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John Shrapnel

Shrapnel was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, the son of Mary Lillian Myfanwy (née Edwards) and journalist/author Norman Shrapnel.[1] As a stage actor, he was a member of Laurence Olivier's Royal National Theatre company and the Royal Shakespeare Company and most recently appeared as Sir Oliver Surface in The School for Scandal (directed by Deborah Warner) at the Barbican Centre in 2011. He has also appeared extensively in film and on television in roles in Elizabeth R, Z-Cars, Edward and Mrs. Simpson, 101 Dalmatians, Space: 1999, Inspector Morse, Coogan's Run, Notting Hill and Foyle's War. He presented an episode of the 1983 BBC television travel series Great Little Railways. He gave performances in three entries in the BBC Television Shakespeare plays and as Creon in the BBC's 1984 productions of the Three Theban plays of Sophocles. In America, he has starred in supporting roles as Senator Gaius in Gladiator, Nestor in Troy and Pompey in the second episode of Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. He also played the Jail Warden in the 10th Kingdom, an epic fantasy miniseries. He has the rare achievement of appearing in two episodes of Midsomer Murders as two different characters, in Death in Chorus and Written in Blood. Shrapnel appeared in an episode of Jonathan Creek as Professor Lance Graumann in the episode The Omega Man. He appears in Chemical Wedding alongside Simon Callow, telling the tale of the resurrection of occultist Aleister Crowley. Shrapnel also has experience in the field of BBC radio drama through such characters as Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse and William Gibson's Neuromancer. He is the son-in-law of Deborah Kerr through his 1975 marriage to her younger daughter Francesca Ann Bartley. They have three sons, the actors Lex Shrapnel (b.1979), Tom Shrapnel (b.1981) and the writer Joe Shrapnel (b.1976). They live in Highbury, north London.

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Apr 27, 1942 In Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK
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First Appeared:
Movie King Charles III 2017-05-10
Latest Project:
In the series Elizabeth R 1971-02-17
Known For
Poster of National Theatre Live: Macbeth
Poster of Seven Wonders of Ancient Egypt
Poster of Predators Killing for a Living
Poster of King Arthur: His Life and Legends
Movie King Charles III Archbishop of Canterbury
Movie Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter's Tale
Movie Hamlet Claudius/Ghost
Movie National Theatre Live: Macbeth Duncan/Seyton
Movie The Awakening Reverend Hugh Purslow
Movie National Theatre Live: Phèdre Théramène
Series Apparitions Cardinal Bukovak
Movie The Duchess General Grey
Movie Mirrors Lorenzo Sapelli
Movie Chemical Wedding Crowley
Movie Hindenburg: Titanic of the Skies Himself (Narrator)
Movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age Lord Howard
Series Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Pompey
Movie Alien Autopsy Michael Kuhn
Movie Wachau - Valley of Golden Magic Narrator (English Version)
Movie Seven Wonders of Ancient Egypt Narrator
Movie Troy Nestor
Series I Am Not an Animal Narrator
Movie Schönbrunn - Well of Beauty Narrator (English Version)
Movie K-19: The Widowmaker Admiral Bratyeev
Movie Claim
Series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Sergent Mike McCaffrey
Movie Alone Hannah
Movie Whistle Paul
Movie The Body Moshe Cohen
Movie Supermassive Black Holes Narrator
Series Waking the Dead Unknown
Movie Gladiator Senator Gaius
Series The 10th Kingdom Governor of Prison
Movie Mary, Mother of Jesus Simon
Movie Notting Hill PR Chief
Movie Hornblower: The Frogs and the Lobsters General Charette
Series Predators Killing for a Living Unknown
Movie St. Stephen's: The Living Cathedral Narrator (English Version)
Movie 101 Dalmatians L. Skinner
Series Bodyguards
Movie King Arthur: His Life and Legends
Movie Two Deaths Cinca
Series Kavanagh QC Unknown
Movie England, My England Samuel Pepys
Movie Fatherland General Globus
Series Between the Lines Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dunning
Series G.B.H. Dr Jacobs
Movie Selling Hitler Gerd Schulte-Hillen
Series Centrepoint Claud Wareing
Series About Face Unknown
Movie How to Get Ahead in Advertising Psychiatrist
Movie Testimony Andre Zhdanov
Movie Partition General Flood
Movie Personal Services Lionel
Movie Theban Plays: Oedipus the King Creon
Movie Theban Plays: Antigone Creon
Movie Theban Plays: Oedipus at Colonus Creon
Movie Poppyland George Sims
Series Natural World Narrator
Movie King Lear Earl of Kent
Series The Woman in White Sir Percival Glyde
Movie Troilus & Cressida Hector
Movie Timon of Athens Alcibiades
Series Edward and Mrs Simpson
Movie Edward & Mrs. Simpson Major Alexander Hardinge
Movie Professional Foul
Movie Hennessy Tipaldi
Series Space: 1999 Capt. Jack Tanner
Movie Pope Joan Father James
Movie Nicholas and Alexandra Petya
Series Elizabeth R Earl of Sussex