Jamie Bamber

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Jamie Bamber
Jamie Bamber by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Bamber at the Phoenix Comicon in May 2012
Born Jamie St John Bamber Griffith
(1973-04-03) 3 April 1973 (age 41)
Hammersmith, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Kerry Norton
Children 3

Jamie St John Bamber Griffith (born 3 April 1973) is an English actor, known for his roles as Lee Adama on Battlestar Galactica and Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin on the ITV series Law & Order: UK. He also had a supporting role in the Hornblower series and was a regular on the British series Ultimate Force and Peak Practice. In 2013, Bamber starred in the TNT medical drama Monday Mornings, and in 2014, in the Sky1 drama The Smoke.

Early life[edit]

Bamber was born in Hammersmith, London, to Elizabeth Bamber, a native of Northern Ireland, and Ralph Griffith, an American. He holds British, Irish and American citizenship.[citation needed] Bamber has five brothers and one sister, actress Anastasia Griffith.[1]

Bamber was educated at St Paul's School in London, and graduated with a first in Modern Languages (Italian and French) from St John's College, Cambridge, before attending and graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He is fluent in both languages, having spent part of his childhood in Paris.[2] Bamber appeared in the 1994 student film Shifting Sands.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Battlestar Galactica[edit]

Beginning in 2003, Bamber starred as Lee 'Apollo' Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica that started as a miniseries and served as a backdoor pilot for the 2004 television series on the US Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy). The show received critical acclaim and received a Peabody Award[4] plus a number of nominations in its four-season run; Bamber was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for Battlestar Galactica in 2004.[5]

In the role of Lee Adama, Londoner Bamber speaks with an American accent which is frequently cited for its accuracy;[6][7] he credits being exposed to his father's American accent from childhood. He also darkened his hair, in an effort to more closely resemble Edward James Olmos, who plays his character's father. Reciprocally, Olmos wore contact lenses with blue irises to match Bamber's eyes.[8]

Bamber wrote the foreword for Titan Books' Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion Season Three by David Bassom. Of the show's dramatic resonance, he said:

...that's what good drama lets us do. It allows us to see and to feel things we otherwise would not. And great drama allows us to do that on every level: the psychological, the personal and the political. I am proud to say that in the pared down world of Battlestar Galactica there is no plot, no character and no relationship that does not breathe the oxygen of all three levels at once.[9]

Other television roles[edit]

Bamber at Japan Expo in Paris in July 2009

Bamber is also well known for his role as DS Matt Devlin, the impulsive younger partner of veteran detective DS Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh) on Law & Order: UK from 2009 to 2011.[10][11]

He played Lieutenant Archibald "Archie" Kennedy in the popular ITV series Hornblower, appearing in five of the eight television films in which Kennedy (rising in ranks from midshipman to lieutenant) has a much expanded role from that essayed in C.S. Forester's novels. Bamber also appeared as a trainee doctor in the final series of long running ITV soap Peak Practice, and portrayed an SAS officer in Ultimate Force; it was on a break from the latter, which he subsequently revealed as a job that he was not entirely happy with,[12] that he traveled to Los Angeles and read for Battlestar Galactica.

Bamber guest starred in the second season premiere of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse where his character is wed to Echo (played by Eliza Dushku) during one of her missions.[13] In the BBC's Outcasts, Bamber portrayed a hot-tempered expeditionary leader amongst colonists of a distant planet in the late 21st century; though he had been offered a larger part in the series, he elected to take the supporting role in part because he was wary of following up Battlestar Galactica with another sci-fi series that bore a few similarities.[14] Other TV series in which he has made guest appearances include CSI: Miami, House, Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, The Last Detective and the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Most recently, he had recurring roles on ABC's Body of Proof and on TNT's Perception.[15][16]

He played the role of detective Caolán Longstreet in 17th Precinct,[17] a pilot by Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore described as a police drama which takes place in a world governed by magic. The pilot was not picked up by NBC for the fall 2011 season; it would have also re-united him with his Galactica co-stars James Callis[18] and Tricia Helfer.[19]

Bamber at the 2007 Scream Awards

In 2013 Bamber starred as neurosurgeon Dr. Tyler Wilson in Monday Mornings (briefly titled Chelsea General), the David E. Kelley-produced series for TNT, co-executive-produced by Sanjay Gupta and based on his novel of the same name.[20] The series debuted in February 2013; it was cancelled after one season.[21] In February-April 2014 he played the lead role of Kev Allison in The Smoke, a Kudos Television drama for Sky1 in the UK which focuses on a team of London firefighters.[22]

