David Bamber

Biography: Walkden, England, native David Bamber nearly avoided the proscenium altogether, with early plans to enter a training program for special education instructors. At the last yawning moment, however, Bamber decided to jump ship and head into acting, courtesy of the dramatic arts program at Bristol University and -- later -- a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). As a student, the thespian distinguished himself from many of his colleagues by acquiring a marked preference for contemporary material over classicist plays. As a stage actor, Bamber (though openly heterosexual, with a wife and children) sustained a particularly fine reputation for convincing portrayals of (often repressed) gay characters in such plays as My Night with Reg and Pride and Prejudice. He also gained recognition for comic physicality deemed brilliant by many critics. In terms of on-camera work, Bamber's work (somewhat ironically) has leaned more toward period material than his stageWalkden, England, native David Bamber nearly avoided the proscenium altogether, with early plans to enter a training program for special education instructors. At the last yawning moment, however, Bamber decided to jump ship and head into acting, courtesy of the dramatic arts program at Bristol University and -- later -- a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). As a student, the thespian distinguished himself from many of his colleagues by acquiring a marked preference for contemporary material over classicist plays. As a stage actor, Bamber (though openly heterosexual, with a wife and children) sustained a particularly fine reputation for convincing portrayals of (often repressed) gay characters in such plays as My Night with Reg and Pride and Prejudice. He also gained recognition for comic physicality deemed brilliant by many critics. In terms of on-camera work, Bamber's work (somewhat ironically) has leaned more toward period material than his stage efforts. Following an appearance in the all-star British seriocomedy Privates on Parade (1982), he signed for roles in such projects as the made-for-television outings The Merchant of Venice (2001) and Pollyanna (2002), and the HBO miniseries Rome (2005) as Marcus Tillius Cicero. In 2008, Bamber joined co-stars Tom Cruise, Tom Wilkinson, Kenneth Branagh, and others for the Cruise-produced Hitler assassination thriller Valkyrie with a frightening turn as Adolf Hitler. Expand

David Bamber's Scores

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Average career score: 60
Highest Metascore: 84 High Hopes
Lowest Metascore: 24 Christmas Eve
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
8 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
84 High Hopes Feb 24, 1989 Rupert Boothe-Braine tbd
66 Peterloo Apr 5, 2019 Principal Cast 6.3
63 The Limehouse Golem Sep 8, 2017 Mr. Greatorex / Prosecution Attorney 5.4
63 Borg vs. McEnroe Apr 13, 2018 UK Commentator George Barnes / George Barnes 6.8
63 I Capture the Castle Jul 11, 2003 Vicar / Vicar tbd
57 Miss Potter Dec 29, 2006 Fruing Warne / Fruing Warne 6.4
56 Valkyrie Dec 25, 2008 Adolf Hitler / Adolf Hitler tbd
24 Christmas Eve Dec 4, 2015 Walt 3.2