SAM DASTOR by Pete Bartlett
Photo: Pete Bartlett
c/o Head Office, 31 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8DH
Phone: 01282 707968
Artist's Website:
Location:Oxford, Oxfordshire
Height:5'9" (175cm)
Weight:11st. (70kg)
Playing Age:61 - 75 years
Appearance:Indian, Middle Eastern, White
Eye Colour:Brown
Hair Colour:Black
Hair Length:Mid Length
Voice Character:Authoritative
Voice Quality:Clear


Stage Television Radio Film Audio Television Movie
2017, Stage, Mr Bardolph, Lettice and Lovage, Menier Chocolate Factory, Trevor Nunn
2016, Stage, Egeus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Sir Trevor Nunn
2012, Stage, Kumranistan Ambassador, Yes Prime Minister, Chichester Festival Theatre & Mark Goucher tour
2010, Stage, The Ambassador of Kumranistan, Yes Prime Minister, Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Lynn
2010, Stage, The Ambassador of Kumranistan, Yes Prime Minister, West End, Jonathan Lynn
2008, Stage, Jaggers, Great Expectations, Queen Mary 2
2008, Stage, Richard III, Richard III, Queen Mary II
2006, Stage, Monsieur Ibrahim And The Flowers Of The Qur'an, No. 1 Tour
2002, Stage, Love In A Maze, Newbury Watermill Theatre, Timothy Sheader
2001, Stage, The Clandestine Marriage, Newbury Watermill Theatre
2000, Stage, A Servant To Two Masters, Royal Shakespeare Company
2000, Stage, Timon Of Athens, Royal Shakespeare Company
1999, Stage, Tiresias, Tales Of Ovid, Royal Shakespeare Company, Tim Supple
1998, Stage, Khattam Shud, Haroun & The Sea of Stories, National Theatre, Tim Supple
1990, Stage, Sam Draycott, Hidden Laughter, London Vaudeville Theatre, Simon Gray
1987, Stage, Jacob, Melon, London Haymarket Theatre, Christopher Morahan
Stage, Egeus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ipswich SWolsey Theatrwe
Stage, A Servant to Two Masters, New Ambassadors and Tour
2014, Television, Daniel, KILLING JESUS, A D Films Ltd., Chris Menaul
2012, Television, Kumranisstan Ambassador, YES PRIME MINISTER, BBC TV
2006, Television, Banglatown Banquet, BBC Television
2005, Television, Chopratown, Hat Trick Productions
2005, Television, Spooks, BBC Television
2004, Television, Grease Monkeys, BBC Television
2003, Television, A Touch Of Frost, Granada Television
2003, Television, Doctors, BBC Television
2002, Television, Saint Paul, BBC Television
1999, Television, The Alchemists
1987, Television, The Fortunes Of War, James Cellan Jones
1984, Television, Gandhi, Mountbatten, the Last Viceroy, ITV, Tom Clegg
1982, Television, Qumrani Businessman, Yes Minister, Peter Whitmore
1980, Television, The Caliph, Blake 7, Desmond McCarthy
1977, Television, Dr. Ed Spencer, Space 1999, Various
2014, Radio, Recent Events at Collington House, BBC Radio 4
2014, Radio, Saving Grace, BBC Radio 3
2013, Radio, Document, BBC Radio 4
2008, Radio, Rudolpho’s Zest, BBC Radio
2008, Radio, Something Understood, BBC Radio 4
2007, Radio, An Inheritance of Loss, Penguin
2007, Radio, Zubeda, BBC Radio
2005, Radio, The Gentle Art of Dying, BBC Radio
2005, Radio, Two and a Half Words, BBC Radio
2005, Radio, Two Lives, BBC Radio
2004, Radio, The Princess and the Carpenter, BBC Radio
2004, Radio, The Raj Quartet, BBC Radio
2004, Film, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
1998, Feature Film, Gandhi, Jinnah (The life of the founder of Pakistan), Petra Films, Jamil Dehlavi
1998, Feature Film, Dinshawj, Such A Long Journey, Amy International Incorporated, Sturla Gunnarson
1998, Film, Gandhi, Jinnah, (the life of the founder of Pakistan), Jamil Dehlavi
2016, Audio, He is my Cousin, Cousin by Antony Barlow, Broadoak Studios
2016, Audio, The Mimic Men by V S Naipaul, Heavy Entertainment
2016, Audio, The Printer's Coffin by M J Carter, Isis Publications
2015, Audio, Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh, Isis Publications
2012, Audio, Joseph Anton by Salmon Rushdie, Random House
2008, Audio, Inspector Ghote, BBC
2007, Audio, The Excursion Train, BBC
2007, Audio, The Railway Viaduct, BBC
Television Movie
1984, Television Movie, Gandhi, Mountbatten, the Last Viceroy, ITV, Tom Clegg


Accents & Dialects:
(* = native)
Arab, Asian, French, German, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, RP*
(* = Native/Fluent)
Vehicle Licences:Car Driving Licence


Sam studied English at Cambridge before gaining a scholarship to RADA


Over fifty years Sam Dastor's career has spanned theatre, film, television and radio. Soon after finishing training he joined the National Theatre, then under the direction of Sir Laurence Olivier. He made his London West End debut in The Tempest playing Ariel to Paul Scofield's Prospero in what became the longest run of any Shakespeare play in London's West End in the 20th century. His other London appearances include the world premiere of three of Simon Gray's plays Melon with Sir Alan Bates, Hidden Laughter with Felicity Kendall and Cell Mates with Stephen Fry and Rik Mayall. For the RSC he has appeared in Timon of Athens and Tales from Ovid and on a world tour of The Servant to Two Masters. His one man show of Shakespeare's sonnets has also toured worldwide.

On television he has been seen in Spooks, Yes Prime Minister, Yes Minister, I, Claudius, Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors, The Borgias, Space 1999, Blake's 7, Mountbatten -The Last Viceroy and Fortunes of War with Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson. In 2002 he played St Paul in a documentary drama for BBC/Discovery Channel. His films include Made, Such a Long Journey, Jinnah and most recently The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. On radio he has made innumerable broadcasts for Radio 3, Radio 4 and BBC World Service including playing with Sir John Gielgud in Forty Years On and Ariel to his Prospero. Sam has recorded many audio books for which he has won awards, including the prestigious Audiofile Award.

In addition to acting, Sam has also been an influential presence behind the scenes. For instance, for ten years he was the sole actor member of the distinguished panel of Judges-including John Mortimer (Chairman), Thelma Holt and Sue Summers-for The Thames Television Young Theatre Writers Award, a bursary to encourage young theatre writers. Recipients included well-known future writers such as lan Bleasdale and Sue Townsend.