David Oakes is a British actor best known for his role of Juan Borgia in Showtime's Original series "The Borgias", directed and written by Oscar winner Neil Jordan. He first came to prominence as William Hamleigh in the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated mini-series "The Pillars of the Earth".
He was most recently on screen in the BBC/Starz series "The White Queen" and on-stage in the West End as Kit Marlowe in "Shakespeare In Love". He is currently shooting new shows for both BBC and ITV.
David started his career at Shakespeare's Globe in London following training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and studying English Literature at Manchester University. David continues to work on the London stage as well as in Film and Television.
Endeavour Triumphs!4th January, 2016
2016 got off to a great start with the broadcast of the new series of ITV's "Endeavour". The Gatsby-esque plot of the opening episode starred David as Morse's friend and foil and was enjoyed by 5 million people last night.
The episode is currently available to watch in the UK for the next 30 days through the ITV player. Please take a look.
David is excited to be about to work again with Sandra Goldbacher (the director of "Endeavour"), but more news on that to follow...!
“The Living and the Dead”7th December 2015
David is currently shooting "The Living and the Dead" for the BBC. Starring Colin Morgan, Charlotte Spencer and written by "Life on Mars"'s Ashley Pharaoh, the show is a biting Victorian Ghost story with a twist and will air in 2016 on BBC One.
David is also set to shoot another show for ITV in the new year. More details to follow on this soon... but he may well be back to form playing another roguish member of a royal family...! Watch this space.
Following a couple of years (finally playing good guys!) on the London Stage, David has made a return to British Television. He will appear in the first of four new episodes of ITV and Mammoth Productions' "Endeavour":
"Set in 1967, three months after Donald Campbell’s ill-fated attempt to break the 300-mile speed barrier on water... one encounter at a certain stately home will echo down the years, and have consequences that not even Endeavour Morse could have foreseen."
The episode will be aired towards the end of 2015 / early 2016 - further details to follow.
Trial of MacbethFebruary 2015
David will be 'resurrected' as Banquo alongside Christopher Eccleston's Macbeth and Haydn Gwynne's Lady M in a fundraiser for Shakespeare Schools Festival. Questioned by top silks John-Kelsey Fry QC, Jonathan Laidlaw QC, Dinah Rose QC and Ian Winter QC, Macbeth will be put on trial for murder. High Court Judge, Sir Michael Burton, will keep order while Jeremy Paxman leads the jury as they deliberate Macbeth’s fate.
For tickets and further information, click here.
In other news, David's film "Sins of a Father" premièred at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. More information here.
WhatsOnStage Award NominationDecember 2014
David has been nominated for a WhatsOnStage Award in the "Best Supporting Actor" category for his role as Christopher Marlowe in "Shakespeare in Love".
You can vote for him HERE.
David will be continuing in the role until the 10th of January 2015.
Marlowe In LoveOctober 2014
David continues to play Marlowe in "Shakespeare in Love" which has recently extended it's run to the 10th of January.
He has also been nominated for his performance of Kit Marlowe as "Best Featured Actor in a New Production of a Play" in the Broadway World Westend Awards. You can vote for him HERE.
Stream “Goblin?” Online1st Sept 2014
Following the success of "Goblin?" at the Film4 FrightFest, the short film is now available to stream...
All proceeds from the streaming of this film go to the British Lung Foundation.
Holliday, David, Emma, Christian, and all involved with making the film, thank you in advance for watching the film and supporting a great charity.
“Shakespeare in Love” Reviews24th July 2014
“...outstanding work from David Oakes as suave Marlowe, whose violent death makes Shakespeare suffer agonies…”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Telegraph
"...a terrifically debonair and charismatic Marlowe. With his sly, lopsided smile, seems to know more than he lets on, a witty yet oddly haunting stage presence."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Sunday Times
“...enchantingly mild and kindly David Oakes...”
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Independent
“...played with wickedly low-voiced, lethal calm by David Oakes in his striking West End debut.”
★ ★ ★ ★ Variety
“…strong support from David Oakes as the more theatrically confident Marlowe.”
★ ★ ★ ★ Guardian
"...peppered with enjoyable performances: notably David Oakes as an impish Marlowe."
★ ★ ★ ★ Financial Times
Tickets on sale through the official website.
World Premiere of “Goblin?”July 2014
Last year David reunited with his sister from The Borgias, Holiday Grainger, to make a short horror comedy called "Goblin?" It is directed by Christian James, the man behind last years Indie-Horror-Zombie-Toilet-Fest "Stalled".
The Plot: "Elizabeth has got her hands full with her boyfriend Harry, who's convinced there's a Goblin in the wardrobe. It's either the wrong relationship, or the wrong wardrobe."
The film will be getting it's World Premier at this years Film4 FrightFest on Saturday the 23rd of August. More information can be found here.
