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John Shrapnel

Shrapnel was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, the son of Mary Lillian Myfanwy (née Edwards) and journalist/author Norman Shrapnel.[1] As a stage actor, he was a member of Laurence Olivier's Royal National Theatre company and the Royal Shakespeare Company and most recently appeared as Sir Oliver Surface in The School for Scandal (directed by Deborah Warner) at the Barbican Centre in 2011. He has also appeared extensively in film and on television in roles in Elizabeth R, Z-Cars, Edward and Mrs. Simpson, 101 Dalmatians, Space: 1999, Inspector Morse, Coogan's Run, Notting Hill and Foyle's War. He presented an episode of the 1983 BBC television travel series Great Little Railways. He gave performances in three entries in the BBC Television Shakespeare plays and as Creon in the BBC's 1984 productions of the Three Theban plays of Sophocles. In America, he has starred in supporting roles as Senator Gaius in Gladiator, Nestor in Troy and Pompey in the second episode of Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. He also played the Jail Warden in the 10th Kingdom, an epic fantasy miniseries. He has the rare achievement of appearing in two episodes of Midsomer Murders as two different characters, in Death in Chorus and Written in Blood. Shrapnel appeared in an episode of Jonathan Creek as Professor Lance Graumann in the episode The Omega Man. He appears in Chemical Wedding alongside Simon Callow, telling the tale of the resurrection of occultist Aleister Crowley. Shrapnel also has experience in the field of BBC radio drama through such characters as Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse and William Gibson's Neuromancer. He is the son-in-law of Deborah Kerr through his 1975 marriage to her younger daughter Francesca Ann Bartley. They have three sons, the actors Lex Shrapnel (b.1979), Tom Shrapnel (b.1981) and the writer Joe Shrapnel (b.1976). They live in Highbury, north London.

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Apr 27, 1942 In Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Elizabeth R 1971-02-17
Latest Project:
Movie King Charles III 2017-05-10
Known For
Poster of Predators Killing for a Living
Poster of Two Deaths
Movie King Charles III Archbishop of Canterbury 2017-05-10
Movie Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale 2015-11-30
Movie Hamlet Claudius/Ghost 2015-03-23
Movie National Theatre Live: Macbeth Duncan, King of Scotland/Seyton, attendant to Macbeth/Old Man 2013-07-19
Movie The Awakening Reverend Hugh Purslow 2011-08-17
Movie National Theatre Live: Phèdre Théramène 2009-06-25
Series Apparitions Cardinal Bukovak 2008-11-13
Movie The Duchess General Grey 2008-09-05
Movie Mirrors Lorenzo Sapelli 2008-08-15
Movie Chemical Wedding Crowley 2008-05-04
Movie Hindenburg: Titanic of the Skies Himself (Narrator) 2007-09-17
Movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age Lord Howard 2007-09-09
Series Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Pompey 2006-10-12
Movie Alien Autopsy Michael Kuhn 2006-04-07
Movie Wachau - Valley of Golden Magic Narrator (English Version) 2005-06-08
Movie Seven Wonders of Ancient Egypt Narrator 2004-02-17
Movie Troy Nestor 2004-05-03
Series I Am Not an Animal Narrator 2004-05-10
Movie Schönbrunn - Well of Beauty Narrator (English Version) 2002-12-19
Movie K-19: The Widowmaker Admiral Bratyeev 2002-07-19
Movie Claim 2002-07-16
Series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Sergent Mike McCaffrey 2002-04-08
Movie Alone Hannah 2002-01-01
Movie Whistle Paul 2002-01-01
Movie The Body Moshe Cohen 2001-04-13
Movie Supermassive Black Holes Narrator 2000-11-30
Series Waking the Dead Unknown 2000-09-04
Movie Gladiator Senator Gaius 2000-05-04
Series The 10th Kingdom Governor of Prison 2000-02-27
Movie Mary, Mother of Jesus Simon 1999-11-14
Movie Notting Hill PR Chief 1999-05-21
Movie Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters General Charette 1999-04-02
Series Invasion: Earth Air Marshal Bentley 1998-05-08
Movie St. Stephen's: The Living Cathedral Narrator (English voice) 1997-12-23
Series Predators Killing for a Living 1997-09-03
Series Bodyguards Commander Alan MacIntyre 1997-05-01
Movie 101 Dalmatians L. Skinner 1996-11-27
Movie Two Deaths Cinca 1996-06-14
Series Kavanagh Q.C. Unknown 1995-01-03
Movie England, My England Samuel Pepys 1995-01-01
Movie Fatherland General Globus 1994-11-26
Movie SS-3: The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich Narrator 1992-01-01
Movie Selling Hitler Gerd Schulte-Hillen 1991-06-11
Series G.B.H. Dr Jacobs 1991-06-06
Series Centrepoint Claud Wareing 1990-10-08
Movie How to Get Ahead in Advertising Psychiatrist 1989-05-05
Movie Testimony Andre Zhdanov 1988-11-01
Movie Partition General Flood 1987-08-19
Movie Personal Services Lionel 1987-02-12
Movie Theban Plays: Oedipus the King Creon 1986-09-16
Movie Theban Plays: Antigone Creon 1986-09-19
Movie Theban Plays: Oedipus at Colonus Creon 1986-09-17
Movie The Burston Rebellion Rev. Charles Tucker Eland 1985-02-24
Series Natural World Narrator 1983-10-30
Movie King Lear Earl of Kent 1982-09-19
Series The Woman in White Sir Percival Glyde 1982-04-14
Movie Troilus & Cressida Hector 1981-11-07
Movie Timon of Athens Alcibiades 1981-04-16
Series Edward and Mrs Simpson 1978-11-08
Movie Edward & Mrs. Simpson Major Alexander Hardinge 1978-11-06
Movie Professional Foul McKendrick 1977-09-21
Movie Hennessy Tipaldi 1975-12-31
Movie Pope Joan Father James 1972-08-16
Movie Nicholas and Alexandra Petya 1971-11-29
Series Elizabeth R Earl of Sussex 1971-02-17