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Donald Sinden

Sir Joseph Channing (Donald Sinden)

With his distinctive voice and commanding presence, Donald Sinden has been a star of stage, television and radio for seven decades. His credits range from Shakespeare productions to the sitcom Never The Twain and the BBC crime drama Judge John Deed.

What's he been in?

Donald's a regular in Judge John Deed. He plays Sir Joseph Channing, a Senior Appeal Court Judge who's the father of John Deed's (Martin Shaw) ex-wife.

Donald starred alongside fellow veteran actor Windsor Davies in the sitcom Never The Twain from 1981 to 1991. Back in the 1970s he appeared alongside American actress Elaine Stritch in the series Two's Company.

His other TV credits include The Canterville Ghost (1997), The Treasure Seekers (1996), All's Well That End's Well (1981). He also guest starred in the cult 1960s drama The Prisoner.

Donald began his career as a Shakespearean actor in the 1940s, when he joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company. In the 1960s he became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the 1970s he starred in the RSC's productions of King Lear and Othello.

He also enjoyed a prolific film career, most notably in the 1950s when he starred in The Cruel Sea, Doctor in the House, and Doctor at Large.

Donald's appeared in numerous radio productions, and guested on TV shows such as Blankety Blank and Open House.

He's put his unmistakable voice to good use with voiceovers on many commercials.

Did you know?

Donald made his professional debut in January 1942, at Brighton's Theatre Royal, in the play George and Margaret.

He was given a CBE in 1979 and knighted in 1997.

Personal Details

Donald was born in Plymouth, England, in 1923.

He's been married to wife Diana since 1948.

Their sons Jeremy and Marc have both followed Donald into acting. Jeremy's credits include Crossroads and the film Chariots of Fire, while Marc appeared in Bergerac, Rumpole of the Bailey and the movie Carry on Columbus.

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