Don Warrington

Last updated 09 January 2020

Don Warrington
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Donald Williams

Born: Wednesday 23rd May 1951 (age: 73)


Don WarringtonMBE is a Trinidadian British actor.

Warrington was born in Trinidad and Tobago on 23 May 1951 and brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne, England from age five. His father was the Trinidadian politician, Basil Kydd, who died in 1958. He has two sons.

His acting career started when he joined his local repertory theatre at age 17. He graduated from the Drama Centre London. As a Don Williams was already registered as an actor with Equity, his mother suggested he use the name of the road they lived on in Newcastle.

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.

He is chiefly known for playing Philip Smith in Rising Damp, alongside Leonard Rossiter and Richard Beckinsale. He 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.

He has also had smaller roles in many programmes including: Red DwarfLovejoyDoctor WhoManchild, and Diamond Geezer. He portrayed Rassilon in several Doctor Who audio plays, and also appeared as "The President (of Great Britain)" 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 CompanyBristol 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 black sitcom The Crouches, which aired from the 9th of September 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 is now in the BBC drama Casualty playing Trevor. He also starred in the 2010 film It's a Wonderful Afterlife.

He now provides voiceover links, reading out the various methods of contacting the show on the new Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 which has been broadcast since 11 January 2010.

He also appeared as a 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.

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