Thursday 3 October 2013

Donald Sumpter

Donald Sumpter:

Severe-looking character actor offering broken-nosed toughness combined with an aura of intelligence, which allows him to play parts that depict deep wisdom or low cunning with equal veracity. His only cinema starring role was as real-life murderer Dennis Neilson in the rather tasteless 'The Black Panther' (1977), but he also appears in better-known movies like the Hammer monster romp 'The Lost Continent' (1967), the sexploitative 'Groupie Girl' (1970), 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' (1971), 'Stardust' (1974), 'Enigma' (2001), 'The Constant Gardener' (2005), and 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' (2011). He's also in the early Mike Leigh film 'Bleak Moments' (1971) and the strange-looking David Hemmings movie 'The Walking Stick' (1970).        
In sleazy rocker mode in 'Groupie Girl (1970)
In spiritual mode in 'Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979)

His TV portfolio is substantial, and ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous, or from 'Black Mirror', 'Our Friends in the North' and 'Jesus of Nazareth' to 'Merlin', 'Game of Thrones' and 'Holby City'. A fine all rounder.   

In the teen horror series 'Being Human'
Donald Sumpter - imdb


  1. 'Game of Thrones' is great for 'familiar unknown' faces in the older character roles... I'm assuming it's not your cup of tea though?

  2. Ha. You're right. I don't see much contemporary TV in general. No set, and I'm not at home enough to pay for Netflix or whatever. More likely to borrow a DVD box set or get someone to burn me an obscure old movie. 'Game of Thrones' does seem like a good payday for older British actors though. And Wilko of course. Maybe I should give it a whirl.