Love - in various disguisesEaster 2014
David is very pleased to announce that he will be playing Christopher Marlowe in the upcoming West End production of "Shakespeare in Love". More information can be found on the official website.
David, continuing to move against type, can be seen playing the romantic lead (really... no swords or weeping in sight!) in the World Premier of "Love By Design" at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Again, further information can be found on the official website.
An Hiatus? Surely not…14th August 2013
"Pride and Prejudice" came to a spectacular end a few weeks back, with numerous glowing reviews such as the ones here (Evening Standard) and here (Daily Mail), not to mention The Times' "You Must Pay To Read Our Praise" review and others to boot. It was a delight to return to the stage within such an exciting Theatre.
"The White Queen" concludes upon BBC One this coming Sunday, but is now finally on Starz in the USA. I shall endeavour to keep this site "Spoiler Free" (albeit History!) until it concludes it's run overseas.
In other news, I have just returned from Wilderness Festival playing Cupid in Lyly's "Gallathea" for another Globe "Read Not Dead". Also, I have just reunited for a modicum of jollity with my Borgia sister, Holliday Grainger, for a little short film entitled "Goblin?" Watch this space for updates on that...
Dates for Your Diary1st June 2013
9th June - David Directs "The Honourable History of Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay" for Shakespeare's Globe:
Read Not Dead Website
16th June - "The White Queen" is aired on BBC One:
BBC White Queen Website
20th June - 20th July - David performs as Mr Darcy in "Pride and Prejudice" at Regent's Park:
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park Website
29th June - David's short film, "Who Shall I Play With Now?" is screened at the Wimbledon Shorts Festival:
Wimbledon Short Film Festival Website
10th August - "The White Queen" is aired on Starz in the USA:
Starz' White Queen Website
Diving into Lakes; Bathing in Malmsey17th May 2013
We're delighted to finally announce that David will be playing Mr Darcy in the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, production of "Pride and Prejudice".
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", David will play Darcy opposite Jennifer Kirby's Lizzie Bennet and Jane Asher's Lady Catherine De Bourgh. The show will run from the 20th of June until the 20th of July. Tickets can be booked through the theatre's website:
Open Air Theatre - Pride and Prejudice
Although exact transmission dates are yet to be confirmed, "The White Queen" is set to air on the BBC very soon. Their latest trailer can be viewed here.
The White Queen1st Sept 2012
David will be appearing as George, Duke of Clarence, in the upcoming Phillipa Gregory adaptation for the BBC (UK) and Starz (USA). Shooting begins in September and will take place in and around Bruges. David will be playing opposite Aneurin Barnard and Max Irons as Richard and Edward respectively, as well as Eleanor Tomlinson as George's betrothed, Isabel Neville.
From the BBC Website:
The White Queen is the thrilling story of the women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne – they are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love. The White Queen is a stunningly rich tale of love and loss, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, vibrantly woven through the stories of three different yet equally driven women, in their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history.
The Borgias returns to the British Isles10th July 2012
The second season of The Borgias is set to return to the UK upon Sky Atlantic from 9pm on Saturday the 21st of June. For more infomation, visit the Sky Atlantic website:
David has recently been filming the final episode of the BBC's, and BBC America's, "Ripper Street". The show reunites David with Matthew Macfadyen who he played opposite in "The Pillars of the Earth". More information can be found here:
BBC America: Ripper Street
David has also just returned from Warsaw where he has begun filming the Polish movie "100dniówk@". He is performing in English and Polish, a hugely fulfilling challenge(!), as the school's English teacher. He returns to Poland later in the year to complete the shoot - more information to follow soon...
The Borgias comes to a close…14th June 2012
The second season of The Borgias is coming to an end on US and Canadian television this coming Sunday. In light of this, David has done a number of interviews talking about his character, Juan. They contain major spoilers - you have been warned:
Access Hollywood: Q&A - David Oakes On Juan Borgia
Buzz Focus: David Oakes Teases Ghostly Return
Collider: David Oakes Talks The Borgias Season 2 Finale
TV-Fanatic: David on Juan Borgia's Rise and Fall
The Examiner: Juan Borgias' Downfall (Part 1) (Part 2)
David has been put forward for an Emmy for his performance as Juan, in the Best Supporting category. The ballots for the final nominations close at the end of the month. A clip from the show can be found beneath in the videos section of this site.
In the meantime, David is about to shoot an episode of a new TV series - more information coming very soon.
The Borgias off to a devilish start17th April 2012
Season 2 of The Borgias is currently showing in the USA on SHOWTIME. The second episode, "Paolo", aired last Sunday with David receiving glowing reviews:
"...darn it if David Oakes didn't steal the show as Juan Borgia during this hour." TV-Fanatic.com
David also recently returned from the 30th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival where "Truth or Dare" received it's World Premier.
