. After leaving Sunbury College, Pertwee trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and, after graduating in 1986, toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company for three years. In 1999 he portrayed Brutus in the Hallmark channel film Cleopatra. He co-owned the Natural Nylon film production company along with Sadie Frost, Jude Law, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewan McGregor.[1] The company folded in 2003. Pertwee is perhaps best known for his varying portrayals of grimacing death in many of his film roles, a skill that led to him being awarded 'best death face' at Bristol Old Vic.

Pertwee starred in the 2008 film Doomsday as Doctor Talbot. His voice is frequently heard in a variety of television commercials, documentaries and video games, including the medieval empire-building computer game Medieval: Total War and futuristic war games Killzone (as Colonel Gregor Hakha), Killzone 2 (as Colonel Mael Radec) and Fire Warrior (as Governor Severus). He is also the voice behind the Northeast's tourism advertisement which started broadcasting at the start of 2009. He was the narrator of Masterchef: The Professionals, replacing India Fisher for the fourth series which began on 7 November 2011.

Sean appeared in the film Devil's Playground, a zombie horror film directed by Mark McQueen. He starred alongside Danny Dyer, Jaime Murray, Janet Montgomery and Craig Fairbrass. The film was released in October 2010. Pertwee appeared in the Nazi zombie film The 4th Reich[2] which he filmed in 2010, directed by Shaun Smith.[3]

Pertwee's recent[when?] dramatic work for BBC Radio 4 includes playing the actor Oliver Reed in the play Burning Both Ends by Matthew Broughton.[4] He is also known for being the agent in The first and second goal movie

In 2014, Pertwee was cast in Fox's TV series Gotham, a series presenting an origin for the characters of the Batman franchise. Pertwee portrays Alfred Pennyworth, a tough-as-nails ex-special forces from east London who loyally serves the Wayne family. In the wake of the tragic deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne, he is fiercely protective of the young Bruce Wayne — the boy who will eventually become Batman.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Pertwee is the brother of actress Dariel Pertwee, grandson of actor and screenwriter Roland Pertwee, and is more distantly related to actor Bill Pertwee. He married make-up artist Jacqui Hamilton-Smith, daughter of Anthony Hamilton-Smith, on 12 June 1999 at the House of Lords. Jacqui gave birth to twins, Alfred and Gilbert, around Christmas 2001. They were born prematurely; Gilbert died four days later. [6]


Pertwee has been a supporter of the Labour Party and did a party political broadcast in the run up to the 2010 UK general election. In the broadcast he makes reference to his father's resolve.[7]



Year Title Role Notes ref
1991 Coping with Cupid Peter Short sci-fi romance film [8][9]
London Kills Me
  • Uncredited
  • Critically panned and a failure at the box office
1992 Leon the Pig Farmer Keith Chadwick British comedy [10][11]
1993 Dirty Weekend The Quiet One
Swing Kids
1994 Shopping Tommy
1995 Blue Juice J.C. British film directed by Carl Prechezer
I.D. Martin British film made by BBC Films about football hooliganism, directed by Philip Davis [13]
1997 Event Horizon Pilot Smith
1998 Soldier Mace American science fiction action film directed by Paul Anderson
Tale of the Mummy Bradley Cortese British-American horror film, directed by Russell Mulcahy
Stiff Upper Lips George
  • A broad parody of British period films, especially the lavish Merchant-Ivory productions of the 'eighties and early 'nineties.
  • Stiff Upper Lips received mixed reviews. Alexander Walker of the Evening Standard called it "A Spot of Spiffing Spoofery" while the Time Out reviewer said "it is beautifully acted and consistently spot on".
  • Stephen Holden of the New York Times, however, lamented "If only it were funnier".
Cleopatra Brutus
2000 Five Seconds to Spare Piers [19]
Love, Honour and Obey Sean [20]
Seven Days to Live Martin Shaw [21]
2001 The 51st State Detective Virgil Kane
2002 Equilibrium Father American dystopian science fiction film written and directed by Kurt Wimmer
Dog Soldiers Sergeant Harry G. Wells British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall
2005 Goal! Barry Rankin
  • Also known as Goal! The Dream Begins in the United States was a film directed by Danny Cannon
  • The first installment of a trilogy also named Goal!
  • This film was made with full co-operation from FIFA, which is one of the reasons actual teams and players are used throughout the film.
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby Duncan Smithie Family-based Scottish film released in the US in 2005 as Greyfriars Bobby directed by John Henderson.
The Prophecy: Uprising Dani Simionescu
The Last Drop Sgt Bill McMillan British-Romanian war adventure film by Colin Teague that went directly to DVD release.
2006 Renaissance Montoya (English Language) French black-and-white animated science fiction film by French director Christian Volckman.
Wilderness Jed British-Irish horror film directed by Michael J. Bassett and written by Dario Poloni.
2007 Dangerous Parking Ray Molina Drama film based on the novel of the same name by Stuart Browne.
Goal! 2: Living the Dream... Barry Rankin The second part of the football film trilogy Goal!.
Botched Mr. Groznyi Horror comedy
2008 Doomsday Dr. Talbot [23]
Mutant Chronicles Nathan Rooker Independent science fiction horror film, loosely based on the role-playing game of the same name.
2010 Mr. Richards British crime thriller film directed by Noel Clarke and Mark Davis
Just for the Record Sensei [24]
Ultramarines: The Movie Brother Proteus Science fiction CGI film set in Games Workshop's fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe and based around the Ultramarines. [25]
Devil's Playground Rob British horror film directed by Mark McQueen
Heaven and Earth
The 4th Reich
  • In pre-production[2]
  • Directed by Shaun Smith.[3]
2011 Four Detective British independent film directed by John Langridge.
Wild Bill Jack British film directed by Dexter Fletcher.
2012 The Seasoning House Goran British horror film directed by Paul Hyett. [26]
Vuosaari Unknown Internet based movie
St George's Day (film) Proctor British Gangster Film [27]
2013 U.F.O. Tramp
  • Re-titled Alien Uprising in 2013.
  • British science fiction film about an alien invasion, written and directed by independent British filmmaker Dominic Burns.
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa SFO Steve Stubbs
  • Released as Alan Partridge in the United States.
  • British action comedy film
  • Directed by Declan Lowney
  • Sequel to various BBC radio and television shows since 1991.
2015 Howl Train Driver Tony
  • Small role in horror film


