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Dave Chapman is a British actor and puppeteer who was an additional performer on Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets Most Wanted and 101 Dalmatians. In 2011, he was an assistant puppeteer for Animal during an appearance on The X Factor.

More recently, Chapman played Dougie Colon, Eddie Watts, and others in the Jim Henson Company and BBC co-production That Puppet Game Show. Chapman joined Brian Henson on stage for Brian Henson's "Evolution of Puppetry" lectures at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival and has guested in the Henson Alternative improv show "Puppet Up!"

Chapman graduated from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in 1992 and was trained at the Jim Henson Company's puppeteering workshop in 1994. His tutors were Kevin Clash, Nigel Plaskitt, and Rob Tygner. Afterwards, Chapman performed various puppet characters for British TV; such as BBC presenters Otis the Aardvark and Vinnie the Ferret. He has also performed Tiny of Tiny and Mr Duk, Scratch on Nuzzle and Scratch, Windy on Space Pirates and as double for Victor Yerrid on Jim Henson Company's "Pajanimals". Chapman also worked with Brian Herring as the on-set puppeteers for the droid BB-8 in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Chapman's acting credits includes the BAFTA Award winning shows The Slammer and Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow (in the latter, he played over 200 characters). He also provided Dalek voices in the 1999 special Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death.

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