|Born||Rowan David Oakes
14 October 1983
Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England
|Alma mater|| • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
• University of Manchester
David Oakes (born 14 October 1983) is an English film, television and theatre actor.
Early life and education
Oakes was head boy at Bishop Wordsworth's School, in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where he was also heavily involved with the Salisbury Playhouse and their youth theatre, Stage 65. He graduated with a first in English Literature from the University of Manchester.
He played the villainous William Hamleigh in the television miniseries The Pillars of the Earth (2010), produced by Ridley Scott's production company. Subsequently, Oakes was cast in the television miniseries The Borgias (2011), airing on Showtime. He played Juan Borgia opposite Jeremy Irons.
|2008||Bonekickers||Alfred, Lord Tennyson||Iain B. MacDonald||BBC One||Episode 6 "Follow the Gleam"|
|Walter's War||Oswald Hennessey||Alrick Riley||BBC Four|
|2009||Henry VIII: The Mind of a Tyrant||George Cavendish||Channel 4||Episode 3 "Lover"|
|Trinity||Ross Bonham||Colin Teague||ITV2||Episodes 1, 2, 3|
|2010||The Pillars of the Earth||Lord William Hamleigh||Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||TV miniseries; Appeared in all eight episodes|
|2011–2012||The Borgias||Juan Borgia||Neil Jordan, John Maybury, David Leland, John Amiel, Kari Skogland, Jeremy Podeswa et al.||Season 1 & 2|
|2012||World Without End||Bishop Henri||Michael Caton-Jones||Channel 4|
|2013||Ripper Street||Victor Silver||Andy Wilson||Episode 8 What Use Our Work?|
|The White Queen||George, Duke of Clarence||James Kent, Jamie Payne and Colin Teague|
|2014||Kim Philby: His Most Intimate Betrayal||Kim Philby||BBC2||Two part drama documentary by Ben MacIntyre|
|2015||Endeavour||Jocelyn "Joss" Bixby||Sandra Goldbacher||ITV & Mammoth Productions|
|The Living and the Dead||William Payne||Sam Donovan||BBC|
|2016||Victoria||Prince Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha||Tom Vaughan, Sandra Goldbacher & Oliver Blackburn||ITV & Mammoth Productions|
|2012||Truth or Die||Justin||Corona Pictures||UK release on 6 August 2012; Called "Truth or Dare" in the UK|
|100Dniowk@||David Potter||Agresywna Banda||Polish Feature Film|
|2013||Love By Design||Adrian||Solar Junction||Rom Com with Jane Seymour and Olivia Hallinan|
|Goblin?||Harry||Multi Story Film||Short film with The Borgias co-star Holliday Grainger|
|Who Shall I Play With Now?||Gregory||Dog Ate Cake||UK premiere on 29 June 2013 at the Wimbledon Shorts Festival|
|2014||Sins of a Father||Martin||Andrew Piddington||A re-shot, re-edited version of the 1991 film Shuttlecock with Alan Bates and Lambert Wilson|
|2016||Cold Skin||Friend||Xavier Gens||An adaptation of the novel co-starring Ray Stevenson|
- Oakes has performed with The Fitzrovia Radio Hour
- 2008: A Dance to the Music of Time as Charles Stringham (BBC Radio 4)
|2006||Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare||Claudio & Verges||Royal Shakespeare Company & Bristol Old Vic Theatre School||John Hartoch|
|2007||Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare||Dumaine||Shakespeare's Globe & International Tour||Dominic Dromgoole|
|We the People (World Premiere) by Eric Schlosser||Charles Pinckney & Gunning Bedford Jnr||Shakespeare's Globe||Charlotte Westenra|
|2008||Old Vic New Voices: The Twenty-four Hour Plays||Davide||Old Vic Theatre|
|Journey's End by R. C. Sherriff||Raleigh||Mercury Theatre, Colchester||Tony Casement|
|Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller||Mortimer||Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh||Aida Karic|
|2009||All The Little Things We Crushed (World Premiere) by Joel Horwood||Hugh||Almeida Theatre, London||Simon Godwin|
|2011||Three Farces ("Slasher and Crasher", "A Most Unwarrantable Intrusion" & "Grimshaw, Bagshaw and Bradshaw") by John Maddison Morton||Samson Slasher & John Bagshaw||Orange Tree Theatre, London||Henry Bell|
|2013||Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen adapted by Simon Reade||Darcy||Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London||Deborah Bruce|
|2014-2015||Shakespeare in Love (World Premiere) by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard adapted by Lee Hall||Christopher Marlowe||Noël Coward Theatre, West End, London||Declan Donnellan|
|2015||The Trial of Macbeth by Jonathan Myerson||Banquo||Noël Coward Theatre||Christopher Haydon|
- In 2006, David performed a 90-minute abridged version of Much Ado About Nothing as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's "Complete Works" festival along with his final year graduates from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
- Since appearing at Shakespeare's Globe at the outset of his career, David has frequently performed in numerous rehearsed readings as part of their "Read Not Dead" initiative. Including their landmark 200th reading of Philip Massinger's A New Way To Pay Old Debts; David played Wellborn alongside a cast including Benjamin Whitrow, Alan Cox and Nicholas Rowe.
