David Bamber

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David Bamber
Born David James Bamber
(1954-09-19) 19 September 1954 (age 60)
Walkden, near Manchester, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Julia Swift (1982–present)

David James Bamber (born 19 September 1954) is an English actor, known for his television and theatre work. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Early years[edit]

Bamber was born in Walkden, near Manchester. By September 1973, he was at the Manchester Youth Theatre, playing Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida.[1] Bamber studied drama at Bristol University, continuing his training at RADA where he won the Gold Medal in 1979.

Career[edit]

Bamber has worked on many British television series, mini-series and TV movies. He appeared in the BBC adaptations of Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia, and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, in which he portrayed the Bennets' clergyman cousin, Mr. Collins. He also played the part of a junior treasury minister and Stamp enthusiast, Julian Whitaker, in an episode of The New Statesman, in which Alan frames Whitaker and forces his resignation. In 1997 he starred as Eric Slatt in two series of Steven Moffat's Chalk, contributing to the audio commentaries for the DVD release in 2008. His best known international television role to date was his 2005–2007 role as Marcus Tullius Cicero in the HBO/BBC2 original television series, Rome. In Poirot Series 3: Episode 6 "The Double Clue," he plays the effete middleman to a jewellery collector who is robbed. Bamber also played Adolf Hitler in Bryan Singer's film, Valkyrie.

Bamber is also a stage actor; he won the 1995 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance as Guy in My Night with Reg, a role he reprised in a 1996 BBC television adaptation. His roles as a voice actor include Emperor Constantine in the Doctor Who audio drama, The Council of Nicaea and as Jeremy Longstaff in the 2008 radio series The Way We Live Right Now.

Personal life[edit]

Bamber is married to the actress Julia Swift, daughter of actors David Swift and Paula Jacobs. They have two sons, Theo (1991) and Ethan (1999). The family lives in North London.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Privates on Parade Flight Sgt. Charles Bishop Michael Blakemore
1985 The Doctor and the Devils Cronin Directed by Freddie Francis
1988 High Hopes Rupert Booth-Braine Directed by Mike Leigh
1992 Dakota Road Man on the train Directed by Nick Ward
1992 Year of the Comet Albert Directed by Peter Yates
1995 Pride and Prejudice Mr. Collins Directed by Simon Langton
1996 Wet and Dry Bafta nominated short directed by John McKay
2002 Gangs of New York Passenger Directed by Martin Scorsese
2002 The Bourne Identity Consulate Clerk Directed by Doug Liman
2003 I Capture the Castle Vicar Directed by Tim Fywell
2005 The Clap Krzysztof Veneer Award winning short directed by Geoff Lindsey
2005 Rome Cicero Award winning television series
2006 Miss Potter Fruing Warne Directed by Chris Noonan
2007 The All Together Robin Swain Directed by Gavin Claxton
2007 Doc Martin Vicar Directed by Ben Bolt
2008 Valkyrie Adolf Hitler Directed by Bryan Singer
2009 Psychoville Robin Directed by Matt Lipsey
2010 The King's Speech Theatre Director Directed by Tom Hooper
2011 The Borgias Theo Directed by Neil Jordan
2012 Henry IV, Part II Shallow Directed by Richard Eyre
2012 The Paradise Charles Chisholm one episode
2013 Blandings Herr Schnellhund one episode
2013 What Remains Joe Sellers Directed by Coky Giedroyc
2014 Doctor Who Captain Quell Mummy on the Orient Express

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bates, Merete, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA in Manchester, The Guardian; 5 September 1973

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