Donald Sinden

February 13, 2009 by: admin

Donald SindenBiography
Sir Donald Sinden (born 1923) was born in Plymouth, Devon. He was intending to train as an architect when, after appearing in an amateur production, he was asked to be b part of a group that was entertaining troops during he Second World War. (He had been excused military service because he suffered from asthma.) After this experience, he went to drama school and became a professional actor. In 1946, he joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company AND later went to the Bristol Old Vic, already established as a promising Shakespearean actor.

His acting career took a dramatic change of direction when, in 1953, he was given a starring part in The Cruel Sea. For the next 10 years or so, he was a major star of the British cinema, starring in 22 films. Perhaps surprisingly for an actor with his classical background, many of the films he made were popular comedies, including You Know What Sailors Are (1954), Doctor in the House (1954), An Alligator Named Daisy (1955), Doctor at Large (1957) and Rockets Galore! (1957).

After five years working exclusively in films, he resumed his stage career in 1957. His distinctive, resonant voice and his broad experience as a classical and comedy actor meant that he was able to divide his time almost equally between work for the Royal Shakespeare Company and in popular commercial comedies. His impressive classical roles for the RSC have included Richard Plantagenet in John Barton

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