David Bower

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David Bower
Born 1969
Wrexham, North Wales
Years active 1994-2011

David Bower (born 1969) is a Welsh actor, best known for his role as David in the hit romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. Born in Wrexham, North Wales, he is deaf and took his degree in the Theatre of the Deaf. After university he joined what became the Signdance Collective working as sign dancer and choreographer.[1] The collective was re-established in 2001 with Bower as Artistic Director and Isolte Avila as Dance Director. In 2012 the collective is devising a new production "Desire", featuring the songs of the band Dead Days Beyond Help, which will premier at the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon from 13–19 April 2012.[2]

In addition to film and television, Bower has also performed in radio plays for the BBC.

Early life[edit]

Bower's deafness started with complications at birth which could have been fatal, but was not diagnosed until he was five years old. From that age he wore body hearing aids, bulky transistor radio-style devices. He later attended the Mary Hare Grammar School near his home in Berkshire. Although supported by a very caring family, Bower found himself bullied by both hearing children and other deaf children. In 1986, after attending a loud rock music gig and developed tinnitus which affected the nature of his residual hearing. His deafness progressed and years later he became profoundly deaf.[2]

Credits[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Year Title Format Role Notes
1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral Film David
1996 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates Television series Malcolm Stone Episode: Eye Witness
1998 Casualty Television series Kevin Healy Episode: It's Good to Talk
2011 Little Voices Film Quint

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quasimodo A collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and the Graeae Theatre Company.
2010 A Small Piece of Silence Joe Afternoon Play for BBC Radio 4.
2010 Dragonfly Cal Afternoon Play for BBC Radio 4.
2013 Bad Elvis Aidan Afternoon Play for BBC Radio 4.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], 13 Questions: actor David Bower.
  2. ^ a b Coming Home, interview with David Bower in Connect Magazine, Spring 2012, published by NDCS.

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