Don Warrington

Don Warrington

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Don Warrington's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Death In Paradise (UK) TV Show
Death In Paradise (UK)
Rising Damp (UK) TV Show
Rising Damp (UK)
New Street Law (UK) TV Show
New Street Law (UK)
Grumpy Old Men (UK) TV Show
Grumpy Old Men (UK)
C.A.T.S. Eyes (UK) TV Show
C.A.T.S. Eyes (UK)
Grumpy Old Holidays (UK) TV Show
Grumpy Old Holidays (UK)
Believe Nothing (UK) TV Show
Believe Nothing (UK)
Manchild (UK) TV Show
Manchild (UK)
The Crouches (UK) TV Show
The Crouches (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Warrington was born in Trinidad but as a young child went with his mother to England, where he was raised in Newcastle upon Tyne. His father, Basil Kydd, was a Trinidadian politician who died in 1958. He trained as an actor at the Drama Centre London. He started acting in repertory theatre at the age of seventeen.

Warrington is chiefly known for playing Philip Smith in Rising Damp, from 1974 to 1978, alongside Leonard Rossiter and Richard Beckinsale. Warrington appeared in the crime drama C.A.T.S. Eyes, as government contact Nigel Beaumont; in Impact Earth (2007) playing General Harris; and in New Street Law as Judge Ken Winyard. Currently Warrington is playing the lead role of Joe Keller, in an all-black revival of Arthur Miller's (The Crucible) tragedy, "All my Sons" at the Manchester Royal Exchange. He has had smaller roles in many programmes including: Red Dwarf, Lovejoy, Manchild, and Diamond Geezer.

He portrayed the villainous founder of Time Lord society, Rassilon, in several Doctor Who audio plays, and also appeared as "The President (of Great Britain)" (on a Parallel World) in the Doctor Who (2006) episode "Rise of the Cybermen". Soon after, he recorded an abridged audio book of the Doctor Who novel The Art of Destruction by Stephen Cole.

Warrington has performed with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic. He is one of the interviewees on the BBC 2 series Grumpy Old Men, and he appears in a series of Kenco coffee advertisements in the United Kingdom in which he plays an African coffee plantation owner. He regularly provides voice-overs for both BBC TV and radio. He also starred in BBC1 sitcom The Crouches, which aired from September 9, 2003 until 2005. He played Bailey, who was Roly's boss at a London Underground station in South London. Roly was played by Robbie Gee. He played the role of the Hospital Chaplain in Casualty, assuming the role of Trevor. He also starred in the 2010 film It's a Wonderful Afterlife.

He has provided voiceover links, reading out the various methods of contacting the show on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, which has been broadcast since 11 January 2010.He also appeared as jazz musician Frederick J. Louden in a BBC radio production of The Devil's Music, written by Alan Plater. In 2011, Warrington played the father of a suspected terrorist in the last series of the BBC drama Waking the Dead. He is currently in the new BBC show Death in Paradise, playing a Caribbean police Commissioner.

  • He was raised in Newcastle, England and joined his local repertory theatre at age 17.
  • He has two sons.
  • He is the son of Trinidad politician, Basil Warrington.
  • He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to drama.
  • He lost his natural Geordie accent during his time in repertory.
  • He has performed with the National Theatre, the English Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic.

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