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I was born in Sheffield,
England, moved to Canada
in 1987 and I am now back in the UK, living and working in Lancashire.
I'm a professional actor - a
member of Equity UK, CAEA (Canadian Actors' Equity Association)
and ACTRA, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists.
have three lovely children, Benjamin, Sophie and Joseph. I am divorced.
My three lovely children.
Theatre & Film
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first love (after the kids!) is the stage. When I arrived in Canada,
I worked steadily with Live
Bait Theatre in Sackville, New Brunswick. I returned to Live Bait
in 2003 to be part of the 16th Season, as both General Manager and actor.
In 2003 I played TV hockey host Don Berry in Home and Away, a new
musical by Charlie Rhindress and Dean Burry. I also played Sir Frank Bentley
in We Happy Few, a new play by Mark Blagrave. Jane and I also wrote
a dinner theatre show - Beach Party - It was a big hit in the summer.
I designed the originalweb page for Live Bait - the address is...www.livebaittheatre.com
I was a regular at Neptune Theatre in Halifax. In
the 1999/2000 season, I played Frank in The Memory of Water and The
Charities Commissioner in The Government Inspector. In the previous
season, I played Henry Pulling and a host of other characters in the four-man
show, Travels With My Aunt. I've also appeared in Romeo and Juliet,
Entertaining Mr. Sloane, The Winslow Boy, The Secret Garden,
Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, A Christmas Carol
and My Fair Lady - a co-production with Montreal's Centaur Theatre.
I returned twice in the 2000/2001
season, playing Fezziwig in Scrooge and a host of characters in the
hit show The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged). I returned
home from Neptune December 23rd after a very successful run of Beauty
and The Beast, a play by Warren Graves, directed by Jean Morpurgo. I
played Beauty's father, Blotti... Mr. Beauty perhaps?
Most recently at Neptune Theatre,
in November 2003, I had the pleasure of playing The Narrator in The Rocky
Horror Show. It was an amazing production and I had lots of fun, despite
having boring yelled at me every night!
I also worked in Wolfville, Nova
Scotia, at The Atlantic Theatre Festival,
where I spent the summers of 1996, 1998 and 2000, appearing in Sam Slick
Goes Ahead (a new 4-man play by Andrew Gillis), The Matchmaker,
Othello, Twelfth Night, She Stoops to Conquer, Amadeus,
Macbeth and the musical revue, High Notes.
Durning and yours truly on the set of The Secret Life of Algernon.
was a busy year for film and television work. I appeared in the first episode
of the 4th series of Lexx: The Dark Zone
Stories. (I'd also appeared in episodes 1 and 4 of the first season),
I had a very nice role in Leslie Nielson's Liocracy, playing Mirko,
a heavy-metal roadie. I played two roles in the feature film Turning
Paige from writer/director Robert Cuffley and in November I had
a nice day on the set of Past Perfect by writer/director Daniel McIvor.
was a pretty crazy year too. I had a nice role in the CBC TV movie Shattered
City - The Halifax Explosion. I played the Shipping Manager who sent
the ship Mont Blanc to sea packed with explosives.
has been good so far with roles in the CBC TV movie Canada Russia
'72 and the Liftetime TV Series Beach Girls.
has been amazing so far with roles in the the short film and pop video WHEN
THE SUN GOES DOWN (Arctic Monkeys) and British soap EMMERDALE.
In September '99, I had a principal
role in The Prince and The Grail, a docu-drama for Vision Television.
I played Father Nicholas Hay. I had a small role in the T-V movie Pit Pony, featured
on CBC T-V in December '97. I also had a few days work on a feature film
called The Secret Life Of Algernon. I helped the star, John Cullum
(he's a two-time Tony winner and played Holling on Northern Exposure)
learn his lines, and I was the stand-in for Hollywood and Broadway great,
Charles Durning. It was a wonderful experience.
Over the years, I've met a few
famous people and I have a few signed photos on my wall. I've scanned a
few for you and here they are... I'm a fan!!!.
Aside from stage and film, I've
been pretty busy in Radio. I worked with the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation for over five years. I've been a host,
announcer and contributor with the Information Morning and Mainstreet shows
in Moncton, New Brunswick - and my work has been heard on other shows such
as Maritime Magazine and Morningside. I got
my start in radio in Sackville,
New Brunswick, as Manager of Mount Allison University's Campus Station,
CHMA... a great radio station with
"50 Watts of Raw Power!" And I was a weekend News Reader with
CKDH Radio in Amherst.
I have finally started Dave's
Family Album... a page dedicated to my family, featuring pictures
and brief stories. There is much work to do yet, but I began with a few
old photographs to get me started.
truly with Angus, the family pooch
areas of family history are covered in a page dedicated to my maternal grandfather,
Stanley Rowe Mercer. Before his death, he started working on his
memoirs. He died before he could complete the work, but I was able to take
his notes and print them in a small booklet for family members. I have now
transformed his notes for viewing on the internet. The results are here
- Memoirs of a Railwayman by Stanley Rowe Mercer.
As a follow-up to the memoirs,
I have also created a page called Stanley and
Pansy Mercer, which details some of their later life together. This
again is a work in progress and will be enhanced when time permits.
I have also created The
McClelland Page, a site that features lots of links to McClelland
family history and other people called McClelland. It's a fascinating ancient
clan, so why not take a look? There is a feature there called Find
a McClelland. if you're trying to research your family history,
I will post your request there for McClellands all over the world to see.