- 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).
- Michelle Gomez — Wife
- Nigel Davenport — Father
- Laura Davenport — Half Sister
- Hugo Davenport — Half Brother
- Maria Aitken — Mother
- University of East Anglia, Norwich, England
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- Birth Place: Suffolk, England
- Profession: Actor
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