Donald Sinden

English actor Donald Sinden

Sir Donald Alfred Sinden is an English actor of theatre, film, television and radio and an author.
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home town
Devon
Death Place
Wittersham
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DVD Review - Twice Round the Daffodils (1962)
Flickering Myth - almost 6 years
Twice Round the Daffodils, 1962. Directed by Gerald Thomas. Starring Juliet Mills, Donald Sinden, Donald Houston, Kenneth Williams, Ronald Lewis, Andrew Ray, Joan Sims and Jill Ireland. SYNOPSIS: A group of four male patients arrive at a sanatorium to be treated for tuberculosis. As they adjust to their new home, each one of them starts to take a shine to the nurse and try their best to gain her attention. A classic piece of nostalgic British comedy comes to DVD in the shape of Twice Dound the Daffodils and you cannot help but love it if for no other reason than the ‘they don’t make them like this anymore’ factor. Produced and directed by the legendary ‘Carry On’ team of Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas, you might expect this to me 85 minutes of innuendo and seaside postcard humour, but it is a much sweeter and poignant film than that. Set in a hospital, the film is about the daily life of a new group of patients treated for tuberculosis. The first half is mostly a drama as ...
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COMEDY RULES: FROM THE CAMBRIDGE FOOTLIGHTS TO YES, PRIME MINISTER BY JONATHAN ... - Daily Mail
Google News - over 6 years
Lynn also did a stint with the RSC at Stratford, where the famous sit-com actor Donald Sinden was essaying the role of Othello. 'We've nearly got all the laughs out,' said Sinden's director despondently, some way into the run. Through Cleese, Lynn met
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SHOREHAM AIRSHOW: Live day two coverage - update - Shoreham Today
Google News - over 6 years
The 2011 airshow patron, Jayne Torvill OBE, was seen chatting to the Flacons parachute team, and actor Donald Sinden is among the well-known faces taking in the atmosphere. *The Shoreham Herald team has been reporting live from the airshow all weekend
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The DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE Series (DVD) - Fox 31 KDVR.com
Google News - over 6 years
... rugby team than anything else; Richard Grimsdyke (Kenneth More) is given a yearly allowance from a wealthy relative as long as he stays in medical school, so he flunks out each year; and Tony Benskin (Donald Sinden) is there solely to chase women
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No country for old gentlemen: the death of formal attire - The National
Google News - over 6 years
The veteran actor Sir Donald Sinden once told me of an occasion, just after the war, when he turned up for the read-through of a new production at the Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon only to be sent home again for not having shaved
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Munroe Mission for armed service charities - Reading Post
Google News - over 6 years
Lucy Taylor organised a lunch for 100 people with acting legend Sir Donald Sinden as the guest speaker, which moved the fundraisers an impressive £6000 nearer that target. The event was held at her family home in Penn, near High Wycombe, last week
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La voraz tijera de la dictadura - El País.com (España)
Google News - over 6 years
No se les ocurrió nada mejor que convertir a los personajes de Kelly y Donald Sinden (marido y mujer) en ¡hermanos! Si no había matrimonio no había adulterio, una inmoralidad penada por la Iglesia y por la pacata sociedad de entonces
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The Cruel Sea Blu-ray Review - HeyUGuys.co.uk
Google News - over 6 years
Hawkins is one of many British actors turning in excellent performances in The Cruel Sea and performances by the likes of Donald Sinden as Lockhart, John Stratton as Ferraby and Denholm Elliot as Morell help make this a character drama that feels all
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QUENTIN LETTS: Shakespeare and a one man show, with Simon Callow - Daily Mail
Google News - over 6 years
It may all be a little Donald Sinden in places. But what's wrong with that for a change? Jonathan Bate's clever script takes us through Shakespeare's life on the basis of the 'seven ages' speech in As You Like It, starting with the 'mewling and puking'
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DVD Releases: 'The Cruel Sea' (Blu-ray Re-Release) - Cine-Vue
Google News - over 6 years
Ericsson, despite his position as narrator, is relegated to the sidelines for much of the film's initial hour, while his subordinates Lockhart (Donald Sinden), Ferraby (John Stratton) and Morrell (Denholm Elliot) serve as the film's initial leads
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Celebrating a daredevil countess - Daily Mail
Google News - over 6 years
Sir Donald Sinden, happily married to his late wife Diana for 56 years, had, in his youth, an unlikely courtship of a kind with Oscar Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas. Sinden tells me that towards the end of his life, Bosie invited him round
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The darkness at the heart of Much Ado About Nothing - The Guardian
Google News - over 6 years
The best loved and most admired Benedick in living memory has probably been Sir Donald Sinden, cast opposite an alternately stern and vulnerable Judi Dench in John Barton's RSC production of 1976. His Benedick was on the verge of middle age: not a
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Grandage & Suzman Honoured in Birthday List - WhatsOnStage.com
Google News - over 6 years
More recently she has returned to the country of her birth, South Africa, and directed a number of productions, returning to the RSC to direct Donald Sinden, Ian Richardson and Derek Jacobi in The Hollow Crown in 2002. Having appeared alongside Kim
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Sir Donald Sinden to receive Kent honorary degree - BBC News
Google News - over 6 years
Stage and screen actor Sir Donald Sinden and author Vikram Seth are among those set to receive honorary degrees from the University of Kent. Others to be recognised at ceremonies in Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals include science writer Dr Simon
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Business as Nirmal: The doyenne of Sheffield's Indian restaurants is ... - Sheffield Telegraph (press release)
Google News - over 6 years
Other celebrated guests over the 30 years have included Donald Sinden, Hugh Laurie, Joanna Lumley and Jamie Lee Curtis. We finish our meal with fudgy patissa, a pot of fragrant masala chai – and a tip from our hostess: “Put cloves, cardamoms and
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The Cruel Sea [UK Release] Blu-ray Review - Blu-rayDefinition.com
Google News - over 6 years
... mix from Cross of Iron, a 1977 film that I also just reviewed. Dialogue is clean and intelligible as well. Supplements are a bit thin on this release, but there is a good interview with Donald Sinden (“Lockhart”) that should be of interest to viewers
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The Cruel Sea Blu-Ray Review - The Film Pilgrim
Google News - over 6 years
The best of these is a 30 minute interview with Sir Donald Sinden (in his old age), where he recounts his experiences during the shooting of the film, revealing many interesting facts (he claims all of the actors effectively lived the life of a sailor
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Win The Cruel Sea on Blu-ray - HeyUGuys.co.uk
Google News - over 6 years
The movie is directed by Charles Frend and stars Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden and John Stratton. The novel THE CRUEL SEA by Nicholas Monserrat was an unflinching portrayal of life at sea during WWII on a boat tasked with protecting convoys and seeking
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Donald Sinden
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 90
    Sinden received, posthumously, the Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts at the Guildhall, London during the 2014 Theatre Awards UK ceremony, held on 19 October.
