The Info List - Oliver Ford Davies

Oliver Robert Ford Davies (born 12 August 1939) is an English actor and writer, best known for his role as Sio Bibble
Sio Bibble
in Star Wars Episodes I to III. He is also known for his role as Cressen in HBO series Game of Thrones.[2]


1 Early life and academic career 2 Acting career 3 Awards and nominations 4 Books 5 Partial filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early life and academic career[edit] Davies was born in Ealing, Middlesex, England. He attended the King's School, Canterbury. From there, he won a scholarship to Merton College, Oxford, where he read History and became President of the Oxford University Dramatic Society.[3] After obtaining his D Phil,[4] he worked as a history lecturer at the University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh
before taking up acting professionally in 1967.[5] Acting career[edit] Davies had a regular role as Peter Foxcott QC in Kavanagh QC. He also appeared with John Thaw in an episode of inspector Morse and also appeared in the ITV television drama The Uninvited, and in a 2002 episode of the popular drama Foyle's War. His highest profile acting role was most likely his role as Sio Bibble in the Star Wars
Star Wars
"prequel trilogy" films, released in 1999, 2002 and 2005. In 2003, Davies appeared in the film Johnny English, where Davies was the Archbishop of Canterbury. He appeared as Polonius in Hamlet
with the Royal Shakespeare Company, alongside David Tennant
David Tennant
and Patrick Stewart, and in 2009 appeared in All's Well That Ends Well
All's Well That Ends Well
at the Royal National Theatre
Royal National Theatre
as the King of France. In 2010, he appeared as Balfour in the premiere of Ben Brown's play The Promise, about the Balfour Declaration. In 2011, he appeared in a stage adaptation of Michelle Magorian's book Goodnight Mister Tom, in which he played the central character, Thomas Oakley. He is back with the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
in 2014 as Justice Shallow in "Henry IV, Part 2". Davies again appeared with David Tennant
David Tennant
in Richard II in 2013. Awards and nominations[edit] Davies was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award in 1990 (1989 season) for Best Actor in a New Play for Racing Demon. He was twice nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his performance in Absolutely! (perhaps) at the Wyndham's Theatre
Wyndham's Theatre
in 2003, and again in 2009 for his performance as Polonius in the RSC production of Hamlet
at the Novello Theatre. Books[edit] Oliver Ford Davies' books include Playing Lear, an account of his experience while performing King Lear at the Almeida Theatre, and Performing Shakespeare. Both are published by Nick Hern Books. Partial filmography[edit]

Defense of the Realm
Defense of the Realm
(1986) – Anthony Clegg Scandal (1989) – Mr. Woods, MI5 Paper Mask (1990) – Coroner Sense and Sensibility (1995) – Doctor Harris Mrs Brown
Mrs Brown
(1997) – Dean of Windsor Mrs Dalloway (1997) – Hugh Whitbread Titanic Town (1998) – Whittington An Ideal Husband (1999) – Sir Hugo Danforth Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) – Sio Bibble Blow Dry
Blow Dry
(2001) – Doctor Hamilton Just Visiting (2001) – Pit Rivers Revelation (2001) – Professor Casaubon Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) – Sio Bibble Johnny English
Johnny English
(2003) – Archbishop of Canterbury The Mother (2003) – Bruce Gladiatress (2004) – (uncredited) Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) – Sio Bibble Heidi (2005) – Dr. Classen National Theatre Live: All's Well That Ends Well
All's Well That Ends Well
(2009) – King of France The Deep Blue Sea (2011) – Hester's Father Royal Shakespeare Company: Henry IV Part II (2014) – Shallow Christopher Robin (film) (2018) – TBA (voices)


^ Profile at ftvdb.bfi.org.uk ^ " Oliver Ford Davies
Oliver Ford Davies
on Melisandre, Stannis & Flaming Idols". flicksandthecity.com. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2016.  ^ Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900-1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 503.  ^ Naxos Audiobooks: Oliver Ford Davies; accessed 22 March 2013 ^ "Oliver Ford Davies, actor – portrait of the artist", The Guardian, 18 December 2012. Accessed 22 March 2013

External links[edit]

Oliver Ford Davies
Oliver Ford Davies
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Oliver Ford Davies
Oliver Ford Davies
on IMDb Nick Hern Books[permanent dead link]

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Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor

Antony Sher (1985) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) Oliver Ford Davies
Oliver Ford Davies
(1989/1990) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1991) Nigel Hawthorne (1992) Robert Stephens
Robert Stephens
(1993) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(1994) David Bamber (1995) Alex Jennings (1996) Antony Sher (1997) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Henry Goodman
Henry Goodman
(2000) Conleth Hill
Conleth Hill
(2001) Roger Allam
Roger Allam
(2002) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2003) Matthew Kelly (2004) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2005) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2006) Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
(2007) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2008) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(2009) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2010) Roger Allam
Roger Allam
(2011) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
and Jonny Lee Miller
Jonny Lee Miller
(2012) Luke Treadaway (2013) Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear
(2014) Mark Strong
Mark Strong
(2015) Kenneth Cranham (2016) Jamie Parker (2017) Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston

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