David Bailie is a British actor, known for his performances on stage, television and film.
In the '60s and '70s he worked for both the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he was an associate artist. On TV he played "Dask" in the 1977 Doctor Who serial The Robots of Death, and also appeared in Blake's 7.
On film he played the mute pirate Cotton in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. Bailie is also a professional photographer, specializing in portrait photography. He has a studio in West Kensington, London.
Bailie was born in South Africa, and went to boarding school in Swaziland, before emigrating to Rhodesia with his family in 1952. His first acting experience soon after school in 1955, was an amateur production of Doctor in the House which persuaded him he wanted to be an actor
After leaving school he worked in a bank and then for Central African Airlines. In 1958, he made his first trip from Rhodesia to England.
Terry Hands, who had by now joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at Stratford-upon-Avon , invited Bailie to join them as an associate artist (1965).
In the mid-1990s after playing alongside Brian Glover in The Canterbury Tales he made a comeback in the film business as "Skewer" in Cutthroat Island (1995), then played an English Judge in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999), and also "The Engineer" in Gladiator (2000).
Bailie also emerged as a radio actor. He played the mad scientist "Taren Capel", a re-incarnation of his earlier work from the 60s series Doctor Who.
He has recently been involved in two Big Finish Productions audio DVD's playing the "Celestial Toymaker".