David Bradley (actor)

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David Bradley
David Bradley SDCC 2014.jpg
Bradley at the 2014 Comic-Con International
Born (1942-04-17) 17 April 1942 (age 72)
York, Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–present

David John Bradley (born 17 April 1942[1]) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter film series 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, for which he won the best supporting actor award at the 2014 British Academy Television Awards, and the films Hot Fuzz and Captain America: The First Avenger. In 2013, Bradley portrayed William Hartnell, the actor who played the First Doctor, in the Doctor Who drama An Adventure in Space and Time.

Early life[edit]

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.[2]

Career[edit]

Bradley at the Harry Brown premiere in 2009.

Bradley joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed at Laurence Olivier's Royal National Theatre in 1971.[3] 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 (TV series). 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 adaptation 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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 plays Professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor turned vampire hunter in Guillermo del Toro's TV series The Strain.[7] He will voice the Lord High Admiral Suvarov in the PC RPG The Mandate.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Bradley serves as the President of Second Thoughts Drama Group, which performs in and around Stratford-upon-Avon.[9] He is an avid fan of Aston Villa and York City.[10][11] On 17 July 2012, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of Warwick.[12] On November 22, 2014, Bradley took part in a video paying tribute to his beloved Aston Villa on their 140th birthday.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1971 A Family at War Colin Woodcock Television
1995 Criminal Headmaster Television
1996 In Your Dreams Tutor Television
Band of Gold Alf Black Television - episode "Hustling"
Our Friends in the North Eddie Wells Television
A Touch of Frost Les James Television - episode "Unknown Soldiers"
1997 Reckless Arnold Springer Television mini-series
The Moth Dave Waters Television film adaptation of Catherine Cookson novel
1998 Our Mutual Friend Rogue Riderhood Television mini-series
Tom's Midnight Garden Abel
Left Luggage Concierge
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
Wild West Jake Television Series
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
2006 Lycanthropy Club owner
Ideal Stemroach Television series
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
2010 Another Year Ronnie
The Holding Cooper
The Sarah Jane Adventures Shansheeth Voice
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Argus Filch
2011, 2013 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
Won Best Supporting Actor award at the 2014 British Academy Television Awards
An Adventure in Space and Time William Hartnell Television docudrama
Nominated in Best Single Drama category at the 2014 British Academy Television Awards
The World's End Basil
2014 The Strain Professor Abraham Setrakian Television series
2014 Silk Judge Reynolds Television series
2015 Wolf Hall Thomas Howard Television series

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ David Bradley Interview: From a York childhood to Doctor Who. Retrieved 22 November 2013
  3. ^ NATIONAL THEATRE: 1970s ROB WILTON THEATRICALIA. accessed 25 July 2011.
  4. ^ Roz Laws (15 June 2007). "Harry Potter and the Magical Midlanders". Sunday Mercury. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  5. ^ George R.R. Martin (24 November 2010). "wedding guest". Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.tardistime.com/other-series-7-stars-announced/[dead link]
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "The Mandate by Perihelion Interactive LLC — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  9. ^ Second Thoughts Our President for several years now has been David Bradley.
  10. ^ "Harry Potter star Bradley: Villa Park is truly magical". Avfc.co.uk. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Potter star is potty over York City". 
  12. ^ "Honorary Graduates 2012". warwick.ac.uk. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "BAFTA-winner David Bradley on Villa's 140 years". Aston Villa. 22 November 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 

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