David Haig is an Olivier Award-winning English actor and FIPA Award-winning writer. He is known for his versatility, having played dramatic, serio-comic and comedic roles and characters of varied social classes. He has appeared in top roles in stage productions all over the West End and has done numerous TV and film roles over the past 25 years.
After numerous appearances in small television series and episodes, in 1998 he shot to fame with the secondary lead in the BBC’s television sitcom The Thin Blue Line, playing Inspector Grim, the inept foil to Rowan Atkinson’s Inspector Fowler. His film career took off a few years later with a part in the infamous 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Returning to his co-stars, in 2002 he played next to Hugh Grant again with a part in the film Two Weeks Notice, alongside Sandra Bullock, while in 2007 he reunited with Atkinson, appearing in a Comic Relief sketch called ‘Mr Bean’s Wedding’ as the bride’s father. In 2008, he appeared in the BBC’s The Thick of It and opposite Julie Walters in the hugely successful drama Mo. He has also performed in several radio shows, playing a leading role in the BBC Radio’s adaptation of Michael Hasting’s play, Tom and Viv, in 2008.
Haig’s stage career has been likewise hugely successful. His performance in Our Country’s Good at the Royal Court won him the 1988 Olivier Award for ‘Actor of the Year in a New Play’. He has appeared in several productions at prestigious London venues, including Hitchcock Blonde at the Royal Court, Life x3 at the Savoy, as the character Osborne in R.C. Sherriff’s play Journey's End at the Harold Pinter Theatre, and in The Country Wife and The Sea at the Royal Haymarket Theatre in London. He has been nominated for Olivier Awards for his performance as Mr George Banks in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre and as Christopher Headlingley in a revival of Michael Frayn’s comedy Donkeys’ Years at the Harold Pinter Theatre. In 2008 to 2009, he performed in London’s Tricycle Theatre and at Theatre Royal, Newcastle, in Joe Orton’s black farce ‘Loot’. In 2010, he took to the stage again in the stage version of Yes, Prime Minister at the Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End’s Gielgud Theatre.
Not only a proficient actor, Haig has also directed a production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives, which toured in 2005. He also wrote the play ‘My Boy Jack’, based on Rudyard Kipling’s poem. He toured with the play around the UK in the author’s part, later appearing in the same role in a television adaptation in 2007, performing with Daniel Radcliffe who played his son.