In July 2014, Bamber landed a multi-episode run on Rizzoli & Isles as Paul Wescourt, a successful prosecutor who is accused of killing his mistress. He made his first appearance in the season five summer finale in September 2014, and reappeared in the first episode back from the midseason hiatus in February 2015.[23]

In October 2014, Bamber was cast in a recurring role on the CBS police procedural drama series NCIS, playing Jake Malloy, a NSA attorney who is also the husband of NSA analyst-turned-NCIS Special Agent Eleanor Bishop (Emily Wickersham).[24]


Bamber played the starring role in the 2008 film Pulse 2: Afterlife,[25] a direct-to-DVD sequel to 2006's Pulse. Earlier he starred in The Devil's Tattoo (known as Ghost Rig in the US) along with Kerry Norton, who was later to become his wife.

He made his French-language acting debut in Martin Valente's Un jour mon père viendra,[26] portraying the American fiancé of the female lead played by French pop star Olivia Ruiz. According to Bamber, his character is loosely based on Andre Agassi.[27] The film also stars François Berléand and Gérard Jugnot,.[28] It was released in France in January 2012.

In May 2011, Bamber completed filming John Doe: Vigilante, an Australian production directed by Kelly Dolen. The film will be released in the United States on 21 March 2014.[29]

Stage and radio[edit]

Bamber's stage appearances include Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 at the Bristol Old Vic in 2002;[30] and in 2005 he appeared as Mephistopheles in Dr. Faustus;[31] at the Liverpool Playhouse.

He has also acted in radio serials; major roles include Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited and Philip in Where Angels Fear to Tread for BBC Radio 4.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Bamber is married to English actress and singer Kerry Norton. The couple have three daughters: Isla and identical twins Darcy and Ava.[33]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Lady Audley's Secret George Talboys Television film
2001 Devil's Tattoo, TheThe Devil's Tattoo Tom Released as Ghost Rig in the US
2007 Battlestar Galactica: Razor Lee 'Apollo' Adama Television film
2008 Pulse 2: Afterlife Stephen Direct-to-DVD
2012 Un jour mon père viendra Stephen Astarti
2012 Filly Brown Sam
2012 Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse Robin Hood Voice; direct-to-DVD
2013 Before I Sleep Paul
2014 John Doe: Vigilante John Doe
2015 Better Half, TheThe Better Half Jeff Ryan In post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1998–2001 Hornblower Lieutenant Archie Kennedy 5 episodes
1999 Scarlet Pimpernel, TheThe Scarlet Pimpernel Lord Tony Dewhurst Episode: "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
2000 Agatha Christie's Poirot Ralph Paton Episode: "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd"
2001 Bob Martin James Episode: "Big Break"
2001 Band of Brothers 2nd Lt. Jack Foley Miniseries; 3 episodes
2001–02 Peak Practice Dr. Matt Kendal 8 episodes
2002–03 Ultimate Force Lt. Dennis "Dotsy" Doheny 8 episodes
2002 Daniel Deronda Hans Meyrick Miniseries; 3 episodes
2003 Battlestar Galactica Lee 'Apollo' Adama Miniseries; 2 episodes
2004–09 Battlestar Galactica Lee 'Apollo' Adama Main cast; 68 episodes
2007 Cold Case Jack Kimball Episode: "Blood on the Tracks"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Bryan Curtis Episode: "The Walk-In"
2007 Last Detective, TheThe Last Detective Luke Clayhill Episode: "Dangerous' Liaisons"
2009–11 Law & Order: UK DS Matt Devlin Main cast (series 1–5); 32 episodes
2009 Dollhouse Martin Klar Episode: "Vows"
2011 Outcasts Mitchell Hoban Episode: "Episode 1"
2011 CSI: Miami Ronnie Hale Episode: "Blown Away"
2011 House Bob Harris Episode: "The Confession"
2012 Body of Proof Aiden Welles 3 episodes
2012 Perception Dr. Michael Hathaway 3 episodes
2013 Monday Mornings Dr. Tyler Wilson Main cast; 10 episodes
2014 Smoke, TheThe Smoke Kev Allison Main cast; 8 episodes
2014–present Rizzoli & Isles Paul Wescourt 2 episodes
2014–present NCIS Jake Malloy 2 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Star Trek Continues Mr. Simone Episode: "Pilgrim of Eternity"
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional voices
2013 Dead Rising 3 Simon Merkin Voice


