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David Morrissey is a Actor and Director British born on 21 june 1964 at Kensington (United-kingdom)

David Morrissey

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Birth name David Mark Morrissey
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 21 june 1964 (60 years) at Kensington (United-kingdom)

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 (1983). After making One Summer, Morrissey attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, then acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre for four years.

Throughout the 1990s, Morrissey often portrayed policemen and soldiers, though he took other roles such as Bradley Headstone in Our Mutual Friend (1998) and Christopher Finzi in Hilary and Jackie (1998). More film parts followed, including roles in Some Voices (2000) and Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001), before he played the critically acclaimed roles of Stephen Collins in State of Play (2003) and Gordon Brown in The Deal (2003). 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 had roles in Sense and Sensibility (2008), Red Riding (2009), Nowhere Boy (2009) and Centurion (2010) and produced and starred in the crime drama Thorne (2010).

Morrissey 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 portrayed the Governor in AMC television series The Walking Dead as a series regular in the third and fourth seasons and the fifth season in a guest role. The British Film Institute describes Morrissey 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 (2001) and Passer By (2004). His feature debut, Don't Worry About Me, premiered at the 2009 London Film Festival and was broadcast on BBC television in March 2010.


Morrissey married his girlfriend of over 13 years, novelist Esther Freud, on 12 August 2006 in a ceremony on Southwold Pier. They met when they were set up at a dinner party held by Morrissey's Robin Hood co-star Danny Webb, and have since had three children; Albie, Anna and Gene. His sisters-in-law are Bella Freud and Susie Boyt and his father-in-law was the painter Lucian Freud.

In 2009, Morrissey and a team of filmmakers ran a series of drama workshops for Palestinian refugee children in Beirut, Lebanon, in conjunction with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). On his return to Britain, Morrissey set up the Creative Arts School Trust (CAST), a charity for the purpose of training teachers and continuing the workshops in Lebanon and elsewhere. Since 2010, he has been a patron of The SMA Trust, a UK-based charity that funds medical research into the children's disease spinal muscular atrophy, and the Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Morrissey is a lifelong Liverpool FC fan, having grown up in the city. He is also a supporter of the Labour Party, as well as being a patron of the human rights organisation Reprieve. In August 2014, Morrissey was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian asking people in Scotland to vote against Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.

Best films

Hilary and Jackie (1999)

Usually with

Sandy Powell
Sandy Powell
(3 films)
Peter Morgan
Peter Morgan
(2 films)
Chris Atkins
Chris Atkins
(1 films)
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Filmography of David Morrissey (35 films)

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The Ones Below, 1h27
Directed by David Farr
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller
Actors Clémence Poésy, Stephen Campbel Moore, David Morrissey, Laura Birn, Jonathan Harden, Anna Madeley
Roles Jon
Rating60% 3.0471253.0471253.0471253.0471253.047125
A Londres, Kate et Justin, la trentaine, attendent un heureux événement. Ils habitent un grand appartement dans une grande et belle maison bourgeoise. Quand Theresa et Jon, un autre couple aisé qui attend aussi un enfant, s'installent dans un autre appartement de la maison, les deux couples se lient d'amitié. Kate est fascinée par Theresa mais quand celle-ci perd son enfant en tombant dans des escaliers, elle et son mari rejettent la faute sur Kate et son mari. Pourtant, après s'être réconcilié avec Kate, Theresa lui propose de l'aider de s'occuper de son bébé. A présent jeune maman, Kate s'inquiète de l'intrusion de Theresa dans sa vie familiale…
Ronaldo (2015)

