Mark Wing-Davey

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Mark Wing-Davey
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Born Mark Wing Davey
(1948-11-30) 30 November 1948 (age 66)[1]
London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Education Woolverstone Hall School
Alma mater Cambridge University
Occupation Actor and director
Years active 1974–2013
Partner(s) Anita Carey
Parent(s) Peter Davey (father)
Anna Wing (mother) (1914-2013)

Mark Wing-Davey (born 30 November 1948) is a British actor and director.

Early life and career[edit]

The son of actor and actress Peter Davey and Anna Wing,[2] Wing-Davey went to school at Woolverstone Hall School, before studying at Cambridge University where he was a member of the Footlights from 1967 to 1970.

He had a featured role in the 1976 mini series, The Glittering Prizes.[3] This role was later cited as the reason for being cast in arguably his most memorable role, that of the two-headed Galactic President, Zaphod Beeblebrox, in the radio and TV versions of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams.

He also played a barrister in some episodes of the ITV television series Crown Court, Henry V in Episode 3 of James Burke's Connections,[4] a record company executive in Breaking Glass (1980) and an accountant in Absolutely Fabulous.[5]

In the 1983 television production of Alan Bennett's An Englishman Abroad, Wing-Davey played the title role in the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre's 1958 Moscow staging of Hamlet.

He works mainly in theatre now as a performer, director and teacher. His directing credits are many, including James Stock[disambiguation needed]'s Star-Gazy Pie and Sauerkraut (Royal Court Theatre, 1995) and Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest for which he won an Obie award.[6] He was also the first Artistic Director of The Actors Centre, London.

In 2003, he returned to the role of Zaphod Beeblebrox for the Above the Title production of the Hitchhiker's Guide Tertiary to Quintessential Phase radio dramas for BBC Radio 4.

More recently he has provided the voice of Judge Ghis in the English version of Final Fantasy XII.

Wing-Davey directed the off-Broadway production of Unconditional by Brett C. Leonard at The Public Theater. It is was put up by Philip Seymour Hoffman's theater group, LAByrinth Theater Company, of which he is a member. It opened in February 2008.

In May 2008, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts announced that Wing-Davey had been named chairman of, and arts professor in, the School’s Graduate Acting Program. [2]

In 2012, he reprised the role of Zaphod Beeblebrox for a live tour of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.

In 2013, he conceived and directed William Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Personal life[edit]

Wing-Davey currently lives with actress Anita Carey.


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