Sean Pertwee was born on the 4th day of June 1964, in Hammersmith area, London, to English actor Jon Pertwee and Ingeborg Rhoesa who was his second wife at the time. He grew up alongside his older sister, Dariel Pertwee, in a small house on a hill, in Ibiza Spain. His up bring was what we could call proper and ideal for a creative which he came to be. He had the freedom to play all day and return only for meals when his father rang a cowbell. His parents never patronized him or his sister and gave them enough respect and freedom to voice their opinions on serious family matters. This went a long way to model their behavior in terms of accommodating other people’s opinions even if they did not agree with it/them.Although he enjoyed the fact that his father was the renown ‘Doctor’ from the popular TV show ‘Doctor Who,’ he evidently struggled to share him with the fans of the show because growing up kids need a lot of attention from their parents most especially boys from their fathers.
Sean Pertwee Education Details
Sean attended the ‘Teddington Boys’ School’ in London, followed by ‘Sunbury College.’ In 1986, where he graduated as an actor from the ‘Bristol Old Vic Theatre School,’ one of the most prestigious drama schools in the UK.
Sean Pertwee Career Details
Pertwee trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and, after graduating in 1986 he toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company for three years an opportunity any new entrant would die for. In 1999 he portrayed Brutus in the Hallmark Channel film Cleopatra. He co-owned the Natural Nylon film production company along with Sadie Frost, Jude Law, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewan McGregor however the company folded in 2003. Pertwee is also known for his varying portrayals of grimacing death in many of his film roles, a skill that led to him being awarded ‘best death face’ at Bristol Old Vic.
In 2008, he played ‘Doctor Talbot’ in ‘Doomsday’ and then appeared in the 2010 zombie film ‘Devil’s Playground’ (directed by Mark McQueen). He was also featured in ‘Wild Bill’ in 2011. He then appeared in ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ (2013), where he was cast opposite Steve Coogan. Furthermore he appeared in the film ‘The 4th Reich,’ which is in the pre-production stage.
One of Pertwee’s first TV appearances was in an episode of ‘Poirot’ (also known as ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’) in 1989. He returned to the show in another episode, in 2013. In the 1990s, he made TV appearances in ‘Chancer’ (1990), ‘Clarissa’ (1991), ‘The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles’ (1992), and ‘Bodyguards’ (1996–1997). He also had a recurring role in the massively popular ‘Cold Feet’ (2001 and 2003). His other notable TV projects are ‘Skins’ (2008) and ‘Camelot’ (2011). He had a lead role in the award-winning show ‘Luther’ (2010).
He was cast in the iconic role of ‘Inspector Lestrade’ in ‘CBS’s ‘Elementary’ (2013–2014). Created by Robert Doherty, it was a contemporary film retelling of the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ stories, starring Jonny Lee Miller as ‘Holmes’ and Lucy Liu as ‘Dr. Joan Watson.’ In 2013, he had a short six-episode stint as ‘Charlie’ in the English TV series ‘Jo,’ which was based on the French police and their daily operations.
‘Alfred Pennyworth,’ a character in the widely popular TV series ‘Gotham,’ is one of Pertwee’s most popular TV characters under his belt up to date. Developed by Bruno Heller, the series premiered on September 22, 2014, and ran for five seasons, ending on April 25, 2019. Presently available on ‘Netflix,’ the series was well-received by critics and won many awards.
The first video game that Pertwee voiced was ‘The Gene Machine’ (1996), in which he portrayed ‘Piers Featherstonehaugh.’ Other popular video games featuring his voice are ‘Medieval: Total War’ (2002), ‘Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior’ (2003), ‘Killzone’ (2004), and ‘Killzone 2’ (2009). He has also voiced the character of ‘Peter Chamberlaine’ for ‘Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag’ (2013).
Besides making big waves on TV Sean has also acted in several radio plays, such as ‘Burning Both Ends’ (2011), a ‘BBC Radio 4’ play written by Matthew Broughton. Pertwee’s voice was featured as that of ‘Oliver Reed’ in the play. He as well has appeared as a narrator in season four of ‘Master Chef: The Professionals’ (2011) a show that was enjoyed by people all over the world and captured high ratings.
After his time as an actor and playing many roles on radio he embarked on a career as a director and made his debut with a short film ‘Just another Day in London’ (1996). Pertwee ventured into production by setting up a film and theater production company named ‘Natural Nylon’ with Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Ewan McGregor, and others, in 1997 which was based in London and New York, the company was involved in production till 2003.
Sean Pertwee Awards And Nominations
Among his awards Pertwee was nominated for the ‘BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award’ for the ‘Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game’ for ‘PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale’ (2012) he however had to share the nomination with 14 fellow actors who gave their voices to this video game. This is among his many accomplishments which speak for themselves.