Date of Birth : Mar 1st 1973
Davenport had never thought he would go into acting. However, his acting career sprung into action when he took a gap year after attending Cheltenham College. He was on a summer drama course and a director from Clwyd Theatr Cymru (The Welsh National Theatre) saw him, liked what he did and asked Davenport to come and work for him. At 18 years of age he ended up in Wales, performing bit parts in Hamlet; where he became friends with Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill).
The year after, he attended the University of East Anglia (UEA), where he concentrated on Film Studies and English Literature. He tried out acting once more at the UEA, but was not, at this point, seriously interested in it. In fact, Davenport had considered becoming a member of a film crew, as opposed to acting in front of the camera. It was not until his mother advised him – after his graduation from UEA – to write a letter to John Cleese, requesting to work on the set of his upcoming film, Fierce Creatures, so that Davenport could gain some real experience behind the camera. Cleese instead sent Davenport’s letter to the casting department, and he was cast as a Student Zookeeper. While it was a small part with very few lines, it provided him his first opportunity to work in front of the camera. After the production of Fierce Creatures was over, Davenport found an agent, who gained him an audition for the role of Miles Stewart in the BBC television drama series This Life. It was in this part that Davenport first rose to fame.Jack Davenport as James Norrington in Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Since then Davenport has played roles in many successful films and TV series, including The Talented Mr. Ripley, Coupling, and Ultraviolet and the box office smash Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, and its sequels, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.