Saturday, October 29, 2016
Dudley Sutton (Tinker Dill)
Dudley Sutton (1933) is an English actor. Dudley was educated at boarding school in Lifton in Devon. He served in the RAF as a mechanic before enrolling in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, (RADA) from which he was later expelled for responding to rock and roll.
He became known after playing a gay biker in The Leather Boys (1964), a role which showed his potential for eccentric screen personae. On stage, he played the title role in the first production of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane (1963).
Sutton has appeared in many films during his career, including Rotten to the Core (1965), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), Fellini's Casanova (1976), Edward II (1991), and The Football Factory (2004).
Among his many television appearances are his roles as Tinker Dill in Lovejoy (1986 & 1991 - 94) – whose friendship with Lovejoy and expertise in the antique trade was the backbone of the show.
In 2003, Sutton found inspiration from the Internet "where apparently people say that every time you masturbate God kills a kitten". From that statement, Sutton developed a comic piece about "a young man's emotions and feelings, from the moment he's a baby tugging at his cock onwards."