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THE DEAN
Jamie Bamber, the man behind Da Man


I decided to add this page partly out of wonder that I have yet to be served with a restraining order by Mr. Bamber, but mostly out of gratitude for his bringing Archie to life and admiration for his promising career.  

There's nothing terribly original here; the fan sites listed in Further Dissertations do a much better job and are far more comprehensive.  Also, Jamie's 1999 and 2001 interviews with A&E are both well worth reading.  But (hopefully) it's the thought here that counts!


FAQs

A Not Very Complete Filmography

Some Little Things

Epistolary Harassment Tips


(Many thanks to Alice for the Making of HH2 image!)




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FAQs


(NOTE: This is NOT one of the numerous questionnaires Jamie has filled
out for fans; it's just my usual data-distillation style of presentation.)


REAL NAME?
* Jamie St. John Bamber Griffith (changed for Equity purposes: already a Jamie Griffith registered)


WHEN/WHERE BORN?
* April 3, 1973. Hammersmith, England.


JUST HOW MANY NATIONS IS HE A CITIZEN OF?!
* Beats me.  Born in England, father's American, mother's Irish.  Must make tax time  interesting.


SCHOOL?
* St. Paul's School, London
* St. John's College, Cambridge
* degree: 1st class M.A. honors in Modern Languages (French and Italian)
* London Academy of Dramatic Arts


PERSONAL INFO?
* very into Dante and Shakespeare
* very into sports and Italian food
* married to actress Kerry Norton; they are the proud parents of daughters Isla, Darcy, and Ava


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A NOT VERY COMPLETE FILMOGRAPHY


Basically I'm just listing whatever I'm aware of.  Jamie has appeared in theater and radio productions as well (among the latter, Richard II -- one of my favorite plays, for which I would gladly sell my next-door neighbor for medical experiments to hear).  Once again, your best bets are the fan sites listed in Further Dissertations.


TITLE
WHAT
WHO
HIGHLIGHTS
LIVES?
WEBSITE

SHIFTING SANDS
(1994)

college film

Bean

(yes, you read that correctly)


* standing on a bridge
   (it's deja vu all over
   again)

* nose scrunches and
   lip licks galore (yes,
   even then)

* "Evidently."

* "Shall I take that as a
   compliment or an
   insult?"

* "You always ask so
   many questions."

* the Dallas Cowboys
   tee-shirt!

* finally, an on-screen
   snog (warning: it
   may not be quite
   what you'd expect)


yes

Simon Birkenhead (the guy who made the film) used to have a site about it ... but it seems to have disappeared now.

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (1998)

[PART 1]

A&E miniseries with Richard E. Grant in the title role and Martin Shaw as the bad guy

Lord Tony Dewhurst

* Tony's adorable    
   stuttering

* a certain party at an
   artist's house ...

* the "morning after"  
   scene

(I hesitate to call the street corner scene a highlight; it's too tragic!)


 no


And A&E has deleted their Scarlet Pimpernel site.  I sense a distressing pattern here ...

HORATIO HORN-BLOWER (1999)

[EPISODES
1, 3, 4]


A&E miniseries with Ioan Gruffudd in the title role

Midshipman
and Acting Lieutenant Archie Kennedy

* If you've been
   browsing around this
   site, I think you have
   a pretty good idea! J

yes

(but a couple of close shaves)


POIROT: THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD (2000)

A&E mystery series with David Suchet as Poirot

Ralph Paton

* "I've been trying to
   find a job, Father!"

* disgusted shake of
   head

* there and back again
   at the end


yes

(but AWOL for quite awhile)


LADY AUDLEY'S SECRET (2000)

PBS "Mystery!" presentation with nobody else worth mentioning

 George Talboys

* the Brian Jones hair

* "Give me that!"

* reading a newspaper

* fishing (profile)

* the lightning strike
   scene

* "Taking you back to
   the man you have
   deceived!"

*  all's "well" that ends
   well ...

*  fencing in
   regimentals

* "Why not?  It was
   valuable!"

*  "Well, I wasn't
   thinking terribly
   clearly."

* there and back again
   at the end (again)


yes

(but presumed otherwise for quite awhile)


HORATIO HORN-BLOWER: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES (2001)

[EPISODES
 5 & 6]


A&E miniseries with Ioan Gruffudd in the title role

Lieutenant Archie Kennedy

* every scene he's in,
   basically!

aghhhhh, no! *sob*


BOB MARTIN
(April 2001)

[EPISODE: "Big Break"]

Comedy series starring Michael Barrymore and our old friend Captain Foster (Denis Lawson)


James Warburton

* His slightly oily,  
   insincere demeanor  
   (I always wanted to
   see Jamie play a
   heel!)

* The hideously ugly
   powder-blue jumper-
   thingee which only
   he could wear with
   dignity


yes


BAND OF BROTHERS (September 2001)

[PARTS 7 & 8]


10-part HBO miniseries by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks

 Lieutenant Jack Foley

* sounds like they
   ended up on the
   cutting room floor,
   but I haven't seen it
   myself

yes

(As it happens, the real Lt. Foley is still alive and posting on internet message boards.)






