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Dowdall, Jim

Jim Dowdall

Jim Dowdall (né James Derek Christopher Dowdall)  was born in October of 1948 to ...father (advertising) mother (née Conningham) in Hammersmith, London, England, UK.

In 1956, Dowdall attended Hill House School in Knightsbridge, he was a classmate of Prince Charles and once made the tabloids' front pages (including The Daily Sketch) for a supposed foul against the young Prince. It was at Hill House that Jim was also a gymnastics champion.
The Prince of Wales tussles with schoolmate Jim Dowdall (Picture: Frank Rust/Daily Mail/REX)
Jim Dowdall has been a stunt performer and coordinator since the late 1960s, but his first work was as a trainee trapeze catcher/artist, and working with the big cats (beastman) in the Bertram Mills Circus. After the circus he had a few jobs which included washing cars at a funeral directors, selling motorcycles, a Christmas job working at Harrod's, he then found work with Bapty & Co (a prop and wardrobe place) as an armorer for three years, ending in 1970 when he joined the Parachute Regiment in the Army (UK) and won the Champion Recruit Cup, two years later he damaged two vertebrae and was forced to leave. 
By 1972 he had been an extra (background artist, with the UGLY agency and others) earning his Equity Union card, been an assistant director, and then began working as a stuntman.  He traveled all the way to San Francisco, CA to perform with the British Tourney of Knights as a jouster at The Cow that point he was regularly doing stuntwork and continued for the next 40+ years.

In 1991, Dowdall was married to Beverley A. Clark (naturopath), he parachuted into the churchyard from a helicopter.  They have a grown daughter.

Film Actor
The Honourable Rebel~2015 - German Road Block Motor Cyclist
Enemy at the Gates: Through the Crosshairs~2001 (V) - Himself
Enemy at the Gates~2001 - Stubborn Feldwebel
Blue Ice~1992 - uncredited Garcia's Driver
Wish You Were Here~1987 - Cook
Bellman and True~1987 - The Wheelman
Underworld~1985 - Underworlder #1
Superman II~1980 - Boris/others (left) (see Actor Connections - Film)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back~1980 - Bespin Guard (with Lando Calrissian at Solo's cell)
Force 10 from Navarone~1978 - Force Ten Team (see Actor Connections - Film)
Star Wars~1977 - Stormtrooper (Thanks to Mikael Ström!)
Where Eagles Dare~1968 - uncredited Extra

Film Director
Enduring Love~2004 (second unit)
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London~2004 (second unit)

