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All eight episodes of The Serpent are streaming on the BBC iPlayer now, with episodes airing every Sunday evening on BBC One at 9pm. Tim McInnerny stars in the series alongside Tahar Rahim, Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle and Ellie Bamber. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about Tim McInnery and his role in The Serpent.
Who is Tim McInnerny?
Tim McInnerny is an Engish actor from Cheadle Hume, Cheshire.
The Serpent fans may recognise McInnerny from the 1980s sitcom Blackadder.
In Blackadder, McInnery played the roles of Lord Percy Percy and Captain Darling, starring alongside Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie.
McInnerny is also best known for playing Lord Robert Glover in season six of Game of Thrones.
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In The Serpent, McInnery portrays real-life Belgian diplomat Paul Siemons.
Siemons played a key role in helping junior Dutch diplomat, Herman
Knippenberg (played by Billie Howle) build a case against French serial killer and thief, Charles Sobhraj in the 1980s.
McInnerny said: “Paul Siemons is an extraordinary character and was an extraordinary person.
“As a character, he is easily angered, but he has a very strong notion of morality and is extremely loyal.
“He makes a great foil for Herman. Consequently, his way of doing things can help or hinder!”
He added: “Paul Siemons was different from most characters I had played: in the series, he is a combination of bitter, mean, intelligent, kind, cruel sentimental, funny and capricious. Hard to turn down. Always looking for a challenge…”
In 1985, McInnerny starred in the BBC drama Edge of Darkness as Emma Craven’s boyfriend, Terry Sheilds.
He then went on to star in A Very British Coup as Fiennes and Yakovlev in Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna.
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Throughout the 90s and early 2000s, McInnery appeared in several British sitcoms include Tracey Takes On…,The Vice, Don’t Eat the Neighbours and Trial and Retribution.
He also starred in Spooks as Oliver Mace and Hustle as Judge Anthony Kent.
McInnerny starred in BBC’s Harlots as Lord Repton, Frank Linnell in In the Dark and Horace Merring in Houdini and Doyle.
He also played the role of Father Bain in Outlander and Eustace Carmichael in Sherlock.
Most recently, McInnerny portrayed Martin Redmayne in The Trial of Christine Keeler, appearing alongside his The Serpent co-star Ellie Bamber, who portrayed Mandy Rice-Davies.
In 2020 alone, McInnery could be seen in The Windermere Children and Gangs of London.
In The Windermere Children, McInnery portrayed Leonard Montefiore, the man who organised aid for hundreds of Jewish orphans after the Second World War.
McInnerny played the role of Mr Jacob in Sky crime thriller, Gangs of London, starring alongside Joe Cole and Colm Meaney.
McInnerny has also starred in numerous films throughout his career.
The Serpent viewers may recognise McInnerry as Max from the 1999 rom-com, Notting Hill.
He is also well known for playing Patch Quartermain in Johnny English Reborn and Prince Regent in Peterloo,
His other film credits included Erik the Viking, Richard III, 101 Dalmations and Killers Anonymous.
The Serpent is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now
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