David Bradley (actor)
Bradley in July 2013
17 April 1942 |
York, Yorkshire, England
David John Bradley (born 17 April 1942) is an English actor and comedian. He is best known for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films and Walder Frey in the HBO series Game of Thrones, though he is also an established stage actor with a career that includes a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in a production of King Lear. Other acting credits include the BBC series Our Friends in the North, the ITV series Broadchurch, and the films Hot Fuzz and Captain America: The First Avenger. In 2013, he portrayed William Hartnell, the actor who portrayed the First Doctor, in the Doctor Who docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time.
Bradley was born in York, where he attended the Catholic St George's Secondary Modern School at which he was a member of the choir. He first performed on stage in musical productions as a member of a youth club and with the Rowntree Youth Theatre. Upon leaving school he completed a five-year apprenticeship with the optical instruments maker Cooke, Troughton & Simms and he remained with the firm until 1966 when he moved to London to train as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Bradley joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed at Laurence Olivier's Royal National Theatre in 1971. He first appeared on television that year, as a police officer in the successful comedy Nearest and Dearest. He was awarded a Laurence Olivier Award in 1991 for his supporting role in King Lear at the Royal National Theatre. He appeared in the Royal National Theatre's 1997 production of The Homecoming, as well as productions of The Caretaker at Sheffield Theatres and the Tricycle Theatre from 2006 to 2007.
Bradley starred as Jake in the BBC comedy series Wild West. He played fictional Labour Member of Parliament Eddie Wells in the 1996 award-winning BBC Two serial Our Friends in the North. In 1996, he appeared as gangster Alf Black in Band of Gold. In 1998, he appeared in the BBC adaptations of Vanity Fair as the miserly Sir Pitt Crawley, and Our Mutual Friend as the villainous Rogue Riderhood. Other television appearances include the 2001 series The Way We Live Now, directed by David Yates, who would work with Bradley five years later on the Harry Potter films.
Bradley acted in the 2004 musical drama serial Blackpool on BBC One. He appeared in the 2005 BBC drama Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, playing the part of a morose coach driver who takes an unruly party of pupils on a trip to Salisbury Cathedral, and the 2006 BBC drama Sweeney Todd. He had a small part in a 2006 episode of the series Taggart. In 2006, he played Tom in the Midsomer Murders episode "The Green Man". He appeared as the electrolarynx-using gangster Stemroach in the BBC comedy series Ideal and as Electric in the BBC's Thieves Like Us, as well as the BBC One series True Dare Kiss. He starred in the theatre production Reckless, and in the film Lycanthropy as the owner of a nightclub hosting a gang of werewolf-inspired criminals.
Bradley appeared in the 2002 film Nicholas Nickleby, and had a small role in the 2007 comedy film Hot Fuzz as a farmer that illegally hoards weapons. He played Cohen the Barbarian in a Sky One adaptation of The Colour of Magic. In 2008, he appeared as Spooner in a production of No Man's Land at the Gate Theatre, which later transferred to London's West End.
In 2009, Bradley appeared as an animal rights activist in the popular BBC drama Ashes to Ashes, and appeared in BBC's The Street later that year. Bradley portrayed Will Somers, Henry VIII's court fool, in an episode of the Showtime series The Tudors in 2009. In 2010, he appeared in the film Another Year, which earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor from the London Film Critics Circle Awards. In 2011, and again in 2013, Bradley appeared as Lord Walder Frey in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Bradley played Solomon, a ruthless buccaneer, in the 2012 Doctor Who episode "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship". He previously provided voice work for The Sarah Jane Adventures serial Death of the Doctor. It was announced in January 2013 that Bradley had been cast as actor William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time, a BBC docudrama about the creation of Doctor Who in 1963. The special aired in November 2013, adding to the buildup to the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who later that month.
Bradley will play Professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor turned vampire hunter in Guillermo del Toro's TV series The Strain. He will voice the Lord High Admiral Suvarov in the PC RPG The Mandate.
Bradley serves as the President of Second Thoughts Drama Group, which performs in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. He is an avid fan of Aston Villa and York City. On 17 July 2012, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of Warwick.
|1971||A Family at War||Colin Woodcock||Television|
|1996||In Your Dreams||Tutor||Television|
|Our Friends in the North||Eddie Wells||Television|
|1997||Reckless||Arnold Springer||Television mini-series|
|The Moth||Dave Waters||Made-for-television film|
|1998||Our Mutual Friend||Rogue Riderhood||Television mini-series|
|Tom's Midnight Garden||Abel|
|2000||The King Is Alive||Henry|
|2001||The Way We Live Now||Mr. Broune||Television mini-series|
|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||Argus Filch|
|Gabriel and Me||Granddad|
|Blow Dry||Noah Thwaite|
|2002||This Is Not a Love Song||Mr Bellamy|
|Nicholas Nickleby||Nigel Bray|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Argus Filch|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Argus Filch|
|Exorcist: The Beginning||Father Gionetti|
|2005||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Argus Filch|
|2007||Hot Fuzz||Arthur Webley|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Argus Filch|
|2008||I Know You Know||Mr. Fisher|
|The Daisy Chain||Sean Cryan|
|The Colour of Magic||Cohen the Barbarian|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Argus Filch|
|Harry Brown||Leonard Attwell|
|The Tudors||Will Somers||Television series|
|The Sarah Jane Adventures||Shansheeth||Voice|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Argus Filch|
|Game of Thrones||Walder Frey||Television series
Episode 1.9 – "Baelor"
Episode 3.9 – "The Rains of Castamere"
Episode 3.10 – "Mhysa"
|2011||Waking the Dead||George Barlow||Television series|
|Captain America: The First Avenger||Tower Keeper|
|2012||World Without End||Brother Joseph||TV miniseries|
|Bad Education||Ennis||Television series|
|2012–2013||Prisoners' Wives||Francesca's Father||Television series|
|2012||Benidorm||Stan Garvey||Television series|
|Doctor Who||Solomon||Television series
Episode 7.2 – "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"
|Mount Pleasant||Charlie||Television series|
|2013||Broadchurch||Jack Marshall||Television series|
|An Adventure in Space and Time||William Hartnell||Television docudrama|
|The World's End||Basil|
|2014||The Strain||Professor Abraham Setrakian||Television series|
- "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- David Bradley Interview: From a York childhood to Doctor Who. Retrieved 22 November 2013
- NATIONAL THEATRE: 1970s ROB WILTON THEATRICALIA. accessed 25 July 2011.
- Roz Laws (15 June 2007). "Harry Potter and the Magical Midlanders". Sunday Mercury. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
- George R.R. Martin (24 November 2010). "wedding guest". Retrieved 24 November 2010.
- http://www.tardistime.com/other-series-7-stars-announced/[dead link]
- Ng, Philiana (November 21, 2013). "FX's 'The Strain' Casts 'Harry Potter's' David Bradley to Replace John Hurt". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
- http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1964463742/the-mandate. Missing or empty
- Second Thoughts Our President for several years now has been David Bradley.
- "Harry Potter star Bradley: Villa Park is truly magical". Avfc.co.uk. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
- "Potter star is potty over York City".
- "Honorary Graduates 2012". warwick.ac.uk. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- David Bradley at the Internet Movie Database
- Podcast interview with David Bradley on his career Interview with David Bradley on the occasion of receiving his Honorary Degree from the University of Warwick