David Morrissey


Date Of Birth

June 21, 1964


Award-winning actor David Morrissey was born June 21, 1964 in Liverpool, England. He began acting at Everyman’s Youth Theater in Liverpool and made his debut in their 1983 production, One Summer. After completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he became part of the Royal Shakespeare Company for two years before moving on to the National Theater. Among his film credits are Captain Corelli’s Mandolin with Nicolas Cage, Derailed with Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen, Basic Instinct 2 with Sharon Stone and had a role alongside Hilary Swank in The Reaping. Morrissey also has his own production company, Tubedale Films. He is known to be married to Esther Freud who is the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, considered to be the father of psychoanalysis.

David Morrissey’s earlier works include performances in Peter Greenaway’s Drowning by Numbers in 1988 and the TV film The Widowmaker in 1990. He continued his string of made-for-TV productions at that time, being cast in The Storyteller: Greek Myths, Robin Hood, Clubland and Black and Blue. In 1992, he was given a role in the drama Waterland, starring Jeremy Irons. He later worked with Robin Williams and Robert Carlyle for the fantasy comedy Being Human. Morrissey soon got a guest role in Between the Lines and had a recurring role in The Knock. He later found himself playing the character Jim ‘Lew’ Llewlyn on Out of the Blue, before acting on the TV miniseries Our Mutual Friend. In 2000 he starred opposite Jonathan Pryce in the drama The Suicide Club. He soon landed roles in Clocking Off and State of Play, and starred alongside Michael Sheen in The Deal. Morrisey was nominated for Best Television Actor at the 2004 BAFTA awards for his portrayal in the drama serial State of Play, and found himself with Sheen receiving the award for Best Single Drama for The Deal. Morrissey later joined the cast of Blackpool before he signed on to play the bar owner Danny Brogan in the series Meadowlands. In 2007, David Morrisey played Captain Hamilton in the film The Water Horse: The Legend of the Deep, before working on 2008’s film The Other Boleyn Girl starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.

In 2012, he was cast as The Governor, an infamous villain on the AMC series The Walking Dead. He played the role until 2014.

Place of Birth

Everton, Liverpool, England, UK



Fun Facts

-He has two children with wife Esther Freud.
-He owns a film production company in the United Kingdom.


2012-2014 The Walking Dead (TV Series)
2014 The 7.39 (TV Movie)
2013 I Love Steak, But I Haven't Had It in a While (Video) (voice)
2011-2013 The Field of Blood (TV Series)
2013 Welcome to the Punch
2012 The Hollow Crown (TV Mini-Series)
2012 True Love (TV Series)
2012 Earthbound
2011 London's Burning (TV Movie)
2011 Blitz
2008-2011 Masterpiece Classic (TV Series)
2011 South Riding (TV Mini-Series)
2011 Gee Gee (Short)
2010 Thorne: Scaredycat
2010 Thorne: Sleepyhead
2010 Agatha Christie: Poirot (TV Series)
2010 Cooked (Short) (voice)
2010 Five Days (TV Series)
2010 Centurion
2010 Mrs Mandela (TV Movie)
2009 Nowhere Boy
2009 U Be Dead (TV Movie)
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983
2008 Doctor Who (TV Series)
2008 Is Anybody There?
2008 The Other Boleyn Girl
2008 Sense & Sensibility (TV Mini-Series)
2007 The Water Horse
2007 Meadowlands (TV Series)
2007 The Reaping
2006 Viva Blackpool (TV Movie)
2006 Basic Instinct 2
2005/I Derailed
2005 Stoned
2004 Blackpool (TV Series)
2003 The Deal (TV Movie)
2003 State of Play (TV Mini-Series)
2003 Butterfly World (Short)
2003 This Little Life (TV Movie)
2002 Spyhole (Short)
2002 Out of Control (TV Movie)
2002 Murder (TV Movie)
2002 Clocking Off (TV Series)
2001 Linda Green (TV Series)
2001 Captain Corelli's Mandolin
2000 Born Romantic
2000 Some Voices
2000 The Suicide Club
1999 Fanny and Elvis
1999 Pure Wickedness (TV Series)
1998 Big Cat (TV Movie)
1998 Hilary and Jackie
1998 Our Mutual Friend (TV Mini-Series)
1998 The Commissioner
1997 Holding On (TV Mini-Series)
1996 Out of the Blue (TV Series)
1996 The One That Got Away (TV Movie)
1996 Into the Fire (TV Mini-Series)
1995 Devil's Advocate (TV Movie)
1994 Finney (TV Series)
1994 The Knock (TV Series)
1994 Being Human
1993 Between the Lines (TV Series)
1992 Framed (TV Series)
1992 Screen One (TV Series)
1992 Waterland
1990-1991 Screenplay (TV Series)
1991 Robin Hood
1991 The Storyteller: Greek Myths (TV Mini-Series)
1990 The Widowmaker (TV Movie)
1988 Out of Town (Short)
1988 Drowning by Numbers
1987 Cause célèbre (TV Movie)
1983 One Summer (TV Series)


6' 3" (1.91 m)


"You want people to identify with the person on the screen or in the theater, but you don't want them to identify with you as a person."

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