Fast Facts

  • Moved from Trinidad to Newcastle, England with his family following his father's death in 1958.
  • Began working at the Flora Robson Playhouse in Newcastle at age 17.
  • Was cast as Philip Smith in The Banana Box in 1973, which was staged in London and Newcastle; he later reprised the role in the television series adaptation, Rising Damp.
  • Starred in the National Theatre's staging of Kwame Kwei-Armah's Statement of Regret at the Cottesloe Theatre in London in 2007.
  • Was paired with professional dancer Lilia Kopylova as a contestant on the sixth season of Strictly Come Dancing, in 2008.
  • Awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2008.
  • Made his directorial debut with the staging of Rum and Coco Cola at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2010.
  • Directed a stage revival of Rising Damp in 2013 at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013.


  • Jacob Warrington — Son
  • Archie Warrington — Son
  • Basil Kydd — Father
  • Shirley Williams — Mother


  • Drama Centre London, London, England

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  • Birth Place: Trinidad and Tobago
  • Birthday: May 23, 1951, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor
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