David Harbour

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Harbour at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
David Kenneth Harbour[1]

(1975-04-10) April 10, 1975 (age 46)
Alma materDartmouth College
Years active1999–present
(m. 2020)

David Kenneth Harbour (born April 10, 1975) is an American actor. He gained recognition for his portrayal of Jim Hopper in the Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things (2016–present),[2] for which he earned a Critics' Choice Television Award in 2018.[3] For the role, he also received Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations.[4][5]

Harbour had supporting roles in films such as Brokeback Mountain (2005), Quantum of Solace (2008), The Green Hornet (2011), End of Watch (2012), The Equalizer (2014), Black Mass (2015) and Suicide Squad (2016). He portrayed the title character in the Hellboy (2019) and Red Guardian in Black Widow (2021).

Early life[edit]

David Kenneth Harbour was born in White Plains, New York, to parents Kenneth and Nancy (née Riley) Harbour. Both of his parents work in real estate, his mother in residential and his father in commercial.[6] He attended Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, along with actors Sean Maher and Eyal Podell. Harbour graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1997.[7]


Harbour began acting professionally on Broadway in 1999, in the revival of The Rainmaker.[8] He then made his television debut that same year in an episode of Law & Order, playing a waiter. He appeared again in 2002 in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing a child murderer. Harbour portrayed the recurring role of MI6 Agent Roger Anderson in the ABC series Pan Am. In 2005, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Harbour is also known for his role as CIA Agent Gregg Beam in Quantum of Solace, as Shep Campbell in Revolutionary Road, and as Russell Crowe's source in State of Play. He also received praise for his role as spree killer Paul Devildis in a 2009 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.[9] Harbour's other film credits include Brokeback Mountain, The Green Hornet, End of Watch, and Between Us. In 2013, he played a small role of a head doctor in the television series Elementary. From 2012 to 2014, he also played the recurring role of Elliot Hirsch in The Newsroom.[10]

In 2014, Harbour portrayed the recurring character of Dr. Reed Akley in the first season of the historical drama series Manhattan.[11] In 2015, Harbour was cast as Chief Jim Hopper in the Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things. For his role in the series, Harbour has received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2017 and 2018) and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2018). Harbour has won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2017) along with the rest of the cast.

Harbour starred as the title character in the superhero reboot film Hellboy (2019).[12] He most recently portrayed Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Black Widow (2021).[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2019, Harbour has been in a relationship with singer Lily Allen. They made their red carpet debut during the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. A day after they obtained their marriage license, they married on September 7, 2020 in Las Vegas, in a wedding that was officiated by an Elvis impersonator.[15] Through his marriage to Allen, he is step-father to her two daughters.

Harbour has believed in several religions including Catholicism and Buddhism; however, now he does not believe in the "paranormal" and believes people "create a life with... consciousness." He once believed in ghosts, but now does not.[16][17]

In an interview with The Guardian in July 2021, Harbour said he was a socialist, stating "I don't know that there's anyone who could disagree with socialist ideology," and later, "the idea of a kindergarten-type society where we share things is my ideal society; as opposed to this world where we're hunting and killing and destroying for our own personal hoarding, our own personal greed."[18]

Harbour struggled with alcoholism in his past, and has been sober since his early 20s.[19] At age 25, Harbour was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[20][21]



Film has yet to be released Film or show that is yet to be released
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Kinsey Robert Kinsey
2005 Confess FBI Agent McAllister
Brokeback Mountain Randall Malone
War of the Worlds Dock Worker
2006 The Wedding Weekend David
2007 Awake Dracula
2008 Revolutionary Road Shep Campbell
Quantum of Solace Gregg Beam
2009 State of Play PointCorp Insider
2010 Every Day Brian
2011 The Green Hornet D.A. Frank Scanlon
W.E. Ernest Aldrich Simpson
2012 End of Watch Van Hauser
Between Us Joel
Knife Fight Stephen Green
2013 Snitch Jay Price
Parkland James Gordon Shanklin
2014 X/Y Todd
A Walk Among the Tombstones Ray
The Equalizer Frank Masters
2015 Black Mass John Morris
2016 Suicide Squad Dexter Tolliver
2017 Sleepless Doug Dennison
2018 Human Affairs Ronnie
2019 Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein David Harbour III / Jr. / Frankenstein Short film
Hellboy Hellboy
2020 Extraction Gaspar
2021 No Sudden Move Matt Wertz
Black Widow Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian


