Jamie Bamber, Lee ‘Apollo’ Adama, “Battlestar Galactica,” Coming to Nashville Comic Con!
|“This whole thing is frackin insane, we got two ships at half strength, crews that haven’t seen action in a year and a half and you’re acting like the only problem is that they’re not working hard enough?”|
|Jamie St John Bamber Griffith, known professionally as Jamie Bamber, is an English actor, known for his roles as Lee Adama on Battlestar Galactica and Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin on the ITV series Law & Order: UK. He also had a supporting role in the Hornblower series and was a regular on the British series Ultimate Force and Peak Practice. In 2013, Bamber starred in the TNT medical drama Monday Mornings, and in 2014, in the Sky1 drama The Smoke.|
Beginning in 2003, Bamber starred as Lee ‘Apollo’ Adama in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica that started as a miniseries and served as a backdoor pilot for the 2004 television series on the US Sci Fi Channel (now Syfy). The show received critical acclaim and received a Peabody Award plus a number of nominations in its four-season run; Bamber was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television for Battlestar Galactica in 2004.
In the role of Lee Adama, Londoner Bamber speaks with an American accent which is frequently cited for its accuracy; he credits being exposed to his father’s American accent from childhood. He also darkened his hair, in an effort to more closely resemble Edward James Olmos, who plays his character’s father. Reciprocally, Olmos wore contact lenses with blue irises to match Bamber’s eyes.
Bamber is also well known for his role as DS Matt Devlin, the impulsive younger partner of veteran detective DS Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh) on Law & Order: UK from 2009 to 2011.
He played Lieutenant Archibald “Archie” Kennedy in the popular ITV series Hornblower, appearing in five of the eight television films in which Kennedy (rising in ranks from midshipman to lieutenant) has a much expanded role from that essayed in C.S. Forester’s novels. Bamber also appeared as a trainee doctor in the final series of long running ITV soap Peak Practice, and portrayed an SAS officer in Ultimate Force; it was on a break from the latter, which he subsequently revealed as a job that he was not entirely happy with, that he traveled to Los Angeles and read for Battlestar Galactica.
Bamber guest starred in the second season premiere of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse where his character is wed to Echo (played by Eliza Dushku) during one of her missions. In the BBC’s Outcasts, Bamber portrayed a hot-tempered expeditionary leader amongst colonists of a distant planet in the late 21st century; though he had been offered a larger part in the series, he elected to take the supporting role in part because he was wary of following up Battlestar Galactica with another sci-fi series that bore a few similarities. Other TV series in which he has made guest appearances include CSI: Miami, House, Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, The Last Detective and the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Most recently, he had recurring roles on ABC’s Body of Proof, and the TNT series Perception.
He played the role of detective Caolán Longstreet in 17th Precinct, a pilot by Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore described as a police drama which takes place in a world governed by magic. The pilot was not picked up by NBC for the fall 2011 season; it would have also re-united him with his Galactica co-stars James Callis and Tricia Helfer.
In 2013 Bamber starred as neurosurgeon Dr. Tyler Wilson in Monday Mornings (briefly titled Chelsea General), the David E. Kelley-produced series for TNT, co-executive-produced by Sanjay Gupta and based on his novel of the same name. The series debuted in February 2013; it was cancelled after one season. In February-April 2014 he played the lead role of Kev Allison in The Smoke, a Kudos Television drama for Sky1 in the UK which focuses on a team of London firefighters.
Bamber played the starring role in the 2008 film Pulse 2: Afterlife, a direct-to-DVD sequel to 2006’s Pulse. Earlier he starred in The Devil’s Tattoo (known as Ghost Rig in the US) along with Kerry Norton, who was later to become his wife.
He made his French-language acting debut in Martin Valente’s Un jour mon père viendra, portraying the American fiancé of the female lead played by French pop star Olivia Ruiz. According to Bamber, his character is loosely based on Andre Agassi. The film also stars François Berléand and Gérard Jugnot,. It was released in France in January 2012.
In May 2011, Bamber completed filming John Doe: Vigilante, an Australian production directed by Kelly Dolen. The film will be released in the United States on 21 March 2014.
Bamber’s stage appearances include Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 at the Bristol Old Vic in 2002; and in 2005 he appeared as Mephistopheles in Dr. Faustus; at the Liverpool Playhouse.
He has also acted in radio serials; major roles include Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited and Philip in Where Angels Fear to Tread for BBC Radio 4.