Open main menu

David Caves is a Northern Irish actor who is known for his role as Jack Hodgson in the BBC drama series Silent Witness.[1][2]

David Caves
NationalityNorthern Irish
EducationCampbell College, Belfast
Alma materLAMDA
Notable credit(s)
Jack Hodgson in Silent Witness (BBC)
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)

Early lifeEdit

Caves was educated at Campbell College, Belfast. His parents and his uncle were all teachers.[3] Caves studied modern languages, including French and German, at the University of St Andrews.

He originally planned to become a teacher before training at LAMDA. He worked as a teacher in France as part of his university course but when he returned to the UK, he found he had “lost the drive for the academic side of things” and found himself getting heavily involved in plays and musicals at the university. He is quoted as saying,[4]

“I found I loved this medium and wanted to look into it more, to see what was out there and what drama school was about. So I did some research and decided to have a go, not really expecting anything to happen. I was naive and did not know how tough it was. I thought I was probably not good enough but something inside me told me I should have a go, so I did.”


Caves ended up being offered places at both LAMDA and Bristol Old Vic, opting for the former because of the lure of London. His training focused on theatre and, prior to his addition to the Silent Witness cast, was known as a stage actor, having impressed as Petruchio in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2012 touring production of The Taming of the Shrew.[5] He has also starred in Ironclad: Battle for Blood.[6]

Other notable roles in theatre include Deflores in The Changeling, Southwark Playhouse; Macheath in The Beggar’s Opera at Regents Park Open Theatre and Bosola in The Duchess of Malfi, Northampton.

In 2014, Caves also featured in the television documentary The Crime Thriller Club.[7] Presented by Bradley Walsh, this documentary was a mix of interviews, film clips and a game show about the detective genre in both film and literature.

In 2016, Caves portrayed Clint Hill in the film Jackie.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Caves was an ambassador for Northern Ireland Hospice. In 2013, he won the Spirit of Tomorrow award at the Belfast Top 40 Under 40 Awards.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Jack Hodgson". Silent Witness. BBC One. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Review: Silent Witness, BBC One, Series 16, Episode 1". The Telegraph. 10 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  3. ^ "General News". The Old Campbellian Society. 2013. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  4. ^ Hemley, Matthew (26 January 2013). "Jack of all trades". The Stage. The Stage Media Company Limited. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Features: David Caves". Exeunt Magazine. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Ironclad: Battle for Blood". IMDb. 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  7. ^ "The Crime Thriller Club: Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2018.

External linksEdit