David Bradley

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David Bradley (born 17 April 1942) is an English character actor. He portrayed the caretaker of Hogwarts, Argus Filch, in the Harry Potter film franchise.


[edit] Life and career

Bradley was born in York, England. He became an actor in 1971 acting at Sir Laurence Olivier's National Theatre.[1] He first appeared on television that year in the successful comedy Nearest 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 2006/2007.

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 serial Our Friends in the North. In 1998 he appeared in the BBC adaptations of William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair and Charles Dickens' Our 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 Reckless alongside Robson Green, and in the movie 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 who illegally hoarded weapons. Bradley played Cohen the Barbarian[2] in a Sky One adaptation of The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett.

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

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 Somers, Henry VIII's court fool, in episode #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.[3]

He serves as the president of Second Thoughts Drama Group, which performs in and around Stratford-upon-Avon.[4]

[edit] Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Criminal Headmaster
1996 In Your Dreams Tutor Television
1997 The Moth Dave Waters Made-for-television film
1998 Our Mutual Friend Rogue Riderhood Television mini-series
1998 Tom's Midnight Garden Abel
1998 Left Luggage Concierge
2000 The King Is Alive Henry
2001 The Way We Live Now Mr. Broune Television mini-series
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Argus Filch
2001 Gabriel and Me Granddad
2001 Blow Dry Noah Thwaite
2002 This Is Not a Love Song Mr Bellamy
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Nigel Bray
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Argus Filch
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Argus Filch
2004 Exorcist: The Beginning Father Gionetti
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Argus Filch
2006 Lycanthropy Club Owner
2007 Hot Fuzz Arthur Webley
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Argus Filch
2008 I Know You Know Mr. Fisher
2008 The Colour of Magic Cohen the Barbarian
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Argus Filch
2009 Harry Brown Leonard
2009 The Tudors Will Somers Television series
2010 Another Year Ronnie
2010 The Holding Cooper
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Argus Filch
2011 Game of Thrones Walder Frey Television series
2011 Waking the Dead George Barlow Television series

[edit] References

  1. NATIONAL THEATRE: 1970s ROB WILTON THEATRICALIA. accessed July 25, 2011.
  2. Second Thoughts Our President for several years now has been David Bradley.

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