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David Warner Biography

Birth Name:
David Hattersley Warner
Birth Place:
Manchester, Lancashire, England

Fast Facts

  • Worked as a bookseller before discovering his passion for acting
  • Made his professional stage debut as Snout in the English Stage Company's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1962
  • Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963, portraying Trinculo in The Tempest, Cinna the Poet in Julius Caesar, the titular role in Hamlet and Henry VI in multiple productions
  • Returned to the stage in 2002 after 30 years to star in Olaf Olafsson's production of The Feast of the Snails at the Lyric Shaftesbury in the West End after long suffering from acute stage fright
  • Played the titular role in Steven Pimlott's stage production of King Lear at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2005
  • Has done extensive voice-over work for numerous TV series, video games, audio plays and radio productions
  • Accrued more than 200 on-screen acting credits throughout his career


  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1967BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actor: nominated


  • Melissa -- Daughter
  • Harriet Warner -- Ex-wife
  • Sheilah Kent -- Ex-wife
  • Herbert Warner -- Father
  • Doreen Hattersley -- Mother