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PostSubject: Rupert Vanisttart (Lord Ashfordly)   Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:27 pm

Rupert Vansittart (born Cranleigh, Surrey, England , 10 February 1958) is an English character actor. He has appeared in a variety of roles in film, television and on stage, often playing comic or serio-comic characters.

Vansittart is known to fans of the Pride and Prejudice serial as the actor who portrayed Mr. Hurst, the brother-in-law of Charles and Caroline Bingley. He has also worked with Rowan Atkinson, having appeared as a guest star on Mr. Bean and The Thin Blue Line.

Vansittart has had a frequent recurring role as minor aristocrat Lord Ashfordly in Heartbeat since 1992, and appeared in the 2005 series of Doctor Who. He is one of three surviving original actors in Heartbeat.

In 2003 he appeared in the West End adaptation of Arsenic and Old Lace, also starring Michael Richards.

In 2008, He appeared in the BBC TV mini-series Spartacus as Consul Lentulus.

Rupert as Lord Ashfordly (1992- ):

Minor aristocrat. A "get off my land" character, his seat is Ashfordly Hall, an old country house surrounded by a large estate. Despite occasional complaints of lack of funds, he must have a bob or two since he employs numerous maids, housekeepers, gamekeepers, gardeners, chauffeurs etc. His first name is Charles and he appears to be a bachelor, though he has at least one son called Rupert (played by Marc Warren, who appeared in one early episode as an arrogant young toff). He also has a sister called Patricia ("Patty") who has appeared a few times. His valuable assets have made him something of a magnet for crime down the years and his house and lands are more often than not the targets of poachers and burglars, perhaps the most prolific of which being Claude Greengrass who often poached game on the Ashfordly estate. Despite this he still seems to have no concept of home security. One of his most amusing incidents was when he was sold some magic mushrooms and ran around Aidensfield with a shotgun.


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