David Bradley is best known for playing Argus Filch in the Harry Potter film series, Walder Frey in the HBO series Game of Thrones and Abraham Setrakian in The Strain, though he is also an established stage actor with a career that includes a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in a production of King Lear.
Other acting credits include the BBC series Our Friends in the North, the ITV series Broadchurch (for which he won the best supporting actor award at the 2014 British Academy Television Awards), and the films Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Captain America: The First Avenger.
In 2013, Bradley portrayed William Hartnell, the actor who played the First Doctor, in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary drama, An Adventure in Space and Time.
Bradley joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed at Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company in the early 1970s. He first appeared on television in 1971, as a police officer in the successful comedy Nearest and Dearest. He was awarded a Laurence Olivier Award in 1991 for his supporting role as the Fool in King Lear at the Royal National Theatre.
Bradley played fictional Labour Member of Parliament Eddie Wells in the 1996 award-winning BBC Two serial Our Friends in the North. In 1996, he appeared as gangster Alf Black in Band of Gold. In 1998, he appeared in the BBC adaptation of Vanity Fair as the miserly Sir Pitt Crawley and in Our Mutual Friend as the villainous Rogue Riderhood.
Other television appearances include the 2001 series The Way We Live Now, directed by David Yates, who would work with Bradley five years later on the Harry Potter films.
From 2002–04 Bradley starred as Jake in the BBC comedy series Wild West. Bradley acted in the 2004 musical drama serial Blackpool on BBC One. He appeared in the 2005 BBC drama Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle, playing the role of a morose coach driver who takes an unruly party of pupils on a trip to Salisbury Cathedral, and the 2006 BBC drama Sweeney Todd. In 2003, he played Tom in the Midsomer Murders episode “The Green Man”. He appeared as the electrolarynx-using gangster Stemroach in the BBC comedy series Ideal and as Electric in the BBC’s Thieves Like Us, as well as the BBC One series True Dare Kiss in 2007–08.
Bradley appeared in the 2002 film Nicholas Nickleby and had a small role in the 2007 comedy film Hot Fuzz as a farmer who illegally hoards weapons. He played Cohen the Barbarian in a Sky One adaptation of The Colour of Magic in 2008. That same year he appeared as Spooner in a production of No Man’s Land at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, which later transferred to London’s West End.
In 2009, Bradley appeared as an animal rights activist in the popular BBC drama Ashes to Ashes, and appeared in BBC’s The Street later that year. Bradley portrayed Will Somers, Henry VIII’s court fool, in an episode of the Showtime series The Tudors in 2009. In 2010, he appeared in the film Another Year, which earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor from the London Film Critics Circle Awards. In 2011 and again in 2013, Bradley appeared as Lord Walder Frey in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Bradley played Solomon, a ruthless buccaneer, in the 2012 Doctor Who episode “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”. He previously provided voice work for The Sarah Jane Adventures serial Death of the Doctor. In 2013, Bradley was cast as actor William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time, a BBC docudrama about the creation of Doctor Who in 1963.The special aired in November 2013, adding to the buildup to the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who later that month.
From 2014, Bradley plays Professor Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor turned vampire hunter in Guillermo del Toro’s TV series The Strain. He will voice the Lord High Admiral Suvarov in the PC RPG The Mandate.