David Calder (actor)

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David Calder
British actors David Calder and Gawn Grainger PB030058.JPG
Calder, left, is seen with fellow actor Gawn Grainger at the National Theatre Studio on 3 November 2009
David Ian Calder

(1946-08-01) 1 August 1946 (age 73)
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. 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. In 1989, he appeared in the TV adaptation of the David Lodge novel Nice Work. In 2012 he portrayed Captain Edward Smith in the ITV mini-series Titanic. 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.

Other TV credits include: 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 and Houdini. 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. In 2013, he played Mr Reid in The Wrong Mans.

Calder appeared as Sir Robert King in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. 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).

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.

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.

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.[1]

In March 2018, he appeared in the National Live Theatre's performance of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, as Julius Caesar.[2] Also in 2018, Calder played a closeted homosexual suffering from dementia on BBC's Call the Midwife.


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

1985 Wynne and Penkovsky Played British spy Greville Wynne

1986 Defense 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


  1. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/apr/19/karl-marx-comedy-first-season-new-london-bridge-theatre
  2. ^ Hytner, Nicholas (22 March 2018), National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar, Ben Whishaw, David Morrissey, Michelle Fairley, retrieved 23 March 2018

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