23 May 1951
|Years active||1974 – present|
Don Warrington MBE (born Donald Williams, 23 May 1951) is a Trinidadian-born British actor.He is best known for playing Philip Smith in the ITV sitcom Rising Damp (1974–78), and Commissioner Selwyn Patterson in the BBC detective series Death in Paradise (2011–present).
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
Warrington was born in Trinidad, but moved to England with his mother and brother at a young age, while his sister stayed in Trinidad. He was brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne.His father, Basil Kydd, was a Trinidadian politician who died in 1958.
Warrington attended Harris College (now the University of Central Lancashire) and trained as an actor at the Drama Centre London.As there was already an actor called Don Williams when he joined Equity, he took the stage surname "Warrington" after Warrington Road, the street he grew up on. He started acting in repertory theatre at the age of 17.
Warrington is best known for playing Philip Smith in Rising Damp , from 1974 to 1978, alongside Leonard Rossiter, Richard Beckinsale, and Frances de la Tour. Warrington also appeared as series regular in the crime drama C.A.T.S. Eyes , as government contact Nigel Beaumont (1985–1987); in Impact Earth (2007) playing General Harris; and in New Street Law as Judge Ken Winyard.
In 1993 Warrington played television reporter Graham Gaunt in To Play The King, the second part of the BBC's House of Cards trilogy.
He has had smaller roles in many programmes including Red Dwarf , Lovejoy , Manchild , and Diamond Geezer . Warrington portrayed the founder of Time Lord society, Rassilon, in several Doctor Who audio plays, and also appeared as the President of an alternative-universe Great Britain in the Doctor Who episode "Rise of the Cybermen" (2006). Soon after, he recorded an abridged audio book of the Doctor Who novel The Art of Destruction by Stephen Cole.
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.
Warrington has also appeared in BBC1 sitcom The Crouches , which aired from 9 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. Warrington 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 also appeared in Grange Hill as Mr Peters, the father of pupil Lauren Peters.
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.
Since 2011, Warrington has played Commissioner Selwyn Patterson in the BBC show Death in Paradise .
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 .
In 2012 he played master of the college Marcus Harding in “Generation of Vipers”, S6:E2 of Lewis .
His film roles included the movie version of Rising Damp (1980), the Kenny Everett horror comedy Bloodbath at the House of Death (1983), The Lion of Africa (1987), Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), Peter Greenaway's 8½ Women (1999) and the horror film Lighthouse (1999).
Warrington is also a theatre actor and has performed with the National Theatre,the Royal Shakespeare Company, Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Exchange, Manchester.
In 2012–13 he toured with Gwen Taylor in the new stage version of Driving Miss Daisy .
In 2013 Warrington played the lead role of Joe Keller, in Talawa Theatre Company's all-black revival of Arthur Miller's tragedy All My Sons at the Manchester Royal Exchange,directed by Michael Buffong – a production that The Guardian reviewer called "flawless", giving it a five-star rating.
Warrington performed as King Lear in the 2016 Talawa Theatre Company and Manchester Royal Exchange."King Lear review at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – ‘outstanding’"]
Warrington appeared as George in David Mamet's Glengarry Glenn Ross between October 2017 and February 2018 at the Playhouse Theatre alongside Christian Slater, Robert Glenister, Kris Marshall and Daniel Ryan.
He appeared as the central protagonist Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at the Royal Exchange Theatre from October to November 2018.
In 2008 Warrington competed in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing , partnered with the 2005 and 2006 British National Champion in Latin American dance, Lilia Kopylova.After Week 4, Warrington was joint seventh out of the remaining 12 contestants with an average of 24.5 points. In Week 5 he was eliminated, having lost the dance-off against Heather Small, with the first three judges all voting for Small over Warrington.
He joined the show to step out of his comfort zone, and he appreciated the opportunity to learn to dance.
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|1||Cha-Cha-Cha / "Let's Groove Tonight"||3||5||6||5||19||Dance Off|
|3||Tango / "Whatever Lola Wants"||7||7||8||8||30||Safe|
|5||American Smooth / "Can't Smile Without You"||6||6||7||6||25||Eliminated|
|1974–1978||Rising Damp||Philip Smith|
|1985–1987||C.A.T.S. Eyes||Nigel Beaumont|
|1992||Red Dwarf||Binks ("Holoship")|
|1993||To Play the King||Graham Gaunt|
|2006–2007||New Street Law||Judge Ken Winyard|
|2006||Doctor Who||The President ("Rise of the Cybermen")|
|2009–2010||Casualty||Hospital Chaplain Trevor|
|2011–||Death in Paradise||Commissioner Selwyn Patterson|
|2014||Chasing Shadows||Chief Superintendent Harley Drayton|
|2016||The Five||Ray Kenwood|
|2020 –||The World According to Grandpa (Children’s TV series)||Grandpa|
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