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Don Warrington Biography

Birth Place:
Trinidad and Tobago

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


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