David Bradley

Last updated 09 January 2020

David Bradley
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David John Bradley

Born: Friday 17th April 1942 (age: 82)


David Bradley is an English character actor. 

Most widely known for playing Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch in the Harry Potter film franchise, he is also an established theatre actor with a career that includes a Laurence Olivier Award for a supporting role in a production of King Lear. Other acting credits include the BBC's critically acclaimed television series Our Friends in the North, the HBO series Game of Thrones and the films Hot Fuzz and Captain America: The First Avenger.

In the 2012 episode of  Doctor Who, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, he played Soloman, half pirate/half businessman with a spaceship full of dinosaurs. He previously provided voice work for a story of the Sarah Jane Adventures, Death of the Doctor starring Matt Smith's Doctor. 

Bradley was born in YorkEngland. He became an actor in 1971, performing at Laurence Olivier's National Theatre. He first appeared on television that year in the successful comedyNearest and Dearest playing a police officer. He was awarded a Laurence Olivier Award in 1991 for his supporting actor role in King Lear at the Royal National Theatre. He has appeared in the Royal National Theatre's 1997 production of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, as well as productions of Pinter's The Caretaker at Sheffield Theatres and the Tricycle Theatre in London in 2006-07.

Bradley starred in the BBC comedy series Wild West playing the character of Jake. He played fictional Labour Member of Parliament Eddie Wells in the 1996 award-winning BBC Two serialOur Friends in the North. He also in 1996 appeared as gangster Alf Black in Band Of Gold who had much involvement with Samantha Morton's character Tracy "Naomi" Richards. In 1998 he appeared in the BBC adaptations of William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair and Charles DickensOur Mutual Friend as the miserly Sir Pitt Crawley and the villainous Rouge Riderhood, respectively. Other television appearances include the 2001 series, The Way We Live Now directed by David Yates, who would work with Bradley five years later on the Harry Potter films.

Bradley was also involved in the musical drama serial Blackpool on BBC One, the 2005 BBC television drama Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, playing the part of the morose coach driver taking an unruly party of pupils on a daytrip to Salisbury Cathedral and the 2006 BBC drama Sweeney Todd, playing the father opposite Ray Winstone, and a small part in a 2006 episode of the series Taggart. Also in 2006 he played a leading character, Tom, in an episode of Midsomer Murders. He also appears as the character Stemroach in the BBC comedy series Ideal and as Electric in the BBC's Thieves Like Us, and in the BBC1 series True Dare Kiss. He also starred in the theatre production Reckless alongside Robson Green, and in the film Lycanthropy, as the owner of the nightclub hosting a gang of werewolf-inspired criminals.

Bradley appeared in Nicholas Nickleby (2002) and had a small role in the 2007 comedy film Hot Fuzz as a farmer that illegally hoards weapons. Bradley played Cohen the Barbarian[2] in a Sky One adaptation of The Colour of Magic byTerry Pratchett.

In 2008 appeared in the role of Spooner in No Man's Land by Harold Pinter in the Gate TheatreDublin, opposite Michael Gambon as Hirst, in a production directed by Rupert Goold, that later transferred to London's West End.

On 4 May 2009 Bradley appeared as an animal rights activist in the popular BBC drama Ashes to Ashes, and appeared again on television in BBC's The Street on 20 July 2009.

Bradley portrayed Will SomersHenry VIII's court fool, in episode No.3.5 of the Showtime series The Tudors (2009).

In 2010 he participated in the Mike Leigh film Another Year, which earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the London Film Critics Circle Awards.

In 2011 Bradley appeared in the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of epic fantasy novels, as the 'Late' Lord Walder Frey.

He serves as the president of Second Thoughts Drama Group, which performs in and around Stratford-upon-Avon

On 17 July 2012 Bradley was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of Warwick.

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