Award winning actor David Callister was born in Norwich, Norfolk and educated locally. It was while playing leading roles in school productions such as Oliver Twist that David realised his future was to be on stage. With a flare for mimicry, David gained experience performing his own one-man show as an impressionist and as a Pontins Bluecoat before formally training at The Webber Douglas Academy in London.
Following his graduation, he quickly won a variety of roles encompassing all manor of performing genre. Theatre triumphs came early as Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Malvolio and Orsino in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Max Millar in We’ll Meet Again for Channel Theatre Company and The Actor in the play God by Woody Allen.
More success followed as Gorringe in Black Comedy, Josef Kobut in Judgement Day, Mike in Births, Lysander In A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Moon in Sir Tom Stoppard’s A Real Inspector Hound. The early 90’s marked David’s debut on the small screen. While auditioning for a part in a television sitcom, he was offered the role of P.C. Kevin Anderson in the hit crime drama series The Bill, a role he played for eight months.
Subsequent TV performances followed in The Chief for ITV, Crime Monthly, Michael Winner’s True Crimes, The Casting Couch and Heat of the Day. He has also appeared in a number of films, most notably as Jerry in Little Big Deal, Steve in Odd One or Two and Mike in The Feminine Touch, which was a multi award winner at The Raindance Film Festival. During this period, David was offered a major theatre break by leading UK producer Ian Dickens whose company he has continued to work with on a regular basis for several years now.
In his first season of weekly rep with Ian Dickens, David appeared in 13 of the 15 productions staged, 10 of which were leading roles. He has gone on to become one of the UK’s most popular touring actors today having played everything from Agatha Christie to Alan Ayckbourn.
Roles of particular note include; Norman in The Dresser, Bernard in Camoletti’s Don’t Dress For Dinner, Norman in Ayckbourn’s Trilogy The Norman Conquests, and George Pigden and John Smith in the Ray Cooney farces Out of Order and Run For Your Wife.
More recently he received great critical acclaim for his roles as the incomparable Inspector Pratt in Peter Gordon's series of plays based on the character and Rance in Patric Kearns' What the Butler Saw. He's also loved for his energetic performances in many of Ray Cooney’s farces, consistently receiving rave reviews over the years.
Away from the theatre, David’s interests are many and varied. A fanatical film enthusiast, he boasts a vast collection of videos and DVDs and is constantly looking to extend his library. With keeping fit a priority, he enjoys working out at the gym, eating healthily, relaxing on long country walks and gardening. David is a committed animal charity supporter.