and lived in Ibiza, Spain, for the first seven years of his life.
His uncle is writer and former Conservative MP Jonathan Aitken, his maternal grandmother was socialite Penelope Aitken, his maternal grandfather was politician William Aitken, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was John Maffey, 1st Baron Rugby.
In 2006, he featured in the ITV1 drama The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant and in 2009 starred in the film The Boat That Rocked.
In 2007 Davenport was cast in Swingtown, a period and relationship drama for CBS about the impact of sexual and social liberation in 1970s American suburban households, with story arcs involving open marriages and key parties. In 2008, Davenport was cast in the ABC pilot Flash Forward, which was based on a Robert J. In the series, Davenport played the character of Lloyd Simcoe, a physicist allegedly responsible for a worldwide blackout, which causes the whole world to see the future. In February 2011, Davenport was cast in the NBC musical drama pilot Smash.
He is best known for his roles in the television series This Life and Coupling, and as James Norrington in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
He has also appeared in other Hollywood films, such as The Talented Mr. More recently, he was part of the ensemble cast in the drama series Flash Forward and Smash, and took the lead role in the 2013 ITV drama series Breathless.
Davenport had considered becoming a member of a film crew, as opposed to acting in front of the camera.As an actor, we work very, very long hours in extremely close conditions and if someone's poor reputation precedes them, you're like 'Life's too short to spend it with someone who will make my life miserable!' But most people tend to be fairly delightful in show business.Aged 18 he was in Wales, performing bit parts in Hamlet, where he became friends with Rhys Ifans.The following year, he attended the University of East Anglia (UEA), concentrating in Film Studies and English Literature.During his career Davenport has also performed voice-overs, having narrated the audio versions of John Buchan's The Thirty-Nine Steps and recorded parts in Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange.