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David Bradley (born 17 April, 1942, in York, England) is a British actor who portrays Argus Filch in the Harry Potter films.


Early life

Bradley was born on 17 April, 1942, in York, England, United Kingdom.


Bradley became an actor in 1971, first appearing on television that year in the successful comedy Nearest and Dearest playing a police officer. He was awarded a Laurence Olivier Award in 1991 for his supporting actor role in King Lear at the Royal National Theatre. He has appeared in the Royal National Theatre's 1997 production of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, as well as productions of Pinter's The Caretaker at Sheffield Theatres and the Tricycle Theatre in London in 2006 and 2007.

Bradley as Argus Filch

Bradley starred in the BBC comedy series Wild West playing the character of Jake. He played fictional Labour MP Eddie Wells in the 1996 award-winning BBC Two serial Our Friends in the North. Other television appearances include the 2004 musical drama serial Blackpool on BBC One, the 2005 BBC television drama Mr Harvey Lights a Candle, playing the part of the morose coach driver taking an unruly party of pupils on a daytrip to Salisbury Cathedral and the 2006 BBC drama Sweeney Todd, playing the father of opposite Ray Winstone, and a small part in a 2006 episode of the series Taggart. Also in 2006 he played a leading character, Tom, in an episode of Midsummer Murders. He also appears as the character Stemroach in the BBC comedy series Ideal and as Electric in the BBC's Thieves Like Us, and in the BBC1 series True Dare Kiss.

Bradley appeared in Nicholas Nickleby (2002) and had a small role in the 2007 comedy film Hot Fuzz as a farmer who illegally hoarded weapons, including a sea mine which later proves important to the story.

David Bradley as Argus Filch with Mrs Norris

Bradley played Cohen the Barbarian in a Sky One adaptation of The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett.

In 2008, Bradley appeared in the role of Spooner in No Man's Land by Harold Pinter in the Gate Theatre, Dublin, opposite Michael Gambon as Hirst, in a production directed by Rupert Goold, which transferred to the London West End's Duke of York's Theatre, for which roles each received nominations for the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.