The Borgias Season 2 - Release Date14th Jan 2012
New Season Premiers Sun. April 8th at 10PM ET/PT only on Showtime.
For more information on the upcoming season, please read David's interview with the Huffington Post:
David Oakes - Huffington Post Interview (Part 1)
David Oakes - Huffington Post Interview (Part 2)
Or watch this Behind-The-Scenes film Open Set: The Borgias Season Two
The Borgias Season 2 - Interview and Trailer29th Dec
Showtime have released a sneak preview of the second season of The Borgias. Also an interview with Morgan Glennon for the Huffington Post has just appeared on-line. David talks about the imminent release of the Borgias season 1 DVD release and about the upcoming second season of the show.
The trailer can be found here:
The Borgias - Season Two
The interview can be found here:
David Oakes - Huffington Post Interview (Part 1)
David Oakes - Huffington Post Interview (Part 2)
Award Successes14th October 2011
Following recent award success at the Austrian Romys and the Canadian Geminis, David is very pleased to say that both The Pillars of the Earth and The Borgias were nominated for Primetime Televison Emmy Awards. Pillars was up for 7 awards including Best Mini-Series, and The Borgias was nominated for 6 awards including Best Director for the show's writer and creator, Neil Jordan.
With many nominations and further wins for both shows across the World, David is delighted that both projects are being recognised for their respective merits, and doubly pleased that they find themselves in different categories and are not fighting each other for the trophies! Let's see what next year and a second season of the Borgias will bring...
The Emmy ceremony took place on September the 18th.
Emmy Award Website
Borgias Season(s) Update4th July 2011
Following a successful run at the Orange Tree, David is now back in Budapest
shooting the second season of The Borgias.
Season One will air in the UK on Sky Atlantic on the 6th of August. Further details can by found here - Sky Atlantic: The Borgias
Soon there should be some very exciting news regarding "Truth or Dare", a film David shot in February.
Life in the Farce Lane5th June 2011 David's production of "Three Farces" has opened at the Orange Tree Theatre, and opened well. Billington's 4 Star review in The Guardian describes the show as an "adroit production, which confirms why the Victorians loved farce: in a society that craved stability, order and harmony, it was a way of exorcising their darkest fears and fantasies." Read the full review here.
The 4.5 star review in The Public Review describes the production as "a thoroughly charming and enjoyable evening to convert even the farce adverse" and the Good Review says it's "an explosion of frolicking, fumbling and fabulously loud frivolity, an incomprehensibly complex tangle of words and deeds which was quite simply – adorable." Full reviews here and here.
With reviews still coming in, the show is assured of being a critic and audience favourite. Tickets can be booked through The Orange Tree Theatre Website and the show runs until the 25th of June.
Treading Some ‘Silly’ Boards21st April 2011
David is delighted to be returning to the London Stage with
long time collaborater director, Henry Bell (Shakespeare's Globe and Dog Ate
Cake). They will be working together at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond
upon Thames on three one-act farces by the Victorian playwright, John Maddison Morton.
The farces are, "Slasher & Crasher", "Grimshaw, Bagshaw & Bradshaw" and "A Most Unwarrentable Intrusion" within which David will take the two roles of Slasher and Bagshaw. Other cast members include: Ed Bennett and Clive Francis. The one-act farce was an art form unto itself; written as a kind of 'warm-up act' to a full length show, there are hundreds of these little gems lying covered in dust in theatre lofts and in stage pits - they were, quite literally, the keystone in the proscenium arch! The shows will be presented 'in the round'.
Full infomation can be found here: ORANGE TREE THEATRE WEBSITE
“TPOTE” wins big at the 2011 Romys17th April 2011
David was very proud to be in attendence at the Hofberg Palace in Vienna for the Romy Awards ceremony which were just held. The Pillars of the Earth won the Jury Award. David was present to accept the prize alongside Donald Sutherland, Natalia Wörner, director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and producer Rola Bauer. The Romy's are the Austrian equivelent of the American Oscars and celebrate achievements in both Television and Film; they are in honour of the great Austrian actress Romy Schneider.
Full details can be found here.
The Panda Bear Song - Foxes!8th April 2011
David has a small cameo in Foxes! new music video for their new single "The Panda Bear Song". The video can be viewed on YouTube here; and once you've enjoyed that, you can easily purchase the full E.P. here. Foxes! are an Indie band based in Brighton and are well worth a listen.
VIEW THE SONG (& DAVID'S CAMEO) ON YOUTUBE
The Borgias: Very Successful Premiere5th April 2011
Showtime’s new series The Borgias had the pay TV network’s strongest drama premiere in seven years. The Jeremy Irons historical drama had 1.06 million viewers for its premiere, then added another 432,000 viewers during its encore for a 1.5 million tally. That’s up notably from the series debut of Shameless (982,000) and United States of Tara (881,000).
