John Shrapnel

John Shrapnel

Highest Rated: 83% Notting Hill (1999)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Body (2001)

Birthday: Apr 27, 1942

Birthplace: Not Available

On stage, the classically trained, stark-featured English character actor John Shrapnel wove a forceful, occasionally even scabrous dramatic undercurrent into his evocations of the figures inhabiting the great tragedies of literature. Maintaining a frequent presence at theaters such as The Aldwych, The Warehouse, and The Piccadilly, Shrapnel earned enthusiastic notices for his supporting contributions to productions of Julius Caesar, The Greeks, Hamlet, and innumerable others. On camera, the thespian built up a massive resumé beginning in the early '70s and emphasized both television and cinematic work. Filmed roles in the early years (such as that of Petya in the 1971 Nicholas and Alexandra, or that of Hector in the 1982 Troilus and Cressida) seemed primarily an offshoot of his theatrical stock, but by the late 1980s, he expanded his repertoire to include more commercial (Hollywood-oriented) fare. On that note, Shrapnel did effective supporting work in films as diverse as How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989), 101 Dalmatians (1996), and K-19: The Widowmaker (2002). Producers still often reserved him for classical and/or historical roles, however, per his portrayal of Lord Howard in Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Hamlet Claudius/Ghost 2016
78% Sparkle Bernie 2010
No Score Yet Crowley Actor 2009
62% The Duchess Gen. Grey $13.9M 2008
15% Mirrors Lorenzo Sapelli $30.6M 2008
34% Elizabeth: The Golden Age Lord Howard $16.3M 2007
75% Alien Autopsy Michael 2006
No Score Yet Shadow of the Sword Archbishop 2005
54% Troy Nestor $132.6M 2004
61% K-19: The Widowmaker Bratyeev $35.2M 2002
No Score Yet Alone Hannah 2002
No Score Yet Whistle Actor 2002
13% The Body Moshe Cohen 2001
77% Gladiator Gaius 2000
No Score Yet Top Cat Actor 2000
No Score Yet Mary, Mother of Jesus Simon 1999
83% Notting Hill PR Chief 1999
No Score Yet The Strange Case of Delphina Potocka Iwaszkiewic 1999
42% 101 Dalmatians Skinner 1996
38% Two Deaths Cinca 1995
No Score Yet Mystery of the Maya Narrator 1995
No Score Yet England, My England Pepys 1995
50% Fatherland Globus 1994
No Score Yet The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story Actor 1991
No Score Yet Young Catherine Archimandrite Todorsky 1991
60% How to Get Ahead in Advertising Psychiatrist 1989
No Score Yet Partition Gen. John Flood 1988
67% Personal Services Lionel 1987
No Score Yet Sorrell And Son Actor 1987
No Score Yet King Lear Earl of Kent 1982
No Score Yet Troilus & Cressida Hector 1981
No Score Yet Timon of Athens Actor 1981
No Score Yet Hennessy Tipaldi 1975
No Score Yet Pope Joan Father James 1972
67% Nicholas and Alexandra Petya 1971


No Score Yet Midsomer Murders
Leo Clarke Max Jennings 2019
85% Merlin
No Score Yet Waking the Dead
John Christie 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Raymond Brooks Sgt Mike McCaffrey 2008
No Score Yet Mystery!
Storrs 1998
No Score Yet GBH
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom


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