29 November 1948
Rintoul was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He studied at Edinburgh University and won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His brother is stage manager and £250,000 winner on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Dougie Wilson. His sister Dorothy is married to the artist Alain Senez.
His appearances have included Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV, As You Like It, and the title role in Macbeth. Other stage appearances include George Bernard Shaw's Candida and Funny Girl. In 2010 he played Charles Dickens in Andersen's English, the new play by Sebastian Barry.
Selected theatre roles
- Epsom Downs, Joint Stock Theatre Company, 1977
- The Speculator by David Greig - 1999 Traverse Theatre production at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, played John Law, and other roles
- Remembrance of Things Past, Cottesloe and Olivier theatres, November 2000-April 2001, as Charlus
- Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre, London) as Dr Jake Houseman
- Gaslight (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh)
- Andersen's English by Sebastian Barry (Out of Joint and Hampstead Theatre), as Charles Dickens, 2010
- Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare's Globe) as Arlington, 2015
Television and film career
His film credits include the title role in Legend of the Werewolf (1975), A.D. (1985), Unrelated (2007) and Is Anybody There? (2008). In 1980, he played the role of Mr Darcy in a BBC television adaptation by Fay Weldon of Pride and Prejudice. From 1993 to 1996 he played Doctor Finlay in the television series of the same name. His other television appearances include * Prince Regent, Taggart, Hornblower and the Agatha Christie's Poirot film, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. David also voices three characters in the popular children's series Peppa Pig, Granddad Dog, Mr. Bull and Dr. Brown Bear. He also voiced the knight 'Sir Boris' in the 1999 animation The Big Knights and the arch villain Cut Throat Jake in the newer version of Captain Pugwash. He also played the role of Noah in the 2013 History Channel's The Bible. In 2010, David starred in the film The Ghost Writer with Pierce Brosnan and Ewan Mcgregor.
Selected television roles
- Taggart (2 episodes, 1990 and 2005)
- Hornblower as Dr. Clive, Ship's Surgeon (2001 and 2003)
- Doctor Finlay as Dr. John Finlay (1993–1996)
- Alleyn Mysteries as Sir John Phillips (1993)
- Agatha Christie's Poirot -The Mysterious Affair at Styles as John Cavendish (1990)
- Pride and Prejudice as Fitzwilliam Darcy (1980 adaptation)
- Prince Regent (1979) as Dr John Willis
- Captain Pugwash (1998 version) as Cut Throat Jake / Governor of Portobello / Lieutenant Scratchwood / The Admiral
- The Big Knights as Sir Boris
- Peppa Pig as Granddad Dog / Mr. Bull / Dr. Brown Bear
- Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom as Redbeard the Elf Pirate
Rintoul has narrated many audiobooks, including Frederick Forsyth's The Day of the Jackal and J. G. Ballard's Millennium People. In 1986, he recorded readings of 13 of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels for Chivers Audio Books, all unabridged, on cassette and CD. He also later recorded Nobody Lives Forever and Licence to Kill, written by John Gardner. Whilst reading the prose with his usual speaking voice, Rintoul speaks Bond's dialogue with a mild Scottish accent.
- Theatre Record and its annual Indexes