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Jeremy Sinden
Born Jeremy Mahony Sinden
14 June 1950
London, England
Died 29 May 1996 (aged 45)
London, England
Spouse(s) Delia Lindsay
(1978 - his death)

Jeremy Sinden (14 June 1950 – 29 May 1996) was an English actor who specialised in playing eccentric military men and overgrown schoolboys.[1]


Early life

He was born into a theatrical family, both his parents were actors. His father is Sir Donald Sinden and his mother was Diana, Lady Sinden, née Mahony. He was educated at Edgeborough and Lancing College.



He went to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre to train as an assistant stage manager and then spent two seasons in Stratford-upon-Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1970-71 also as an assistant stage manager and understudied 45 parts.[2] He appeared in pantomime and rep in Bournemouth, Farnham, Leatherhead and Windsor and he spent one season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. He then decided to enrol at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) where he spent three years and won the Forsyth Award. Whilst still at drama school he made his West End stage acting début in 1972 at the Cambridge Theatre as Private Broughton in R. C. Sherriff's Journey's End and then returned to the Chichester Festival Theatre and appeared in four plays there. In 1994 he appeared at the Royal National Theatre as Major Swindon in Shaws' The Devils Disciple and his last performance was also for the National the following year at the Old Vic playing Toad in Alan Bennett's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows. The Times reviewer described his performance as "a nice smug Toad, who wears everything down to his convict's arrows like a model on a Paris catwalk." [3]


He made his film debut in Star Wars (1977) and appeared in such films as Chariots of Fire (1981), playing the president of the Gilbert and Sullivan society; Madame Sousatzka (1988); The Object of Beauty (1991) and The Innocent (1993).


His work on television included playing Anthony Mortimer in Crossroads for two years; The Expert; Danger UXB; "Boy" Mulcaster in Brideshead Revisited; The Far Pavilions; Never the Twain; Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy; Middlemarch; The House of Windsor and As Time Goes By. His last role was as Mr Barling in The Famous Five series episode Five Go To Smugglers Top, which was dedicated to him following its broadcast in 1996.[4]

Personal life

Jeremy Sinden was the husband of the actress Delia Lindsay from 1978 until his death from lung cancer in 1996, at the age of 45. They had two daughters, Kezia and Harriet.

He was the brother of West End theatre producer Marc Sinden.

Jeremy Sinden and his brother Marc were part of the 'La-La' chorus on Hey Jude, recording and filming the song with The Beatles at Twickenham Film Studios on 4 September 1968.[5][6]

External links


  1. ^ Times Obituary 31 May 1996
  2. ^ Times Obituary 31 May 1996
  3. ^ Times Obituary 31 May 1996
  4. ^ "IMDB". Retrieved 14/02/2009.  
  5. ^ Pinch, Emma (2009-03-06). "Marc Sinden on John Lennon: We were in the presence of God". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 07/03/2009.  
  6. ^ Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books. pp. 151. ISBN 0-517-57066-1.  


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