David Ryall

Though never a household name, actor David Ryall enjoyed a four-decade career on the British stage and television, where he played comic and dramatic roles, including three separate appearances as Winston Churchill ... Read more »
Born: 01/05/1935 in England

Filmography

Actor (42)

Automata 2014 (Movie)

Dominic Hawk (Actor)

Mr. Turner 2014 (Movie)

Footman (Actor)

Hysteria 2012 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Quartet 2012 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Elphias Doge (Actor)

City of Ember 2008 (Movie)

Chief Builder (Actor)

Byron 2003 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

Lord Salisbury (Actor)

Two Men Went to War 2004 (Movie)

Winston Churchill (Actor)

Unconditional Love (New Line) 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Bertie and Elizabeth 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Lucky Jim 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Tantalus: Behind the Mask 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Happy Birthday Shakespeare 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Oliver Twist 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Mad Cows 1999 (Movie)

Man Outside Harrods (Actor)

Prime Suspect: The Lost Child 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Final Cut 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Carrington 1995 (Movie)

Mayor (Actor)

Restoration 1995 (Movie)

Lord Bathurst (Actor)

The Borrowers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Prime Suspect 2 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Secret Agent 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Driven to Distraction 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Woman in Black 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Truly Madly Deeply 1991 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Russia House 1990 (Movie)

Colonial Type (Actor)

Wilt 1990 (Movie)

Reverend Froude (Actor)

The Singing Detective 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Fords on Water 1982 (Movie)

Mister Jack (Actor)

The Elephant Man 1980 (Movie)

Man with Whores (Actor)

Black Joy 1978 (Movie)

Butcher (Actor)

The Dance of Death 1970 (Movie)

Sentry (Actor)

Diana: Her True Story (TV Show)

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Fatherland (TV Show)

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Jack the Ripper (TV Show)

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One Against the Wind (TV Show)

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Revolver (TV Show)

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The Brazilian Connection (TV Show)

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The Software Murders (TV Show)

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To Play the King (TV Show)

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Music (1)

Quartet 2012 (Movie)

("Are You Havin' Any Fun?") (Song Performer)

Biography

Though never a household name, actor David Ryall enjoyed a four-decade career on the British stage and television, where he played comic and dramatic roles, including three separate appearances as Winston Churchill. Ryall's professional career began in the mid-1960s with Laurence Olivier's National Theatre Company, which would encompass his stage work into the 21st century, including an award-winning appearance in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" in 1985. On television, Ryall capably played men of authority and gravitas, from policemen and scientists to Churchill and Henry James, as well as ordinary figures like his scabrous hospital patient in "The Singing Detective" (BBC One, 1986). Feature film appearances were fewer, but one of them - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" (2010) - was a worldwide blockbuster. Ryall remained active until his death on Christmas Day, 2014, underscoring both his talent and popularity with British audiences.

Relationships

Jonathan Ryall

Son

Imogen Ryall

Daughter

Charlotte Ryall

Daughter

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

1962
Awarded a scholarship in 1962; began professional career in 1965

Milestones

2013

Starred in "The Village"

2010

Played Elphias Doge in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

2007

Landed the role of Grandad on "Outnumbered"

1999

Helen Hayes Award nomination for "Hamlet"

1985

Clarence Derwent Award for "Coriolanus"

1984

Wrote, directed and starred in the one-man show, "A Leap in the Light"

1980

First feature film role in "The Elephant Man"

1967

Television debut in "Much Ado About Nothing"

Bonus Trivia

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Broke his ankle on press night performance of National Theatre Company's production of "Jean Seberg" in 1983

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His performance in a 1994 production of "Twelfth Night" directed by Sir Peter Hall was singled out for praise in a volume of Sir Alec Guinness's three-part autobiography

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Played Winston Churchill three times: in "Bertie and Elizabeth" (Carlton Television/WGBH, 2002), the feature "Two Men Went to War" (2002) and "De Gaulle" (France 2, 2006)

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