David Bradley (actor)
David Bradley at the 2015 Comic-Con International
|Born||David John Bradley
17 April 1942
York, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
David John Bradley (born 17 April 1942) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter film series, Walder Frey in the HBO series Game of Thrones and Abraham Setrakian in The Strain, 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, The World's End 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.
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.
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 successful 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.
Bradley 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.
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 2006 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 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, 2013 and 2016, 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.
From 2014, Bradley plays Professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor turned vampire hunter in Guillermo del Toro's TV series The Strain. He will voice the Lord High Admiral Suvarov in the PC RPG The Mandate.
Bradley serves as the President of Second Thoughts Drama Group, which performs in and around Stratford-upon-Avon. On 17 July 2012, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Warwick.
TV and filmography
|1971||A Family at War||Colin Woodcock||Television|
|1987||Prick Up Your Ears||Undertaker|
|1992||Between the Lines||Sgt. Harry Ross||Television – episode "Lies and Damned Lies"|
|Screenplay||Mr Preach||Television – episode "Bad Girl"|
|1994||Martin Chuzzlewit||David Crimple||Television mini-series|
|Performance||Barnadine||Television – episode "Measure for Measure"|
|Screen Two||Headmaster||Television – episode "Criminal"|
|1995||Casualty||Stanmore||Television – episode "Hit & Run"|
|The Vet||Dick Sims||Television – episode "Relative Vaules"|
|1996||In Your Dreams||Tutor||Television|
|Wycliffe||Joe Mawnan||Television – episode "Total Loss"|
|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|
|Vanity Fair||Sir Pitt Crawley||Television mini-series|
|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|
|2003||Midsomer Murders||The Green Man||Television Series Season VII ep.1 The Green Man|
|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|
|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|
|The Sarah Jane Adventures||Shansheeth||Voice|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2||Argus Filch|
|2011–2016||Game of Thrones||Walder Frey||Television series
Guest role; 5 episodes
Nominated for Best TV Villain at the 2013 IGN Awards
|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"
|2012–2014||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–present||The Strain||Professor Abraham Setrakian||Television series|
|2014||Silk||Judge Reynolds||Television series|
|2016||Christ the Lord||Old Rabbi||Post-production|
- "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- David Bradley Interview: From a York childhood to Doctor Who. Retrieved 22 November 2013
- NATIONAL THEATRE: 1970s ROB WILTON THEATRICALIA. accessed 25 July 2011.
- Roz Laws (15 June 2007). "Harry Potter and the Magical Midlanders". Sunday Mercury. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 25 February 2009.
- George R.R. Martin (24 November 2010). "wedding guest". Retrieved 24 November 2010.
- http://www.tardistime.com/other-series-7-stars-announced/[dead link]
- 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.
- "The Mandate by Perihelion Interactive LLC — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
- Harvey-Ball, Thom (23 March 2015). "New Supporter – David Bradley!".
- Second Thoughts Our President for several years now has been David Bradley.
- "Honorary Graduates 2012". warwick.ac.uk. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- "Harry Potter star Bradley: Villa Park is truly magical". Avfc.co.uk. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
- "Potter star is potty over York City".
- "BAFTA-winner David Bradley on Villa's 140 years". Aston Villa. 22 November 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
- David Bradley at the Internet Movie Database
- Podcast interview with David Bradley on his career Interview with David Bradley on the occasion of receiving his Honorary Degree from the University of Warwick