David Bradley (English actor)
David John Bradley
17 April 1942
|Education||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
David John Bradley (born 17 April 1942) is an English actor. He is known for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter film series, Walder Frey in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, Abraham Setrakian in the FX horror series The Strain, and for voicing Merlin in Guillermo del Toro’s animated Netflix series Tales of Arcadia (for which he won an Annie Award for Best Voice Actor in a Television Series). 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.
In 2012, Bradley played Solomon in the Doctor Who episode "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship". In 2013, he portrayed William Hartnell, the actor who played the First Doctor, in the Doctor Who docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time. He returned to Doctor Who in 2017, appearing as the First Doctor in "The Doctor Falls" and "Twice Upon a Time". Since January 2018, he has reprised the role in a series of audio stories released by Big Finish entitled The First Doctor Adventures.
Bradley was born in York, where he attended the Catholic St George's Secondary Modern School, where 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 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 National Theatre Company in the early 1970s. He first appeared on television in 1971, as a police officer in the comedy Nearest and Dearest. He was awarded a Laurence Olivier Award in 1991 for his supporting role as the Fool 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. In 2005 he played the title role in Nicholas Hynter's production of Henry IV Parts One and Two at the Olivier Theatre, London.
Bradley played fictional Labour Member of Parliament Eddie Wells in the 1996 BBC Two serial Our Friends in the North. Also 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.
From 2002–04, Bradley starred as Jake in the BBC comedy series Wild West. 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 role 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 role in a 2005 episode of the series Taggart. In 2003, 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 in 2007–08.
Bradley appeared in the 2002 film Nicholas Nickleby, and had a small role in the 2007 comedy film Hot Fuzz as a farmer who illegally hoards weapons. He played Cohen the Barbarian in a Sky One adaptation of The Colour of Magic in 2008. That same year he appeared as Spooner in a production of No Man's Land at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, which later transferred to London's West End.
In 2009, Bradley appeared in Ashes to Ashes, playing an animal rights activist, and in The Street, both on BBC. 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. From 2011 to 2017, 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.
In 2017, Bradley joined the cast of Guillermo del Toro’s animated Netflix series Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia playing the role of Merlin. In 2021, he received an Annie Award for Best Voice Actor in a Television Role for his role in the final chapter of the trilogy, Wizards: Tales of Arcadia.
In 2017, in the final episode of the tenth series of Doctor Who, "The Doctor Falls", Bradley returned to portray the First Doctor, having previously portrayed Hartnell, who originally played the character. He reprised the role in the 2017 Christmas special, "Twice Upon a Time", in an audio series for Big Finish Productions titled Doctor Who: The First Doctor Adventures alongside his An Adventure in Space and Time cast, and in the Immersive Theatre show Doctor Who: Time Fracture. This makes him the third actor to play the role in the television programme, after William Hartnell and Richard Hurndall since the premiere of Doctor Who in 1963, and at the age of 75, he is the also the oldest actor to play the role of the Doctor.
In 2021, it was announced that Bradley would be joining the cast of Allelujah, a film adaptation of Alan Bennet's play of the same name directed by Richard Eyre, which will star Jennifer Saunders, Bally Gill, Russell Tovey, Derek Jacobi, and Judi Dench.
Bradley married his wife Rosanna in 1978. They have three children. His eldest son, George, is an architect, who has featured on the ITV series Love Your Home and Garden alongside Alan Titchmarsh. His daughter, Francesca, works in casting, having worked on Michael Bay's 6 Underground. David has said that it was his daughter who turned his attention to the Harry Potter film franchise and coached him for the role of Argus Filch.
