DAVID BRADSHAWE - BIOGRAPHY
David Bradshawe was born and grew up in the Black Country town of Wednesbury. He graduated from the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art in 1978 after making his professional acting debut at Northampton Repertory Theatre in Noél Cowards classic comedy Present Laughter.
He moved to London in 1978 and quickly made his TV debut in Only A Game followed by a period as a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company where he was involved in the classic broadcast of The Lord Of The Rings and the Sci-Fi cult classic Earthsearch. David made his West End debut at the Arts Theatre playing the lead in the American play, The Boy Who Talked to Whales. Another contract with the BBC Radio School’s Rep followed as well as theatre roles in London in comedies such as Laugh? I Nearly Went To Miami and tours of musicals such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
David took a short sabbatical from the business in the late 80’s and began travelling around the world. He worked for an American Charter Airline Company called Trans International Airlines working out of New York as initially a flight attendant before gaining promotion as a Flight Service Manager. He then joined P&O Cruises (Southampton) as an Entertainment Officer where he enjoyed writing and devising his own shows such as Breakfast With Bradshawe, Bradshawe After Dark and the comedy characters Janet and Nessie as well as performing in musicals such as Oklahoma, My Fair Lady and Show Of Shows.
Upon returning to London in the mid-90’s he began teaching and directing at several Performing Arts Colleges including, Boden Studios, Italia Conti Academy, Laine Theatre Arts, CPA Studios and the London Studio Centre.
As an actor David’s work has been diverse; plaudits for his role of the Marquis De Sade in The Arcola Theatre production of Marat/ Sade, Antipholus of Syracuse in Shakespeare’s A Comedy Of Errors, Toad in a national tour of Wind In The Willows, Sam Byck in Sondheim’s Assassins , The Baker in Into The Woods and Wiggins the Butler and Gendarme in Martin Charnin’s Bless The Bride at the King’s Head Theatre.
David directed A Chorus Line at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch and a new play Cold Feet as part of the Covent Garden Theatre Festival. His last TV appearance was in Eastenders as the real ale enthusiast Baggy and soon afterwards worked with Tim Molyneux in Nashville as part of his Repertory Theatre At Sea company onboard Crystal Cruises. As a consequence of this work he was invited to re-start his previous career at sea as part of the inaugural entertainment team onboard the biggest cruise liner in the world, the now World famous Queen Mary 2 and is very proud to have made it through the ranks to become her fourth Cruise Director. David also worked with two other ultra luxury cruise lines as an entertainer/ Assistant Cruise Director; Silversea Cruises and the Yachts of Seabourn. In 2005 he recorded the novel, Tersias by GP Taylor for BBC Audiobooks and in 2006 was honoured to have been made a Warden of his Church, The Actors Church, St.Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. In the September of 2006 he was invited to become Cruise Director for Thomson Cruises onboard their ships Thomson Spirit and Thomson Celebration for their seasons in the Med and Red Sea. Shortly after completing this contract he was contacted by Princess Cruises and asked to re-join the company he first worked for in 1993 upon the same ship, The Regal Princess as Cruise Director some fourteen years afterwards. David continues in his role as Cruise Director for Princess Cruises and has served on seven different ships in the fleet to date. In his time back with the company he has personally written and produced five brand new in-house productions including the successful Dancing With The Stripes.