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John Shrapnel

Highest Rated:   83% Notting Hill (1999)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Body (2001)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Hamlet
  • Claudius/Ghost
2016
78% Sparkle
  • Bernie
2010
No Score Yet Crowley
  • Actor
2009
61% The Duchess
  • Gen. Grey
2008
14% Mirrors
  • Lorenzo Sapelli
2008
35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Lord Howard
2007
71% Alien Autopsy
  • Michael
2006
No Score Yet Shadow of the Sword
  • Archbishop
2005
54% Troy
  • Nestor
2004
60% K-19: The Widowmaker
  • Bratyeev
2002
No Score Yet Alone
  • Hannah
2002
No Score Yet Whistle
  • Actor
2002
13% The Body
  • Moshe Cohen
2001
76% 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
38% 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
57% How to Get Ahead in Advertising
  • Psychiatrist
1989
No Score Yet Partition
  • Gen. John Flood
1988
No Score Yet 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
71% Nicholas and Alexandra
  • Petya
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Waking the Dead
2011
  • John Christie
No Score Yet Merlin
2009-2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Raymond Brooks Sgt Mike McCaffrey
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom
2000
  • Governor

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