Film Stunts
Dark Signal~2016 (driver)
The Gun Man~2016 (short) (coordinator)
London Has Fallen~2016 (asst. coordinator: UK)
Burnt~2015 (performer)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit~2014
Rush~2013 (pursuit precision driver)
RED 2~2013 (performer)
Fast & Furious 6~2013 (uncredited)
Welcome to the Punch~2013 (performer)
Skyfall~2012 (uncredited precision driver - pursuit arm)
The Shoes: Time to Dance~2012 (V short) (coordinator)
Tezz~2012 (coordinator)
Safe House~2012 (precision driver)
One Day~2011 (coordinator)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2~2011
Blitz~2011 (coordinator: additional shoot unit)
StreetDance 3D~2010 (pursuit driver)
The Confession~2010 (short) (coordinator)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1~2010
Wild Target~2010 (coordinator)
The Descent: Part 2~2010 (coordinator)
Blackwater~2009 (short) (coordinator)
Tenner~2008 (short)
RocknRolla~2008 (coordinator)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets~2007 (London unit)
Death Defying Acts~2007 (coordinator)
The Deaths of Ian Stone~2007 (coordinator)
When Did You Last See Your Father~2007 (coordinator)
Clusure~2007 (coordinator)
Flood~2007 (coordinator: UK)
The Good Night~2007 (coordinator)
Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker~2006
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory~2005 (coordinator) (see Actor Connections - Film)
The Descent~2005 (coordinator)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy~2005 (coordinator) (see Actor Connections - Film)
Sahara~2005 (stunts)
Wimbledon~2004 (coordinator)
Enduring Love~2004 (coordinator)
Finding Neverland~2004 (performer)
The Bourne Supremacy~2004 (driver)
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London~2004 (coordinator)
Sex Lives of the Potato Men~2004 (performer)
If Only~2004 (driver)
I'll Be There~2003 (coordinator/performer)
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead~2003 (coordinator)
Bright Young Things~2003
I Capture the Castle~2003 (coordinator)
The Gathering~2003
Where Were We...~2002 (short) (coordinator)
Clarkson: No Limits~2002 (V doc) (driver)
Die Another Day~2002 (performer: Aston Martin ice chase)
The Heart of Me~2002 (coordinator)
The Pianist~2002 (coordinator)
Sweet Sixteen~2002 (coordinator)
Formula 51 (The 51st State)~2001 (coordinator)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin~2001 (coordinator)
Enemy at the Gates~2001 (coordinator)
Five Seconds to Spare~2000 (coordinator)
The Escort~2000 (coordinator)
Pandaemonium~2000 (coordinator)
Quills~2000 (coordinator)
Gangster No. 1~2000 (coordinator)
The Blind Date~2000 (coordinator)
The World is Not Enough~1999 (uncredited)
Mauvaise passe~1999 (coordinator)
Entrapment~1999 (coordinator)
The War Zone~1999 (coordinator)
Five Seconds to Spare~1999 (coordinator)
Little Voice~1998 (double)
The Theory of Flight~1998 (coordinator)
Saving Private Ryan~1998
Cash In Hand~1998 (arranger)
The Dance of Shiva~1998 (short) (arranger)
Tomorrow Never Dies~1997 (stunts: Car Chase)
The Borrowers~1997 (coordinator)
FairyTale: A True Story~1997 (coordinator)
The English Patient~1996 (supervisor)
Mary Reilly~1996 (coordinator)
Different For Girls~1996 (arranger)
GoldenEye~1995 (Tank Unit)
Hackers~1995 (coordinator)
Richard III~1995 (coordinator)
Bloody Weekend~1994 (coordinator)
Shopping~1994 (coordinator)
Loaded~1994 (coordinator)
In the Name of the Father~1993
Splitting Heirs~1993
Born to Ride~1991 (stunts; coordinator)
The Misadventures of Mr. Wilt~1990
The Tall Guy~1989 (coordinator)
Batman~1989 (see Actor Connections - Film)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade~1989 (see Actor Connections - Film)
Yellow Pages~1988 (coordinator) (see Actor Connections - Film)
The Dressmaker~1988 (coordinator)
Whoops Apocalypse~1988 (see Actor Connections - Film)
Hellraiser~1987 (stunt arranger)
Biggles: Adventures in Time~1986
Caravaggio~1986 (coordinator)
Car Trouble~1986
Underworld~1985 (coordinator) (see Actor Connections - Film)
The Good Father~1985 (arranger)
Going Undercover~1985 (coordinator)
My Beautiful Laundrette~1985 (coordinator)
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend~1985 (see Actor Connections - Film)
Dance with a Stranger~1985 (coordinator)
Brazil~1985 (see Actor Connections - Film)
The Keep~1983
Never Say Never Again~1983 (uncredited additional) (see Actor Connections - Film)
Krull~1983 (uncredited) (see Actor Connections - Film)
Octopussy~1983 (uncredited double under train: Roger Moore; stunts) (see Actor Connections - Film)
Invitation to the Wedding~1983
For Your Eyes Only~1981 (uncredited additional) (see Actor Connections - Film)
The Long Good Friday~1980
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back~1980 (uncredited)
Hanover Street~1979 (uncredited stunts/double: Harrison Ford) (see Actor Connections - Film)
Superman~1978 (uncredited: thrown from Jeep; Cop) (see Actor Connections - Film)

The Spy Who Loved Me~1977 (uncredited) (see Actor Connections - Film)
A Bridge Too Far~1977 (uncredited)
Star Wars~1977 (uncredited)
The Eagle Has Landed~1976 (uncredited: paratrooper)
You Can't Win 'Em All~1970 (uncredited)
Where Eagles Dare~1968 (uncredited)
The Dirty Dozen~1967 (uncredited)

Film Weapons
Battle of Britain~1969 (Spanish Heinkel)
Where Eagles Dare~1968 (armorer)
The Dirty Dozen~1967 (armorer)
633 Squadron~1964 (guns minder)

Film Second Unit/Assistant
Enduring Love~2004 (second unit director)
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London~2004 (second unit director)

TV Actor
A Passionate Woman~2010 - Biker in 1.1
The Curse of Noel Edmonds~2004  - Himself
Now One Is 50~1998 - Himself - recollections for Prince Charles' 50th Birthday
KYTV~1993 - David Stevens in Those Sexciting '60s
Forever Green~1989 - Reg in 1.2
Eh Brian! It's A Whopper~1984 - Biker #1 in The Shape of Things to Come
Doctor Who~1972-1984 - uncredited:
     Warnsman in Frontios: Part One
     Elite Guard in Genesis of the Daleks: Part Five
     Thal Guard in Genesis of the Daleks: Part Three
     Guerilla in Day of the Daleks: Episode Three/Four
Jack of Diamonds~1983 - Fisherman in A Drip in the Ocean
The First Part of King Henry VI~1983 -
The Professionals~1982 - Man in Spy Probe
Legacy of Murder~1982 - Suleiman in:
     Corpse in the Act
     Bizarre Bazaar
Blakes 7~1981 - uncredited:
     Space Rat in Stardrive
     Guard in Star On
Bergerac~1981 - uncredited DC Tom Draycott in Picking It Up
New Scotland Yard~1972 - Bogus Policeman in Papa Charlie

