Dave Chapman trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and the Jim Henson Company. His puppeteering work has featured in the films Muppet Treasure Island, 101 Dalmatians (Walt Disney Company, 1996), My Last Five Girlfriends (Paramount) Ridley Scott's Prometheus (20th Century Fox) and Muppets Most Wanted (Disney, 2014). On TV Wizards vs. Aliens, Captain Abercromby, Carrie and David's Popshop, Children in Need, Doctor Who, French and Saunders, Heroes of Comedy: Max Miller, The Saturday Show, Shooting Stars, Sport Relief, Time Trumpet, The Tiny and Mr Duk Show, What's Up Doc?, Nuzzle and Scratch, Xchange, The X Factor and as double for Victor Yerrid on Jim Henson Company's "Pajanimals"
He has had long association with CBBC, first working as the writer, puppeteer and voice artist for Otis the Aardvark between 1994 and 1999. It was in this role that he first worked with children's presenters Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood ("Dick & Dom"), prior to featuring in the BAFTA and RTS award-winning Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow. Between 2002 and 2006, Chapman played numerous characters alongside other Bungalow regulars Ian Kirkby, Melvin Odoom and Lee Barnett.
Chapman's other characters include "Scratch" in Cbeebies show Nuzzle and Scratch, Vinnie the Ferret for CBBC's Xchange, Matt Lucas' Singing Potatoes from Shooting Stars, Tiny the Giant Hamster from The Saturday Show and Tiny and Mr Duk's Huge Show, Riff the dog from Carrie and David's Popshop, Windy the rat from Space Pirates.
Chapman played bad ventriloquist Peter Nokio in four series of The Slammer and the villain Alan Draylon in Harry Batt, both for CBBC. He has also appeared as himself on three episodes of Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive and has guested on The Chris Evans Show, The Chris Moyles Show and Kiss Breakfast. His voice work includes The Mimic, Jamie's American Road Trip, Strictly:It takes Two, School of Silence and Casualty Revealed. And commercial work includes voices for Sandisc, Cadburys, Sony, BBC3, The Times newspaper, Seat, Citibank and Blockbuster video.
In 2001, he wrote and co-directed the short film Dinner Money. He also writes and performs live comedy in the double act 'Chapman and Crompton'.
Chapman hosted the gameshow And Then You Die on Dave as the puppet character Barrie Stardust. He has also played over sixty characters including series villain - 'The Beastmaster' in the CBBC sitcom The Legend of Dick and Dom, in which he stars alongside Dominic Wood, Richard McCourt, Chloe Bale and Steve Furst.
He is represented by PBJ management for acting and Sue Terry Voices for voice work.