Fast Facts

  • His parents, Nigel Davenport and Maria Aitken, are both successful British actors.
  • After graduating from university, he wrote to John Cleese, who co-starred with Davenport's mother in A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Although he had been hoping to get behind-the-scenes work in Cleese's film Fierce Creatures (1997), he wound up with a small part in the movie. 
  • Landed his breakthrough role as Miles Stewart in the British cult hit This Life after a lengthy process, which required him to audition for the role multiple times.
  • Performed in BBC radio broadcasts of A Clockwork Orange and The Cruel Sea.
  • Met his wife, Scottish actress Michelle Gomez, in a bar after seeing her perform several times in the stage production of Trainspotting.
  • Became known to American film audiences for his roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy (as Commodore James Norrington) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (as Peter Smith-Kingsley).


  • Hugo Davenport — Half Brother
  • Michelle Gomez — Wife
  • Laura Davenport — Half Sister
  • Nigel Davenport — Father
  • Maria Aitken — Mother


  • University of East Anglia, Norwich, England


  • Birth Place: Suffolk, England
  • Profession: Actor

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