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6 August 1982 |
Stockport, England, UK
In 2001, Davies took over the role of Robert Sugden, a longstanding character first introduced in 1986. The role had initially been played by Richard Smith (1986–89) before being taken by Christopher Smith, who held the position from 1989–2001. The change was made by series producers to allow them to engage Robert in a number of more mature story lines.
His first episode was broadcast in August 2001. The change in actor allowed the character to be developed and he soon became involved in a number of controversial storylines, most involving a long running feud with his adoptive brother Andy Sugden. He also became known for a number of romantic storylines, with Robert having an increasing number of sexual partners including Donna Windsor, Andy's wife Katie Sugden and 15-year-old Debbie Dingle, the mother of Andy's daughter. As one of the young male characters in the show he was invited to take part in a soap calendar for Now Magazine in 2004 alongside fellow actors Ben Freeman and Kelvin Fletcher.
The character's final romantic storyline involved an affair with the married Sadie King, played by Patsy Kensit. This storyline received media attention when Kensit reportedly objected to a relationship with a younger actor believing her character should be portrayed as a "more sophisticated man-eater". Kensit however clarified the reasons for this in an interview with Leeds Today News stating "When I first heard about the storyline, I said 'but he looks like one of James's friends, so boyish and young'. But Karl is so adorable and we had a lot of fun filming those scenes".
The brotherly feud which dominated much of Davies' time on the show was used by producers as the vehicle for a high profile attempt to compete with rival soap EastEnders in the television ratings war and to secure Emmerdale's place as the second most popular soap opera in the UK. The chosen storyline involved Andy's attempts to kill Robert which led to his father, Jack Sugden being shot. The story was to prove a success securing viewing figures of 7.6 million compared with 6.4 million for EastEnders. This was the first time Emmerdale has secured such a ratings victory.
Along with the production of Dolphins, Davies also spent 2006 filming an ITV television series, Kingdom, opposite Stephen Fry, Celia Imrie, Hermione Norris and Tony Slattery. It followed the story of a solicitor (Fry) living in a quiet seaside village in Norfolk. Davies played a trainee solicitor Lyle Anderson, who dreams of escaping Market Shipborough, where the show is set, to work in the city. The first series aired in 2007 and the second began in January 2008.
In 2010, Davies played multiple characters on stage in the Tricycle Theatre's ambitious, "The Great Game: Afghanistan." The play consists of twelve separate one-act plays (each by a different author) about Afghanistan. The production's US tour includes stops in Washington, D.C., Berkeley, Minneapolis and New York City. Davies appears in four segments, frequently as a soldier.
Prior to becoming a professional actor Davies enjoyed extreme sports and competed in climbing competitions at the age of 14, 15 and 16 but never pursued this further than local competitions at a junior level. He has expressed a love of extreme sports such as snowboarding and skiing. However, during his time on Emmerdale he has publicly stated that he was prevented from participating in these activities by the producers. His only real exception to this was as part of the annual charity fund-raising event in Inverurie where he was allowed to go wing walking on a biplane, an experience he greatly enjoyed.
Davies has revealed that his role in Emmerdale has led to much greater public recognition and that the reaction from fans of the show has been mixed. He has been insulted and slapped in the street by strangers who have been unable to tell him from the character he plays. However, he has also developed a following amongst gay viewers and has admitted that he receives a lot of fan mail from male viewers.
|2006||Me and Her||Damien||Short Film|
|2007||Dolphins||Brent Black||Feature film|
|2009||Spunkbubble||Tech Officer Harris||Short Film|
|2014||Black Sea||Liam||Feature film|
|2014||The Quiet Hour||Jude|
|2014||Home for Christmas||Matt Jones|
|2000||Fat Friends||Rick Ashburn||1 episode: Fat Chance|
|2000–2001||Peak Practice||Nick Pullen||Series Regular (9–11)|
|2001||The Bill||Danny Lloyd||1 episode: Crush|
|2002||The Hidden City||Clive||21 episodes|
|2001–05, 2009||Emmerdale||Robert Sugden||Series Regular|
|2007–09||Kingdom||Lyle Anderson||Series Regular|
|2007||A Very British Sex Scandal||Johnny Reynolds|
|2008||The Unsinkable Titanic||John 'Jack' G. Phillips|
|2010||Midsomer Murders||Luke Woodley||1 episode: The Made for Measure Murder|
|2011||The Case||Dan Stanley||5 episodes|
|2012||Game of Thrones||Alton Lannister||3 episodes|
|2013||The Syndicate||Luke Summers||Series 2|
|2014||Castles in the Sky||Skip Wilkins|
|2014||Happy Valley||Daniel Cawood||3 episodes|
|2014||The Crimson Field||L/Cpl Lawrence Prentiss||2 episodes|
|2015||My Mad Fat Diary||Rob||3 episodes|
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- "The Great Game: Afghanistan, USA Tour". Tricycle. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
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- "I've been slapped, called a pig... by viewers". Sunday Mail. 20 May 2004. Retrieved 3 March 2007.
- Emmerdale: The Sugden Family Album