David Burke is born in Liverpool (England) the 25 May 1934. He played at the National Theatre and four years at the Royal Lyceum Compagny, in Scotland, where he played Othello, Macbeth, Astrov in the Tchekhov’s play Uncle Vanya, and Flamineo in the play The White Devil. In the West-end he played in such notable productions as War And Peace, Osborne’s The Hotel in Amsterdam (English Stage Company, Royal court), Bodies or Rocket to the Moon. It was in 1984 that he co-starred with Brett in the Granada Series «The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes». He gave a young, clever, handsome and teasing interpretation of the doctor Watson, thus breaking the Hollywood stereotype of the comic Watson of Nigel Bruce. But in 1985, David Burke chose to leave the series and accept a contract with the royal Shakespeare Company. It allowed him to spend more time with his young son Tom and with his wife, actress Anna Calder-Marshall (who later guest starred in the Holmesian Granada episode The eligible Bachelor, playing the dual role of Helena and Agnes Northcote), who signed for the same contract.

During this period David Burke played notably in Maxime Gorky’s  play The Philistines.



TV and films:

1. Invisible Man, The (2000) TV Series .... Kevin

2. Just Shoot Me (1997) playing "Ethan" in episode: «With Thee I Swing» (episode # 4.17) 2/29/2000

3. Secret Service Guy (1997) TV Series .... George

4. King Lear (1997) (TV) .... Kent

5. Testament: The Bible in Animation (1996) TV Series (voice) .... God

6. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996) playing "Mr. Dauphin" in episode: «Publishing Episode, The» (episode # 1.6) 10/25/1996

7. Hercule Poirot (1990-1996) TV Series ...playing Sir Arthur Stanley in episode «Hickory Dickory Dock» (AKA «Pension Vanilos», France) (1995)

8. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes II, The (1985) TV Series .... Dr. John Watson

9. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The (1984) TV Series .... Dr. John Watson

10. Reilly: The Ace of Spies (1983) (mini) TV Series in 12 parts.... Stalin

11. Spyship (1983) (mini) TV Series .... Rockoff

12. Tragedy of Richard the Third, The (1983) (TV) .... Sir William Catesby
... aka BBC Television Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Richard the Third (1983) (TV)
... aka Richard III (1983) (TV) (UK)

13. Henry VI, Part Two (1983) (TV) .... Gloucester
... aka BBC Television Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part Two (1983) (TV)
... aka Second Part of King Henry VI, The (1983) (TV) (UK)

14. Henry VI, Part One (1983) (TV) .... Gloucester
... aka BBC Television Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part One (1983) (TV)
... aka First Part of King Henry VI, The (1983) (TV) (UK)

15.  Quiet As A Nun (1982) (mini) TV Series in 3 parts …. Tom Amyas

16. Eight Is Enough (1977) playing "Band Member" in episode: "Idolbreaker: Part 1" (episode # 5.18) 1981

17. Eight Is Enough (1977) playing "Band Member" in episode: "Yet Another Seven Days in February" (episode # 5.17) 1981

18. Winter's Tale, The (1981) (TV) .... Camillo
... aka BBC Television Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale (1981) (TV)

19. Nanny (1981) TV Series .... Sam Taverner

20. Man Who Saw Tomorrow, The (1980) .... The Friar

21. Artisan, The (1975) (TV) …. Role ?
... aka Love School: The Artisan (1975) (TV) (UK: series title)

22. Beata Beatrix (1975) (TV) …. Role ?
... aka Love School: Beata Beatrix (1975) (TV) (UK: series title)

23. Guardians, The (1971) TV Series .... Dr. Benedict

24. Michael Regan (1971) (TV) …. Role ?
... aka Play for Today: Michael Regan (1971) (TV) (UK: series title)

25. "Avengers, The" (1961) playing "John Wrightson" in episode: "Death of a Batman" (episode # 3.5) 10/26/1963

26.. Saturday Night Out (1963) .... Manager

theatre :

1. Hamlet (15-09/10-10-1992) Riverside Studios… The Ghost (le fantôme) & Claudius

2. Troilus and Cressida, The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, (1985)…Hector