Oliver Ford Davies

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Oliver Ford Davies
Born Oliver Robert Ford Davies
(1939-08-12) 12 August 1939 (age 76)
Ealing, Middlesex, England, UK[1]
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Jenifer Armitage (1977-present)

Oliver Robert Ford Davies (born 12 August 1939) is an English actor and writer, best known for his role as Sio Bibble in Star Wars Episodes I through III.

Early life and academic career[edit]

Davies was born in Ealing, Middlesex, England. He attended the King's School, Canterbury. From there, he won a scholarship to Merton College, Oxford, where he read History and became President of the Oxford University Dramatic Society.[2] After obtaining his D Phil,[3] he worked as a history lecturer at the University of Edinburgh before taking up acting professionally in 1967.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Davies had a regular role as Peter Foxcott QC in Kavanagh QC. He also appeared in the ITV television drama The Uninvited, and in a 2002 episode of the popular drama Foyle's War. His highest-profile acting role was most likely his role as Sio Bibble in the Star Wars "prequel trilogy" films, released in 1999, 2002 and 2005.

He appeared as Polonius in Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company, alongside David Tennant and Patrick Stewart, and in 2009 appeared in All's Well That Ends Well at the Royal National Theatre as the King of France. In 2010 he appeared as Balfour in the premiere of Ben Brown's play The Promise, about the Balfour Declaration. In 2012, he appeared in a stage adaptation of Michelle Magorian's book Goodnight Mister Tom, in which he played the central character, Thomas Oakley. He is back with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2014 as Justice Shallow in "Henry IV, Part 2".

Awards and nominations[edit]

Davies was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award in 1990 (1989 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for Racing Demon. He was twice nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his performance in Absolutely! (perhaps) at the Wyndham's Theatre in 2003 and again in 2009 for his performance as Polonius in the RSC production of Hamlet at the Novello Theatre.


Oliver Ford Davies' books include Playing Lear, an account of his experience while performing King Lear at the Almeida Theatre, and Performing Shakespeare. Both are published by Nick Hern Books.



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Defence of the Realm Anthony Clegg
1989 Scandal Mr. Woods
1990 Paper Mask Coroner
1995 Sense and Sensibility Doctor Harris
1997 Mrs. Brown Dean of Windsor
1997 Mrs. Dalloway Hugh Whitbread
1998 Titanic Town Whittington
1999 An Ideal Husband Sir Hugo Danforth
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Gov. Sio Bibble
2001 Blow Dry Doctor Hamilton Credited as Oliver Ford Davis
2001 Revelation Prof. Casaubon
2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Sio Bibble
2003 Johnny English (Archbishop of Canterbury)
2003 The Mother Bruce
2004 Gladiatress uncredited
2005 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Sio Bibble
2005 Heidi Dr. Classen


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Tenko Priest 2 episodes
1983 The Citadel Reverend Parry
1988 Hannay Russian Ambassador
1988 A Very Peculiar Practice Lecturer
1988 A Very British Coup Tweed
1989 Casualty The Major
1990 Chancer Vicar
1991 Inspector Morse Frederick Redpath 1 episode
1992 Van der Valk Guus Kroese 1 episode
1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Ship's Captain 1 episode
1993 Between the Lines John Gollap TV series
1994 MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis Prof. Carson TV Movie
1995 Coogan's Run Dr. Phillips
1995-2001 Kavanagh QC Peter Foxcott QC recurring role, 26 episodes
1996 Wycliffe Dr. Donald Treloar
1997 Pie in the Sky James Truman
1997 A Royal Scandal Lord Liverpool TV Movie
1999 Heartbeat Henry Tomkinson TV series
1999 David Copperfield (1999 film) Mr. Wickfield TV Mini-series
2000 Poirot : The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Dr. James Sheppard 1 episode
2002 Bertie and Elizabeth Archbishop Lang TV Movie
2002 Foyle's War Lawrence Gascoigne 1 episode
2003 Spooks Sir Richard 'Dickie' Bowman 1 episode
2003 Sparkling Cyanide Col. Geoffrey Reece TV Movie
2004 Rosemary & Thyme Sir Basil Slavinski TV series
2005 Midsomer Murders Otto Benham TV series
2007 Waking the Dead Hugo Keegan TV series, 2 episodes
2008 The Long Walk to Finchley Sir Donald Kaberry TV series
2012 Game of Thrones Maester Cressen
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Major Palgrave 1 episode "A Caribbean Mystery"


  1. ^ Profile at ftvdb.bfi.org.uk
  2. ^ Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900-1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 503. 
  3. ^ Naxos Audiobooks: Oliver Ford Davies; accessed 22 March 2013
  4. ^ "Oliver Ford Davies, actor – portrait of the artist", The Guardian, 18 December 2012. Accessed 22 March 2013

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