Photos with David Weatherley
BiographyLondon, England, UK
Educated at The Quintin School to 'O'level GCE standard. Left England for Canada in '56 and served 5 years in the Canadian Army (Provost Sgt.). Arrived in NZ '61 intending to join the NZ Army - unhappily a motorcycle accident finished that idea. Started in amateur theatre '62, and became involved in Radio Drama, TV and commercial voicing. Moved to Wellington '64 for the Downstage production of Oh What a Lovely War, followed by a NZ tour of the RSC's The Comedy of Errors, then a National tour of OWaLW. Read more... folk songs in coffee bars. In '67 I returned to Auckland to play Henry V at Central Theatre, plus 5 more productions before joining the original company at the Mercury Theatre, where I remained based for 20 years appearing in about 120 productions, interspersed with: Performing at the NZ pavilion at 'Expo 70 in Osaka. New Zealand Arts Council sponsored study trip to London '80. Evita (Peron) NZ tour, then filming Jack Holborn for ZDF TV (Munich) in Yugoslavia in '82. Evita (Peron) Brisbane '83, Honolulu Auckland & Wellington'84; Sydney '89. Chess (Molokov): NZ tour '93, Melboune '97; Ken Hill's Phantom (Mephistopheles & Persian Prince)toured NZ '94. Hal Prince's Showboat Sydney (Vallon + understudy Capt Andy) '98. Bryce Courtenay's The Potato Factory (Sir Jasper Waterlow) TV Mini-series Ch 7 Sydney '98. Lord of the Rings (Barliman Butterbur) '99. Oliver (Mr Bumble) Court Theatre Christchurch '05/'06. PowerRangers (Spencer + voice of Benglo) '06/'07'. Plus lots of other TV and film work. Won 2006 Best Actor at the Richmond Rd Short Film Festival for Together. I am divorced and have 2 children. I am an active Freemason - have been Master of my Lodge twice. I'm a Great Priory Officer of the Knights Templar, and District Grand Chancellor in the Order of the Secret Monitor. Also a Knight of Grace in the non-masonic Order of St Lazarus (Jerusalem) and a Knight Commander in the Order of St Stanislas (Poland).