About

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 Noel 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 in 1982 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. He appeared for one episode in the popular “soap” 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 as an Entertainment Officer as part of the inaugural entertainment team onboard the Queen Mary 2 and eventually become her fourth Cruise Director. In 2006 he was honoured to have been made a Warden of his Church, The Actors Church, St.Paul’s Church, Covent Garden and in September of the same year was invited to become Cruise Director for Thomson Cruises for their seasons in the Med and Red Sea. Shortly after completing this contract he was contacted by Princess Cruises and invited to re-join the company he first worked for in 1993 upon the same ship, The Regal Princess as Cruise Director some fourteen years after leaving. David remained a Cruise Director for Princess Cruises for over 7 years before leaving for more adventures with other luxury cruise lines. He is proud to have personally written and initiated the successful Dancing With The Stripes which continues to be a part of their entertainment product. David moved to Canada in 2009 and became a Permanent Resident in 2016. He has also returned to his first love of acting and has performed in several Musical Theatre productions including Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Mr.Banks in Mary Poppins and Grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka as well as appearances in TV series such as Suits, Designated Survivor and Schitts Creek. He remains free for Bar Mitzvahs, Birthdays and weddings.