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British actor best known to Americans as Lee Adama on the 2000's version of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. He is well known in his home nation of the UK; and he had a starring role as DS Matt Devlin on ''Series/LawAndOrderUK''.

!!The nearly complete list of works Mr. Bamber has had either a starring or guest role in:

* ''Literature/LadyAudleysSecret'': George Talboys
* ''The Devil's Tattoo (aka Ghost Rig)'': Tom
* ''Pulse 2: Afterlife'': Stephen
* ''Un jour mon père viendra'': Stephen Astarti
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse'': Voice of Robin Hood
* ''Filly Brown'': Sam
* ''Before I Sleep'': Paul
* ''John Doe: Vigilante'': John Doe
* ''The Better Half'': Jeff Ryan
* ''Numb'': Will
* ''Modern Love''
* ''Break'': Vince Macey
* ''Money'': John
* ''Ring For Jeeves'': Lord William Rowcester in Episodes 1 & 2
* ''Literature/BridesheadRevisited'': Sebastian Flyte
* ''Literature/WhereAngelsFearToTread'': Philip
* ''Ironsong''
* ''Theatre/RichardII''
* ''Nicholas Nickelby''
* ''Half-Sick Of Shadows''
* ''This Is Now''
!! Television
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Made an appearance in five of eight episodes, and his Archie Kennedy was one of the most beloved characters.
* ''Series/TheScarletPimpernel'': As Tony Dewhurst in the first episode only.
* ''Series/{{Poirot}}'': Ralph Paton in the episode " The Murder of Roger Ackroyd"
* ''Bob Martin'': James in the episode " Big Break"
* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' 2nd Lt. Jack Foley
* ''Peak Practice'': Dr. Matt Kendal
* ''Series/UltimateForce'': Lt. Dennis "Dotsy" Doheny
* ''Literature/DanielDeronda'': Hans Meyrick
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': His StarMakingRole as Lee "Apollo" Adama for the small screen in the USA
* ''Series/ColdCase'': Jack Kimball, the VictimOfTheWeek in the episode "Blood On The Tracks"
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'': As Bryan Curtis, the Ghost Of The Week in the episode "The Walk In"
* ''Series/TheLastDetective'': Luke Clayhill in the episode "Dangerous Liaisons"
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': PlayingAgainstType as Martin Klar in the episode "Vows"
* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'': DS Matt Devlin
* ''Series/{{Outcasts}}'': Mitchell Hoban
* ''17th Precinct'': Detective Caolán Longstreet (unaired pilot)
* ''Series/CSIMiami'': PlayingAgainstType again as Ronnie Hale, the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Criminal Of The Week]] in the episode "Blown Away"
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Bob Harris, the PatientOfTheWeek in the episode "The Confessions"
* ''Series/BodyOfProof'': Aidan Welles, the [[GirlOfTheWeek Guy Of The Week]] (or three weeks, rather) to Dr. Megan Hunt.
* ''Series/{{Perception}}'': Dr. Michael Hathaway, a RomanticFalseLead for Kate Moretti.
* ''Series/MondayMornings'': Dr. Tyler Wilson
* ''Series/TheSmoke'': Kev Allison
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'': Seemed to be PlayingAgainstType again as murder suspect Paul Wescourt in the episodes "Burden Of Proof" and "Bridge To Tomorrow", [[spoiler: but subverted when he turned out to be innocent]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': A recurring role as Ellie Bishop's husband, [[HelloAttorney NSA lawyer]] Jake Malloy.
* ''Series/TheMessengers'': Vincent Plowman
* ''Series/MajorCrimes'': Reuniting with BSG co-star Mary [=McDonell=] to play against type yet again as [[{{Jerkass}} uber-sleazy]] celebrity photographer Malcolm Rich in the episode "Open Line".
* ''Theatre/HenryIVPart1'' & ''Theatre/HenryIVPart2'': Prince Hal
* ''Theatre/DoctorFaustus'': Mephistopheles
!! Video Games:
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising3'': Voice of Simon Merkin
* ''WebVideo/StarTrekContinues'': Mr. Simone in the episode "Pilgrim of Eternity"

