Nigel Davenport Biography (1928-)

Born May 23, 1928, in Shelford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England; son of Arthur Henry and Katherine Lucy (maiden name, Meiklejohn) Davenport; married Helena Margaret White (died); married Maria Aitken (divorced); children: Jack (an actor).

Nigel Davenport has expressed a special fondness for his role of Bro Paradockin the play A Resounding Tinkle which he helped develop with the English Stage Company. Among classic repertory, he has expressed a personal penchant for the roles of Othello and Verskinin.

Birth Details
May 23, 1928
Shelford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (London debut) Hon. Peter Ingleton, Relative Values (had been understudy), Savoy Theatre, 1952
  • Horner, The Country Wife, Theatre Royal, Stratford, England, 1955
  • Captain Walcott, The Mulberry Bush, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1956
  • Thomas Putnam, The Crucible, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1956
  • Sculptor/Alfredo, Don Juan, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1956
  • Anthony Lissenden, The Death of Satan, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1956
  • Jellicoe, Cards of Identity, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1956
  • Policeman, The Good Woman of Setzuan, English Stage Company, RoyalCourt Theatre, 1956
  • Quack, The Country Wife, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1956
  • Bro Paradock, A Resounding Tinkle (trial production), English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1957
  • Barney Evans, Epitaph for George Dillon, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1958
  • Bro Paradock, A Resounding Tinkle, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1958
  • Mr. Jackson, Live Like Pigs, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1958
  • Peter, A Taste of Honey, Theatre Royal, then Wyndham's Theatre, London, later Criterion Theatre, London, all 1959
  • Mr. Marango, The Kitchen (trial production), 1959
  • King of Frankland, One Leg Over the Wrong Wall (trial production),1960
  • Peter, A Taste of Honey, Biltmore Theatre, Los Angeles, then (NewYork debut) Lyceum Theatre, both 1960
  • Pittakos, Sappho, Edinburgh Festival, Scotland, 1961
  • Odilon, Bonne Soupe, Comedy Theatre, London, 1961 , then Wyndham's Theatre, 1962
  • Charles, The Perils of Scobie Prilt, New Theatre, Oxford, England,1963
  • A Taste of Honey, Broadway production, 1963
  • Monceau, Incident at Vichy, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1966
  • C. J. Shine, Breakdown, Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, 1966
  • Jim North, Notes on a Love Affair, Globe Theatre, London, 1972
  • Verskinin, The Three Sisters, Cambridge Theatre, 1976
  • Made stage debut as Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream, OUDS, Oxford; also appeared as Cardinal, The Duchess of Malfi, OUDS, Oxford.
  • Film Appearances
  • First commercial traveler, Look Back in Anger, 1958
  • Desert Mice, 1959
  • Sergeant Miller, Peeping Tom (also known as Face of Fear and The Fotographer of Panic), 1959
  • Manager, Lunch Hour, 1961
  • Dino Steffano, Return to Sender (also known as Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Return to Sender), 1962
  • Leonard Groves, In the Cool of the Day, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • Mr. Strang, Ladies Who Do, 1963
  • The Verdict (also known as Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Verdict), 1964
  • Lew Harding, The Third Secret, 1964
  • Frederick Thornton, A High Wind in Jamaica, Twentieth Century-Fox,1965
  • Sturdevan, Sands of the Kalahari, Paramount, 1965
  • Mottram, Life at the Top, 1965
  • Parkington, Where the Spies Are, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • The Duke of Norfolk, A Man for All Seasons, Columbia, 1966
  • Chief Constable Richardson, Sinful Davey, United Artists, 1967
  • Sergeant Driscoll, The Virgin Soldiers, Columbia, 1968
  • Defense attorney, The Strange Affair, 1968
  • General Phillips, Sebastian (also known as Mr. Sebastian),1968
  • Hernando De Soto, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, National General, 1968
