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Birth Place: England, GB Profession: producer, actor

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David Parfitt's acting career began at the age of 12 when he landed the part of Peter Redway in the Thames Television series "And Mother Makes Three" (1971-73), a role he later reprised in "And Mother Makes Five" (1974-76). Cast in the original stage production of Julian Mitchell's "Another Country", which speculated on the private school experiences of future spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, he met RADA phenom Kenneth Branagh. Though the two went their separate ways immediately afterwards, they eventually reteamed and in 1987 founded the Renaissance Theatre Company, responsible for a string of celebrated West End theatrical productions including "Hamlet", "As You Like It" and "King Lear", most of which featured Branagh.

David Parfitt's acting career began at the age of 12 when he landed the part of Peter Redway in the Thames Television series "And Mother Makes Three" (1971-73), a role he later reprised in "And Mother Makes Five" (1974-76). Cast in the original stage production of Julian Mitchell's "Another Country", which speculated on the private school experiences of future spies Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, he met RADA phenom Kenneth Branagh. Though the two went their separate ways immediately afterwards, they eventually reteamed and in 1987 founded the Renaissance Theatre Company, responsible for a string of celebrated West End theatrical productions including "Hamlet", "As You Like It" and "King Lear", most of which featured Branagh.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Henry V (1989) Messenger
2.
 Doctor and the Devils, The (1985) Billings
3.
 To the Lighthouse (1984) Andrew Ramsay
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Played the part of Peter Redway in Thames Television series "And Mother Makes Three", landing the role at the age of 12
1971:
Appeared as Philip's son in the British miniseries "Elizabeth R" (aired in the USA on PBS)
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Reprised Peter Redway for "And Mother Makes Five"
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Met Kenneth Branagh when they performed onstage in Julian Mitchell's "Another Country"; cast also included Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Daniel Day-Lewis
1984:
Portrayed Andrew Ramsay in "To the Lighthouse", (aired in USA on PBS' "Great Perfromances")
1985:
Acted in "The Doctor and the Devils", a feature based on a 1940s screenplay by Dylan Thomas
1987:
Co-founded the Renaissance Theatre Company with Branagh and served as its managing director; pair later (with business partner Stephen Evans) formed Renaissance Films
1989:
First feature credit as producer (associate producer), Branagh's "Henry V"; also played Messenger
1989:
Produced stage revival of John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger", directed by Judi Dench and starring Branagh and then-wife Emma Thompson; play filmed for British TV by David Jones; aired in USA on Bravo in 1993
1992:
Made debut as line producer on Branagh's "Peter's Friends", a British "Big Chill" starring the director
1992:
Produced Branagh's Academy Award-nominated short "Swan Song"
1993:
Produced "Much Ado About Nothing", directed by Branagh
1994:
Served as co-producer on Branagh's "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein", co-starring Robert De Niro and Helena Bonham Carter
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Left Renaissance Films
1995:
First feature producing credit sans Branagh, Nicholas Hytner's "The Madness of King George III"
1996:
Returned to Shakespeare as producer of "Twelfth Night", helmed by Trevor Nunn and starring Bonham Carter
1997:
Produced Iain Softley's "The Wings of the Dove", starring Bonham Carter and adapted from the novel by Henry James
1998:
Served as one of the producers of the acclaimed romantic comedy "Shakespeare in Love", directed by John Madden; cast included Colin Firth. marking their first feature collaboration
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Notes

"Doing the last Renaissance Tour has finally hit my acting ambitions on the head. It's impossible to carry out both functions well--acting and producing. You can't argue with an actor about an overtime payment and then go on stage with him. Producing has given me much more of a thrill and a sense of fulfillment." --David Parfitt quoted in the press notes for "Henry V"

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