David Calder (actor)

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David Calder
Calder at the National Theatre Studio on 3 November 2009
David Ian Calder

(1946-08-01) 1 August 1946 (age 77)
Years active1970—present

David Ian Calder (born 1 August 1946) is an English actor.

Life and career[edit]

Calder was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.[1] His most high-profile TV roles include Det. Insp. George Resnick in the crime series Widows and Nathan Spring in the sci-fi drama Star Cops.[2][3] In 1989, he appeared in the TV adaptation of the David Lodge novel Nice Work.[1] In 2012 he portrayed Captain Edward Smith in the ITV mini-series Titanic.[4] From 2005–06, he took on the role of PC George Dixon in the radio adaptation of the BBC's long running television series Dixon of Dock Green.[5]

Other TV credits include: Crown Court, Boys from the Blackstuff, The Professionals, Enemy at the Door, Minder, Bergerac, The New Statesman, Between the Lines, Bramwell, Cracker, Dalziel and Pascoe, Heartbeat, Sleepers, Spooks, Midsomer Murders, Hustle, Waking the Dead, Wallis & Edward, A Touch of Frost, Cold Blood, Burn Up, Lewis and Houdini.[6] He also appeared as Harold Hardman, the Manchester United chairman at the time of the Munich air disaster in 1958, in the TV drama United, aired by the BBC in April 2011.[7] In 2013, he played Mr Reid in The Wrong Mans.[1]

Calder appeared as Sir Robert King in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.[8] His other film appearances include Moonlighting (1982), Defence of the Realm (1986), American Friends (1991), Hollow Reed (1996), FairyTale: A True Story (1997), The King Is Alive (2000), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) and Rush (2013).[9]

In 1979, Calder appeared in a public information film as a crime prevention officer, asking people to consider how they would get into their own home if they lost their keys. The PIF, which was used to encourage people to make their homes secure, and to contact their crime prevention officer for advice, ran until at least 1985. In February 2010, Calder played Stuart Bell in the television film On Expenses.[10]

In October 2016, Calder played Gus, in The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner at the Hampstead Theatre.[11]

In October 2016, he appeared as Mr Bruff in the BBC mini-series The Moonstone and from October 2017 in the title role of Julius Caesar at the new Bridge Theatre.[12][13] This production was broadcast by National Theatre Live in March 2018.[14]

Also in 2018, Calder played a closeted gay man suffering from dementia on BBC's Call the Midwife.[15]

Calder plays Father Michael in upcoming World War I film The Last Front.