In 2012, Bradley portrayed the 24th century pirate Solomon in the Doctor Who episode Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. One year later, he portrayed William Hartnell (who played the first incarnation of the Doctor) in An Adventure in Space and Time, a BBC docudrama about the creation of Doctor Who in 1963. He later appeared as the First Doctor in the 2017 Christmas Special, 'Twice Upon A Time' starring alongside Peter Capaldi in his final appearance as the Twelfth Doctor before being replaced by Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. Bradley continued to portray the First Doctor in BBC-licensed Doctor Who audio dramas produced by Big Finish Productions.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2018 Les Misérables Monsieur Gillenormand 5 episodes
2017 Doctor Who (TV series) First Doctor Episode: Twice Upon a Time
2014-2016 The Strain Professor Abraham Setrakian
2013 An Adventure in Space and Time William Hartnell
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Argus Filch
Game of Thrones Walder Frey
The Holding Cooper
The Sarah Jane Adventures (TV series) Voice of Shansheeth Blue 2 episodes
Death of the Doctor: Part 2
Death of the Doctor: Part 1
New Tricks (TV series) John Plummer / Simon Beswick 1 episode
Dead Man Talking
Another Year Ronnie
Five Daughters (TV series) Patrick Palmer 3 episodes
2009 Harry Brown Leonard Attwell
The Street (TV series) Joe 1 episode
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Argus Filch
Ashes to Ashes (TV series) Robin Elliot 1 episode
The Tudors (TV series) Will (Court Fool) 1 episode
Problems in the Reformation
2008 The Daisy Chain Sean Cryan
The Invisibles (TV series) 'Knacker' Locke 1 episode
The Colour of Magic Cohen the Barbarian TV movie
I Know You Know Mr Fisher
2007 True Dare Kiss (TV series) Stanley Tyler 3 episodes
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Argus Filch
Hot Fuzz Arthur Webley
Thieves Like Us (TV series) Electric 3 episodes
The Jackets Job
The Teapot Job
The Warehouse Job
2006-2008 Ideal (TV series) Stemroach 6 episodes
2006 Taggart (TV series) Elijah Buckland 1 episode
Sweeney Todd Sweeney's Father TV movie
Lycanthropy Club Owner Video
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Argus Filch
Red Mercury Neil Ashton
Mr Harvey Lights a Candle Archie TV movie
2004 Blackpool (TV serial) Hallworth 6 episodes
Exorcist: The Beginning Father Gionetti
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Argus Filch
Wild West (TV series) Old Jake 6 episodes
2003 Blue Dove Max Turnbull TV mini-series
The Last King Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey 1 episode TV mini-series
Midsomer Murders (TV series) Tom 1 episode
The Green Man
The Mayor of Casterbridge Councillor Vatt TV movie
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Nigel Bray
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Argus Filch
The Intended The Priest
Crossings Yorkshire farmer Short film
This Is Not a Love Song Mr Bellamy
Pas de Trois Porter Short film
2001 The Way We Live Now (TV serial) Mr Broune 4 episodes
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Argus Filch
Murphy's Law Hatcher Snr. TV movie
Gabriel & Me Grandad
Blow Dry Noah
Sweet Dreams Jim TV movie
2000 Black Cab (TV series) Gerald 1 episode
Marriage Guidance
The King Is Alive Henry
The Wilsons (TV series) Ray Wilson 6 episodes
Shades Alan Roberts TV mini-series
1999 Doomwatch: Winter Angel Voice of Angel TV movie
Tom's Midnight Garden Abel
1998 The Canterbury Tales (TV series) January
Vanity Fair Sir Pitt Crawley 3 episodes TV mini-series
Reckless: The Sequel Arnold Springer TV movie
Where the Heart Is (TV series) Derek Woodford 1 episode
She Goes On
Our Mutual Friend (TV serial) Rogue Riderhood 4 episodes
Left Luggage Concierge
1997 In Your Dreams Tutor TV movie
Bramwell (TV series) Charles Matthews 1 episode
Reckless Arnold Springer 6 episodes
The Moth Dave Waters TV movie
1996 Kiss and Tell Superintendent Hines TV movie
Cracker (TV series) Frank Carter 1 episode
White Ghost
Wycliffe (TV series) Joe Mawnan 1 episode
Total Loss
Our Friends in the North (TV mini-series) Eddie Wells 8 episodes
Band of Gold (TV series) Alf 1 episode
A Touch of Frost (TV series) Les James 1 episode
Unknown Soldiers
1995 Casualty (TV series) Mr Stanmore 1 episode
Hit and Run
The Vet (TV series) Dick Sims 1 episode
Relative Values
1994 Martin Chuzzlewit David Crimple 2 episodes TV mini-series
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia (TV serial) Helen's father
1992 Between the Lines (TV series) Sgt. Harry Ross 1 episode
Lies and Damned Lies
Screenplay (TV series) Mr Preach 1 episode
Bad Girl
1989 The Play on One (TV series) Harry 1 episode
A Master of the Marionettes
1987 Prick Up Your Ears Undertaker
1986 King of the Ghetto (TV series) Ralph 2 episodes
1985 Theatre Night (TV series) Charron / Voice of Stalin 1 episode
One by One (TV series) 1 episode
To Hear the Sea-Maid's Music
1983 Tartuffe Cleante TV movie
1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV series) Wike 1 episode
Play for Today (TV series) Communist speaker 1 episode
The Union
1979 The Frisco Kid Julius Rosensheine
1978 The Professionals (TV series) Tony Kristo 1 episode
Close Quarters
1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV series) Evangelist 1 episode
That Quiet Earth
ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV series) Parker Street Goalie 1 episode
Another Sunday and Sweet F.A
1971 A Family at War (TV series) Colin Woodcock 7 episodes
Nearest and Dearest (TV series) 2nd Policeman 1 episode
Barefaced in the Park


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