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Henderson, Don

Don Henderson

 Don Francis Henderson was born 10 November 1932 in Leytonstone, London, England. He was brought up in Epping, Essex in a working-class area. He spent nearly 20 years of his working life as an Army dental technician, a CID officer with Exxex police, and a salesman.

In 1966, on a dare from a friend, he auditioned for the Royal Shakespeare Company...and was accepted. He stayed for six years (1966-1972)playing nearly all of Shakespeare's characters.
At that point Henderson became a professional actor (he was in his 30s), and did a wide variety of work from radio, narration, film, and theater.  He enjoyed working with his wife, Shirley Stelfox, whenever he could (many will remember Stelfox from her role as Rose on 'Keeping up Appearances'). He was a patron for the LAB/LBC London Radio Playwright's Festival at its start in 1990 and he wrote script reports.  

Henderson died of throat cancer on June 22, 1997.  He was survived by his wife, actress Shirley Stelfox (who died in 2015 of cancer) (Thanks to Mark from for this info!), a son Ian, a daughter Louise, a step-daughter Helena, and a grandson Mathew.

Fairytale: A True Story~1997 - Sydney Chalker (see Actor Connections - Film)
Preaching to the Perverted~1997 - Commander Cope
Wind in the Willows, The~1996 - The Sentry
Doctors, 30 Years of Time Travel and Beyond, The~1995 (V) - Himself
No Escape~1994 - Killian
White Angel~1993 -Inspector Taylor (see Actor Connections - Film)
Baby of Macon, The~1993 - The Father Confessor
Trial, The~1993 - Flogger
Carry On Columbus~1992 - The Bosun
As You Like It~1992 - The Dukes
Merlin of the Crystal Cave~1991
Fool, The~1990
BFG, The~1989 (voice) - Blood bottler/Fleshlumpeater/Sergeant
Paradise Club~1988 - (see Actor Connections - Film)
Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The~1988 - Commander (see Actor Connections - Film)
Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire~1985 - The Wednesday Man
Murder Elite~1985 - Sergeant Jessop
Brazil~1985 - First Black Maria Guard (see Actor Connections - Film)
Island, The~1980 - Rollo
Crossed Swords (Prince and the Pauper)~1978 - Burly Ruffian (see Actor Connections - Film)
Big Sleep~1978 - Lou
Star Wars~1977 - General Cassio Tagge
Voyage of the Damned~1978 -
Brannigan~1975 - Geef
Ghoul, The~1975 - The Ghoul (see Actor Connections - Film)
Callan~1974 - George (see Actor Connections - Film)
Midsummer Night's Dream, A~1968

