Oliver Ford Davies became an actor at Birmingham Rep in 1967 and after eight years in regional theatre and the West End joined the RSC in 1975, where he has since appeared in over thirty productions including Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Henry VIII, Coriolanus, As You Like It, The Greeks, Measure for Measure, Waste, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Richard II, Love’s Labour's Lost, Written on the Heart and Hamlet.
Other theatre includes Hamlet, The David Hare Trilogy (Olivier Award for Best Actor 1990), Playing with Fire,Galileo, Saint Joan, Much Ado About Nothing and All’s Well that Ends Well (National Theatre); Ivanov (Almeida and Maly Theatre Moscow); Naked, Richard II, Coriolanus and title role in King Lear (Almeida); Hadrian VII, Heartbreak House, Absolutely! (perhaps?), Goodnight Mr Tom (Chichester and West End); and at Hampstead and the Orange Tree he has played Oliver Cromwell, Charles Darwin, John Ogdon and Philip Larkin.
Television includes David Copperfield, A Very British Coup, The Way We Live Now, Kavanagh QC (five series), The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Cause Célèbre, Sparkling Cyanide, guest leads in InspectorMorse, Foyle’s War, Spooks, Midsomer Murders, Marple and recently Game of Thrones and Catastrophe.
Films include Sense and Sensibility, Mrs Brown, Titanic Town, Star Wars 1, 2 & 3, Johnny English, Heidi, The Mother, Atonement, A Deep Blue Sea.
As a writer, books include Playing Lear, Performing Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Fathers and Daughters and a play King Cromwell.
He studied at Oxford (D.Phil) and was a history lecturer at Edinburgh University (1964-66).