- Other performances between 2008 and 2013 for "Read Not Dead" include: An early quarto edition of Henry IV: Part One as Prince Hal oppopsite Benjamin Whitrow's Falstaff, Calderon's Life is a Dream (La Vida Es Sueno) as Segismundo, Taming Of A Shrew as Aurelias, The Spanish Tragedy as Lorenzo, The Return from Parnassus as Ingenioso, Bassianus as Geta, Gorboduc as a "smooth, almost oily" Arostus, John Lyly's Love's Metamorphosis as Montanus and Thomas Middleton's Your Five Gallants as Tailby.
- Oakes set up a theatre company called Dog Ate Cake with a long term theatrical collaborator, Henry Bell
- David was nominated for both WhatsOnStage and Broadway World awards for his performance in Shakespeare in Love in 2015. The production was also nominated for an Olivier Award.
- In 2015 David starred as Banquo in a charity fundraiser for the Shakespeare Schools Festival. The event was largely improvised by the actors and lawyers involved, but based on a framework written by Jonathan Myerson. The cast also included Christopher Ecclestone as Macbeth, Haydn Gwynne as Lady Macbeth, Patterson Joseph as MacDuff and Pippa Bennett-Warner as one of the Weird Sisters. The event interrupted the events of Shakespeare's play following the death of Duncan and placed Macbeth on trial for Murder with David, Patterson and Haydn appearing as witnesses for the prosecution and Christopher and Pippa as witnesses for the defence. The event was overseen by High Court Judge, Sir Michael Burton, the QC's were John Kelsey-Fry, Jonathan Laidlaw, Dinah Rose and Ian Winter, and the foreman of the Jury was Jeremy Paxman.
Oakes has directed a number of theatre pieces alongside his acting career. In 2003 he took a stage adaptation of The Wicker Man to the Epping Forest Theatre Festival. Rehearsing in and around his home town of Salisbury, Oakes "got kicked out of the [Cathedral] Close for rehearsing pagan rituals for [his] open-air production of The Wicker Man."
Also whilst at University, in 2005 Oakes assisted director Natalie Wilson on a production of "Smilin' Through" which was co-produced by the Truant Company, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Contact Theatre, Manchester Later that year, Oakes once again turning to literary adaptation, took a production of Stephen King's The Boogeyman to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Oakes frequently directs at Shakespeare's Globe extending their Read Not Dead Series, a study devoted to performing fully staged readings of the entirety of the Early Modern Canon of Drama: Most recently Oakes directed Robert Greene's The Honourable History of Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay and Lewis Theobald's "Happy Ending" version of John Webster's Duchess of Malfi, "The Fatal Secret".
David recently directed an extract of Robert Daborne's A Christian Turn'd Turk as part of a special Read Not Dead event at Shakespeare's Globe. Four directors with four scholars were teamed up with actors and presented their arguments and selected scenes at a special hustings event on Thursday 29 May 2014
Oakes is an avid fine line sketcher. He is increasingly known for sketching on-set animals upon coloured pages of script reissues and giving them to production members. In May 2015 he exhibited as part of the Dulwich Artists Open House Festival alongside artist and designer Sarah Hamilton.
- "Interview for Emma Hartley entitled "Desert Island Folk Discs"". Retrieved 2 Dec 2012.
- "Interview for 1883 Magazine from 2011". Retrieved 2 Dec 2012.
- "List of graduates from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School since 1984". Retrieved 5 June 2010.
- Press release (n.d.). "Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Macfadyen, Sarah Parish, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Redmayne and Gordon Pinsent Headline Star-Studded Cast for Screen Adaptation of Ken Follett's Bestselling Masterpiece The Pillars of the Earth". Tandem Communications. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
- Vlessing, Etan (10 June 2010). "David Oakes, Holliday Grainger join 'Borgias'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 July 2010.[dead link]
- "UK Theatre Database: RSC's Much Ado About Nothing". Retrieved 24 Mar 2013.
- "The 200th Read Not Dead". Retrieved 24 Mar 2013.
- "The Marlowe Society Research Journal - Volume 05 - 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 24 Mar 2013.
- "David Oakes' Spotlight CV". Retrieved 24 Mar 2013.
- "Interview for Fault Magazine 2011". Retrieved 2 Dec 2012.
- "The Trial of Macbeth: Photos". Retrieved 21 Feb 2016.
- "Guardian - Trial of Macbeth". Retrieved 21 Feb 2016.
- "Interview for Wiltshire Life 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "Theatre Credits Prior To Drama School". Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "Dog Ate Cake". Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "Bacon and Bungay Review". Retrieved 11 June 2013.
- "Globe Read Not Dead 2014". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "David Oakes Prints". Retrieved 5 June 2015.
- "Dulwich Open House". Retrieved 3 October 2015.
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