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David de Keyser

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David de Keyser
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David de Keyser

Born: 1927 (age: 90)

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David de Keyser  is a British actor.

He voiced the Atraxi in the 2010 Doctor Who story The Eleventh Hour and did the voices for the Cybermen in the video game The Eternity Clock, replacing Nicholas Briggs.

In the mid-sixties de Keyser worked twice with the writer, actor and director Jane Arden. Their first collaboration, The Logic Game (January 1965), was directed by Philip Saville. They acted together again in another Jane Arden script in the film Separation (Jack Bond 1968) which was set in London and featured music by Procol HarumMatthew Fisher and Stanley Myers. The themes of both pieces were marital strife and disintegrating relationships.

De Keyser has also worked on four occasions for the British director John Boorman, twice on screen in Catch Us If You Can (1965) and Leo the Last (1970), and on two further occasions Boorman has used de Keyser's rich, distinctive voice, firstly as the Voice of the Tabernacle in Zardoz (1974), and as the Voice of the Grail in Excalibur (1981).

He starred in the BBC Radio 4 comedy The Attractive Young Rabbi with Tracy-Ann Oberman. He also made an appearance in the UK TV series The Professionals (TV series), in the episode entitled "Servant of Two Masters". He was the narrator for Pathe Pictorial in the 1960s, and has also been a prolific voiceover on television advertisements in the UK, as well as serving as the announcer on the first series of comedy panel game Would I Lie to You?, before being replaced for the second series.