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Don Warrington's Biography

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Who is Don Warrington?

Don Warrington's family emigrated to the UK from Trinidad in 1961 when he was still a young boy.

He then grew up in Newcastle and he and his brother were the only black people in his school.

After going to drama school, Don Warrington starred in what is still probably his most famous role, that of student Philip Smith in the sitcom Rising Damp.

Don Warrington's other TV roles include playing detective Nigel Beaumont in C.A.T.S. Eyes, playing Judge Ken Winyard in New Street Law, playing Patrick in Manchild, and playing station supervisor Bailey in the all black cast of the sitcom The Crouches.

Like fellow Strictly Come Dancing contestant Cherie Lunghi, Don Warrington has starred in ads for Kenco coffee.

Warrington has numerous acclaimed roles in theatre including Elmina's Kitchen and Statement of Regret.

Don Warrington's film roles include Voltimand in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet.

Don Warrington was awarded an MBE in 2008 for his services to drama.

In the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing, Don Warrington partnered Lilia Kopylova.

In the first week of Strictly Come Dancing, Don and Lilia survived the dance-off thanks to Len Goodman's casting vote.

However, they were eliminated in the fifth show.

In the summer of 2017, Don Warrington along with Cleo Rocos, Lesley Joseph and others appeared in the Channel Five series Celebrity Motorhoming.

Don Warrington has played a recurring role in Death in Paradise as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson.

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