Jamie Campbell Bower-Fandom Whore?

Jamie Campbell Bower

You might not know his name, but if you’re entrenched in fandom you know his face (or will). Most actors are lucky to be in involved with one successful franchise, but Campbell Bower didn’t get that memo.  Instead, he’s tried a handful of them and doesn’t show signs of stopping.  

I first came across the Jamie Campbell Bower alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  He played Anthony, a sailor who rescues Sweeney Todd from being lost at sea, and wishes to rescue the beautiful Johanna from her master Judge Turpin.  Bower kills two birds with one stone in his major film role.  Not only do the Tim Burton fanatics know his face, but the  theatre-geeks too.
 

What’s the next career step?  Join the biggest fandom since Harry Potter.  Scoff all you like about Twilight but the Twi-hard fans are loyal and rabid.  In New Moon, Bower plays Caius of the Volturi, a coven of powerful vampires and enforcers of vampire law.  

Jamie Campbell Bower

 

Having just played to the younger demographic, Jamie’s next role was a different degree of Geeky.  He joined Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel in AMC’s remake of  60s cult favourite, The Prisoner.  While the Patrick McGoohan original focussed entirely on 6, the remake delves deeper into the motives of McKellen’s 2.  Bower plays 11-12, son of 2, and isn’t convinced the Village is all the world has to offer.  (If this sounds like gibberish, I suggest watching the mini-series, or the 60s original. If it doesn’t…Be Seeing You…) 

Next, Bower filmed the pilot for HBO’s Game of Thrones, adapted from George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series.  He will play Ser Waymar Royce,  third son of a notable house, and ranger of the Night’s Watch. He can been seen briefly in the new teaser trailer released yesterday by HBO.  

He tackled the biggest fandom since Harry Potter in 2009 and this year he’ll actually tackle Harry Potter, by playing Gellert Grindelwald in The Deathly Hallows.  Wizards, and knights, villages and vampires, you would think this enough adaptation for one man. It’s not.  
Starz announced recently that Jamie Campbell Bower will star with Tamsin Egerton, as King Arthur in the new series Camelot.
I admit I’m impressed.  One young actor has crossed the nerd gap and entertained geeks on nearly every level.  I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he showed up in a Star Trek sequel or one of the many many many comic book adaptations in development.  Well done Jamie, and good luck in all your geeky endeavours. 

…and he has a band too

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