Most of us know him as Miles Stewart (the man we just loved to hate) in This Life and neurotic Steve Taylor in the comedy series Coupling. To a wider audience, Jack Davenport became known through his roles as Peter Smith-Kingsley in The Talented Mr. Ripley and finally Commodore James Norrington in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.
Jack Davenport was born on 1 March 1973 and is married to Scottish actress Michelle Gomez (Green Wing's wonderfully eccentric and lunatic Sue White). They are parents of a wee boy called Harry.
Although he comes from a family steeped in acting - his parents are Maria Aitken and Nigel Davenport - Jack decided to study Film and English at the University of East Anglia.
While taking a summer drama course, a director of the Welsh National Theatre (Clwyd Theatr Cymru) noticed Jack and asked him to come and work for him. So he headed for Wales, did some minor parts in Shakespeare's Hamlet and befriended actor Rhys Ifans.
Due to a misunderstanding, a letter asking John Cleese (of Monty Python fame) for a job behind the camera on the set of Fierce Creatures ended up on the desk of the casting director, and so Jack got a tiny part in the comedy as a junior zoo keeper, "which quite frankly a potato could have done just as well."
Jack got the part of Miles in the cult TV series This Life; leading roles in Coupling, Ultraviolet and the critically acclaimed Mary Bryant mini series followed. With the highly successful Hollywood productions The Talented Mr Ripley and the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Jack Davenport has become a familiar - and welcome! - face on both small and big screen.
Finally Hollywood called (ok, CBS did), and from June 2008 on, Jack Davenport starred in CBS' drama series Swingtown. In 2009 Jack was everywhere - on the big screen with The Boat That Rocks, a Richard Curtis movie about radio pirates in the 1960s, and Flash Forward on the small screen all over the planet.
Mother's Milk, a movie adaptation of Edward St Aubyn's novel, was filmed in France in September of 2010, and 2011 brought The Key Man, a movie with Hugo Weaving.
Jack created a lot of buzz with his role as Derek Wills in 2012 in NBC's musical drama series Smash, based on an idea by Steven Spielberg and featuring Anjelica Houston, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Brian D'Arcy James and many more. Unfortunately, the show was axed after two series. 2013 followed a leading part in ITV1's medical drama Breathless.
Currently, Jack Davenport can be seen on the big screen next to Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson in "Kingsman: The Secret Service".
Parts of this biography have been pilfered from Jack Davenport's biography on the BBC website. Our knowledge in Davenportology is very limited, so if there should be any factual errors, please contact us.
|Jack Davenport as Otto Powell in Breathless.
|Jack Davenport as Bruce Miller in Swingtown.
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