Dennis Chinnery

Last updated 09 January 2020

Dennis Chinnery (1927-2012)
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Dennis Chinnery

Born: Saturday 14th May 1927
Died: Wednesday 29th February 2012 (age: 84)


Chinnery trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, after which he took on roles in the West End, including understudying Paul Scofield in Ring Round The Moon and alongsider Margeret Rutherford in Time Remembered. After some five years he then entered repertory for two years at The Old Vic, which included him playing "Macbeth" opposite Beatrix Lehmann as "Lady Macbeth".

He appeared in a number of films in small roles, such as Constable Christian in The Plague of the Zombies (whose cast included Jacqueline Pearce), and in All The Way Up (playing chauffeur to Bill Fraser's Makepiece). On television, he played roles in series like Hancock's Half Hour, Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, Softly, Softly, and also appeared fantasy series like The Avengers, The Saint and The Prisoner.

His first appearance in Doctor Who was as Albert C Richardson in The Chase; however, he took on a much more prominent role as Kaled scientist Gharman in Genesis of the Daleks. Later, he appeared in The Twin Dilemma as Professor Sylvest, the hard-pressed father of the eponymous twins.

In later life, Chinnery devoted his time to his other passion, painting, based at his home in Headley Down that overlooked the green fields of East Hampshire, Southern England.