Jack Davenport Wiki
The anthology series “Why Women Kill”, which follows the story of three women in different decades, all living in the same house, began airing in 2019, and besides the lead female characters, one male character caught the eye of the audience. At first as the character named Karl Grove, and then as the voice of The Narrator, the actor who portrayed and voiced these characters is Jack Arthur Davenport.
Besides the mentioned roles, he has over 65 acting credits to his name, and is perhaps known best as Norrington in “The Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, but also for his notable television roles, such as his portrayal of Miles Stewart in the popular ‘90s series “The Life”.
Early life and education
Jack was born under the zodiac sign of Pisces on 1 March 1973, in Wimbledon, London, England; his nationality is British and he comes from a family of English, Scottish and Northern Irish descent.
He was brought up by his parents Nigel Davenport and Maria Aitken, who are both actors, and the family of three lived in Ibiza, Spain, until this parents divorced. Jack was seven years old, and to keep him away from the divorce proceedings, his parents sent him to the Dragon School, in Oxford, England, then to Cheltenham College, and upon matriculating in 1991, Jack enrolled into the University of East Anglia, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies and English Literature in 1995. Jack also attended the British American Drama Academy, in London.
An interesting fact about Jack is that he didn’t plan to become an actor, however, the director from Theatre Clwyd saw his performance in a summer drama course, and invited Jack to work for him.
Roles in movies
Jack made his acting debut in 1997, as a Student Zoo Keeper in “Fierce Creatures”, followed by his role as Robert Bradley in the TV movie “The Moth”, and then in 1998, he was cast to play Malcolm in “Macbeth”, before his role as Detective Barton in “Tale of the Mummy” and as Sergeant Roche in “Immortality” in the same year.
In 1999, Jack portrayed Peter Smith-Kingsley in the five times Oscar-nominated movie “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Jude Law; the movie had 81 award nominations, including five for the Oscars Best Music, Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jude Law), and won 10.
In the early 2000s, he was seen in “Offending Angels”, “Gypsy Woman”, and “Not Afraid, Not Afraid”, before 2003, when Jack was cast to play Norrington in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, alongside Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush; the movie had five Oscar nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Make-up, and Best Actor in a Leading Role (Johnny Depp).
In the following years, Jack starred in a few documentary movies, and then in 2005, he was seen in “The Wedding Date”, before in 2006 reprising his role as Norrington in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, which brought him the Teen Choice Award Movie – Choice Rumble, which he shared with Orlando Bloom.
Jack again reprised his role as Norrington, in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” in 2007, and then two years later, he was cast to play Twatt in “The Boat That Rocked”, a musical comedy drama, written and directed by Richard Curtis.
In 2011, he starred in “The Key Man” and “Mother’s Milk”, and then he was cast to play Lancelot in the 2014 action adventure comedy “Kingsman: The Secret Service”, followed by his role as Vasyl in “Guernica”, in ’16.
In the same year, Jack portrayed Calib in “Americana” and Sir Alistair Canning in “A United Kingdom”, before his roles in “The Wilde Wedding” and “The Stolen”, in 2017, which were his most recent movie roles.
Roles on TV
In 1996, Jack made his first television appearance and his breakthrough role, as Miles Stewart in “This Life”, and after that was cast to play Detective Sergeant Michael Colefield in “Ultraviolet” in 1998, followed by his role as Steve Taylor in “Coupling” from 2000 until 2004.
In the following years, Jack guest-starred in “Marple” and “Mary Bryant”, before in 2008 portraying Bruce Miller in “Swingtown”, and in the following year was cast to play Lloyd Simcoe in “Flashforward”.
He was seen as Derek Wills in “Smash”, from 2012 until 2013, and then he portrayed Otto Powell in the TV mini-series “Breathless”, followed by his role as Peter King in “White Famous”, in 2017.
In the 2018 TV mini-series “Next of Kin”, Jack was cast to play Guy Harcourt, and the same year he was seen as Alistair Black in “Deception”, before his role as Jason Craig in “The Morning Show”, in 2019.
Concurrently, Jack appeared as Karl Grove in “Why Woman Kill”, which was broadcast until 2021, and is his most recent role, while it’s announced that on 28 April 2022 his new series entitled “Ten Percent” will be released, also starring Maggie Steed and Lydia Leonard.
Love life and marriage
Jack hasn’t been the subject of any rumors and controversies regarding his love life, and it’s widely known that he is a married man. His wife is actress, Michelle Gomez, perhaps known best for her role as Missy in the series “Doctor Who”.
Jack saw Michelle for the first time in a stage production of “Trainspotting”, and returned the next day to watched the play again, then went backstage to introduce himself, however, as Michele said, she wasn’t impressed right away as he was ‘too young and too posh’.
They went out on a date, and soon after became a couple, and after three years, he proposed to her. They were engaged for a year before the two exchanged their wedding vows on 1 May 2000, in a private ceremony at a Glasgow church, Michelle’s hometown in Scotland.
The two moved to Los Angeles, California USA in 2007, and in 2010 welcomed their son Harry.
As of April 2022, Jack and Michelle are still in a marriage, and raising their son together.
This 49-year-old actor, has starred in numerous movies and series during his over 25-year-long career, and has earned a decent amount of money thanks to his acting talent.
As of early 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $4 million.