Bradley is the president of Second Thoughts Drama Group, which performs in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick (17 July 2012) and York St John University (19 November 2015).
|1979||The Frisco Kid||Julius Rosensheine|
|1983||Tartuffe, or The Imposter||Cleante||TV film|
|1987||Prick Up Your Ears||Undertaker|
|1996||In Your Dreams||Tutor||TV film|
|Kiss and Tell||Superintendent Hines||TV film|
|1997||The Moth||Dave Waters||TV film|
|Reckless: The Movie||Arnold Springer||TV film|
|1999||Tom's Midnight Garden||Abel|
|Doomwatch: Winter Angel||Angel||TV film, voice role|
|2000||The King Is Alive||Henry|
|Gabriel & Me||Grandad|
|Station Jim||Elliot||TV film|
|Murphy's Law||Hatcher Snr.||TV film|
|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone||Argus Filch|
|Sweet Dreams||Jim||TV film|
|2002||This Is Not a Love Song||Mr. Bellamy|
|The Intended||The Priest|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Argus Filch|
|Nicholas Nickleby||Nigel Bray|
|Pas de Trois||Porter||Short|
|2003||The Mayor of Casterbridge||Councillor Vatt||TV film|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Argus Filch|
|Exorcist: The Beginning||Father Gionetti|
|2005||Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle||Archie||TV film|
|Red Mercury||Neil Ashton|
|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire||Argus Filch|
|2006||Sweeney Todd||Sweeney's Father||TV film|
|2007||Hot Fuzz||Arthur Webley|
|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix||Argus Filch|
|2008||The Daisy Chain||Sean Cryan|
|I Know You Know||Mr. Fisher|
|2009||Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince||Argus Filch|
|Harry Brown||Leonard Attwell|
|2011||Lucy and the Attack of the Malevolon||Narrator||Short, voice role|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2||Argus Filch|
|Captain America: The First Avenger||Church Keeper|
|2012||Bad Sugar||Ralphfred Cauldwell||TV film|
|2013||The World's End||"Mad" Basil|
|An Adventure in Space and Time||William Hartnell||TV film|
|2016||The Young Messiah||Old Rabbi|
|Broadcast Signal Intrusion||James' Father||Short|
|Edmund the Magnificent||Farmer||Short|
|2018||Await Further Instructions||Grandad|
|2020||Doctors Assemble||The First Doctor||Short, voice role|
|Jolt||Gareth Fizel||Amazon Prime|
|Emily the little match girl||Harry Smith||Animated Feature|
|2022||Pinocchio||Mister Geppetto (voice)||Post-production|
|1971||Nearest and Dearest||2nd Policeman||Episode: "Barefaced in the Park"|
|A Family at War||Colin Woodcock||Recurring role|
|1972||ITV Sunday Night Theatre||Parker Street Goalie||Episode: "Another Sunday and Sweet F.A"|
|Thirty-Minute Theatre||The Evangelist||Episode: "That Quiet Earth"|
|1976||Bill Brand||Peter Malone||Episode: "August for the Party"|
|1978||The Professionals||Tony Kristo||Episode: "Close Quarters"|
|1980||Coronation Street||Detective Sergeant Simms||1 episode|
|1981||Play for Today||Communist speaker||Episode: "The Union"|
|BBC2 Playhouse||Wike||Episode: "Clapperclaw"|
|Barman||Episode: "Findings on a Late Afternoon"|
|1982||Frost in May||Rambler||Episode: "The Lost Traveller"|
|1985||One by One||Mr. Fazakerly||Episode: "To Hear the Sea Maid's Music"|
|Theatre Night||Charron||Episode: "Molière"|
|1986||King of the Ghetto||Ralph||Mini-series|
|1989||Shadow of the Noose||Edward Lawrence||Episode: "Gun in Hand"|
|The Play on One||Harry||Episode: "A Master of the Marionettes"|
|1992||ScreenPlay||Mr. Preach||Episode: "Bad Girl"|
|Between the Lines||Sergeant Harry Ross||Episode: "Lies and Damned Lies"|
