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David Bamber
Born David James Bamber
19 September 1954 (1954-09-19) (age 55)
Walkden, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Julia Swift (1982-present)

David James Bamber (born 19 September 1954) is a British actor, known for his television and theatre work. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.




Early years

Bamber was born in Walkden near Manchester, and studied drama at Bristol University and continued his studies at RADA where he won the Gold Medal in 1976.


Bamber has worked on many British television series and mini-series and TV movies. He appeared in the BBC adaptations of Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia, and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, in which he memorably portrayed the Bennetts' clergyman cousin, Mr Collins. In 1997 he starred as Eric Slatt in two series of Steven Moffat's Chalk, and contributed to the audio commentaries for the DVD release in 2008. His most famous international television role to date is the role of Marcus Tullius Cicero in the HBO/BBC2 original television series, Rome. David is about to start work on a revival of the popular 1980s television show Minder. In 2009 David will starting shooting a brand new comedy series for the BBC.

Bamber is also a theatre actor, who won the 1995 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance as Guy in My Night with Reg, a role he reprised the role in the 1996 BBC television adaptation.

Bamber's roles as a voice actor include Emperor Constantine in the Doctor Who audio drama, The Council of Nicaea and as Jeremy Longstaff in the 2008 radio series The Way We Live Right Now.

Bamber plays Adolf Hitler in Bryan Singer's film, Valkyrie, which was released on 25 December 2008 in the USA and 22 January 2009 in the UK. Later in 2009 he appeared in the ITV1 drama, Collision.

Personal life

In 1982, Bamber married actress Julia Swift, daughter of actor David Swift. They have two sons, Theo (1991) and Ethan (1998). The family currently lives in North London.


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Privates on Parade Flight Sgt. Charles Bishop Michael Blakemore
1988 High Hopes Rupert Booth-Braine Directed by Mike Leigh
1992 Dakota Road Man on the train Directed by Nick Ward
1992 Year of the Comet Albert Directed by Peter Yates
1995 Pride and Prejudice Mr. Collins Directed by Simon Langton
1996 Wet and Dry Bafta nominated short directed by John McKay
2002 Gangs of New York Passenger Directed by Martin Scorsese
2002 The Bourne Identity Consulate Clerk Directed by Doug Liman
2003 I Capture the Castle Vicar Directed by Tim Fywell
2005 The Clap Krzysztof Veneer Award winning short directed by Geoff Lindsey
2006 Miss Potter Fruing Warne Directed by Chris Noonan
2007 The All Together Robin Swain Directed by Gavin Claxton
2008 Valkyrie Adolf Hitler Directed by Bryan Singer


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