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British actor best known to Americans as Lee Adama on the 2000's version of ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]''. 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 incomplete list of works Mr. Bamber has had either a starring or guest role in:
* ''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/BandOfBrothers'' 2nd Lt. Jack Foley
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'': His StarMakingRole as Lee "Apollo" Adama for the small screen in the USA
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'': As Bryan Curtis, the Ghost Of The Week in the episode "The Walk In"
* ''Series/ColdCase'': Jack Kimball, the VictimOfTheWeek in the episode "Blood On The Tracks"
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Martin Klar
* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'': DS Matt Devlin
* ''Series/{{Outcasts}}'': Mitchell Hoban
* ''Series/CSIMiami'': PlayingAgainstType 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'': PlayingAgainstType again as murder suspect Paul Wescourt.

!!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"--and he's going to be starring on yet ''another'' BBC Series ''The Smoke''.
** Thanks to him starring on three TNT shows, ''Perception'', ''Monday Mornings'', and ''Rizzoli & Isles'', this has inadvertently happened again.
* 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--seven, at last count, but not including his [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined most famous one]]--that in two instances (on ''Series/ColdCase'' and ''Series/GhostWhisperer''), [[PosthumousCharacter the guy he played was *already* dead when the show started]].
* CunningLinguist: Speaks fluent French and Italian (he studied them for his Modern Language degree), 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's doing 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.
* FakeNationality: SubvertedTrope. He's adopted a nearly flawless American accent for most of his US TV appearances and used a slight Irish brogue while on ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' But given that his father is an American and his mother is Irish -- thus explaining his ease with adopting both accents -- that automatically grants him both US and Irish citizenship even though he was born in London.
* 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.
* FanDisservice: Makeup and whatnot have done a very effective job of making this remarkably handsome man look like hell:
** 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.
* MrFanservice: With the exception of the abovementioned examples, he's been portrayed as a lust object in basically everything he's starred in.
* OldShame: His apparent feelings about the movie ''Ghost Rig'', given a YouTube clip depicting 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 at 40 (which to be fair, is still relatively young), 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's having trouble maintaining a working-class accent on ''The Smoke'', as it's a distinct change from his natural upper-class one.
* SelfDeprecation: He often seems downright bemused by all the adoration directed at him, jokingly rates himself as "very, very mediocre between the sheets", can readily admit to whatever projects or performances of his displeased him, and once declared--IN FRENCH--"My French is not that good".
* ShirtlessScene: Nearly everything he appears in has him shirtless at one point or another.
** His best known one is the famous towel scene from ''Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined)''.
** 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. There will be some close-up shots to show them properly. His stint on ''Monday Mornings'' featured numerous ones in an apparent reference to this trope.
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