David Bateson

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David Bateson
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Born (1960-02-09) 9 February 1960 (age 55)
South Africa
Occupation Actor, voice actor, comedian
Years active 1994-present
Notable credit(s) Hitman
as Agent 47

David Bateson (born 9 February 1960) is a South African-born Danish actor known best for providing the voice (and appearance) of Agent 47, the protagonist of IO Interactive's computer and video game series Hitman.


Bateson was born in South Africa to English parents.[1] He entered the acting profession before returning to Britain in 1984. He later moved to Canada and now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is also a full member of British Equity and Danish Actors Union.[2]

He landed his first role in 1994 film Prince of Jutland as Hother. He also played the part of a young sailor in the 1996 film Breaking the Waves, along with the main role in the 2002 film Debutanten.

In the Hitman game series, Bateson provided the voice and physical guide of Agent 47 and served as the character model in every entry in the series until the fifth game, Hitman: Absolution, when he stated to a member of a Hitman fan forum that "No one from IO Interactive is answering my calls, e-mails or sms."[3] Bateson would later officially confirm on his personal website that he had been "unceremoniously dropped from the franchise", and added that he was unable to make further comments due to "legal reasons".[4]

Bateson did eventually return as the voice of Agent 47 in Hitman: Absolution.[5][6]

On June 16, 2015, just one day after the announcement of Hitman (2015), David Bateson confirmed that he will once again be voicing Agent 47 in the new title via Twitter.[7]



  1. ^ "Agent 47 Speaks! An Interview With David Bateson". Thegamingliberty.com. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Complete CV for David Bateson". Official website of David Bateson. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Beefjack.com[dead link]
  4. ^ "Home". Davidbateson.dk. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  5. ^ Usher, William (2012). "David Bateson Returns To Voice Agent 47 In Hitman: Absolution". Cinema Blend. 
  6. ^ Rougeau, Michael (October 25, 2012). ""Hitman: Absolution" Goes on US Tour, Creepy Guy From "Lost" is Playing as Agent 47". Complex. 
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/ImDavidBateson/status/610776997791461379

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