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Overview (3)

Born in Hampshire, England, UK
Birth NameRowan David Oakes
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (2)

David Oakes is a British actor who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and graduated in 2007. He is represented by Conway Van Gelder Grant Inc.

Before training professionally as an actor he studied at Manchester University where he received a first class degree in English and Drama. David was also on the board of governors for the Conservatoire of Dance and Drama.

He went to school in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where he eventually became the head boy at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School.

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David began his career at Shakespeare's Globe performing in Love's Labour's Lost alongside Gemma Arterton, and in We the People, a new play by Eric Schlosser exploring the foundation of the American Constitution. He has also performed for the RSC and at the Old Vic Theatre under the management of Kevin Spacey in the 24 Hour Plays. David made his television debut in the BBC's Bonekickers and was seen later that year in Kwame Kwei-Armah's Walter's War, a one off drama surrounding the training of young officers heading into the First World War.

Alongside television roles, David has appeared in many theatre roles and was most recently seen on stage at the Almeida Theatre in the new play by the award-winning writer Joel Horwood, All the Little Things We Crushed. Prior to that he was seen performing as Raleigh in the Mercury Theatre's production of Journey's End - one of the Telegraph's Top 10 Theatre Productions of 2008.

In 2009 he filmed the new TV series Trinity, also starring Charles Dance, for ITV. It is the first program created by Roughcut TV, the new production company headed by Ash Atalla, the award winning producer of The Office. David was also seen in Channel Four's Mind of a Tyrant, a new series exploring the truth behind King Henry VIII.

He is currently (2009) filming a mini-series adaptation of Ken Follett's epic novel The Pillars of the Earth, a tale of war, power struggles and love in 12th century England. David stars as William Hamleigh alongside a stellar cast including Rufus Sewell, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Redmayne and Donald Sutherland and with director Ridley Scott attached as executive producer.

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Trivia (3)

His father is a Canon of Salisbury Cathedral, the Cathedral that provided much of the source material for "The Pillars of the Earth".
Has starred as a son of Jeremy Irons in The Borgias. And has played alongside Jeremy Irons's son Max Irons in "The White Queen" as his brother.
In season one of "Victoria", Ernest is seen sketching Harriet, the Duchess of Sutherland, played by Margaret Clunie. Having seen David's artistic work online, Michael Howells, the show's production designer, asked David to produce the sketch himself for the show. Subsequently, the pencil sketch shown is David's own work. There is also a charcoal sketch of David's that features in the film "Cold Skin".

Personal Quotes (5)

The cathedral is the most amazing thing. When you're feeling a bit above yourself and a bit pompous and a bit big-headed, you look up at the cathedral and it'll put you right back into place. But when you're feeling insecure and vulnerable and needing some support, you can look up to the cathedral and it will pull you up to its level. You'll get all the support you'll need.

This notion of faith, David says, served him well during filming. "That kind of speaks to mind going into Pillars of the Earth," he says. "The message sort of runs through."
One wonderful person told me that I always want what I don't have; maybe she's correct in part, but I think that is one way to look at ambition. I think it's hard for actors, humans, to do the same thing every day and to maintain the same enthusiasm one had for it as they had towards the beginning - unless it grows.
We who have lived already owe those that have yet to live the opportunity to live well.
I love it [a career as an actor] to bits, but it's highly bizarre, especially when you're playing a psychopathic rapist with various diseases.
You work [as an actor] for a bit, and then the job ends 'cause you get thrown off a bridge. And then, you suddenly don't have a career and you have to wait for the next bit to come along. It's the most strange profession in the world.

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