Threlfall, David 1953–

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Threlfall, David 1953-


Born October 12, 1953, in Manchester, England; married Brana Bajic (an actress); children: two. Education: Graduate of Polytechnic School of Theatre; studied acting with Manchester Youth Theatre.


Agent—James Sharkey Associates, 15 Golden Sq., 3rd Floor, London W1R 3PA, England.


Actor. Member of Royal Shakespeare Company.

Awards, Honors:

London Theatre Critics Award, most promising newcomer, Plays and Players, 1978, for Savage Amusement; Clarence Derwent Award, Actors' Equity Association, Laurence Olivier Award, Society of West End Theatre, and London Theatre Critics Award, all 1980, and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best featured actor in a play, 1982, all for The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or special, 1983, for Nicholas Nickleby; Television Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1987, for Paradise Postponed; London Critics Circle Film Award nomination, British supporting actor of the year, 2004, for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; Royal Television Society Award, best actor, 2006, for Shameless and The Queen's Sister.


Television Appearances; Movies:

Vasily, Red Monarch, 1983.

Edgar, King Lear, BBC, 1984.

Alex, Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (also known as The Simon Wiesenthal Story and Recht, nicht rache), HBO, 1989.

Tom Rowse, A Casualty of War, USA Network, 1990.

"He's Asking for Me," Screenplay on Sunday, BBC, 1990.

Syl, Clothes in the Wardrobe (also known as The Summer House), BBC, 1992.

Martyn Day, Fighting for Gemma, Granada, 1993.

Joseph of Nazareth, Mary, Mother of Jesus, NBC, 1999.

Voice, 1000 AD, 1999.

Dr. Wilhelm Kritzinger (some sources cite Friedrich Kritzinger), Conspiracy, HBO, 2001.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen's Sister, BBC America, 2005.

Will Last/Daddy, Housewife, 49, Granada, 2006.

Also appeared in The Daughter-In-Law and Making Plays: Arena.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Smike, Nicholas Nickelby (also known as The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby), Channel 4, 1982.

Leslie Titmuss, Paradise Postponed, ITV, then on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, both 1986.

Weaver, The Marksman, 1987.

Leslie Titmuss, Titmuss Regained, PBS, 1991.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana: Her True Story, NBC, 1993.

Norman Kershawe, Sex, Chips and Rock 'n' Roll, BBC, 1999.

Aaron, In the Beginning, NBC, 2000.

Hal Royston, A Dinner of Herbs (also known as Catherine Cookson's "A Dinner of Herbs"), ITV, 2000.

Multiple voices, A History of Britain, History Channel, 2001-2002.

William Wordsworth, The Romantics, 2006.

Constantine the Great, "Constantine," Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, BBC, 2006, then as The Battle for Rome, The Discovery Channel, 2006.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Trevor, "The Kiss of Death," Play for Today, BBC1, 1977.

Archer, Scum, BBC, 1977.

"The Brylcreem Boys," BBC2 Playhouse, BBC2, 1979.

Robert, "Dog Ends," Play for Today, BBC1, 1984.

Hugh Warner, Jumping the Queue, BBC, 1989.

Stanley Rode, A Murder of Quality, PBS, 1990.

Television Appearances; Series:

Joe Henshaw, The Gathering Seed, 1983.

Bell, a recurring role, Nightingales, NBC, between 1990 and 1993.

Lenny Smart, Men of the World, BBC, 1994.

Frank Gallagher, Shameless, Channel 4, 2004-2007.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Blind Men, CBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Donald, "Rolling Home," Objects of Affection, BBC, 1982.

"Pratt Outta Hell," Lenny Henry Tonite, BBC, 1986.

Radovan Pradic, "High Speed," C15: The New Professionals, syndicated, 1999.

Bobby Connery, The Knock, ITV, 2000.

Carl Swannee, "Benefit to Mankind," The Last Detective, ITV, 2004.

Beauregard Smee, Cutting It, BBC, 2004.

Richard & Judy, Channel 4, 2004, 2005.

Keith Moran, "Divided They Fall," Spooks (also known as MI-5), Arts and Entertainment, 2005.

The Paul O'Grady Show (also known as The New Paul O'Grady Show), ITV, 2005, 2006.

Ian Garland, "The Rat Man," Afterlife, ITV, 2006.

Television Director; Episodic:

Shameless, Channel 4, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

Blackie, The Sons of Light, Royal Shakespeare Company, Other Place Theatre, London, 1977, then Warehouse Theatre, London, 1978.

Philip, A Bed of Roses, Royal Court Theatre, London, then Bush Theatre, London, 1978.

Fritz, Savage Amusement, Royal Shakespeare Company, Warehouse Theatre, 1978.

Jake, A and R, Royal Shakespeare Company, Warehouse Theatre, 1978.

Mike, Shout Across the River, Royal Shakespeare Company, Warehouse Theatre, 1978.

Abraham Slender, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1979.

Second lord attending Cloten, Cymbeline, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1979.

Viktor Viktorovitch, The Suicide, Royal Shakespeare Company, Other Place Theatre, 1979.

Mark Antony, Julius Caesar, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1979.

Smike, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1980, then Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Mike, Not Quite Jerusalem, English Stage Company, Royal Court Theatre, 1982.

Apoo, Topokana Martyrs' Day, Bush Theatre, London, 1983.

Malcolm, Selling the Sizzle, Hampstead Theatre Club, London, 1986.

Title role, Hamlet, Oxford Playhouse Company, Assembly Hall, and Elsinore Festival, both Edinburgh, Scotland, 1986.

Title role, Riddley Walker, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, 1986.

Title role, The Traveller, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, England, then Almeida Theatre, London, both 1987.

Title role, Bussy D'Ambois, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1988.

Title role, Macbeth, Royal Exchange Theatre, 1989.

Over a Barrel, 1989.

Gregers Werle, The Wild Duck, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1990.

Mickey Robinson, Your Home in the West, Royal Exchange Theatre, 1991.

The count, The Rehearsal, Roundabout Theatre Company, Criterion Center Stage Right Theatre, New York City, 1996-97.

Also appeared as Bollingbroke, Richard II, National Theatre, London; in The Count of Monte Cristo, Oedipus at Colonus, Oedipus: The King, The Party, and Riddley Walker, all Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England; in Hedda Gabler, Chichester, England; in Paper Flowers, Watermans Theatre; and in The War at Home, Hampstead Theatre Club, London.

Film Appearances:

Jack Jenkins, When the Whales Came (also known as Why the Whales Came), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1989.

Leward Wicklow, The Russia House, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1990.

Inspector Robert Highland, Patriot Games, Paramount, 1992.

Harvey, The Black Dog, 1999.

Donald Leek, Chunky Monkey, 2001, World Film Magic, 2005.

Preserved Killick, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003.

Jeffrey, Alien Autopsy, Warner Bros., 2006.

John Colbie, Like Minds, Weinstein Co., 2006.

Martin Blower, Hot Fuzz, Rogue Pictures, 2007.

Radio Appearances:

Performed as Detective Dr. Baldi for a program on BBC Radio 4.


Audio Book:

The Secret Agent, Reed Publishing, 1997.