Tim McInnerny

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Tim McInnerny
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McInnerny at a presentation of Severance in 2006.
Born (1956-09-18) 18 September 1956 (age 64)
NationalityEnglish
Education Marling School
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
OccupationActor
Years active1983–present

Tim McInnerny ( /ˌmækɪˈnɜːrni/ MAK-i-NUR-nee; born 18 September 1956) is an English actor. He is known for his many roles on television and stage, including as Lord Percy Percy and Captain Darling in the 1980s British sitcom Blackadder .

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Early life

McInnerny was born in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, the son of Mary Joan (née Gibbings) and William Ronald McInnerny. [1] He was brought up in Cheadle Hulme, and Stroud, Gloucestershire, and educated at Marling School, a grammar school in Stroud, and studied English at Wadham College, Oxford, matriculating in 1976 [2] after taking a gap year backpacking around the world. [3]

Career

Television

McInnerny's first role was in Blackadder during 1980s. He played the two bumbling related aristocrats with the same name of Lord Percy Percy in the first series (The Black Adder) and the second series (Blackadder II), he declined to do the third series for fear of being typecast, though he did make a guest appearance in one episode and returned to play Captain Kevin Darling in the fourth series (Blackadder Goes Forth) a character significantly different from the Lord Percys.

He had a minor but significant role in the highly acclaimed 1985 BBC TV serial Edge of Darkness as Emma Craven's boyfriend Terry Shields. Recent TV appearances include Law & Order: UK (2011) as a man wrongly convicted of murdering his daughter, and New Tricks (2012). In 2016, McInnerny joined the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 6 as Lord Robett Glover. [4]

In 2007 McInnerny spoke candidly about his love of ITV sitcoms, after receiving criticism for his views expressed on the BBC cult show:

I love the '70s. I think shows like Mind Your Language and Love Thy Neighbour need to be remembered for what they were; truly fantastic examples of sitcom writing that hasn't been seen since. The content is unfortunate in the cold light of modern society, but that's no reason to stop praising the sheer brilliance of the writers that ITV had in its ranks during that decade." [5]

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983 The Black Adder Lord Percy Percy
1985 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes John Clay
Vincent Spalding
Episode: "The Red-Headed League"
1985 Edge of Darkness Terry Shields
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Yakovlev
1986 Blackadder II Lord Percy Percy
1987 Blackadder the Third Topper
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Episode: "Nob and Nobility"
1988 A Very British Coup FiennesThree-part TV serial
1989 Blackadder Goes Forth Captain Kevin Darling
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Franz Kafka Episode: "Prague, August 1917"
1997 Tracey Takes On... Timothy Bugge
1999 Blackadder: Back and Forth Archdeacon Darling
the Duke of Darling
le Duc de Darling
1999 The Vice Max Wilsonepisode "Sons" (Parts 1 and 2)
2000 The Miracle Maker Barabbas voice only
2002 Don't Eat the Neighbours Terrapin
Trial & Retribution Eric FowlerSeries 6
2004 Spooks Oliver Mace
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage Reverend Leonard Clement
2004 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Cecil
2006 The Line of Beauty Gerald FeddenTV miniseries
2008 Doctor Who Klineman Halpen Episode: "Planet of the Ood"
Series 4
2009 Hustle Judge Anthony Kent
2009 Inspector George Gently Geoffrey PershoreEpisode: "Gently Through the Mill"
2010 Midsomer Murders Hugh DalgleishEpisode: "The Sword of Guillaume" #13.2
2011 Law & Order: UK Simon BennettEpisode: "Haunted"
Twenty Twelve Tony WardEpisode #1.6
The Body Farm Richard WarnerEpisode "You've Got Visitors"
2011–2012 New Tricks Stephen FisherEpisodes: "The Gentleman That Vanished", "A Death in the Family" and "Part of a Whole"
2012 The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff Harmswell GrimstoneEpisodes: "#1.1", "#1.2", "#1.3"
2014 Castles in the Sky Churchill
Outlander Father Bain
Utopia Airey NeaveEpisode: "Episode 1"
The Boy in the Dress Mr Hawthorn
2015 Strike Back: Legacy Robin Foster
2016 Sherlock Eustace CarmichaelEpisode: "The Abominable Bride"
2016 Houdini and Doyle Horace MerringEpisodes: "#1", "#2", "#8"
2016–2017 Game of Thrones Robett Glover Episodes: "The Broken Man", "The Winds of Winter", "Dragonstone", "Stormborn" , "Eastwatch"
2016 National Treasure Karl
2017 In the Dark Frank LinnellEpisodes: 1.3, 1.4
2017 Strike Daniel ChardThe Silkworm
2017 Harlots Lord ReptonEpisodes: 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
2018 Strangers Arthur Bach
2019–2020 The Trial of Christine Keeler Martin Redmayne Recurring role
2020 The Windermere Children Leonard Montefiore
2020 Gangs of London Mr JacobEpisode: 1.9
2020 The Serpent Paul Siemons

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985 Wetherby John Morgan
1989 Erik the Viking Sven the Berserk
1995 Richard III William Catesby
1996 101 Dalmatians Alonzo
1997 FairyTale: A True Story John Ferret
1999 Rogue Trader Tony Hawes
Notting Hill Max
2000 102 Dalmatians Alonzo
2001 The Emperor's New Clothes Dr. Lambert
2005 Casanova The Doge
2006 Severance Richard
2007Save Angel HopeBackman
2008 The Devil's Whore Joliffe
2008 Agent Crush Sergeant / OperatorVoice only
2010 Black Death Hob
2011 Johnny English Reborn Patch Quartermain
2014 Automata Vernon Conway
2015 Spooks: The Greater Good Oliver Mace
2016 Eddie The Eagle Target
2017 The Hippopotamus Roddy
2018 Agatha and the Truth of Murder Randolph
Peterloo Prince Regent
Sometimes Always Never Arthur
2019 Killers Anonymous Calvin
The Aeronauts Airy [6]

Radio

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999 The Saturday Play: Two Planks and a Passion Earl of Oxford
2001 Habbakuk of Ice Geoffrey Pyke by Steve Walker
2004 The Odyssey Odysseus Adapted by Simon Armitage
2010 I, Claudius Tiberius
2013 Headlong Tony Churt
2017 King Solomon's Mines Allan Quatermain

Theatre

He played Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1990 West End production of The Rocky Horror Show . His performance can be heard on the soundtrack album of this production. [7]

He was cast in Pravda alongside Anthony Hopkins. [8]

In summer 2007, he played Iago in Othello at Shakespeare's Globe on Bankside in London. [9]


Selected theatre performances

Music

In 1989, he co-starred with Kate Bush in the music video for her song "This Woman's Work". [10] He also appeared in the Westlife video for "Uptown Girl", along with Claudia Schiffer, Robert Bathurst, Crispin Bonham-Carter, Ioan Gruffudd and James Wilby. Since 2012, McInnerny has also been a patron of the Norwich Film Festival. [11]

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