David Rintoul (born David Wilson; 29 November 1948) is a Scottish stage and television actor. Rintoul was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, and won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

David Rintoul
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Rintoul in 2009
David Wilson

(1948-11-29) 29 November 1948 (age 71)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Vivien Heilbron (m. 2008)

Theatre careerEdit

Rintoul has worked extensively in theatre with companies including the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.[1] His appearances have included Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV, As You Like It, and the title role in Macbeth.[2] Other stage appearances include George Bernard Shaw's Candida and Funny Girl. In 2010 he played Charles Dickens in Andersen's English,[3] the new play by Sebastian Barry.

Selected theatre rolesEdit

Television and film careerEdit

His film credits include the title role in Legend of the Werewolf (1975), A.D. (1985), Unrelated (2007) and Is Anybody There? (2008).[5] In 2010, he starred in the film The Ghost Writer with Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor.[6]

In 1980, he played the role of Mr Darcy in a BBC television adaptation by Fay Weldon of Pride and Prejudice.[7] From 1993 to 1996 he played Doctor Finlay in the television series of the same name.[8] His other television appearances include Prince Regent, Taggart, Hornblower and the Agatha Christie's Poirot film, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.[9] He voices three characters, Granddad Dog, Mr. Bull and Dr. Brown Bear, in the popular children's series Peppa Pig.[10][5] He also voiced the knight 'Sir Boris' in the 1999 animation The Big Knights and the arch villain Cut Throat Jake in the newer version of Captain Pugwash.[11][12] He played the role of Noah in the 2013 History Channel's The Bible. In 2016 he portrayed Aerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones in Season 6.[13]

Selected television rolesEdit

Selected video gamesEdit

Audiobook narrationEdit

Rintoul has narrated many audiobooks, including Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal and J. G. Ballard's Millennium People. In 1986, he recorded unabridged readings of all of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and short stories for Chivers Audio Books (with the exception of The Spy Who Loved Me, which has a first person female narrator). He also later recorded Nobody Lives Forever and Licence to Kill, written by John Gardner. Whilst reading the prose with his usual speaking voice, Rintoul speaks Bond's dialogue with a mild Scottish accent.

He also narrated Robert Harris's Dictator, the final volume of his Cicero trilogy. Rintoul took over this role from Bill Wallis, who had read the previous two books, Imperium and Lustrum, but died two years before Dictator's publication. He has narrated two young people's books, The Boggart (2009) and The Boggart and the Monster (2013) written by Susan Cooper. In 2016 Rintoul narrated Philippe Sands' East West Street – the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity", and in 2018 he narrated Dorothy Dunnett's novel of Macbeth King Hereafter.

Personal lifeEdit

Rintoul is married to actress Vivien Heilbron.[15] A friend and University of Edinburgh classmate of Ian Charleson, Rintoul contributed a chapter to the 1990 book, For Ian Charleson: A Tribute.[16] His brother, Dougie Wilson, is stage manager and £250,000 winner on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. His sister Dorothy is married to the artist Alain Senez.


  1. ^ "David Rintoul | Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  2. ^ "David Rintoul Diary Home Page". www.londonshakespeare.org.uk. Archived from the original on 8 March 2007. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Andersen's English". Out of Joint. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  4. ^ The Speculator and The Meeting, Methuen, 1999
  5. ^ a b "David Rintoul". BFI.
  6. ^ "The Ghost Writer (2010) - Hervé de Luze, Roman Polański | Cast and Crew". AllMovie.
  7. ^ "Pride and Prejudice Part 4 (1980)". BFI.
  8. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Dr Finlay's Casebook (1962-71)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  9. ^ "David Rintoul". www.aveleyman.com.
  10. ^ "David Rintoul | TV Guide". TVGuide.com.
  11. ^ "Knights in Distress (1999)". BFI.
  12. ^ "The Adventures of Captain Pugwash[24/09/2001] (2001)". BFI.
  13. ^ "The most hated Game of Thrones characters - from Cersei to the Night King". 4 July 2017 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  14. ^ "Five Red Herrings (TV Mini-Series 1975– ) - IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.
  15. ^ "Vivien Heilbron". IMDb.
  16. ^ Ian McKellen, Alan Bates, Hugh Hudson, et al. For Ian Charleson: A Tribute. London: Constable and Company, 1990. pp. 47–54. ISBN 0-09-470250-0


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