Year Title Role Notes ref
1997 Tom Jones Captain Fitzpatrick A BBC adaptation for the stage by playwright Joan Macalpine. [31]


Year Title Role Notes ref
1975 Billy Smart's Children's Circus
1989 Poirot: The King of Clubs
1990 Chancer Jamie Douglas Recurring
Harry Enfield's Television Programme
Cluedo Richard Forrest Episode: "Christmas Past, Christmas Present" (S 1:Ep 7)
1991 The Chief Det. Sgt. Kevin Powers Episode: "Episode 2" (S 2:Ep 2)
Clarissa John Belford
1992 Virtual Murder Matt Andries Episode: "Dreams Imagic" (S 1:Ep 6)
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Captain Heinz Episode: "Trenches Of Hell, Part 2)" (S 2:Ep 3)
Boon David Kennedy Episode: "Whispering Grass" (S 8:Ep 12)
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Det Sgt Barry Vine Episodes:
  • "Kissing the Gunner's Daughter, Part One" (S 6:Ep 8)
  • "Kissing the Gunner's Daughter, Part Two" (S 6:Ep 9)
  • "Kissing the Gunner's Daughter, Part Three" (S 6:Ep 10)
  • "Kissing the Gunner's Daughter, Part Four" (S 6:Ep 11)
A Touch of Frost Episode: "Quarry"
1993 Peak Practice Episode: "Hope to Die"
1994 Cadfael Sheriff Hugh Beringar Series 1
1996 Deadly Voyage Ion Plesin TV film directed by John Mackenzie and written by Stuart Urban
1997 Bodyguards Ian Worell Main cast
1998 Macbeth Macbeth UK TV
2000 Operation Good Guys Episode: "The Leader" (S 3:Ep 4)
In the Beginning Isaac Two-part biblical TV Mini-series directed by Kevin Connor
2001 Cold Feet (2001) Mark Cubitt Guest star; Series 4
2003 Cold Feet (2003) Mark Cubitt Guest Star; Series 5
Waking The Dead Carl Mackenzie Episodes:
  • "Multistorey, Part One" (S 3:Ep 1)
  • "Multistorey, Part Two" (S 3:Ep 2)
Julius Caesar (2003) Titus Labienus Two-part TV Mini-series directed by Uli Edel [32]
2004 Bo' Selecta! Himself Episode: "Episode Five" (S 3:Ep 5)
2004–2005 A Bear's Tail Richard Head Series 4 - Episodes:
  • "A Bear's Christmas Tail" (S 1:Ep 1)
  • "The Good, The Bear & The Ugly" (S 1:Ep 2)
  • "Adventures in Bearbysitting" (S 1:Ep 3)
  • "The Son of Bear-elzebub (S 1:Ep 4)
  • "Meet the Bearents" (S 1:Ep 5)
  • "Blame it on the Bearboy" (S 1:Ep 6)
  • "Two Weddings, a Bear and No Funeral" (S 1:E 7)
2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Dr. Owen Griffith Episode: "The Moving Finger"
Ancient Rome–The Rise And Fall Of An Empire: Caesar Julius Caesar
2007 Nuclear Secrets Narrator Five-episode TV mini-series
The Tudors English ambassador in Italy Episode: "In Cold Blood" (S 1:EP 1)
When Evil Calls The Janitor TV mini-series [33]
2008 Honest DS. Ed Bain
The Wrong Door
  • Guest star
  • Episode: "The Smutty Aliens" (S 1:Ep 3)
Skins Episode: "Tony" (S 2:Ep 6)
2009 Law & Order: UK Josh Pritchard Episode: "Vice" (S 1:Ep 3)
2010 Luther Terry Lynch Episode: "Episode 2" (S 1:Ep 2)
2011 National Geographic: Islands Series Narrator Cyprus
Camelot Sir Ector recurring; Series 1
2013 Jo Charlie Six episodes
Agatha Christie's Poirot Sir George Stubbs Episode: "Dead Man's Folly"
Himself Episode: "Being Poirot"
Death in Paradise Malcolm Powell Episode: "A Deadly Party" (S 2:EP 8) [34]
2013–2014 Elementary Inspector Lestrade Episodes:
  • "Step Nine" (S 2:Ep 1)
  • "The One Percent Solution" (S 2:Ep 16)
  • "Ears to You" (S 2:Ep 17)
2013 The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
2014–present Gotham Alfred Pennyworth Main cast [5]
2014 The Musketeers Sarazin Episode: "Musketeers Don't Die Easily" (S 1:EP 10)


Year Title Role Notes ref
2011 Burning Both Ends Oliver Reed [4]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes ref
1996 The Gene Machine Piers Featherstonehaugh
2002 Medieval: Total War Narrator
2003 Primal Jared
Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior Governor Severus
Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance Invictus Thrax
2004 Killzone Colonel Gregor Hakha [35]
2008 Fable II Additional Voices
2009 Killzone 2 Colonel Mael Radec [35]
2010 Fable III Captain Saker [35]
2012 PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Colonel Mael Radec [35]
2014 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Peter Chamberlaine


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