  1. ^ April MacIntyre (15 August 2007). "A chat with FX 'Damages' Anastasia Griffith". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  2. ^ "Biography: Jamie Bamber". TCM.com. 
  3. ^ Shifting Sands official website, with video clips of Bamber
  4. ^ ""Battlestar Galactica" Wins Peabody Award". TV Fodder. 7 April 2006. 
  5. ^ "Jamie Bamber's Awards". Internet Movie Database. 
  6. ^ "Today's Pop Five: MamaChockley's top American accents". USA Today. 28 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Best And Worst Fake American Accents From Scifi’s Army Of Brits". io9. 4 August 2008. 
  8. ^ "Edward James Olmos faking eye color". Battlestar Blog. 27 March 2005. 
  9. ^ Bassom, David; Bamber, Jamie (foreword) (August 2007). Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion Season Three. Titan Books. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-8457-6478-4. 
  10. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin; Jennifer Godwin (20 July 2008). "Exclusive: Holy Frak! Battlestar Galactica '​s Jamie Bamber to Star in Law & Order: UK". Watch with Kristin. E! Online. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  11. ^ Walmsley, Clare. "Law & Order gets UK makeover", BBC News, 22 February 2009.
  12. ^ "Jamie Bamber Galactica.TV Interview, MegaCon 2007". Galactica.tv. 8 March 2007. 
  13. ^ Phillips, Jevon (25 September 2009). "'Dollhouse': Jamie Bamber talks about his marriage to Eliza Dushku's Echo". Los Angeles Times. 
  14. ^ "Jamie Bamber Talks 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Outcasts' and 'Law & Order: UK'". AOL TV. 17 June 2011. 
  15. ^ Ausiello, Michael (17 October 2011). "Body of Proof Exclusive: Battlestar Galactica '​s Jamie Bamber to Romance Dana Delany". TVLine. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "'EXCLUSIVE: 'Battlestar's' Jamie Bamber Nabs TNT Role, 'Caprica' Vet Invades 'Alphas' & Intel on 'Blood and Chrome'". AOL TV. 22 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "PILOT CASTINGS: Rob Huebel Gets Fox's 'Family Album' After FX Passes On 'USS Alabama', Jamie Bamber To '17th Precinct'". Deadline. 15 February 2011. 
  18. ^ "Enrique Murciano, Rebecca Mader & James Callis Among Latest Pilot Cast Additions". Deadline. 3 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "'Battlestar' Alumna Tricia Helfer Joins Ron Moore's NBC Pilot '17th Precinct'". Deadline. 4 March 2011. 
  20. ^ "'PILOT CASTINGS: Jamie Bamber In 'Chelsea General', Two Join Sarah Silverman Comedy'". Deadline.com. 2 February 2012. 
  21. ^ "'TNT Picks Up David E. Kelley/Sanjay Gupta Medical Pilot ‘Monday Mornings’ To Series'". Deadline.com. 8 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "Battlestar Galactica’s Jamie Bamber Cast In Sky1′s ‘The Smoke’". TV Wise. 23 March 2013. .
  23. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (1 July 2014). "Battlestar Alum Jamie Bamber Books a Killer Rizzoli & Isles Arc". TVLine. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  24. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (14 October 2014). "NCIS Casts Battlestar Galactica Alum Jamie Bamber as Bishop's Husband". TVLine. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  25. ^ Pulse 2: Afterlife at Internet Movie Database
  26. ^ Un jour mon père viendra, uniFrance
  27. ^ "A quick chat with Jamie Bamber". What's On TV. 6 September 2010. 
  28. ^ "Olivia Ruiz : Son premier rôle au cinéma". Premiere. 21 July 2010. 
  29. ^ "John Doe: Vigilante – In Theaters 3.21.14!". Main Street Films. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  30. ^ "SciFi Channel Bio: Jamie Bamber". 
  31. ^ Review of Dr. Faustus from thestage.co.uk
  32. ^ Jamie Bamber's radio appearances
  33. ^ "'The Internet's Sexiest Guys'". People Magazine. 2006-11-15. 

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