  • Cyril Leech, Play Dirty, United Artists, 1968
  • John Custance, No Blade of Grass, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970
  • Dr. Maitland, The Mind of Mr. Soames, 1970
  • Gruber, The Last Valley, 1970
  • Bob Matthews, Villain, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971
  • Lord Bothwell, Mary, Queen of Scots, Universal, 1971
  • George Adamson, Living Free, Columbia, 1972
  • The bounty hunter, Charley One-Eye, 1972
  • L'Attentat (also known as Das Attentat, L'attentato, The French Conspiracy, and Plot), 1972
  • Dr. Ernest D. Hobbs, Phase IV, 1973
  • Alvaro Mesia, La regenta (also known as The Regent's Wife), 1974
  • Sergeant Driscoll, Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers, Columbia, 1977
  • Montgomery, The Island of Dr. Moreau, American International, 1977
  • Colonel Hamilton-Brown, Zulu Dawn, 1979
  • Arthur Minton, The London Connection (also known as The Omega Connection), 1979
  • Soul Patrol, 1980
  • Inspector Peter Hartman, Nighthawks (also known as Hawks),Universal, 1981
  • Lord Birkenhead, Chariots of Fire, Warner Bros., 1981
  • Den Tuchtigen Gehort Die Welt, 1981
  • Victor, Strata, 1983
  • Major Jack Downing, Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Marchese Giustiniani, Caravaggio, British Film Institute, 1986
  • Lord Smithwick, Without a Clue (also known as Sherlock and Me), 1988
  • Butler, Shanghai 1937 (also known as Hotel Shanghai), 1997
  • The Opium War, 1997
  • Felix de Echague, La vuelta de El Coyote (also known as El Coyote), 1998
  • Major Cowpat, Mumbo Jumbo, Vine International Pictures, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Robert Carne, South Riding, 1974
  • Oil Strike North, 1975
  • Don't Rock the Boat, 1982
  • Ladies in Charge, 1986
  • James Brant, Trainer, 1991
  • Miniseries
  • Lord Henry Wotton, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1973
  • George III, Prince Regent, 1978
  • Mucianus, Masada, 1981
  • Sir Charles Pelham, Longitude, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Movies
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (title role), Conan Doyle (also known as Edwardians: Conan Doyle), 1972
  • On Such a Night (also known as Away from It All: On Such a Night), 1973
  • Doctor Van Helsing, Dracula, 1973
  • Count Zouroff, Moths, 1977
  • Don Pedro, Much Ado About Nothing, 1978
  • Colonel George Grenfall, The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd, 1980
  • Gray Harrison Hunt, Cry of the Innocent, 1980
  • Charles Bridgenorth, Bird of Prey, 1982
  • Silas Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, CBS, 1984
  • Colonel Goosen, The Biko Inquest, 1984
  • Treasure Seekers, 1996
  • Dan Peggotty, David Copperfield, 2000
  • Specials
  • The Boneyard (also known as Wednesday Play: The Bone Yard),1966
  • Robert Larkin, The News-Benders (also known as Thirty-Minute Theatre: The News-Benders), 1968
  • To See How Far It Is (also known as Theatre 625: To See How FarIt Is), 1968
  • From Chekhov with Love, 1968
  • Murphy's Law, 1968
  • The Curse of the Donkins, 1968
  • The Year of the Crow (also known as Thirty-Minute Theatre: TheYear of the Crow), 1970
  • An Affair of Honour (also known as Thirty-Minute Theatre: An Affair of Honour), 1972
  • The Applecart (also known as Play of the Month: The Apple Cart), 1975
  • Theseus, A Midsummer Night's Dream (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream), 1981
  • Lord Ismay, Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy, PBS, 1986
  • Episodic
  • Grabowsky, "Double Exposure," Man of the World, 1963
  • Major Robertson, "The Danger Makers," The Avengers, 1966
  • Lord Barnes, "Split!," The Avengers, 1968
  • Mr. Douglas Hamilton, "Duck Soup," The Upper Hand, 1993
  • Mr. Hamilton, "Hard Times," The Upper Hand, 1995
  • William Smithers, "Blue Herring," Midsomer Murders, 2000
  • Also appeared as the commodore, "The Commodore," Keeping Up Appearances.
  • Taped Readings
  • Rum Tum Tugger, T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Penguin Audiobooks, 1997
  • Notre-Dame de Paris, Penguin Books, 1998
  • Gerald Durrell's Three Singles to Adventure, Chivers, 1998

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