Jack Davenport

Jack Davenport ( * March 1, 1973 in Suffolk, England ) is a British actor. He is best known for his role of Steve Taylor in Coupling - Who with whom? and the James Norrington in Pirates of the Caribbean.


Jack Davenport was born on March 1, 1973 in rural Suffolk, a county north of London. His parents are the British actors Maria Aitken ( born 1945 ), known in Germany, mainly due to her role in A Fish Called Wanda, and Nigel Davenport ( 1928-2013 ), who played the lead role in the television series Howard 's Way. From a young age, the presence of actors he liked it very much.

Both the father and the mother tried to dissuade him but from acting, as they " can be an unprofitable art " and " a very difficult way to earn a living ." After the change of the general public on the boarding school "The Dragon School " at the age of just eight years, the parents divorced and non-weight bearing her son thus their separation. First experience as a professional actor Jack gathered in his college days when he played in the " Theatre Clwyd ." When did he leave the "Cheltenham College ," he went, like his father, to the University of East Anglia, where he studied English literature and film studies to provide a basis for the future; yet he wanted to pursue an acting career.

Davenport got in the British series This Life about young lawyers the role of Miles, a handsome and capricious Schwerenöters that impressed especially female audience, although the series only lasted two seasons. His first film role he played alongside John Cleese as a zookeeper in Fierce Creatures.

In 1999, he starred in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley Literaturverfilmung the rewritten for the film role of Peter Smith - Kingsley. The final breakthrough in England came in 2000 with the series Coupling - Who with whom? Davenport played the hapless Steve, who lives with his girlfriend Susan.

The previous peak of his film career was his role in Pirates of the Caribbean. Davenport plays - on the side of Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley - the Commodore James Norrington. He played this role in the second and third part of the film series, where he dies in the third part.

Jack is married to fellow actress Michelle Gomez, with whom he had a son born in 2010 and lives in south London.

Filmography (selection)

  • 2011: Called Out in the Dark by Snow Patrol (Music Video)


  • Come Together
  • Lucky Jim
  • The Tesseract
  • Artemis
  • Crisis Four


  • The Servant ( Lyric, Hammersmith )
  • The Tempest ( Holders Festival in Barbados )


  • Nomination for Laurence Olivier Award as Best Newcomer in 2001