David Morrissey

Last updated on the 13 April 2024 by Evandrus

David Morrissey

Mini Biography

Born: 21 June 1964, Liverpool, England. 

David Morrissey, with a career spanning over three decades, has established himself as a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, excelling in both film and television.

Morrissey’s early life was marked by a passion for acting. As a child, he participated in local theatre productions, quickly realising his love for the craft. This led him to pursue a formal education in acting, attending the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.

After completing his education, Morrissey embarked on his professional acting career. He made his debut in the television series “One Summer” (1983), which garnered critical acclaim. This early success laid the foundation for a fruitful career ahead.

Throughout his career, Morrissey has delivered several career highlights that showcase his talent and range as an actor. One of his notable performances came in the television series “State of Play” (2003), where he portrayed a journalist investigating a political conspiracy. His captivating portrayal earned him widespread recognition and critical acclaim.

Another career-defining role for Morrissey came in the British miniseries “The Deal” (2003), where he portrayed former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. His portrayal of Brown’s complex personality and political struggles earned him a BAFTA nomination.

In 2013, Morrissey took on the challenging role of playing the iconic character “The Governor” in the hit series “The Walking Dead.” His portrayal of the complex and morally ambiguous character captivated audiences worldwide and showcased his ability to bring depth to any role.

In addition to his successful acting career, David Morrissey has also ventured into directing. He made his directorial debut with the film “Don’t Worry About Me” (2009), displaying his talent behind the camera as well.

Despite his busy career, David Morrissey has managed to maintain a personal life away from the spotlight. He is married to the novelist Esther Freud, and together they have three children. Morrissey values his privacy and focuses on maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

 

Suggested viewing

 

The Deal (2003)

The Deal poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.0

During the 1980s, under Margret Thatcher’s Conservative regime, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, both new members of Parliament, form a friendship while navigating their way up the ranks of British government. However, when the leader of the British Labour party unexpectedly passes away, their friendship is tested as they compete for his position and the opportunity to become the next prime minister.

Top cast: David Morrissey, Michael Sheen, Matt Blair, Dexter Fletcher, Frank Kelly.

 

Sherwood (2022)

Sherwood

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

The occurrence of two murders deeply fractures an already divided community, resulting in a massive manhunt that goes down in British history. As this intense search unfolds, it threatens to reignite the historic divisions that were originally sparked during the Miners’ Strike, which had taken place three decades prior. The scars from that tumultuous period are still sensitive and could be exacerbated by the current events.

Top cast: David Morrissey, Robert Glenister, Lesley Manville, Joanne Froggatt, Claire Rushbrook, Kevin Doyle, Lorraine Ashbourne, Philip Jackson, Alun Armstrong, Andrea Lowe.

 

South Riding (2011)

South Riding (2011)

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.5

“South Riding” is a television drama series set in the 1930s. The story focuses on Sarah Burton, a headstrong woman who becomes the first female headmistress of a struggling Yorkshire school. She faces challenges in her personal and professional life while trying to uplift the community and bring about positive change.

Top cast: Anna Maxwell Martin, David Morrissey, Penelope Wilton, Peter Firth, John Henshaw, Douglas Henshall, Katherine McGolpin, Lydia Wilson.

 

Britannia (2017)

Britannia (2017) 

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.9

“Britannia” is a historical fantasy drama series set in the Roman conquest of Britain. The story follows the clash between the invading Roman army and the Celtic tribes of Britannia, led by the formidable warrior queen, Amena. It delves into the mystical and magical elements intertwined with the brutal realities of war and power struggles.

Top cast: Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Zoë Wanamaker, Stanley Weber, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Hugo Speer, Annabel Scholey, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Mackenzie Crook.

 

Thorne: Sleepyhead (2010)

Thorne: Sleepyhead poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.7

“Thorne: Sleepyhead” is a crime drama based on Mark Billingham’s novel. The story revolves around DI Tom Thorne, who investigates a series of mysterious attacks, known as the “Sleepyhead” case. With a victim unable to move or communicate, Thorne must unravel the truth before more lives are endangered, including his own.

Top cast: David Morrissey, Eddie Marsan, Aidan Gillen, Natascha McElhone, Sandra Oh, O.T. Fagbenle, Lorraine Ashbourne, Silas Carson.

 

The Long Shadow (2023)

The Long Shadow (2023) poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.8

In the 1970s, the Yorkshire Ripper terrorised the region, leaving a trail of 13 murdered women. The police investigation was plagued by missed opportunities as the killer evaded capture. This series delves into the hunt for the killer, exploring the impact on the victims’ families, the survivors, and the detectives involved.

Top cast: Michael McElhatton, Jack Deam, Lee Ingleby, Kris Hitchen, Chloe Harris, David Morrissey, Toby Jones, Steven Waddington, John Henshaw, Stephen Tompkinson, Daniel Mays, Katherine Kelly.

 

The Missing (2014)

The Missing poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.2

“The Missing” is an intense and captivating TV show that centers on the vanishing of Oliver Hughes, a British boy who goes missing during a vacation in France. The series follows the relentless pursuit of his parents to find him, exploring the profound impact it has on their well-being and uncovering a web of enigmas and hidden truths throughout the journey.

Top cast: Keeley Hawes, David Morrissey, James Nesbitt, Abigail Hardingham, Frances O’Connor, Tcheky Karyo, Jason Flemyng, Ken Stott, Arsher Ali, Émilie Dequenne, Anastasia Hille.

 

State of Play (2003)

State of Play poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.3

In “State of Play”, a newspaper undertakes an inquiry into the mysterious demise of a political researcher. As the journalist tasked with the investigation delves deeper, he finds himself ensnared in a complex tapestry of deceit and hidden agendas. With each step towards uncovering the truth, he becomes increasingly entangled in a treacherous maze of conspiracies and falsehoods, blurring the lines between friend and foe.

Top cast: David Morrissey, Bill Nighy, Kelly Macdonald, John Simm, Polly Walker, Philip Glenister, James McAvoy, Michael Feast, Amelia Bullmore.

 

Blackpool (2004)

Blackpool poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.9

“Blackpool” is a television musical drama serial. The plot revolves around the murder of a young man in a Blackpool arcade, impacting the people involved in the arcade and the investigation. As the investigation proceeds, it takes its toll on the characters, revealing hidden demons and complicated relationships.

Top cast: David Morrissey, Sarah Parish, Thomas Morrison, David Tennant, Georgia Taylor, Steve Pemberton, David Bradley, Bryan Dick, Kevin Doyle, John Thomson.

 

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