Year Title Role Notes
1970 The Meatrack J.C.
1978 Superman 3rd Crewman (Superman's 1st Night)
1979 All the Fun of the Fair Pat Collins
1982 Moonlighting Supermarket Manager
1986 Defence of the Realm Harry Champion
1991 American Friends Pollitt
1996 Hollow Reed Martin's Lawyer
1997 FairyTale: A True Story Harold Snelling
1999 The World Is Not Enough Sir Robert King
2000 The King Is Alive Charles
2001 Mr In-Between Tattooed Man
2006 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Bishop of Grasse
2006 Goya's Ghosts Monk 1
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Roger Wilson
2010 National Theatre Live: Hamlet Polonius
2011 United Harold Hardman
2013 Rush Louis Stanley
2015 Queen of the Desert Hugh Bell
2015 The Lady in the Van Leo Fairchild
2017 The Hatton Garden Job Terry Perkins
TBA The Last Front Father Michael
Date Title Role Notes
24 April 1979 ITV Playhouse John Marriott Casting the Runes
26 January 1980 Enemy at the Door Hoffman Episode: "No Quarter Given"
June-July 1981 Get_Lost! Det Sgt Tomlin Four episodes
2 January 1985 Wynne and Penkovsky Greville Wynne
7 February 1987 Bergerac Sir Clive Hamer Episode: "SPARTA"
23 February 1988 The Play on One Douglas Episode: "Unreported Incident"
10 April 1991 Sleepers Victor Chekhov
20 October 1991 Screen One Chubb Episode: "A Question of Attribution"
2 February 1992 Screen Two Abbé de L'Epée Episode: "The Count of Solar"
15 May 1992 Friday on My Mind Wing Commander Donahue
31 October 1992 Covington Cross Abbott Episode: "The Persecution"
13 December 1992 The New Statesman Le Cul Episode: "Heil and Farewell"
9 May 1993 The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries Robert Legge Episode: "Death at the Bar"
14 December 1994 Between the Lines Leavis Episode: "The End User" (2 parts)
22 October 1995 Cracker Michael Harvey Episode: "Brotherly Love" (3 parts)
8 July 2000 Dalziel and Pascoe James Marsham Episode: "Cunning Old Fox"
17 March 2002 Heartbeat Saul Arkwright Episode: "The Shoot"
10 June 2002 Spooks Sergei Lermov Episode: "The Rose Bed Memoirs"
31 January 2003 Midsomer Murders George Hamilton Episode: "Birds of Prey"
11 March 2004 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Richard Martin Episode: "A Traitor to Memory"
16 March 2004 Hustle Victor Maher Episode: "Cops and Robbers"
23 October 2005 Waking the Dead Commander Bill Drake Episode: "Cold Fusion"
7 November 2005 Trial & Retribution William Thorpe Episode: "The Lovers"
5 November 2006 A Touch of Frost Kenneth Shaw Episode: "Endangered Species"
25 November 2007 Heartbeat DI Ludlow Episode: "Night Mail"
2 October 2010 Casualty Roy Parks Episode: "Into the Fog"
29 December 2010 Agatha Christie's Marple Dermot Episode: “The Blue Geranium
6 June 2012 Lewis Andrew Lipton Episode: "The Indelible Stain"
10 March 2013 Mr Selfridge King Edward VII Episode: "Episode 10"
14 January 2014 Father Brown Sir Aaron Armstrong Episode: "The Three Tools of Death"
17 February 2014 DCI Banks Jack Barber Episode: "Piece of My Heart"
23 August 2014 Casualty Phillip Perry Episode: "A Life Less Lived"
21 February 2016 Vera Frank McAffee Episode: "The Sea Glass"
16 January 2018 Inside No. 9 Percy Episode: "Once Removed"
11 March 2018 Call the Midwife Donald Episode: "Episode 8"
June 2021 Time John Cobden Three episodes
October 2021 The Trick Sir David King [16]


  1. ^ a b c "David Calder". BFI. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016.
  2. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Widows (1983-85)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
  3. ^ "BBC - Cult - Classic TV - Star Cops". www.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "Titanic[25/03/2012] (2012)". BFI. Archived from the original on 6 August 2020.
  5. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra - Dixon of Dock Green, Series 2, the Gentle Scratcher".
  6. ^ "David Calder". www.aveleyman.com.
  7. ^ "BBC Two - United".
  8. ^ "The World Is Not Enough (1999)". BFI. Archived from the original on 29 May 2017.
  9. ^ "David Calder | Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  10. ^ "BBC Four - on Expenses".
  11. ^ Billington, Michael (28 October 2016). "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism … review – Tony Kushner's turbulent epic fizzes with ideas" – via www.theguardian.com.
  12. ^ "BBC One - the Moonstone, Episode 1".
  13. ^ correspondent, Mark Brown Arts (19 April 2017). "Karl Marx comedy to kick off first season at new London theatre" – via www.theguardian.com.
  14. ^ Hytner, Nicholas (22 March 2018), National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar, Ben Whishaw, David Morrissey, Michelle Fairley, retrieved 23 March 2018
  15. ^ Hogan, Michael (11 March 2018). "Call the Midwife is something special - a triumphant series created by, starring and largely about women: series seven, episode eight review". The Telegraph – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  16. ^ "The Trick". Radio Times. Retrieved 20 October 2022.

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