Born in Trinidad annd Tobago, Don's family moved to Britain and he was raised in Newcastle upon Tyne. He started acting in repertory theatre at the age of seventeen, and became a household name for his role of "Philip Smith" in the sitcom, "Rising Damp". He has had a wide ranging career in television, on stage and his dulcet tones have been used to good effect in audio plays and as a narrator of audiobooks. On television, he has appeared in drama programmes such as "C.A.T.S. Eyes" and "New Street Law", comedy dramas like "Lovejoy" and sitcoms including "Red Dwarf". More recently, he has been seen as a talking head on "Grumpy Old Men" and played the President of Great Britain on a parallel world in a recent series of "Doctor Who". In addition to his on screen acting in "Doctor Who", he has also acted in several Doctor Who audio plays and narrated the audiobook version of the Doctor Who novel "The Art of Destruction".

Don was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2008.

Dancing with Lilia Kopylova, Don competed in series six of Strictly Come Dancing. Don & Lilia had a shaky start to the competition, with their Cha Cha Cha scoring just 19 points, and saw them in the bottom two in the very first show. A marked improvement in the dance-off led to the judges voting to save them, and their next dance, the Tango, was even more improved and scored 30 points and earned them a third place on the leader board. Mixed reviews for his American Smooth that followed left the couple in a dangerous mid-table position, and they ended in the bottom two and were voted off the competition that week. They finished the series in twelfth position out of sixteen couples.


Strictly Come Dancing

Week Dance Song Judges scores Total
1 Cha Cha Cha Let's Groove Tonight 3 5 6 5 19
3 Tango Whatever Lola Wants 7 7 8 8 30
5 American Smooth Can't Smile Without You 6 6 7 6 25


Week 1 - Cha Cha Cha


Week 3 - Tango


Week 5 - American Smooth