David Bamber

David James Bamber (born 19 September 1954) is an English actor. He has worked in television and theatre. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

David Bamber
David James Bamber

(1954-09-19) 19 September 1954
ResidenceNorth London, England
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Julia Swift (1982–present)

Early years

Bamber was born in Walkden, Lancashire. By September 1973, he was at the Manchester Youth Theatre, playing Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida.[1] Bamber studied drama at Bristol University, continuing his training at RADA where he won the Gold Medal in 1979.


Bamber has worked on many British television series, mini-series and TV films. He appeared in the BBC adaptations of Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, in which he portrayed the Bennets' clergyman cousin, Mr. Collins. He also played the part of a junior treasury minister and Stamp enthusiast, Julian Whitaker, in an episode of The New Statesman, in which Alan frames Whitaker and forces his resignation. In 1997 he starred as Eric Slatt in two series of Steven Moffat's Chalk, contributing to the audio commentaries for the DVD release in 2008. His best known international television role to date was his 2005–2007 role as Marcus Tullius Cicero in the HBO/BBC2 original television series, Rome. In Poirot Series 3: Episode 7 "The Double Clue," he plays the effete middleman to a jewellery collector who is robbed. Bamber also played Adolf Hitler in Bryan Singer's film, Valkyrie. Most recently he played the part of Noel in the Sky Atlantic series Camping, and Admiral Ramsay in the 2016 film Darkest Hour.

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

Personal life

Bamber is married to the actress Julia Swift, daughter of actors David Swift and Paula Jacobs.

They have two sons, Theo (1991) and Ethan (1998). Ethan has played cricket for England U19s [2] and Middlesex.[3][4] The family lives in North London.


1982Privates on ParadeFlight Sgt. Charles BishopMichael Blakemore
1985The Doctor and the DevilsCroninDirected by Freddie Francis
1988High HopesRupert Booth-BraineDirected by Mike Leigh
1992Dakota RoadMan on the trainDirected by Nick Ward
1992Year of the CometAlbertDirected by Peter Yates
1995Pride and PrejudiceMr. CollinsDirected by Simon Langton
1996Wet and DryBafta nominated short directed by John McKay
1996HeartbeatDr Adrian Shaw
1996My Night with RegGuyBBC film directed by Roger Michell.
2002Gangs of New YorkPassengerDirected by Martin Scorsese
2002The Bourne IdentityConsulate ClerkDirected by Doug Liman
2002Daniel DerondaLushDirected by Tom Hooper
2003I Capture the CastleVicarDirected by Tim Fywell
2003PollyannaFruing WarneCarlton Television TV film
2005The ClapKrzysztof VeneerAward-winning short directed by Geoff Lindsey
2005RomeCiceroAward-winning television series
2006Midsomer MurdersJohn Starkey"Dead Letters"
2006Robin HoodSheriff's physicianBBC Series
2006Miss PotterFruing WarneDirected by Chris Noonan
2007The All TogetherRobin SwainDirected by Gavin Claxton
2007Doc MartinVicarDirected by Ben Bolt
2007New TricksDale NewsonEpisode 4.4 Directed by Syd Macartney
2008ValkyrieAdolf HitlerDirected by Bryan Singer
2009PsychovilleRobinDirected by Matt Lipsey
2009Midsomer MurdersAnthony Prideaux"Black Book"
2010The King's SpeechTheatre DirectorDirected by Tom Hooper
2011The BorgiasTheoDirected by Neil Jordan
2012Henry IV, Part IIShallowDirected by Richard Eyre
2012The ParadiseCharles Chisholmone episode
2013BlandingsHerr Schnellhundone episode
2013What RemainsJoe SellersDirected by Coky Giedroyc
2014Doctor WhoCaptain Quell"Mummy on the Orient Express"
2015Father BrownWalter HubbleEpisode 3.2 "The Curse of Amenhotep"
2015Death in ParadiseAlan ButlerEpisode 4.3
2015Christmas EveWaltDirected by Mitch Davis
2015The Sound of Music Live! Herr ZellerUK version of The Sound of Music Live! broadcast 20 December 2015
2016Midsomer MurdersDaniel FargoEpisode 18.4 "A Dying Art"
2016VictoriaDuke of SussexTwo episodes
2016CampingNoelSix episodes
2016Medici: Masters of FlorencePope Eugene IVThree episodes
2017GunpowderThe Earl of NorthumberlandThree Episodes
2017Mad to Be NormalDr. Meridith
2018Silent Witness Brian Hawke
2018Call The MidwifeStanley HodgkissSeries 7 Episode 8 (one episode)
2018 A Very English Scandal Lord Arran
2018DoctorsDerek BartlettEpisode: "Face-Off"


  1. Bates, Merete, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA in Manchester, The Guardian; 5 September 1973
  2. "Ethan Bamber". Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  3. "Ethan Bamber". ESPNCricinfo.

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