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  • 2012
    Age 88
    On 9 October 2012, he celebrated his 89th birthday and his retirement after 30 years as the longest-standing President of the Royal Theatrical Fund (founded by Charles Dickens in 1839) with a celebration lunch for 350 guests at the Park Lane Hotel, London which was compered by Russ Abbott and the charity auction was conducted by Jeffrey Archer.
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  • 2002
    Age 78
    In 2002, the purpose-built theatre in Tenterden, Kent was named the Sinden Theatre.
  • 2001
    Age 77
    From 2001 to 2007 he played the part of senior judge (and father-in-law of the title character), Sir Joseph Channing in Judge John Deed and is the voice of Totally Viral.
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  • 1996
    Age 72
    The couple had two sons: the actor Jeremy Sinden (born 1950), who died of lung cancer in 1996 and the film director and West End producer Marc Sinden (born 1954).
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  • 1990
    Age 66
    One episode in 1990 (A Car by Any Other Name) had Sinden being literally picked up by two police officers who were played by his own actor sons, Jeremy and Marc.
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  • 1988
    Age 64
    In 1988 he presented a documentary series on BBC TV about his love of The English Country Church, inspired by his grandfather's architectural drawings and watercolours.
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  • 1985
    Age 61
    He was the subject of an extended edition of This Is Your Life in 1985 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1981
    Age 57
    From 1981, Sinden starred in the Thames Television situation comedy, Never the Twain.
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  • 1979
    Age 55
    In 1979 Sinden presented a documentary series on BBC2 (later repeated in 1981 on BBC1), Discovering English Churches.
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    In 1979 he played the title role in Othello, directed by Ronald Eyre, becoming the last 'blacked-up white' actor to play the role for the RSC.
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  • 1976
    Age 52
    For the 1976 Stratford season and then at the Aldwych Theatre in 1977, Sinden won the Evening Standard Award as Best Actor for his performance in the title role of King Lear (with Michael Williams as the Fool).
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  • 1975
    Age 51
    After starring in the series The Organisation (1971), he co-starred in the London Weekend Television situation comedy Two's Company which debuted in 1975.
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    After the production transferred to New York in 1975, Sinden became the first recipient of the newly established Broadway Drama Desk Special Award.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1964
    Age 40
    Other notable performances by Sinden for the company were Eh? by Henry Livings in 1964; as Lord Foppington in The Relapse in 1967; Malvolio in Twelfth Night (opposite Judi Dench as Viola) in 1969 and again with Judi Dench and her husband Michael Williams in 1974, as Sir Harcourt Courtly in London Assurance (Albery Theatre).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 39
    Outstanding among his many notable stage appearances for the RSC, both at Stratford-upon-Avon and in London's West End (usually at the Aldwych Theatre), was his performance in 1963 as the Duke of York in The Wars of the Roses opposite Peggy Ashcroft as Queen Margaret.
  • 1954
    Age 30
    Sinden was Honorary President of the Garden Suburb Theatre, an amateur theatre group based in Hampstead Garden Suburb where he was resident from 1954-1997.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 24
    Sinden was married to the actress Diana Mahony from 3 May 1948 until her death from stomach cancer aged 77 in 2004.
  • 1946
    Age 22
    Joining the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company in 1946, Sinden was an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) from 1967.
  • 1945
    Age 21
    On 23 March 1945, he was one of only two people who attended his funeral.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 18
    In 1942, in Hove, Sinden befriended Lord Alfred Douglas (known as "Bosie"), who had been Oscar Wilde's lover.
    Offered a professional acting part by the Brighton impresario Charles F. Smith, he made his first professional appearance in January 1942, playing Dudley in a production of George and Margaret for the Mobile Entertainments Southern Area company (known as MESA) and in other modern comedies, playing to the armed forces all along the South Coast of England during World War II and later trained as an actor for two terms at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
  • 1941
    Age 17
    Sinden made his first stage appearance at the amateur Brighton Little Theatre (of which he later became President) in 1941, stepping into a part in place of his cousin Frank, who had been called up to war and so was unable to appear.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1923
    Born
    Born on October 9, 1923.
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