John Shrapnel

John Shrapnel

Highest Rated: 84% Notting Hill (1999)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Body (2001)

Birthday: Apr 27, 1942

Birthplace: Birmingham, England, UK

John Shrapnel is a British actor of theatre, television, and film, best known to American audiences for his roles in "Gladiator" and "Troy." Shrapnel was born in Birmingham, England and attended the City of London School and then Cambridge University. He was an original member of the National Youth Theatre and went on to become a member of Laurence Olivier's Royal National Theatre company as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company. Shrapnel made his television debut with episodes of "ITV Playhouse" in the late 1960s and soon afterwards appeared in his first film, the 1971 historical drama "Nicholas and Alexandra." He had roles in the 1980s TV miniseries "The Woman in White," "Sorrell and Son," and "Vanity Fair." In 1996, Shrapnel played Skinner in the live-action adaptation "101 Dalmatians" and in 1999 appeared in the romantic comedy "Notting Hill," starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. In 2000, he had a leading role in Ridley Scott's action-drama "Gladiator" as the senator Gaius. He returned to the historical epic genre in 2004 with "Troy," in which he played General Nestor alongside the solider Achilles (Brad Pitt). Shrapnel also was cast as Lord Howard in the 2007 award-winning historical drama "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," starring Cate Blanchett as the title character and Clive Owen as Walter Raleigh. John Shrapnel died on February 14, 2020 at the age of 77.

Highest rated movies

Notting Hill
Alien Autopsy
The Awakening
The Duchess
K-19: The Widowmaker
How to Get Ahead in Advertising




No Score Yet No Score Yet Hamlet Within Unknown (Character) - 2022
62% 51% The Awakening Rev. Hugh Purslow (Character) $90.3K 2011
62% 67% The Duchess Gen. Grey (Character) $13.8M 2008
14% 44% Mirrors Lorenzo Sapelli (Character) $30.7M 2008
78% No Score Yet Sparkle Bernie (Character) - 2007
35% 59% Elizabeth: The Golden Age Lord Howard (Character) $16.3M 2007
75% 50% Alien Autopsy Michael (Character) - 2006
53% 73% Troy Nestor (Character) $133.2M 2004
60% 52% K-19: The Widowmaker Admiral Bratyeev (Character) $35.2M 2002
No Score Yet 35% Alone Hannah (Character) - 2002
13% 44% The Body Moshe Cohen (Character) $33.6K 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gentleman Thief Monty Sinclair (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Strange Case of Delfina Potocka: The Mystery of Chopin Iwaszkiewicz (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 93% Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War General Charette (Character) - 1999
84% 79% Notting Hill Shrapnel (Character) $116.1M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Midsomer Murders: Written in Blood Max Jennings (Character) - 1997
41% 40% 101 Dalmatians Skinner (Character) $136.2M 1996
No Score Yet 75% England, My England Samuel Pepys (Character) - 1995
38% 54% Two Deaths Cinca (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Easter Heiger (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Man's Land Heiger (Character) - 1994
50% 52% Fatherland SS-Obergruppenf├╝hrer Odilo `'Globus'` Globocnik (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story BKA Police Chief (Character) - 1990
60% 77% How to Get Ahead in Advertising Psychiatrist (Character) $355.2K 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Partition General Flood (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Burston Rebellion Rev. Charles Tucker Eland (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 22% Hennessy Tipaldi (Character) - 1975


85% 86% The Adventures of Merlin Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 100% Midsomer Murders Leo Clarke (Character) 1998 2006
No Score Yet 87% Jonathan Creek Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet BBC Television Shakespeare Earl of Kent (Character) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Woman in White Sir Percival Glyde (Character) 1982