Jack Davenport is another floppy-haired British cutie who you probably mostly know as the semi-baddie from the first three Pirates of the Carribbean movies. I realized that I’ve always enjoyed him, except I’ve always gotten him confused with James D’Arcy! Now that I’ve untangled the two, let’s enjoy:
The Moth (1997)
A 1913-set Catherine Cookson novel adaptation. Davenport plays Robert Bradley.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
As Peter, who befriends (and maybe more?) lead character Ripley. Telling you anything else would spoil things!
The Wyvern Mystery (2000)
As “Harry” in an adaptation of a Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1869 “sensation” (pre-melodrama, pre-Gothic) novel.
The Bunker (2001)
A horror film set in World War II.
As Prince Lobkowitz in a film about about Beethoven and Napoleon in 1804 Vienna.
I just discovered that Pirates of the Caribbean is allegedly set in 1728, and I may need a lay down. Ahem. Davenport plays the British naval officer who hopes to marry Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth.
He plays “Superintendent Harper” in “The Body in the Library.”
The Libertine (2004)
Davenport has the minor role of “Harris” (I have no idea) in this bleak biopic about John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester (Johnny Depp).
He’s the main foil to the protagonists as Lieutenant Clarke, one of the British officer who tries to both guard and care for the prisoners.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
The first of many Pirates sequels.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Yet another sequel!
Pirate Radio (2009)
As one of the government officials trying to shut down a pirate radio station broadcasting from a ship off the coast of 1960s England.
Davenport played the lead in this 1961 Britain-set drama about hospital staff who perform illegal abortionists.
Life in Squares (2015)
Davenport played British writer and publisher David Garnett (1892-1981) in this Bloomsbury Group series.
A United Kingdom (2016)
As Alistair Canning, the British government representative in Southern Africa, in this story about the marriage between King Seretse Khama of Botswana and Ruth Williams.
Conveniently (for me, who confuses the two) playing opposite James D’Arcy in this story about the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
The Stolen (2017)
Set in the late 19th century West, this film is “The story of a woman who must find her kidnapped son, navigating a world she doesn’t know, on the edge of danger with every heartbeat” per IMDB; Davenport plays “Joshua McCullen.”
Which is your favorite of Jack Davenport’s historical roles?