Red Dwarf~1997- Rogue Simulant in Beyond a Joke
Ruth Rendell Mysteries~1996 - Ray Brannel in A Case of Coincidence: Parts 1 and 2
Casualty~1996 - Jerry Hunter in Night Moves
Famous Five, The~1996 - Block in Five Go to Smuggler's Top: Parts 1 and 2
Shooting Gallery~1995 - in Future Dread
Zoya~1995 - Feodor
Harry~1995 - DCI Todd in 2.7
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends~1995 - voice of Tommy Brock in The Tale of Mr. Tod
The Good Sex Guide~1994 - Himself in 2.6
Jo Brand Through the Cakehole~1994 -  in 1.5
The Detectives~1994 - Brother Ryan in Witness
Dandelion Dead~1994 - Chief Inspector Crutchett
Kurtulus~1994 - Lord Curzon
Good Sex Guide, The~1994 - in Episode 13
Screen One~1992-1994 -
     Billy in Pat and Margaret (with wife Shirley Stelfox)
     Daddy Brett-Smith in Black and Blue
Tomorrow Calling~1993 - Mervyn Kihn
Cracker~1993 - Mr. Hennessy Senior in Mad Woman in the Attic: Part 2
Three Seven Eleven~1993 - Empire Same in 1.7
Comic Relief: Behind the Nose~1992 - Police Officer
New Statesman, The~1992 - Brig. Miljanic in A Bigger Splash
Look at it This Way~1992 - Detective Inspector Munday in 1.3
2point4 Children~1992 - Frank in One Night in Bangkok
My Friend Walter~1992 - Bertie Borrowbill
Moon and Sun~1992 - Ron in SOS from a Gemini
The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Cookery~1991 -
Merlin in a Crystal Cave~1991 - Galapas in:
     The Raising of the Stones
     The Return
     The Flight
     The Cave
Boon~1991 - Don Jakes in Two Men In A Vault
The War That Never Ends~1991 - Socrates
Minder~1989 - Billy Lynch in Fiddler on the Hoof
Paradise Club, The~1989  - Frank Kane (20 episodes)
Jumping the Queue~1989 - Huw Jones in 1.1-1.2
Making Out~1989 - Mr. Beachcroft in 1.1
Maigret~1988  - Barge Captain
Last of the Summer Wine~1988 -
     The Great Callisto in Now You See Them
     Grocer in Dancing Feet
Doctor Who~1987 - Gavrok in Delta and the Bannermen: Parts 1-3
Knights of God~1987  - Colley (6 episodes) (with wife Shirley Stelfox)
The Secret World of Polly Flint~1987 - Old Mazy in 1.2-1.6
Bulman~1985-1987  - George Bulman (20 episodes)
Dempsey and Makepeace~1986 - Dan in Guardian Angel
Henry's Leg~1986 - Dan in 1.1
Stress~1986 -
An Audience with Billy Connolly~1985 - uncredited Himself
Bottle Boys~1985 - Les Burton in High Noon
Summer Season~1985 - Peasant in A Crack in the Ice
Dead Head~1985 mini - Detective Inspector Malcolm  (see Actor Connections - TV)
Annika~1984 mini - Mr. Daniels in:
     The Middle
     The Beginning
Squaring the Circle~1984 - Kuron  (see Actor Connections - TV)
Master of Ballantrae, The~1984 - Hicks
Spyship~1983 - Jack Fielding in 1.1-1.2
The Happy Apple~1983 - Lord Ealing in Free Trial Offer
Jemima Shore Investigates~1983 - Conrad Coleman in A Chamber of Horrors
The Boy Who Won the Pools~1983 - Mr. Baverstock (9 episodes)
The Baker Street Boys~1983 - Sam Trump in The Case of the Captive Clairvoyant: Parts 1 and 2
Play for Today~1975-1983 -
     Eddie in Atlantis
     Tokkotai in The Kamikaze Ground Staff Reunion Dinner
     Jack in One Day at a Time
     Sellors in Campion's Interview
     Jack Adams in The Saturday Party
Strangers~1978-1982  - DS (later DCI) George Bulman (30 episodes) (see Actor Connections - TV)
Goodbye, Darling~1981 - Victor Twiss in Mavis
The Onedin Line~1980 - Captain Calder in Guilty - In Al Innocence
The Enigma Files~1980 - Prince in Dead Reckoning
Bull Week~1980 - Denniston in Friday
Live from Lincoln Center~1979 - Policeman in New York City Opera: Street Scene
Dick Turpin~1979 - Tom Bracewell in The Champion
Scorpion Tales~1978 - Easterman in Easterman
BBC Play of the Month~1978 - Mercier in Danton's Death
Crossroads~1978 - Mr. Black (6 episodes)
Crown Court~1974-1977 -
     Arthur Barnard in A Place to Stay: Part 1
     Detective Inspector Buzzard in Triangle: Part 1
     Detective Sergeant Buzzard in Minnie: Part 1
Van der Valk~1977 - Ribert 'Bobby' Ullman in The Professor
Ripping Yarns~1977 - Sgt. Major in Across the Andes by Frog
Norman Wisdom Show, The~1976 - (see Actor Connections - TV)
XYY Man, The~1976 mini - DS George Bulman (13 episodes)
Three Piece Suite~1977 - Cast Member in Hearts and Flowers segment
Angles~1976 - Harry Burke in Legacies
Warship~1973-1976 - MAA (Master-at-Arms) Heron (18 episodes)
Poldark~1975  mini - Tom Carne in 1.2/1.4/1.5 (see Actor Connections - Film)
Softly Softly: Task Force~1973-1975 -
     Thompson in High Life
     McKay in The Loudmouth
Against the Crowd~1975 - Parnell in We Are All Guilty
Comedy Playhouse~1975 - The Mediator in For Richer...For Poorer
The Sweeney~1975 - Strip Club Heavy in Regan (#1 Pilot)
Thriller~1975 - Boz Bostyne in A Killer in Every Corner
Armchair Cinema~1974 - Strip-Club Heavy in Regan
Dixon of Dock Green~1974 - Radford in Snout
New Scotland Yard~1973-1974 -
     Joe Warner in A Man of His Word
     Harry Watson in My Boy Robby?
Wessex Tales~1973 - Tramp in Barbara of the House of Grebe
ITV Play of the Week~1973 - Detective Smiley in Money with Menaces
Nobody is Norman Wisdom~1973 - First Crook in 1.2
The Protectors~1972 - Walters in Disappearing Trick
Blackpool Night Out~1965 - Himself in 2.8