TV Stunts
Midsomer Murders~2015 (coordinator: The Dagger Club)
Trollied~2014 (coordinator: 4.5; 4.8)
Shetland~2014 (Raven Black: Part 2)
The Bletchley Circle~2014 (coordinator: Blood on Their Hands: Part 1)
Holby City~2013 (coordinator: Recovery Position; Ask Me No Questions; Spence's Choice: Part Two)
EastEnders~2006-2012 (coordinator: 20 March 2006; 10 April 2012)
Call the Midwife~2012 (coordinator: 1.6)
Milton Jones' House of Rooms~2012 (coordinator: Paul)
The Little House~2010 (coordinator: 1.1; 1.2)
Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds~2010 (coordinator: Off the Scale)
M.I. High~2010 (coordinator: Pilot)
Rock & Chips~2010 (coordinator: Pilot)
The Bill~2002-2009 (coordinator: 41 episodes)
The Street~2009 (performer: 3.3)
The Royal~2008 (coordinator: Home from the Hill)
Top Gear~2008 (stuntman 11.1/11.2; coordinator 12.1)
Dead Set~2008 (coordinator: 1.5)
City of Vice~2008 (coordinator: 1.1-1.5)
Dalziel and Pascoe~2006-2007 (coordinator: A Death in the Family: Part 1; The Cave Woman: Parts 1/2; Under Dark Stars: Parts 1/2)
Hotel Babylon~2007 (coordinator: 2.8)
Shameless~2007 (coordinator: 4.8)
The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard~2006 (coordinator: 1.1)
Green Wing~2006 (coordinator: Christmas Special; 2.8)
Casualty @ Holby City~2005 (arranger: Interactive: Something We Can Do)
Frances Tuesday~2004 (coordinator)
Faking It~2003 (director: Faking a Stuntman)
Suspicion~2003  (coordinator)
Cambridge Spies~2003  (arranger)
Red Cap~2003  (coordinator)
Murder In Mind~2002-2003 (coordinator: Justice; Regrets; Flashback; Passion)
Cambridge Spies~2003 (arranger: 1.1-1.4)
The Gathering Storm~2002 (coordinator)
Clocking Off~2002 (coordinator: Mark's Story)
Blue Murder~2001
Messiah~2001 (The Reckoning)
My Hero~2000 (coordinator: Space Virus)
Second Sight~1999
Little White Lies~1998 (coordinator)
Supply & Demand~1998 (coordinator: Blood Ties: Parts 1/2; Golden Goose: Parts 1/2; Raw Recruit: Part 1)
The Vicar of Dibley~1998  (coordinator: Love and Marriage)
Casualty~1997-1998 (arranger: Bad Company; Facing Up; We Can Be Heroes; Everlasting Love: Part 2) (17 episodes)
Our Boy~1997
Supply & Demand (movie)~1997 (coordinator)
The Woman in White~1997
How'd They Do That~1996
Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circles~1995 (coordinator)
Harry~1995 (arranger: 2.1)
The Last Englishman~1995
Seaforth~1994 (coordinator: Under the Counter)
Between the Lines~2994 (performer: A Face in the Crowd)
Pie in the Sky~1994 (A Matter of Taste)
Screen One~1993 (Wide-Eyed and Legless)
Kinsey~1992 (performer: Conflicts of Interest)
Boon~1992 (Blackballed)
Civvies~1992 (performer: 1.2, 1.4, 1.5)
Red Dwarf~1992 (stuntman: Terrorform)
Minder~1991 (coordinator: The Coach That Came in from the Cold; The Loneliness of the Long Distance Entrepreneur)
Smack and Thistle~1991 (coordinator)
Sleepers~1991 (performer: On The Run)
Agatha Christie's Poirot~1991 (The Theft of the Royal Ruby)
Medics~1990 (arranger: Alex)
The Chief~1990
The Paradise Club~1989
Bergerac~1981-1989 (arranger/stuntman: Picking It Up; arranger: Sea Changes; stunts: Second Time Around)
Up Line~1987 (arranger)
Tutti Frutti~1987 (arranger: Love Hurts)
In Sickness and In Health~1985 (coordinator: 1.6)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes~1985  (stunts: The Greek Interpreter)
Traveling Man~1984-1985 (arranger: Grasser; Moving On; The Quiet Chapter; Last Lap)
The Monocled Mutineer, The~1986
Crimewatch UK~1984 (stunts)
Travelling Man~1984  (stunt arranger) (episode 4)
Tales of the Unexpected (Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected)~1982
Flash Gordon~1980 (double: Timothy Dalton)
Blakes 7~1979 (uncredited double: Star One)
The Word~1978 (performer)
Ripping Yarns~1977 (The Testing of Eric Olthwaite)
Coronation Street~1960 (stunts 19??)

TV Weapons (armorer)
The Saint~1962
Danger Man~1964
The Prisoner~1967
The Avengers~1961

Stunts - Car Commercials 
Jaguar XJ~2015 - stunt driver
Social Media
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2002 - Choreographed the stunts for The War and Peace Show in Beltring, Paddock Wood, Kent, England.

For well over a decade Dowdall has specialized in stunt car driving and has appeared in over 340 commercials driving every European and Japanese car.

Member of The Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association at the Imperial War Museum in London

Lectures on WWII German Automatic Weapons

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