John Shrapnel

John Shrapnel

Age77Born on27 April 1942 in Birmingham, England, UKdied14 February 2020
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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Actor

Apparitions
Cardinal Bukovak
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Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire
Pompey
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The 10th Kingdom
Governor of Prison
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Between The Lines
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dunning
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guest Roles

Merlin
Episode 05x08
2012
Waking the Dead
Episode 09x06
2011
Waking the Dead
Episode 09x05
2011
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
Episode 06x01
2007
Natural World
Episode 23x07
2005
Natural World
Episode 21x11
2003
Jonathan Creek
Episode 03x03
1999
Natural World
Episode 17x18
1999
Midsomer Murders
Episode 01x02
1998
Natural World
Episode 16x12
1998
Natural World
Episode 16x05
1997
Natural World
Episode 15x07
1996
Natural World
Episode 15x04
1996
Wycliffe
Episode 03x05
1996
Natural World
Episode 14x05
1996
Kavanagh Q.C.
Episode 01x03
1995
Natural World
Episode 12x12
1994
Natural World
Episode 12x08
1994
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Episode 01x07
1978
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Episode 01x06
1978
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Episode 01x05
1978
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Episode 01x04
1978
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Episode 01x03
1978
Space: 1999
Episode 01x05
1975
Elizabeth R
Episode 01x03
1971
Elizabeth R
Episode 01x02
1971
Elizabeth R
Episode 01x01
1971