In other news, CBS Studios Intl. announced on Tuesday that Neil Jordan's take on "The Borgias" sold to Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Korea and Turkey, with pan-region agreements in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. "The Borgias" previously sold to Sky Atlantic in the U.K. and Telecinco in Spain.
THE BORGIAS: COMING APRIL 3RDMarch 2nd 2011
Over a decade in the making, The Showtime Original Series The Borgias is the sordid saga of one of the most remarkable and legendary families in history. Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia (Academy Award® winner Jeremy Irons) to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth for himself and his family. The unbounded audacity of this original crime family went on to inspire Machiavelli's The Prince and Mario Puzo's The Godfather. Don't miss a minute of the lavish, sexy, scandalous drama from the creative mind of Academy Award® winner Neil Jordan."
Showtime's BORGIAS Website
The Pillars of The EarthSummer 2010
The character in “Pillars” that readers loved to hate has always been William Hamleigh, a ruthless aspirant to earldom who commits many vile acts. British actor David Oakes says that playing the role has its own odd rewards.
“If you look at all the good guys in this film, they get to kiss girls and look handsome,” says Oakes, 26. “But I got to fight with swords, set fire to people and I got to do it wearing leather, looking medieval with gruesome facial hair. I’m hoping I get some hate mail.”
One letter writer could be Oakes’ own father, a clergyman who bought the novel upon learning of his son’s casting, only to have it fall open to a page describing one of William’s more awful sins.
WILLIAM PAYNE The Living and the Dead BBC Sam Donovan
JOSS BIXBY Endeavour ITV / MAMMOTH Sandra Goldbacher
GEORGE, DUKE OF CLARENCE The White Queen BBC / STARZ James Kent, Jamie Payne et al
JUAN BORGIA The Borgias SHOWTIME Neil Jordan, John Maybury et al
WILLIAM HAMLEIGH The Pillars of the Earth SCOTT FREE / TANDEM Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
VICTOR SILVER Ripper Street BBC Andy Wilson
ROSS BONHAM Trinity ITV / ROUGHCUT Colin Teague
OSWALD HENNESSEY Walter’s War BBC Alrick Riley
MARLOWE Shakespeare In Love NOEL COWARD THEATRE Declan Donnellan
MR DARCY Pride and Prejudice OPEN AIR THEATRE Deborah Bruce
SLASHER/BAGSHAW Three Farces ORANGE TREE THEATRE Henry Bell
HUGH All the Little Things We Crushed ALMEIDA THEATRE Simon Godwin
MORTIMER Mary Stuart TRAVERSE THEATRE Aida Karic
RALEIGH Journey’s End MERCURY THEATRE Tony Casement
DUMAINE Love’s Labours Lost SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Dominic Dromgoole
David Oakes Showreel
17th September 2013David Oakes' current TV and Film showreel, including key scenes from "The White Queen", "The Borgias", "Truth or Dare" and "The Pillars of the Earth".
The Trials of Juan Borgia
4th June 2012David Oakes as Juan Borgia in the tail-end of Season Two. The toils and torments of his position are proving a lot to bear for the Gonfoloniere. Following the defeat at Forli and surmounting medical issues, he begins his struggle against psychological weaknesses.
The Borgias: The Battle of Forli
1st June 2012The cast and crew discusses creating the battle scene at Forli from episode 7 of "The Borgias", including a focus of David and the stunt-work he performed for this episode.
David Oakes and Jeremy Irons in a scene from “The Borgias”
12th July 2011A scene from episode 6 of "The Borgias" starring David Oakes as Juan Borgia and Jeremy Irons as Pope Alexander. This scene follows an incident where upon Juan greatly let down the Borgia name and highlight's Juan's concerns over his paternity.
The Borgias - “Lechery and Debauchery”
24th May 2011David and Francois Arnaud in a preview clip from the next upcoming episode of the Showtime Original series, "The Borgias".
The Borgias - “Without Compare”
19th April 2011David and Jeremy Irons in a preview clip from the next upcoming episode of the Showtime Original series, "The Borgias".
Behind the Scenes: The Borgias
THE BORGIAS will be a complex, unvarnished portrait of one of history’s’ most intriguing and infamous dynastic families. The series begins as the family’s patriarch Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons), becomes Pope, propelling him, his two Machiavellian sons Cesare and Juan, and his scandalously beautiful daughter, Lucrezia, to become the most powerful and influential family of the Italian Renaissance.
The Pillars of the Earth - Excerpt
A scene from one of the opening episodes of "The Pillars of the Earth". This miniseries is based on the novel by Ken Follett. The plot of the suspense thriller set in 12th century England involves war, religious strife and power struggles as well as two interwoven love stories. It is based on the building of a cathedral in Kingsbridge, England. David played the villain William Hamleigh.
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