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Harry Potter star's side hustle as wedding singer revealed

David Bradley who starred in the Harry Potter films as Hogwarts caretaker Filch, is lead singer in a wedding band.

British actor David Bradley poses on the red carpet on arrival to attend the World Premiere of
David Bradley As lead singer in a wedding band. (FP viia Getty Images)

What did you miss?

Harry Potter star David Bradley has been revealed to have a side hustle as a wedding singer.

The 81-year-old actor - who stars in the Harry Potter films Hogwarts caretaker Filch - has a second job as the lead singer of a wedding band playing rock covers. The Game of Thrones star performs with his band Heartbreak Soup UK, with recent live shows including a charity gig at a pub in Leamington Spa.

Bradley's secret alter ego was let slip on The One Show by Jason Watkins, his co-star in new Channel 5 drama Coma.

What, how, and why?

David Bradley, Claire Skinner, Jonas Armstrong and Jason Watkins star in the new C5 drama Coma which stars on Monday 18 March. (Channel 5)
David Bradley, Claire Skinner, Jonas Armstrong and Jason Watkins star in the new C5 drama Coma which stars on Monday 18 March. (Channel 5)

Jason Watkins — star of Nativity and The Crown — appeared on the BBC show to promote new four-part drama Coma, which starts on 18 March. Watkins stars as Simon, a mild-mannered family man who punches a teenager who is threatening his family. Bradley plays his grumpy neighbour who witnessed what happened.

Watkins, 61, confessed he was excited to be working with Bradley: "He's a star. I saw him on stage when I was in my 20s starting out. He's had this incredible film career, people know him from Harry Potter and Game of Thrones."

He then revealed Bradley to be an incredible dancer, and revealed he was lead singer in a band.

Watkins said: "We were working very hard, but we had about two nights out. And we had one night out in Budapest where we shot it and David was still there, it was getting on a bit, and then we started dancing. And he danced for two hours!"

He went on: "With his family — I know he won't mind me saying this — he's got a band and he's the wedding singer and they go around and they do weddings.

David Bradley played grumpy caretaker Filch in the Harry Potter films. (Alamy/WB)
David Bradley played grumpy caretaker Filch in the Harry Potter films. (Alamy/WB)

"He's got these moves, they're a bit like this [sways his head backwards] that kind of scene, a bit Led Zeppelin. It's covers. He was learning a David Bowie song while we were out there.

"I think he's one of those amazing people who's interested in life and has a sense of life and joy and it feeds into his work and he's a wonderful man."

COMA airs Monday 18 – Thursday 21 March, 9pm on Channel 5 & My5

The One Show airs on BBC One at 7pm Monday to Friday.


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