A British actor
From 2003-2009, Bamber starred as Lee 'Apollo' Adama, a Captain in the Colonial Fleet, in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica on the US SciFi (now SyFy) Channel. Since its release, the show received critical acclaim from the American media and was honored with a number of awards and award nominations in its four-season run.; Bamber was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for Battlestar Galactica in 2004.
In the role of Lee Adama, Londoner Bamber speaks with an American accent. He also has darkened hair, in an effort to more closely resemble Edward James Olmos, who plays his character's father. Reciprocally, Olmos wears contact lenses with blue irises to match Bamber's eyes.
Bamber wrote the foreword for Titan Books' Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion Season Three by David Bassom. Of the show's dramatic resonance, he said:
"...that's what good drama lets us do. It allows us to see and to feel things we otherwise would not. And great drama allows us to do that on every level: the psychological, the personal and the political. I am proud to say that in the paired down world of Battlestar Galactica there is no plot, no character and no relationship that does not breathe the oxygen of all three levels at once."