David Oakes

Inside Biography

English actor, David Oakes started his acting career in the theater. He is also known for his work in TV and films. Some of his popular works include The Pillars of the Earth, The Borgias, and The White Queen.

Early Life And Education Of David Oakes

David Oakes was born Rowan David Oakes on 14 October 1983 in Fordingbridge, Hampshire. Oakes is British by nationality and belongs to Caucasian ethnicity.

As per his bio-data, Oakes is the son of Jeremy Oakes (a Church of England canon and a professional musician) and Fiona Brockhurst, a homemaker. He has a sister, two half singling, and two step-siblings. 

Oakes was recognized as the head boy while he was studying in Bishop Wordsworth’s School which was located within Salisbury, Wiltshire. In addition to this, he was also engaged within Salisbury Playhouse as well as he was also an active member within their youth theatre.

Later Oakes graduated from the University of Manchester where he did major in English Literature. Along with this he also joined Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and this was the time duration for 2 years starting from 2005 till 2007.

David Oakes' Career

Initially, Oakes worked in the backstage for Salisbury Playhouse after completing his education.


David Oakes started his acting career in 2006 in Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare at Royal Shakespeare Company & Bristol Old Vic Theater School. The following year, Oakes worked in Love's Labour's Lost with  Gemma Arterton and in WE the People by Eric Schlosser.

His performance in Shakespeare in Love helped him to get nominated for Oliver Award. Oakes then appeared in several theaters plays. Besides, he also directed numerous theater pieces like Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and Martin McDonagh's Beauty Queen of Leenane

TV Series

The versatile actor started his TV career in 2008 from BBC One's Bonekickers and BBC Four's Walter's War. Oakes' breakthrough came in 2010 in miniseries, The Pillars of the Earth which was based on the novel of Ken Follett of the same name. The miniseries starred Hayley Atwell, Ken Follett, and Eddie Redmayne.

The following year, Oakes worked as the second son of Rodrigo who use to behave recklessly, Juan Borgia in the historical-fictional TV series, The Borgias where he has appeared alongside, Jeremy Irons. He shared the screen with Holliday Grainger, Jeremy Irons, and Francois Arnaud

One of his popular works includes 2013's TV drama, The White Queen where he worked with Rebecca Ferguson and Max Irons


In 2012, Oakes made his movie debut as Justin in Truth or Die. He then worked in several movies like Love By DesignGoblin?Sins of a Father, and Cold Skin. As of 2018, he worked as Frederick in The Graden of Evening Mists

Besides acting, he is also involved in writing. He authored several books like Programming Radio to Win in the New America and Atlas of Kentucky among others. 

David Oakes' Net Worth

David Oakes has an estimated net worth of not less than $1 million. He Oakes makes money from his acting and writing career. As per some sources, a TV star averagely makes a salary that ranges from $150k to $1 million.

Oakes also earns a decent amount from his books. He set up a theatre company called Dog Ate Cake with a long-term theatrical collaborator, Henry Bell from where he might collect a good amount. 

Charity Work

Oakes has been involving with raising awareness and fundraising on behalf of the British Lung Foundation following his infant niece diagnosed with a lung problem. In 2013, he made a short comedy film, Golbin. He donated all the profit from the movie to the Lung Foundation.

The actor joined BFL to provide support and help to the children and families. Moreover, in 2016, he created a charity's Christman card. 

Oakes has been a patron of an art-based charity worked for orphans and slums, Anno's Africa since 2014. 

David Oakes' Personal Life

David Oakes is not married yet. Oakes is hardworking and ambitious which might be the reason behind focusing on his career rather than involving in some serious relationship. 

Many sources claim that he is in a relationship, but, he has not confirmed the buzz. In 2017, he posted a picture with three Maltese breed dogs  writing, ''On the third day of Christman, my true love sent to me...''

Oakes is close to his family and spends most of the time with them. Besides, Oakes is an avid fine line sketcher who is famously known for sketching on-set animals. He is also interested in music. He plays both ba s s clarinet & clarinet. 

Age, Body Measurement and Other Facts

  • Age: David Oakes is 35 years old as of 2019. 
  • Birth Sign: Libra
  • Height: He has a tall height of 6 feet. 
  • Weight: His body weight is around 75kg. 
  • Body Measurements: He has a muscular body built with the measurements of 42-14-32 inches. 

by sanjeet, 06 Oct, 2021

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