|1993||Full Stretch||Don Naylor||Episode: "Deals on Wheels"|
|The Buddha of Suburbia||Helen's Father||Mini-series|
|1994||Screen Two||Headmaster||Episode: "Criminal"|
|Performance||Barnadine||Episode: "Measure for Measure"|
|Martin Chuzzlewit||David Crimple||Mini-series|
|1995||The Vet||Dick Sims||Episode: "Relative Values"|
|Casualty||Stanmore||Episode: "Hit and Run"|
|1996||A Touch of Frost||Les James||Episode: "Unknown Soldiers"|
|Band of Gold||Alf||Episode: "Hustling"|
|Our Friends in the North||Eddie Wells||Series regular|
|Wycliffe||Joe Mawnan||Episode: "Total Loss"|
|Cracker||Frank Carter||Episode: "White Ghost"|
|1997||Reckless||Arnold Springer||Series regular|
|Bramwell||Charles Matthews||1 episode|
|1998||Our Mutual Friend||Rogue Riderhood||Mini-series|
|Where the Heart Is||Derek Woodford||Episode: "She Goes On"|
|Vanity Fair||Sir Pitt Crawley||Mini-series|
|The Canterbury Tales||January||Animated series, voice role|
|2000||The Wilsons||Ray Wilson||Series regular|
|Black Cab||Gerald||Episode: "Marriage Guidance"|
|The Way We Live Now||Mr. Broune||Mini-series|
|2002-2004||Wild West||Old Jake Trethowan||Series regular|
|2003||Midsomer Murders||Tom||Episode: "The Green Man"|
|Charles II: The Power and the Passion||Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey||1 episode|
|Blue Dove||Max Turnbull||Mini-series|
|Murphy's Law||Hatcher Snr.||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2006||Taggart||Elijah Buckland||Episode: "Law"|
|2007||Thieves Like Us||Electric||Recurring role|
|True Dare Kiss||Stanley Tyler||Recurring role|
|2008||The Colour of Magic||Cohen the Barbarian||Episode: "Part 2: The Light Fantastic"|
|The Invisibles||'Knacker' Locke||Mini-series|
|2009||The Tudors||Will (Court Fool)||Episode: "Problems in the Reformation"|
|Ashes to Ashes||Robin Elliot||1 episode|
|The Street||Joe||Episode: "Meet the Parents"|
|2010||Arena||Various roles||Episode: "Harold Pinter: A Celebration"|
|Five Daughters||Patrick Palmer||Mini-series|
|New Tricks||Simon Beswick/John Plummer||Episode: "Dead Man Talking"|
|The Sarah Jane Adventures||Shansheeth Blue||Episode: "Death of the Doctor"|
|2011||Waking the Dead||George Barlow||Episode: "Waterloo"|
|2011-2017||Game of Thrones||Walder Frey||Recurring role|
|2012||Doctor Who||Solomon||Episode: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship|
|Eternal Law||Mack Steen||1 episode|
|Benidorm||Stan Garvey||1 episode|
|The Hollow Crown||Gardener||Episode: "Richard II"|
|Bad Education||Ennis||Episode: "School Trip"|
|World Without End||Brother Joseph||Recurring role|
|2012-2013||Prisoners' Wives||Frank||Recurring role|
|2012-2014||Mount Pleasant||Charlie||Series regular|
|2013||Broadchurch||Jack Marshall||Recurring role|
|2014||Silk||LJ Reynolds||1 episode|
|2014-2017||The Strain||Abraham Setrakian||Series regular|
|2016||Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands||Gorrik||1 episode|
|Medici||Bardi||Episode: "The Dome and the Domicile"|
|2017||Doctor Who||First Doctor||in Twice Upon a Time as a replacement of William Hartnell|
|2017-2019||Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia||Merlin||Series regular, voice role|
|2018||Hang Ups||Frank Ellerby||1 episode|
|2018-2019||Les Misérables||Gillenormand||Series regular|
|2019-2022||After Life||Ray Johnson||Series regular|
|2020||Gangs of London||Jim||1 episode|
|Wizards: Tales of Arcadia||Merlin||Animated series, voice role|
|2021||Adventure Time: Distant Lands||Old Finn||Episode: "Together Again"|
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