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Born: March 1, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Suffolk, England, GB Profession: actor

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One of the most versatile actors to emerge from England, Jack Davenport became a star in his native country for his honest portrayals of the British everyman, such as the twenty-something law professional who lacked any social grace on the BBC drama "This Life" (BBC, 1996-97), or the hilarious bachelor Steve Taylor on the cult sitcom "Coupling" (BBC, 2000-04). Davenport captivated across the pond with a number of American films, from the thrilling drama "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999) opposite Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, to the high seas adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003). Throughout his career, Davenport managed to choose roles that required his full commitment to a character yet his most challenging - both physically and emotionally - was the physicist he portrayed on ABC's sci-fi drama, "FlashForward" (2009- ), a breakout role that finally made the talented and likeable actor a household name.

One of the most versatile actors to emerge from England, Jack Davenport became a star in his native country for his honest portrayals of the British everyman, such as the twenty-something law professional who lacked any social grace on the BBC drama "This Life" (BBC, 1996-97), or the hilarious bachelor Steve Taylor on the cult sitcom "Coupling" (BBC, 2000-04). Davenport captivated across the pond with a number of American films, from the thrilling drama "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999) opposite Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, to the high seas adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003). Throughout his career, Davenport managed to choose roles that required his full commitment to a character yet his most challenging - both physically and emotionally - was the physicist he portrayed on ABC's sci-fi drama, "FlashForward" (2009- ), a breakout role that finally made the talented and likeable actor a household name.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Key Man, The (2011)
2.
 Pirate Radio (2009)
5.
 Wedding Date, The (2005) Edward Fletcher-Wooten
6.
 Libertine, The (2004)
8.
 The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Peter Smith-Kingsley
9.
10.
 Wisdom of Crocodiles, The (1999) Detective Roche
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Lived in Ibiza for the first seven years of his life
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Briefly tried acting while at university
1995:
Wrote letter to John Cleese asking for a production job on "Fierce Creatures" (1997); Cleese sent the letter to casting and he was cast in a small role as a student zookeeper
1996:
Breakthrough role as the tactless, lovable solicitor Miles Stewart in the BBC series "This Life"
1997:
Featured in the British TV miniseries "The Moth"
1998:
Appeared as Malcolm in a TV production of "Macbeth"
1998:
Cast as vampire hunting policeman Michael Colefield in the British series "Ultraviolet"
1998:
Co-starred with Jude Law in "The Wisdom of Crocodiles"
1999:
Portrayed a detective in Russel Mulchahy's "Tale of the Mummy"
1999:
Acted opposite Honor Fraser in the short "The Cookie Thief"
1999:
Cast as a musician who falls for the title character in "The Talented Mr. Ripley"; second collaboration with Jude Law
2000:
Acted with Iain Glen in the period horror thriller "The Wyvern Mystery" (BBC)
2000:
Starred alongside Gina Bellman in the British sitcom "Coupling" (BBC2)
2001:
Had first prominent stage role in an adaptation of "The Servant"
2002:
Co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson in Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan"
2003:
Portrayed Lt. James Norrington opposite Keira Knightley in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"
2005:
Cast opposite Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney in "The Wedding Date"
2006:
Reprised role of Lt. James Norrington in Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
2007:
Reprised role of James Norrington in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
2008:
Cast as a regular in the short-lived CBS wife-swapping drama "Swingtown"
2009:
Cast as Lloyd Simcoe in ABC's sci-fi series "FlashForward"
2009:
Joined an ensemble cast for Richard Curtis' "Pirate Radio"
2012:
Cast as the director of a Broadway musical on NBC's "Smash"
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Education

Cheltenham College: -
The Dragon School: -
British American Drama Academy: -
University of East Anglia: - 1992 - 1995
University of East Anglia: - 1992 - 1995

Notes

"Acting is a cruel business. One minute everyone's going 'Hey!' and the next they're going 'Who?' I just fell into it in my own stumblebum way." --Jack Davenport quoted in Company, October 1998

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Michelle Gomez. Singer, actor. Together from c. 1997; married on May 6, 2000 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Family close complete family listing

great-grandfather:
Lord Rugby. Maternal great-grandfather.
grandfather:
Bill Aitken. Politician. Served as a member of Parliament.
grandmother:
Penelope Aitken.
father:
Nigel Davenport. Actor. Divorced from Maria Aitken c. 1979.
mother:
Maria Aitken. Actor. Divorced from Nigel Davenport c. 1979; remarried; assumed guardianship of brother's children after his incarceration.
step-father:
Patrick McGrath. Novelist.
uncle:
Jonathan Aitken. Former Cabinet minister, journalist, merchant banker, biographer. Born in 1942; wrote biography of US President Richard Nixon; served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Prime Minister John Major; involved in a scandal in which he reportedly disclosed government secrets about Iran to Saudi Arabia; incarcerated in 1999 for 18-months after being convicted of perjury and "perverting the course of justice"; was married with twin daughters and a son; also acknowledged fathering a child out of wedlock with Soraya Khashoggi; separated from wife Lolicia in 1997 after losing a libel case against <i>The Guardian</i> and fined for 2 million pounds.
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