David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown in 2016
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Law & Order Mike Episode: "Patsy"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Terry Jessup Episode: "Dolls"
2003 Hack Christopher Clark Episode: "Presumed Guilty"
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Wesley John Kenderson Episode: "Silver Lining"
2007 The Unit Gary Weber Episode: "Five Brothers"
2008 Law & Order Jay Carlin Episode: "Submission"
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Paul Devildis Episode: "Family Values"
Lie to Me Frank Ambrose Episode: "The Better Half"
Royal Pains Dan Samuels Episode: "It's Like Jamais Vu All Over Again"
2011–2012 Pan Am Roger Anderson 6 episodes
2012 Midnight Sun Ethan Davies Unsold NBC TV pilot
2012–2014 The Newsroom Elliot Hirsch 10 episodes
2012–2015 Blue Cooper 3 episodes[22]
2013 Elementary Dr. Mason Baldwin Episode: "Lesser Evils"
2014 Rake David Potter 11 episodes
Manhattan Dr. Reed Akley 10 episodes
2014–2015 State of Affairs David Patrick 13 episodes
2015–2016 Banshee Robert Dalton 2 episodes
2016 Crisis in Six Scenes Vic Episode: "#1.2"
2016–present Stranger Things Jim Hopper Main role
2018 Drunk History Vietnam Memorial Head Episode: "Underdogs"
Animals Hawk (voice) Episode: "Roachella"
2019 El Hormiguero 3.0 Himself (Guest) Episode: "David Harbour"
Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "David Harbour/Camila Cabello"
2020 The Simpsons Fred Kranepool (voice) Episode: "Undercover Burns"
2021 Big City Greens Rick (voice) Episode: "The Van"
2021 Q-Force Agent Rick Buck (voice)
2021 Star Wars: Visions Tajin (English dub voice) Episode: "The Elder"


Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Rainmaker Noah Curry
2001 The Invention of Love Moses John Jackson
2005 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nick
2006–2007 The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 – Voyage Nicholas Stankevich
2006–2007 The Coast of Utopia: Part 2 – Shipwreck George Herwegh
2007 The Coast of Utopia: Part 3 – Salvage Doctor at the Seashore
2010–2011 The Merchant of Venice Bassanio
2012 Romeo and Juliet Abraham Delacorte Theatre 50th Anniversary reading
2012–2013 Glengarry Glen Ross John Williamson
2016 Cal In Camo Tim

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2005 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated [23]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won [24]
2017 Fangoria Chainsaw Award Best TV Supporting Actor Nominated [25]
2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [26]
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won [27]
2018 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [28]
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [29]
2020 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actor Hellboy Nominated [30]


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  13. ^ Kit, Borys (May 8, 2017). "'Stranger Things' Star David Harbour Joins Scarlett Johansson in Marvel's 'Black Widow'. (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  14. ^ Coggan, Devan (July 20, 2019). "Black Widow hits Comic-Con with first details of Scarlett Johansson film". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
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  22. ^ Blue: Season 1, Episode 1, Part 1. June 11, 2012. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012 – via YouTube.
  23. ^ Jones, Kenneth (June 5, 2005). "Just the Facts: List of 2005 Tony Award Winners and Nominees". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  24. ^ "Relive the 23rd Annual SAG Awards". TNT Presents: The Screen Actor Guild Awards. A TimeWarner Company. Archived from the original on November 23, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  25. ^ "Never mind Oscar, here's the 2017 FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards Nominees Ballot!". Fangoria. February 7, 2017. Archived from the original on February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  26. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (September 10, 2017). "Creative Arts Emmy Winners: 'Stranger Things,' 'Westworld,' 'Big Little Lies' Win Big — Complete List". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  27. ^ Kilday, Gregg (December 6, 2017). "Critics' Choice Awards: 'The Shape of Water' Leads With 14 Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  28. ^ "Golden Globes: 'Shape of Water,' 'Big Little Lies' Top Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. December 11, 2017. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  29. ^ Piester, Lauren (July 12, 2018). "David Harbour's Puppy Pooped In Celebration of His Emmy Nom". E! Online. E! News. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  30. ^ "RAZZ NEWZ - The Razzies!". razzies.com.

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