!!Tropes associated with Mr. Bamber:
* AdoredByTheNetwork:
** Unintentionally. When BBC America realized that it aired three of his shows all at once (''Law and Order UK'', ''Outcasts'', and ''Battlestar Galactica''), they decided to just run with it and ran [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsCvxYBwV_Y an ad]] that jokes that BBC stood for "Bamber Broadcasting Corporation".
** TNT seems to love him even more, as evidenced by him having starring or guest roles on ''four'' of its shows--''Perception'', ''Monday Mornings'', ''Rizzoli & Isles'', and ''Major Crimes''.
** CBS seems to like him too--roles on ''Cold Case'', ''CSI: Miami'' and ''NCIS''.
* BeautyInversion: Makeup and whatnot have done a very effective job of making this handsome man look like hell, resulting in considerable FanDisservice.
** Adama's weight gain in Season 3 of BSG.
** Zombie makeup in ''Ghost Whisperer''
** An unknown medical condition in ''House''.
** At the ending of the premier episode of ''The Smoke'', his character drunkenly pulls his pants down to reveal the severe burn injuries he suffered during the prologue. In a later episode, he's banged up after getting in a fight.
** He also gets quite bruised and battered in ''Star Trek Continues''.
* BreakoutCharacter: Young sailor Archie Kennedy was meant to only appear in the first episode of ''Hornblower''. However, Jamie Bamber's portrayal was so well-liked by the crew and the character was found to be a great foil to Hornblower's silent hero that works amazingly on-screen, that Archie was written in other parts of the miniseries. Rumour has it that he was only written out later because of ExecutiveMeddling from the Forrester estate.
* UsefulNotes/BritishAccents: His natural accent is upper-class London-based English, but he can adopt an Irish accent (unsurprising, because his mother is Irish) and a working-class accent as well.
* ChronicallyKilledActor[=/=]DeadStarWalking: He's had so many of his characters killed off--''eight'', at last count, but not including his [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 most famous one]]--that in two instances (on ''Series/ColdCase'' and ''Series/GhostWhisperer''), [[PosthumousCharacter said character was *already* dead when the show started]] and another (on ''WebVideo/StarTrekContinues''), seemed to be lampshading this trend by outright making him a RedShirt.
* CunningLinguist: Speaks fluent French and Italian (he studied them for his Modern Language degree and received 1st Class MA Honors, the highest level possible), can pull off an American accent so convincingly that many people are genuinely shocked to learn that he's British, and can even give his British accent an Irish tinge (as he did on ''Law and Order UK''), or a working-class one (as he did on ''The Smoke'').
* DawsonCasting: When he was 25, he was cast as a teenage midshipman Archie Kennedy. Other actors were also older than their characters, so it was fairly convincing.
* FakeAmerican: SubvertedTrope. He's adopted a nearly flawless American accent for most of his US TV appearances but his father being an American explains his ease with adopting the accent and it automatically grants him US citizenship even though he was born in London.
* FakeIrish: Also a SubvertedTrope. He used a slight Irish brogue while on ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'', but has Irish ancestry and citizenship thanks to his mother.
* FanCommunityNicknames: A vocal community of his fans call themselves Bamber Bunnies or members of "Team Bamber", and fans of his character Archie Kennedy from ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' are known as Crumpeteers.
* MrFanservice: He's been portrayed as a lust object in most works he's starred in.
* OldShame: His feelings about the movie ''Ghost Rig'', given [[https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jamie+bamber+autograph+ghost+rig his hilariously embarrassed reaction]] when it's mentioned to him. Not even the fact that he met his wife while filming it can change his opinion that "it was ''terrible''".
* OlderThanTheyLook: At 25, he was able to convincingly play a 17-year-old Archie Kennedy in ''Hornblower''. Even now in his early 40's he can pass for someone at least 5 years younger.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: He does an admirable job with accents, but he himself said that he could hear whenever he had slipped, and that it had happened especially during the beginnings of ''Battlestar Galactica''. Additionally, public opinion seems to be that despite being from London, he had trouble maintaining a working-class accent on ''The Smoke'', as it was a distinct change from his natural upper-class one.
* ShirtlessScene: Nearly everything he appears in has him shirtless at some point.
** His best known one is the famous towel scene from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''.
** His appearance on ''House'' even seems to lampshade this trend--he's shirtless, but ''his skin is peeling off''
** He posed [[http://blog.urbanbohemian.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/jamiebamberuk300.jpg naked]] in an ad campaign for PETA to protest the bearskin caps used by the Queen's Guard. (Bearskin, bare skin, get it?)
* WhatBeautifulEyes: He has gorgeous blue eyes that have become a significant trait of many of his characters -- to the point where they were the last we saw of Matt Devlin on ''Law And Order: UK'' and his stint on ''Monday Mornings'' featured numerous close-ups in an apparent reference to this trope.