PEAK PRACTICE
(2001-2002)

Long-running British medical drama series with nobody else I've ever heard of


Dr. Matt Kendal

* Just the sight of him
   in contemporary
   clothing for once is
   more than enough!


yes





THE DEVIL'S TATTOO
(2001)

[aka "Ghost Rig"]

Eco-horror film (yes, you read that correctly) that seems to have gone straight to video

Tom

* I can't say I'm dying to
   see this.  But
   however bad it may
   be, it did introduce
   Jamie to his future
   wife Kerry Norton.  
   For this alone it
   deserves an
   honorable mention
   on his CV.


given that it's a horror film, I'm guessing he doesn't make it to the end


ULTIMATE FORCE
(2002-2003)

British action TV series starring Ross Kemp, whom I know nothing about but for whom a lot of people seem to have a violent dislike

Lt. Dotsy Doheny


* I haven't seen this,
   but people who like
   action shows and can
   tolerate Ross Kemp
   seem to enjoy it

dunno


DANIEL DERONDA
(2002)

TV adaptation of a novel by George Elliot, whom you couldn't pay me to read


Hans Meyrick

* Jamie has a lot to  
   compensate for here:
   yer typical George
   Eliot snoozefest and
   a totally blah titular
   hero.  But he does
   it!  The proceedings
   come alive in his few
   scenes.  Even with
   the Colonel Sanders
   hair he's very good,
   especially in the last
   ten minutes.  (And he
   sings!)


yes


BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
(2003)

[miniseries]

Highly-rated cable TV miniseries remake of the 1970s show, with Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell


Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama

* His first meeting with
   Starbuck when he
   arrives on the
   Galactica

* His heated argument
   with Adama about his
   dead brother Zack

* His quite good
   American accent

* The very flattering
   un-ee-form

* Just the fact that he
   made me like Apollo,
   whom I had always
   considered an
   unappealing wet
   blanket in the old
   series


yes

(although there are close shaves)


BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
(2005)

[series]

Successful regular series spawned by the 2003 miniseries, with the same cast; already renewed for a second season


Captain Lee "Apollo" Adama

* After catching a few    
   episodes, my sister  
   paid Jamie the
   ultimate compliment
   for this role: she said
   he was a "dude."  To
   give you some
   perspective, bear in
   mind that she is a
   Horatio girl in the
   Hornblower universe.  
   (And we were both
   Starbuck girls back in
   1978!).  Carry on,
   dude.

* Beneath the special
   effects and nudge-
   nudge pokes at post-
   9/11 America, this is a
   show about human
   relationships--which
   are worth the pain
   they so often cause
   us.  Even some of the
   Cylons recognize and
   envy our unique
   ability to connect.  
   Apollo has complex
   and intense
   relationships with his
   father, his dead
   brother's fiance (the
   female Starbuck),
   and Mme. President--
   all of them worth
   watching

* One word: biceps


yes

(so far!)



NOTE 5/13/01: Thanks to the generous donation of Mags of the Hornblower Cafe, I have finally heard Richard II !  My next-door neighbor is safe ... for now, anyway ...


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SOME LITTLE THINGS


If you've ever wondered where Archie gets his sense of humor from, I think we needn't look too far -- as the following little tidbits will illustrate:


* Jamie describing his first day on the Hornblower set
From The Making of Hornblower by Tom MacGregor, (c) 1998 by Boxtree:

"The rain machines were on and chucking it down, it was bitterly cold, there was lots of noise, lots of pigs and loose women running around, and I couldn't even hear the director shout 'Action!' or anything."

Pigs and loose women?  The mind boggles.


* Jamie the film critic
In the midst of filling out a questionnaire dated January 2001, Jamie treated his fans to a concise, incisive review of that millenial cinematic masterpiece Charlie's Angels.  From the fan site Our Men: We Wish:

"Dispense with all character, all plot, and stitch together two hours' worth of stuff that would struggle to get into a Vidal Sassoon commercial and pass it off as entertainment.  A gross collage of boring set-pieces.  I fell asleep.  Beautiful girls, though.  It's a hit!  Put it in a double-bill with Armageddon and you would have just that -- my idea of the end of the world and everything in it."

Jamie, I gotta tell ya: I like the way you think.


* Jamie the social commentator
Around the time HH2 was broadcast on A&E, TV Guide posted on their website a little video clip of an interview with Jamie.  For a 60-second excerpt, Jamie managed to cover quite a bit of ground, mostly concerning the political and socioeconomic realities of post-Cold War former provinces of the now defunct Soviet Union.  (I kid you not.)  Alas, the clip is no longer on the TV Guide website, but it may possibly be preserved on one of the Jamie fansites listed on the Further Dissertations page.


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EPISTOLARY HARASSMENT TIPS


Following are the two most frequently used addresses for fan mail.  However, I feel obliged to note that these are the addresses of Jamie's agents, not his publicists.  He does not currently have a publicist and handles his mail himself -- when he has the time.  Also, when sending letters to the UK address, including a few international reply coupons would probably save him a heap of expense and difficulty.


FOR U.K. CORRESPONDENCE
c/o Shepherd Ford ASsociates Ltd.
13 Radnor Walk
London England SW3 4BP


FOR U.S. CORRESPONDENCE
c/o Alan Siegel Entertainment
345 N. Maple Drive, Suite 375
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


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