David Bateson (born February 9, 1960 in Durban) is a South African actor and voice actor based in Denmark.
He is best known for portraying the character known as Agent 47, a bald contract killer with a barcode on his head, and the main protagonist of IO Interactive's Hitman video game series. That series gets a lot of mileage out of his whiskey-voiced narration (not unlike David Hayter, Michael Ironside, or Stephen Russell), adding a few nice moments of melancholy and, at times, dry humor to the character.
Bateson has voiced 47 in every game in the franchise so far; IOI briefly considered replacing him before the fifth game, Absolution, but he was eventually brought back thanks to fan demand. This was later used for a Development Gag in Hitman 2016's "Icon" level.
Bateson's voice is featured in quite a few commercials. Yes, that is indeed him declaring, "A man has fallen into the river in LEGO City!"
He made his acting debut in the 1994 film Prince of Jutland, which also happened to be the acting debut of a certain Andy Serkis.
Roles of note
- Prince of Jutlan (1994) as Hother
- Help! I'm a Fish (2000) as Commander Shark / General Crab
- Hitman series as 47
- Rembrandt (2003) as Stor Mand
- Borgen (2010-2011), voice roles
- Lightmatter (2020) as Virgil