Nigel Davenport

Nigel Davenport (born 23 May 1928) is an English stage, television and film actor. Davenport was born Arthur Nigel Davenport, however he goes by the first name of Nigel. Davenport was born in Shelford, Cambridgeshire, the son of Katherine Lucy (née Meiklejohn) and Arthur Henry Davenport. Davenport's father was a bursar at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He grew up in an academic family. He was educated at St Peter's School, Seaford, Cheltenham College and Trinity College, Oxford, originally to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics but switching to English on the advice of his tutors, which he claims he hadn't realised for himself at the time. Davenport first appeared on stage at the Savoy Theatre, then with the Shakespeare Memorial Company, before joining the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre in the 1960s. He began to appear in British film and television productions in supporting roles, including a walk-on in Tony Richardson's film of Look Back in Anger (1959), a theatre manager opposite Laurence Olivier in the film version of The Entertainer and a policeman in Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (both 1960).


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