The Smoke

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 7 AUGUST -

From mil­i­tary cap­tain Lee Adama in the cult sci-fi se­ries Bat­tlestar Galac­tica (20042009) to Dr Tyler Wil­son in 2013 med­i­cal show Mon­day Morn­ings, Jamie Bam­ber’s proved his ver­sa­til­ity. Now he’s play­ing a sexy but psy­cho­log­i­cally dam­aged fire­man in The Smoke (2014). So what’s the Bri­tish ac­tor all about?

Jamie was born in Ham­mer­smith in Lon­don in 1973. His mom El­iz­a­beth is from North­ern Ire­land and his dad Ralph Grif­fith is from the US. Jamie holds Bri­tish, Ir­ish and US cit­i­zen­ships. His mom ran a chil­dren’s the­atre group and cast him in his first role when he was five years old – it was as the Wicked Witch Of The West in a pro­duc­tion of The Wizard Of Oz in 1978. Jamie spent his early school years in Paris and moved back to the UK in 1980. “I have many child­hood mem­o­ries of Paris and I’d love to go back,” he says. He’s got looks and brains – Jamie achieved a 1st Class MA Hon­ours in Mod­ern Lan­guages (Ital­ian and French) in 1996 at Cam­bridge Univer­sity in Eng­land – it’s the high­est mark you can achieve. If you’re cu­ri­ous about what the ac­tor likes, his favourite colours are blue and green, the 1999 movie Amer­i­can Beauty and Divine Com­edy (writ­ten by Dante Alighieri and pub­lished in 1555). He met his Bri­tish ac­tress/singer wife Kerry Nor­ton when they worked on the 2000 movie The Devil’s Tat­too. They mar­ried in 2003 and have three daugh­ters: Isla (11) and iden­ti­cal twins Darcy (10) and Ava (10). They also have a dog called Flint. He ran the 42km Lon­don Marathon in 2002, fin­ish­ing in just un­der three hours. Jamie later said that he liked the chal­lenge but “it hurt like hell” and that he’ll never do it again. Jamie’s sis­ter is ac­tress Anas­ta­sia Grif­fith, bet­ter known as Princess Abi­gail/Kathryn Nolan in Once Upon A Time (2011-cur­rent) in 2011 and 2014. NB! See more on p11.

Jamie cuts a rugged fig­ure no mat­ter which

role he’s play­ing.

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