David Kenneth Harbour (born April 10, 1975) is an American actor. He has played supporting roles in films such as Brokeback Mountain (2005), Awake (2007), Revolutionary Road (2008), State of Play (2009), W.E. (2011), A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014), Black Mass (2015), Suicide Squad (2016), Sleepless (2017), No Sudden Move (2021), and Gran Turismo (2023), and starring roles as the title character in Hellboy (2019) and Santa Claus in Violent Night (2022); in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Harbour has played Red Guardian in the film Black Widow (2021) and the animated series What If...? (2025).

David Harbour
Harbour at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
David Kenneth Harbour[1]

(1975-04-10) April 10, 1975 (age 49)
EducationDartmouth College (BA)
Years active1994–present
(m. 2020)

Harbour gained global recognition for his portrayal of Jim Hopper in the Netflix science fiction series Stranger Things (2016–present),[2] for which he received a Critics' Choice Television Award in 2018,[3] two Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award nomination.[4][5]

Early life


Harbour was born in White Plains, New York, to Kenneth and Nancy (née Riley) Harbour, both of whom work in real estate—his mother in residential and his father in commercial.[6] He attended Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, along with actors Sean Maher and Eyal Podell. He graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1997,[7] where he majored in drama and Italian and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.[8]

As a young man in New York City, David Harbour frequented and participated in gambling at underground poker clubs, and attests that he personally knew the gangster who John Malkovich's character "Teddy KGB" was based on in the 1998 film Rounders.[9]


Harbour at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

From 1994 to 1997, Harbour performed with The Theater at Monmouth at Cumston Hall in Monmouth, ME, where he acted in Shakespearian productions such as The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, and Hamlet.

Harbour began acting professionally on Broadway in 1999, in the revival of The Rainmaker.[10] He made his television debut that year on the television show Law & Order, playing a waiter. He appeared again in 2002 in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing a child murderer. He had the recurring role of MI6 agent Roger Anderson in the ABC series Pan Am. In 2005, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Harbour is also known for his role as CIA Agent Gregg Beam in Quantum of Solace, as Shep Campbell in Revolutionary Road, and as Russell Crowe's source in State of Play. He also received praise for his role as spree killer Paul Devildis in a 2009 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.[11] His other film credits include Brokeback Mountain, The Green Hornet, End of Watch, and Between Us. In 2013, he had a small role of a head doctor in the television series Elementary. From 2012 to 2014, he also had the recurring role of Elliot Hirsch in The Newsroom.[12]

In 2014, Harbour played the recurring character of Dr. Reed Akley in the first season of the historical drama series Manhattan.[13] In 2015, he was cast as Chief Jim Hopper in the Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things.[14] For that role, he has received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2017 and 2018) and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2018). He won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2017) along with the rest of the cast.

Harbour starred as the title character in the superhero reboot film Hellboy (2019).[15] He most recently portrayed Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Black Widow (2021),[16][17] and will reprise the role in the upcoming Thunderbolts* (2025). He also had a starring role in the Neill Blomkamp sports film Gran Turismo (2023) based on the PlayStation video game series of the same name.[18]

Personal life


Harbour had relationships with Alison Sudol and Julia Stiles.[19][20] Since 2019, he has been in a relationship with singer Lily Allen. They made their red carpet debut during the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. They married on September 7, 2020, in Las Vegas in a wedding officiated by an Elvis impersonator.[21] The couple share a Brownstone house in Brooklyn[22] and worked with the architect Ben Bischoff.

Harbour previously followed several religions, including Catholicism and Buddhism. He is a former believer in the paranormal.[23][24]

In an interview with The Guardian on his role in Black Widow in July 2021, Harbour said he was a socialist: "I don't know that there's anyone who could disagree with socialist ideology"; and later, "The idea of a kindergarten-type society where we share things is my ideal society—as opposed to this world where we're hunting and killing and destroying for our own personal hoarding, our own personal greed."[25]

Harbour struggled with alcoholism in his past[26] and has been sober since he was 24, after hitting "rock bottom" as he faced homelessness, loneliness and thoughts of suicide.[27] He began drinking as a teenager and the habit worsened during college. He decided to stop drinking after feeling "very lonely and needing a different direction in my life", and has said, "I enjoy consciousness too much now" to drink again.[8]

At age 26, Harbour was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[28][26][29][30]




