as James Bligh
In 2016, David Berry’s praised performance as James Bligh in A Place To Call Home was recognised with a TV WEEK Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Last year David was cast in the international hit Outlander in the role of Lord John Grey for season three, which screened on Foxtel’s showcase.
With a lifelong passion for performing, David attended school on a music scholarship for voice, dividing his time between schoolwork and a professional singing career. He performed for Opera Australia, as a soloist at numerous concerts and festivals, and sang the national anthem at top sporting events.
After finishing high school, he was awarded an academic scholarship to study political sciences at one of the world’s top ranked universities, McGill in Montreal. This also marked a return to Canada for Toronto-born James who lived there with his Australian parents until he was seven.
After completing his studies and returning to Australia, David was accepted into the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2008. Highlights include Medea: Materials, which toured to the Adelaide Fringe festival, and the musical Assassins.
Graduating in 2010, David landed parts in Home and Away and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and then in 2012 got his first major television role as A Place To Call Home’s James Bligh.
Other TV credits include the doco-drama The Crater: A Vietnam Story, and for theatre A Little Touch of Chaos, The Light in the Piazza, and Of Thee I Sing.
When David is not engaged in a production, he tours both internationally and nationally with the highly successful corporate entertainment act, Scream and Shout.
David and his wife Kristina live in Sydney.
In season five, James broke not just his father’s heart but also Henry’s. While James and George have repaired their relationship it remains to be seen whether James and Henry will. This season, there are new possibilities for James, yet his past is never far behind him.
David Berry will count James Bligh as a standout role in his career: “When James Bligh was offered to me, they said, ‘There’s this great role but he’s gay’ and when I heard that I thought, ‘I’ve got this really great character and I want him because he’s gay’. He taught me a lot about tolerance and acceptance and how to treat people with respect. To live in his shoes for six years I hope that he didn’t just teach me that – Bevan’s intention with this show is to have a strong social and political message as well. I think that he’s made me a better person.”