David Mark Morrissey (born 21 June 1964) is an English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter.
At the age of 18, he was cast in the television series One Summer
, which won him recognition throughout the country. After making One Summer, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, then acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company
and the National Theatre for four years.
Throughout The Nineties
, he often portrayed
policemen and soldiers, though he took other defining roles such as Bradley Headstone in Our Mutual Friend
and Christopher Finzi in Hilary And Jackie
. More film parts followed, including roles in Some Voices
and Captain Corelli's Mandolin
, before he played the critically acclaimed roles of Stephen Collins in State of Play
and Gordon Brown in The Deal
. The former earned him a Best Actor nomination at the British Academy Television Awards and the latter won him a Best Actor award from the Royal Television Society. In the years following those films, he has had leading roles in Sense and Sensibility
, Red Riding
, Nowhere Boy
, and produced and starred in the crime drama Thorne
He returned to the stage in 2008 for a run of Neil LaBute's In a Dark, Dark House
and played the title role in the Liverpool Everyman's production of Macbeth
in 2011. He then starred in the British crime film Blitz, playing a morally dubious reporter in contact with the eponymous cop killer. The following year, he signed on for the role of The Governor in the third season of the AMC
television series The Walking Dead
. The British Film Institute describes him as being considered "one of the most versatile British actors of his generation", and he is noted for his meticulous preparation for and research into the roles he plays.
Morrissey has directed short films and the television dramas Sweet Revenge
and Passer By
. His feature debut, Don't Worry About Me
, premiered at the 2009 London Film Festival and was broadcast on BBC television in March 2010.
He is married to novelist Esther Freud, the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud
and daughter of artist Lucian Freud.
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