Tim Dutton

Tim Dutton (born 1964) is a British stage, film, and television actor. Dutton's films include Darkness Falls (1999), The Bourne Identity (2002), The Infiltrator (2016) and The Detonator. He starred in the Academy Award and BAFTA nominated movie Tom & Viv (1994) as Maurice Haigh-Wood.

Tim Dutton
Tim Dutton

1964 (age 56–57)
Years active1991–present

He grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.[2] He read Law at Wolverhampton University and gained an LLB (Hons) before turning to acting.

Dutton played Mark Owens in Soldier, Soldier, Donna Tucker's tutor and lover (4 episodes, 1994). He had a recurring role in the Fox television series Ally McBeal as Brian Selig, a love interest of Calista Flockhart’s title character. He also starred in the short-lived but critically acclaimed CBS sitcom about the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony, Thanks which Entertainment Weekly called "the funniest new sitcom of the [1999–2000] season." He made an appearance in the Press Gang episode "Chance is a Fine Thing" as Clark Kent, Judy's jealous boyfriend. He has worked twice with the writer Alan Bleasdale, starring in Melissa with Jenifer Ehle (1997) and Oliver Twist (1999). In 2001 he starred in the ABC comedy pilot H.M.O. with John Cleese, playing two ex-pat surgeons in a LA hospital. He played Simon Aston in “The Great and the Good”, S2:E4 of Lewis (2008). In 2010 he produced and starred in The Rendezvous. He has twice starred with the actress, Tara Fitzgerald, in director Ferdinand Fairfax's Frenchman’s Creek (1998) and In the Name of Love (1999).

In 2019 he played the series uber-villain and ‘God Father of Bethnal Green’ Joseph Merceron In the BBC series Poldark. “Joseph Merceron was utterly, utterly vile and utterly without mercy. He appeared to have no kind conscience, no morality. I personally think he’s actually the worst Poldark villain of them all!”( Debbie Horsfield BBC Poldark series writer)

His Theatre credits include plays in the West End (London Assurance), Chichester Festival Theatre (Loves Labour’s Lost, Victory), The Royal Exchange Manchester (She’s in Your Hands), twice working with director Sam Mendes.

Dutton made a major stage appearance in 2014 in Headlong's highly acclaimed production of ‘’1984’’ directed by Robert Icke, at the Almeida and later in the West End and Internationally. He played the false friend and Party apparatchik, O'Brien.[citation needed] For which he won Best Featured Actor, Broadway World, Los Angeles Awards.


Year Title Role Notes
1991 A Murder of Quality Simon Snow TV movie
1992 Patriot Games Constable
1994 Tom & Viv Maurice Haigh-Wood
1997 Into Thin Air: Death on Everest Andy Harris TV movie
1998 Hard to Forget Max Warner TV movie
1998 St. Ives François
1999 Darkness Falls Mark Driscoll
2001 Dead by Monday Alex Hiller
2002 The Bourne Identity Eamon
2004 Tooth Dad
2004 The Queen of Sheba's Pearls Father Talbot
2005 Terminal Mike
2006 Bye Bye Harry! Stuart
2006 The Detonator Josef Bostanescu
2010 The Rendezvous Michael
2013 Delight Gregor
2016 The Infiltrator Ian Howard


  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
  2. ^ "Tim has a secret crush". Coventry Telegraph. 25 January 2007. Retrieved 16 August 2018.

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