David Hemmings was an English film, theatre and television actor as well as a film and television director and producer.
He is noted for his role as the photographer in the drama mystery-thriller film Blowup (1966), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. In his later acting career, he was known for his distinctive eyebrows and gravelly voice.
He was born David Edward Leslie Hemmings in Guildford, Surrey. His education at Alleyn's School and the Glyn Grammar School led him to start his career performing as a boy soprano in several works by the composer Benjamin Britten, who formed a close friendship with him at this time.
Hemmings had earlier played the title role in Britten's The Little Sweep (1952), which was part of Britten's Let's Make An Opera! children's production. Hemmings then moved on to acting and directing in film. He made his first film appearance in drama film The Rainbow Jacket (1954).
Following Blowup, Hemmings appeared in a string of major British films, including the musical film Camelot (1967), the war film The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) and in the title role in the epic film Alfred the Great (1969).
Hemmings directed the drama film The 14 (1973), which won the Silver Bear at the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival.He appeared in the Italian giallo film Profondo Rosso (1975) directed by Dario Argento.
In 1967, Hemmings recorded a pop single, "Back Street Mirror", and a studio album, David Hemmings Happens, in Los Angeles, California.
Hemmings published his autobiography Blow Up... and Other Exaggerations – The Autobiography of David Hemmings (2004).
He was married four times – first to Genista Ouvry, followed by a marriage to actress Gayle Hunnicutt; then a marriage Prudence J. de Casembroot and last, a marriage to Lucy.
Hemmings died, at age 62, of a heart attack, in Bucharest, Romania, on the film set of Blessed after playing his scenes for the day.