Jack Davenport (born March 1, 1973) is a British film and television actor who became known in the mid 1990s for his role in the TV series This Life. He has since become best known for his roles in the Coupling television series and the Pirates of the Caribbean series of films. He has also appeared in many other Hollywood films such as The Talented Mr. Ripley and has gained a reputation for playing pompous or clumsy characters. He can most recently be seen as a lead character in the TV series SwingtownDavenport had not planned to become an actor, however, his career began when he took a gap year after attending Cheltenham College. A director from Clwyd Theatr Cymru (The Welsh National Theatre) was impressed by his performance on a summer drama course and asked Davenport to work for him. At 18 years of age he ended up in Wales, performing bit parts in Hamlet, where he became friends with Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill).
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