|Years active||1994–2011, 2019–present|
David Bower (born 1969) is a Welsh actor, best known for his role as David in the hit romantic comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. Born in Wrexham, North Wales, he is deaf and took his degree in the Theatre of the Deaf. After university he joined what became the Signdance Collective working as sign dancer and choreographer. The collective was re-established in 2001 with Bower as Artistic Director and Isolte Avila as Dance Director. In 2012 the collective is devising a new production "Desire", featuring the songs of the band Dead Days Beyond Help, which will premier at the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon from 13–19 April 2012.
Bower's deafness started with complications at birth which could have been fatal, but was not diagnosed until he was five years old. From that age he wore body hearing aids, bulky transistor radio-style devices. He later attended the Mary Hare Grammar School near his home in Berkshire. Although supported by a very caring family, Bower found himself bullied by both hearing children and other deaf children. In 1986, after attending a loud rock music gig he developed tinnitus which affected the nature of his residual hearing. His deafness progressed and years later he became profoundly deaf.
Film and television
|1994||Four Weddings and a Funeral||Film||David|
|1994||Shatter Dead||Film||Dead People|
|1996||Hetty Wainthropp Investigates||Television series||Malcolm Stone||Episode: Eye Witness|
|1998||Casualty||Television series||Kevin Healy||Episode: It's Good to Talk|
|2008||The Hunchback of Notre Dame||Quasimodo||A collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and the Graeae Theatre Company.|
|2010||A Small Piece of Silence||Joe||Afternoon Play for BBC Radio 4.|
|2010||Dragonfly||Cal||Afternoon Play for BBC Radio 4.|
|2013||Bad Elvis||Aidan||Afternoon Play for BBC Radio 4.|
|2019||Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg||Pierrot||A collaboration between SignDance International and formidAbility, performed at Grimeborn.|