David Calder was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
His most high profile TV roles include Det. Insp. George Resnick in the crime series Widows and Nathan Spring in the sci-fi drama Star Cops. In 1989, he appeared in the TV adaptation of the David Lodge novel Nice Work. In 2012 he portrayed Captain Edward Smith in the ITV mini-series Titanic. From 2005-06 he took on the role of PC George Dixon in the radio adaptation of the BBC’s long running television series Dixon of Dock Green.
Other TV credits include:
The Professionals, Enemy at the Door, Minder, Bergerac, The New Statesman, Between the Lines, Bramwell, Cracker, Dalziel and Pascoe,Heartbeat, Sleepers, Spooks, Midsomer Murders, Hustle, Waking the Dead, Wallis and Edward, Burn Up and Houdini. He also appeared as Harold Hardman, the Manchester United chairman at the time of the Munich air disaster in 1958, in the TV drama United, aired by the BBC in April 2011. In 2013, he played Mr Reid in The Wrong Mans.
Film credits include:
Calder appeared as Sir Robert King in the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. His other film appearances include Moonlighting, Defence of the Realm, American Friends, Hollow Reed, FairyTale: A True Story, The King Is Alive, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Rush.