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David Hampshire was born in Kingston, Surrey and trained at the Italia Conti Stage School. He started his career aged 12, in 1966, when he landed the title role in the BBC TV series Jennings. Since then has played everything from Ugly Sister in Panto to Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre, London.

David has also shot over 50 UK and foreign commercials for which his agent thanks him very much!!

In December 2003, David formed the British English-Speaking Theatre, (BEST) Slovenia. BEST will be presenting English-speaking plays In Slovenia, central Europe, from mid-2005 onwards. For further information please visit

Since joining awl in February 2002, David has won no fewer than three awl competitions for his short plays An eye for an eye (Spring 2002), Briefcase Encounter, (Autumn 2003) and Up Or Down? (Summer 2004). Another of his short plays, Where There's a Will, was a runner-up in the Spring 2004 competition.

David directed In the Post by John Petherbridge, as part of awl's first public showcase at Bullion Room Theatre, Hackney Empire, in November 2003.

A keen tennis player, David lives in Bromley, SE London.

Spotlight: 1398: Full Equity
Personal Details: Height 6ft - Hair: Fair - Eyes: Blue
Singing voice: Tenor (to top B flat - Ian Adam Trained)
Special Skills: Dance; Modern & Jazz.


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Agent: Gary Trolan Management, 30, Burrard Road, London NW6 1DB
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Production Role Director Company / Venue

Footballers' Wives Vince Palmer Robert Bangura Shed Productions/ITV 1
Winners and Losers David Schulten Paul Boorman Maverick/Channel 4
New Tricks Alan Wearing Paul Seed Wall to Wall / BBC
Midsomer Murders Cabbie Sarah Hellings Bentley Productions/ ITV 1
Trevor's World of Sport
Ted Greaves Andy Hamilton Hat Trick / BBC
Doctors Alex Rose Charlotte Conquest BBC TV
Family Affairs Dr. Connell Robert Gabriel Thames TV
The Bill D.S.E. Eddie Scott Jeremy Silberston Thames TV
The Age Thing Tim Chris Gernon BBC TV
Wogans Guide to being an Old Geezer Commentator Ben Kellet BBC TV
Noel's House Party Gotcha Team (2 Series) Ben Kellet & Guy Freeman BBC TV
Lenny Goes To Town Colonel Bashing Guy Freeman BBC TV
Our Tune Father   BBC TV
Love for Lydia George Holland Tony Dow LWT
Tom Brown's Schooldays Diggs Gareth Davies BBC TV
Jennings Jennings Johnny Downes BBC TV

Maternity Dr. Hourtin Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
A State of Affairs Terence/Jack/Allan/Ellis Hen & Chickens, London
Jean Valjean/Courfeyrac/Brujon Les Miserables Palace Theatre, London
Pirates of Penzance Police Sergeant Drury Lane, London
Move over Mrs. Markham Henry Lodge Palace, Westcliff
Blood Brothers Narrator Palace, Westcliff
Bob Merrick Treasure Island Theatre Royal, Norwich
Godspell John the Baptist Palace, Westcliff
West Side Story Diesel Haymarket, Leicester
South Pacific Stewpot Connaught, Worthing

Other appearances include:

  • Stop the World - I want to get off! (National Tour)
  • Billy (Drury Lane, London)
  • Chicago (Library, Manchester)
  • Evita (Prince Edward, London)
  • The Muppet Show (ITV)
  • The Morecambe and Wise Show (2) (BBC TV/Thames TV)
  • The Royal Variety Performance

Pantomime appearances include:

  • Silly Billy in Mother Goose (Civic, Darlington)
  • Chop in Aladdin (Arts, Cambridge)
  • Billy Goose in Aladdin (London Palladium)
  • Ugly Sister in Cinderella (Library, Manchester)


Out of Water (Ignu Films)

The Pirates of Penzance (Universal)

Oliver (Columbia)

Fiddler on the Roof (MGM)

Goodbye Mr. Chips (MGM)


A variety of roles for BBC Radio Repertory Department including The Wheel on the School and title role in Sikalume and the Assagai.

Guest co-hosted Nightline: late night phone-in show on LBC London Radio.


Work as actor/presenter/facilitator includes:

  • RADA in Business, 'Scrutiny' Training, Forum Theatre 2004
  • HSBC Training Video 2004
  • MFI Training Video 2003
  • The Empress Building Launch 2003
  • Mobil Oil
  • British Gas
  • Midland Bank
  • Nationwide Building Society
  • Friends Provident Society
  • Safeway Stores
  • Shell Initiative 2000 (Series of Inter-Active Drama - workshop presentations in Holland)
  • 3-Com (NEC Birmingham, Computer Show Presentation)
  • Vauxhall Vectra Car Launch 95 (New model presentation)
  • Vectra Drive 96 (Nationwide safety presentation)
  • Walls 'Taste-Sensation' Inter-Active Exhibition launch.(Earls Court & Nationwide tour)
  • Principal performer - Fiat Cinquecento launch - Royal Albert Hall
  • MacIntyre Hudson Lawyers, NGJ Solicitors, 2001 Annual Conference.
  • World Cluedo Championship Convention, Sherlock Holmes Hotel.
  • Various Murder-Mystery events.


David Hampshire's first original short play An eye for an eye was awarded 1st prize in the awl Spring competition 2002, and his second entry, Briefcase Encounter, (in which he played the role of Alec Harvey and which he also directed) came first in the Autumn competition 2003. Most recently, his short play Up Or Down? won the Summer 2004 competition.

David's one-act play Christmas Presence received a rehearsed reading at awl in Feburary 2005. An earlier, shorter version of the play was read by the group in January 2003.

His short play Where There's a Will was a runner-up in the awl Spring 2004 competition.

David directed In the Post by John Petherbridge, as part of awl's first public showcase at Bullion Room Theatre, Hackney Empire, in November 2003. He also directed the awl readings of:

His most recent acting appearances with the group include:


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