Film or show that is yet to be released
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Kinsey Robert Kinsey
2005 Confess FBI Agent McAllister
Brokeback Mountain Randall Malone
War of the Worlds Dock Worker Deleted scene[31]
2006 The Wedding Weekend David
2007 Awake Dracula
2008 Revolutionary Road Shep Campbell
Quantum of Solace Gregg Beam
2009 State of Play PointCorp Insider
2010 Every Day Brian
2011 The Green Hornet D.A. Frank Scanlon
W.E. Ernest Simpson
Thin Ice Bob Egan originally released as The Convincer
2012 End of Watch Van Hauser
Between Us Joel
Knife Fight Stephen Green
2013 Snitch Jay Price
Parkland James Gordon Shanklin
2014 X/Y Todd
A Walk Among the Tombstones Ray
The Equalizer Frank Masters
2015 Black Mass John Morris
2016 Suicide Squad Dexter Tolliver
2017 Sleepless Doug Dennison
2018 Human Affairs Ronnie
2019 Hellboy Hellboy
Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein David Harbour III / Jr. / Frankenstein Short film
2020 Extraction Gaspar
2021 No Sudden Move Matt Wertz
Black Widow Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian
2022 Violent Night Santa Claus
2023 We Have a Ghost Ernest the Ghost
Gran Turismo Jack Salter
2025 Levon's Trade TBA Filming
Thunderbolts* Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian Post-production


David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown in 2016
Year Title Role Notes
1999, 2008 Law & Order Mike Episode: "Patsy"
Jay Carlin Episode: "Submission"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Terry Jessup Episode: "Dolls"
2003 Hack Christopher Clark Episode: "Presumed Guilty"
2004, 2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Wesley John Kenderson Episode: "Silver Lining"
Paul Devildis Episode: "Family Values"
2007 The Unit Gary Weber Episode: "Five Brothers"
2009 Lie to Me Frank Ambrose Episode: "The Better Half"
Royal Pains Dan Samuels Episode: "It's Like Jamais Vu All Over Again"
2011–2012 Pan Am Roger Anderson 6 episodes
2012 Midnight Sun Ethan Davies Unsold NBC TV pilot
Blue Cooper 3 episodes[32]
2012–2014 The Newsroom Elliot Hirsch 10 episodes
2013 Elementary Dr. Mason Baldwin Episode: "Lesser Evils"
2014 Rake David Potter 11 episodes
Manhattan Dr. Reed Akley 10 episodes
2014–2015 State of Affairs David Patrick Main role
2015–2016 Banshee Robert Dalton 2 episodes
2016 Crisis in Six Scenes Vic Episode: "#1.2"
2016–present Stranger Things Jim Hopper Main role
2018 Drunk History Vietnam Memorial Head Episode: "Underdogs"
Animals Hawk Voice, episode: "Roachella"
2019 El Hormiguero 3.0 Himself (guest) Episode: "David Harbour"
Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "David Harbour/Camila Cabello"
2020 The Simpsons Fred Kranepool Voice, episode: "Undercover Burns"
2021 Big City Greens Rick Voice, episode: "The Van"
Q-Force Agent Rick Buck Voice
Star Wars: Visions Tajin Voice, episode: "The Elder"; english dub
2024 Creature Commandos[33] Eric Frankenstein Voice, main role
TBA My Dentist's Murder Trial[34] TBA Lead role, also executive producer


Year Title Role Venue Notes
2000 Stranger Steward / Frank / Pato Vineyard Theatre Off-Broadway
2001 The Invention of Love Moses John Jackson Lyceum Theatre Broadway
2002 Twelfth Night Antonio Delacorte Theater
2003 Fifth of July John Landis Signature Theatre Off-Broadway
A Bad Friend Fallon Lincoln Center Theater
The Two Noble Kinsmen Arcite The Public Theater
2004 Between Us Joel New York City Center
2005 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nick Wilbur Theatre
Longacre Theatre Broadway
2006–2007 The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 – Voyage Nicholas Stankevich Vivian Beaumont Theater
The Coast of Utopia: Part 2 – Shipwreck George Herwegh
The Coast of Utopia: Part 3 – Salvage Doctor Bazarov
2008 Hamlet Laertes / Ghost of Hamlet's Father Delacorte Theater
2009 Time Stands Still James Dodd Geffen Playhouse
2010–2011 The Merchant of Venice Bassanio Broadhurst Theatre Broadway
2012–2013 Glengarry Glen Ross John Williamson Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
2016 Cal in Camo Tim Rattlestick Playwrights Theater Off-Broadway
2022 Mad House Michael Ambassadors Theatre West End

Video games

Year Title Role
2024 Alone in the Dark Edward Carnby

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2005 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated [35]
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won [36]
Fangoria Chainsaw Award Best TV Supporting Actor Nominated [37]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [38]
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won [39]
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [40]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [41]
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated [42]
2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated [43]
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actor Hellboy Nominated [44]


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