Jack Davenport

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Jack Davenport
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Born(1973-03-01) 1 March 1973 (age 41)
Wimbledon, London, England
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Michelle Gomez
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For American Medal of Honor recipient, see Jack A. Davenport.
Jack Davenport
Jack Davenport 1.JPG
Born(1973-03-01) 1 March 1973 (age 41)
Wimbledon, London, England
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Michelle Gomez

Jack Arthur Davenport (born 1 March 1973) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles in the television series This Life and Coupling, and as James Norrington in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. He has also appeared in many other Hollywood films, such as The Talented Mr. Ripley. More recently, he was part of the ensemble cast in the drama series FlashForward and Smash, and took the lead role in the 2013 ITV drama series Breathless.

Early life[edit]

Davenport, the son of actors Nigel Davenport and Maria Aitken,[1] was born in Wimbledon, London,[2] and lived in Ibiza for the first seven years of his life. His uncle is writer and former Conservative MP Jonathan Aitken, his maternal grandmother was socialite Penelope Aitken, his maternal grandfather was politician William Aitken, and his maternal great-grandfather was first Baron Rugby John Maffey.[3] His parents divorced when he was seven, at which point he was sent to the independent Dragon School in Oxford, as his parents did not want him to become involved in the divorce proceedings. He then went on to attend Cheltenham College, followed by the British American Drama Academy.


Davenport had not planned to become an actor; however, his career began when he took a gap year after attending Cheltenham College. A director from Clwyd Theatr Cymru (Welsh National Theatre) was impressed by his performance in a summer drama course and asked Davenport to work for him. At 18 years of age he ended up in Wales, performing bit parts in Hamlet, where he became friends with Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill).

The following year, he attended the University of East Anglia (UEA), concentrating in Film Studies and English Literature. He tried out acting once more at the UEA but was not, at this point, seriously interested in it. In fact, Davenport had considered becoming a member of a film crew, as opposed to acting in front of the camera. His mother advised him, after his graduation from UEA, to write to John Cleese requesting work on the set of his upcoming film, Fierce Creatures, so that Davenport could gain some real experience behind the camera. Cleese instead sent Davenport's letter to the casting department, and he was cast as a student zookeeper. Whilst a small part with very few lines it provided his first opportunity to work in front of the camera. After the production of Fierce Creatures was completed, Davenport found an agent who secured him an audition for the role of Miles Stewart in the BBC television drama series This Life.

Since then Davenport has played roles in many successful films and TV series, including The Talented Mr. Ripley, Coupling, and Ultraviolet, as well as the box office smash Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and its sequels, Dead Man's Chest and At World's End.

During his career Davenport has also performed voice-overs, having narrated the audio versions of John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps and recorded parts in Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange. He also provides the voice over for the British MasterCard advertisements (the American being done by Billy Crudup).

In 2006, he featured in the ITV1 drama The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant and in 2009 starred in the film The Boat That Rocked.

In 2007 Davenport was cast in Swingtown (2008), a period and relationship drama for CBS about the impact of sexual and social liberation in 1970s American suburban households, with story arcs involving open marriages and key parties. This was canceled after its only season.

In 2008, Davenport was cast in the new ABC pilot FlashForward (2009–10), which was based on a Robert J. Sawyer novel. In the series, Davenport played the character of Lloyd Simcoe, a physicist allegedly responsible for a worldwide blackout, which causes the whole world to see the future. That series was also canceled after a single season.

In February 2011, Davenport was cast in the NBC musical drama pilot Smash.[4] In May 2011, it was reported that NBC has picked up the show as a series for the autumn 2011 TV season.[5] The series follows a group of people coming together to put on a Marilyn Monroe musical on Broadway. Davenport plays the musical's director.

Davenport also starred as the replacement singer in the video for Snow Patrol's new single Called Out in the Dark, released on YouTube on 17 August 2011, alongside Tara Summers and Gary Lightbody.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Davenport married actress Michelle Gomez in 2000. Their son, Harry, was born in 2010.



1996This LifeMiles
1997Fierce CreaturesStudent Zoo Keeper
1998Tale of the MummyDetective Bartone
1999The Cookie ThiefA ManShort film
1999The Talented Mr. RipleyPeter Smith-Kingsley
2000Offending AngelsRort
2001Not Afraid, Not AfraidMichael
2001Gypsy WomanLeon
2001The BunkerLCpl. Ebert
2003Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlJames Norrington
2003EroicaPrince LobkowitzTelevision film
2004The LibertineHarris
2005The Wedding DateEdward Fletcher-Wooten
2006Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestJames NorringtonTeen Choice Award for Choice Rumble
2007Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndJames Norrington
2009The Boat That RockedTwatt
2011The Key ManBobby
2012Mother's MilkPatrick Melrose
2014Death Knight Love StoryZeliek
2015Kingsman: The Secret ServiceLancelot


1996–1997This LifeMiles Stewart
1997The MothRobert Bradley
1998UltravioletDetective Sergeant Michael Colefield
2000The Wyvern MysteryHarry Fairfield
2000–2004CouplingSteve Taylor
2002DickensCharley Dickens
2002The Real Jane AustenHenry Austen
2003The Welsh Great EscapeNarrator
2004Agatha Christie's MarpleSuperintendent Harper
2005The Incredible Journey of Mary BryantLt Ralph Clarke
2007This Life + 10Miles Stewart
2008SwingtownBruce Miller
2009–2010FlashForwardLloyd Simcoe
2012–2013SmashDerek Wills
2013BreathlessOtto Powell
2014The Good WifeFrank Asher



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