Donald Sumpter

81, from Brixworth, Northamptonshire, England, UK

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Donald Sumpter (born 13 February 1943) is an English actor. He has appeared in film and television since the mid-1960s. One of his early television appearances was the 1968 Doctor Who serial The Wheel in Space with Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. He appeared in Doctor Who again in the 1972 serial The Sea Devils with Jon Pertwee. He also appeared in the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. His early film work included a lead role as real life British criminal Donald Neilson in the 1977 film, The Black Panther.

He also appeared in many television films and serials, including adaptations of Dickens' novels: Nicholas Nickleby in 2001, Great Expectations in 1999 and Bleak House in 1985. Also in 1985, he was remembered for the part of villain Ronnie Day in Big Deal. He played the part of suspected serial killer Alexander Bonaparte Cust in the (1992) Agatha Christie's Poirot episode, The ABC Murders. He has also appeared in episodes of Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Holby City, and A Touch of Frost. He also had a recurring role as Uncle Ginger in the Children's BBC series The Queen's Nose. He played Harold Chapple in Our Friends in the North, and portrayed the physicist Max Planck in Einstein and Eddington. He has also been seen as Kemp in the horror-drama series Being Human. In 2011 he portrayed Maester Luwin in the HBO series Game of Thrones.

His film appearances include The Constant Gardener (2005), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Enigma (2001) and Ultramarines: The Movie (2010).


2025Future projects

  • Poster for Limonov: The Ballad

    Limonov's Father

2017Aged 74

  • Poster for The Man Who Invented Christmas

    Haddock / Ghost of Marley

2015Aged 72

  • Poster for Coalition

    Paddy Ashdown

  • Poster for In the Heart of the Sea

    Paul Macy

2014Aged 71

  • Poster for Bypass


2011Aged 68

2010Aged 67

  • Poster for Among Us

    Man on bench

  • Poster for London Boulevard

    Pentonville Governor

  • Poster for Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie

    Pythol (voice)

2009Aged 66

  • Poster for Into the Storm

    Lord Halifax

2008Aged 65

  • Heist

    King Edward

  • Poster for Einstein and Eddington

    Max Planck

2007Aged 64

  • Poster for Eastern Promises


2006Aged 63

  • Poster for Anatomy of a Global Thriller: Behind the Scenes of The Constant Gardener


  • Poster for Dracula

    Alfred Singleton

2005Aged 62

  • Poster for The Constant Gardener

    Tim Donohue

2002Aged 59

  • Poster for K-19: The Widowmaker

    Dr. Savran

2001Aged 58

  • Poster for Enigma


  • Poster for The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

    Mr. Brooker

  • Poster for The Point Men

    Benni Baum

1999Aged 56

  • Poster for Great Expectations


1997Aged 54

1995Aged 52

  • Poster for Richard III


1994Aged 51

  • Poster for Grushko


  • Poster for Being Human


1992Aged 49

  • Poster for Bad Ronald

    Michael, le père

1991Aged 48

  • Poster for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead


  • Poster for Aimée


1983Aged 40

  • Poster for Curse of the Pink Panther


1981Aged 38

  • Poster for Antony & Cleopatra


1980Aged 37

1979Aged 36

  • Poster for Meetings with Remarkable Men


1978Aged 35

  • Poster for Les Misérables


1977Aged 34

  • Poster for Hardcore


  • Poster for Catchpenny Twist


  • Poster for The Black Panther

    Donald Neilson

1975Aged 32

  • Poster for The Saliva Milkshake


1974Aged 31

  • Poster for Mr. Axelford's Angel


  • Poster for Stardust

    TV Concert Producer

1972Aged 29

1971Aged 28

  • Poster for Sunday Bloody Sunday

    Party Guest

  • Poster for Bleak Moments

    Norman's Friend

1970Aged 27

  • Poster for Mad Jack


  • Poster for The Walking Stick


  • Poster for I Am a Groupie


1969Aged 26

  • Poster for Night After Night After Night

    Pete Laver

1968Aged 25

  • Poster for Doctor Who: The Wheel in Space

    Enrico Casali

  • Poster for The Lost Continent

    Sparks, the Radioman

Year unknown

  • Poster for Hello Sailor!: Making the Sea Devils