On the edge of the Antartic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steam ship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man, on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer, to live in solitude for a year at the end of the world. But on shore he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. The rest is forest, a deserted cabin, rocks, silence, and the surrounding sea. And then the night begins to fall… David Oakes alongside Ray Stevenson!
David Oakes is a British actor who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and graduated in 2007. He is represented by Conway Van Gelder Grant Inc.
Before training professionally as an actor he studied at Manchester University where he received a first class degree in English and Drama. David was also on the board of governors for the Conservatoire of Dance and Drama.
He went to school in Salisbury, Wiltshire, where he eventually became the head boy at Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School.
David began his career at Shakespeare’s Globe performing in Love’s Labour’s Lost alongside Gemma Arterton, and in We the People, a new play by Eric Schlosser exploring the foundation of the American Constitution. He has also performed for the RSC and at the Old Vic Theatre under the management of Kevin Spacey in the 24 Hour Plays. David made his television debut in the BBC’s Bonekickers and was seen later that year in Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Walter’s War, a one off drama surrounding the training of young officers heading into the First World War.
Alongside television roles, David has appeared in many theatre roles and was most recently seen on stage at the Almeida Theatre in the new play by the award-winning writer Joel Horwood, All the Little Things We Crushed. Prior to that he was seen performing as Raleigh in the Mercury Theatre’s production of Journey’s End – one of the Telegraph’s Top 10 Theatre Productions of 2008.
In 2009 he filmed the new TV series Trinity, also starring Charles Dance, for ITV. It is the first program created by Roughcut TV, the new production company headed by Ash Atalla, the award winning producer of The Office. David was also seen in Channel Four’s Mind of a Tyrant, a new series exploring the truth behind King Henry VIII.
He is currently (2009) filming a mini-series adaptation of Ken Follett’s epic novel The Pillars of the Earth, a tale of war, power struggles and love in 12th century England. David stars as William Hamleigh alongside a stellar cast including Rufus Sewell, Hayley Atwell, Eddie Redmayne and Donald Sutherland and with director Ridley Scott attached as executive producer.