The War That Still Goes On~1991 - Socrates (RSC, Young Vic, London, England, UK)
The Borgias~1988 - Michelotto - Renaissance Hit Man
The Nerd~1982 - Waldgrave (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, UK)
Titus Andronicus~1972 - Courtier/Goth Chieftain 1 (RSC Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, UK)
Melodrama Play~ - Floyd
Julius Caesar~1972 - Lucilius (RSC Theatre, S-u-A, England, UK)
Coriolanus~1972 - Servingman 3/Volscian Elder 2 (RSC Theatre, S-u-A, England, UK)
Antony and Cleopatra~1972 - Scarus (Royal Shakespeare Company, London, England, UK)
The Duchess of Malfi~1971 - Madman (RSC Theatre, S-u-A, England, UK)
Henry V~1971 - Bardolph/French Attendant/Williams (RSC tour)
Richard II~1971 - Lord Ross/Soldier/Thomas Mowbray (RSC tour)
Henry VIII~1970 - Commoner/Guard/Lord/Porter (RSC, Aldwych Theatre, London, England, UK)
When Thou Art King~1970 - Bardolph/Williams (RSC, The Roundhouse, London, England, UK)
Major Barbara~1970 - Bill Walker (RSC, Aldwych Theatre, London, England, UK)
The Plebeians Rehearse The Uprising~1970 - Plasterer (RSC, Aldwych Theatre, London, England, UK)
Twelfth Night~1970 - Sea Captain (RSC tour)
Henry VIII~1969 - Commoner/Guard/Lord/Porter (RSC Theatre, S-u-A, England, UK)
The Merry Wives of Windsor~1969 - Bardolph (RSC Theatre, S-u-A, England, UK)
The Relapse~1968 - Porter/Waterman (RSC, Aldwych Theatre, London, England, UK) (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
Indians~1968 - Doc Holliday/Spotted Tail (RSC, Aldwych Theatre, London, England, UK) (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
The Merry Wives of Windsor~1968 - Bardolph (RSC Theatre, S-u-A, England, UK; also a tour) (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
Julius Caesar~1968 - Citizen 3 (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, UK; also a tour) (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
Macbeth~1968 - Messenger (RSC Theatre, S-u-A, England, UK) (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
All's Well That Ends Well~1967-1968 - Soldier 2 (RSC, Aldwych Theatre, London, England, UK; S-u-A, England, UK)
Macbeth~1967 - Messenger (RSC, tour)
Romeo and Juliet~1967 - player/chorus? (RSC Theatre, S-u-A, England, UK) (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
Coriolanus~1967 - ? (RSC Theatre, S-u-A, England, UK)
Macbeth~1966-1967 - ? (RSC, S-u-A, England, UK)
All's Well That Ends Well~ - Perolles
The Merchant of Venice~ - Shylock
Peer Gynt~ - Peer Gynt
A Streetcar Named Desire~ - Stanley Kowalski

Radio Plays
The Archers~1983 - Ben Warner
The Brockley Jack
Dracula - Professor Van Helsing in a six hour production
The Wolf and the Woodcutter

Audio Books
The Borgias~1990 - Michelotto - Renaissance Hit Man
Awards, Honors, and Nominations
Nom 1990 Best Actor Television Series for The Paradise Club
Nom ???? Best Actor for Jumping the Queue
Royal Television Society Awards:

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