Genres Biography, Documentary, Historical
Themes Sports films, Documentary films about sports, Association football films
Actors Rita Pereira, David Morrissey
Roles Dramatic VO (voice)
Rating63% 3.156943.156943.156943.156943.15694
Ce film est centré sur la vie du joueur Cristiano Ronaldo, de son enfance jusqu'à la sortie du film en 2015.
The 7.39
The 7.39 (2014)
, 1h35
Directed by John Alexander
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors David Morrissey, Sheridan Smith, Olivia Colman, Sean Maguire, Bill Milner, Lashana Lynch
Roles Carl Matthews
Rating69% 3.4965353.4965353.4965353.4965353.496535
Carl Matthews (David Morrissey) commutes by train to London where he works in a property management office under a boss who is pressuring him to dismiss an employee. He has a kind and supportive wife Maggie (Olivia Colman) and two teenage children who he feels do not appreciate him.
Welcome to the Punch, 1h35
Directed by Eran Creevy
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Gangster films
Actors David Morrissey, James McAvoy, Mark Strong, Andrea Riseborough, Peter Mullan, Elyes Gabel
Roles Thomas Geiger
Rating60% 3.04773.04773.04773.04773.0477
Welcome To The Punch relates the story of a former English criminal Jacob Sternwood (Strong), who comes out of hiding in Iceland, in an effort to save his son when a heist goes wrong. Sternwood is the one man that London detective Max Lewinsky (McAvoy) has always been after. During their cat-and-mouse game, the two become unlikely allies, working together to expose a deeper conspiracy. Solve it, they live; fail, they die.
Blitz (2011)
, 1h37
Directed by Elliott Lester
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Noir, Crime
Actors Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen, David Morrissey, Zawe Ashton, Luke Evans
Roles Dunlop
Rating61% 3.050613.050613.050613.050613.05061
A serial killer targeting police officers is on the loose in South East London. When the killer shoots two police constables in cold blood and bludgeons the recently widowed Chief Inspector Bruce Roberts to death, the hunt for his identity begins.
Centurion (2010)
, 1h37
Directed by Neil Marshall
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Peplum
Themes Films set in Africa, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, Noel Clarke, Liam Cunningham, David Morrissey
Roles Bothos
Rating62% 3.149293.149293.149293.149293.14929
Beginning in 117 AD, the narrative opens with a Roman soldier fleeing across a snowy landscape, saying; "My name is Quintus Dias. I am a soldier of Rome, and this is neither the beginning, nor the end of my story."
Agatha Christie's Poirot - Murder on the Orient Express, 1h30
Directed by Philip Martin, Philip Martin
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Crime
Actors David Suchet, Toby Jones, Brian J. Smith, David Morrissey, Jessica Chastain, Serge Hazanavicius
Roles John Arbuthnot
Rating79% 3.993623.993623.993623.993623.99362
Hercule Poirot vient de clore une affaire au Moyen-Orient pour le compte de l'armée. Arrivé à son hôtel d'Istanbul, il reçoit un télégramme lui demandant de rentrer d'urgence à Londres. Il rencontre son ami Xavier Bouc, directeur de la compagnie internationale des wagons-lits, qui lui trouve une place avec difficulté dans le premier Orient-Express au départ pour l'Angleterre. Lors du trajet, Samuel Ratchett, riche homme d'affaires américain, demande au détective belge de le protéger, pensant qu'on en veut à sa vie, mais Poirot refuse. Le lendemain, Ratchett est retrouvé dans son lit poignardé à de multiples reprises. Le train étant immobilisé par la neige, le coupable se trouve forcément à son bord.
Nowhere Boy, 1h37
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Anne-Marie Duff, Kristin Scott Thomas, David Threlfall, David Morrissey
Roles Bobby Dykins
Rating71% 3.5504953.5504953.5504953.5504953.550495
The drama tells the story of John Lennon's teenage years from 1955 to 1960.
Red Riding
Red Riding (2009)
, 4h55
Directed by James Marsh, Anand Tucker, Julian Jarrold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Andrew Garfield, Sean Bean, David Morrissey, Rebecca Hall, John Henshaw, Mark Addy
Roles Maurice Jobson
Rating68% 3.4496353.4496353.4496353.4496353.449635
La trilogie présente l'évolution de divers enquêteurs autour de meurtres en série sur fond de corruption.
Is Anybody There?, 1h35
Directed by John Crowley
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Michael Caine, Bill Milner, David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff, Leslie Phillips, Sylvia Syms
Roles Dad
Rating65% 3.29713.29713.29713.29713.2971
Un garçon solitaire qui vit dans la maison pour personnes âgées de ses parents explore son obsession pour l'au-delà à travers son amitié avec un magicien vieillissant.
U Be Dead
U Be Dead (2009)
, 1h15
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors David Morrissey, Tara Fitzgerald, Michael Elwyn, Lucy Griffiths, Thomas Craig, Richard Lumsden
Roles Dr. Jan Falkowski
Rating60% 3.000933.000933.000933.000933.00093
Un psychiatre et sa futur épouse sont harcelés par une femme qui prétend être amoureuse du psychiatre. Cette femme envoie à ce couple des SMS vulgaires et des menaces de mort. Debra Pemberton (la fiancée) reçoit le message suivant : « Tu es morte si tu ne te sépare pas de Dr. Jan Falkowski ». Le couple décide d'aller en parler à la police. La police enquête et fini par trouver la coupable dans une cabine téléphonique au bord de mer. Elle s'appelle Maria Marchese et il se trouve qu'elle a un ami, dont Jan Falkowski est le médecin. Maria est finalement innocentée, mais le couple se sépare tout de même, car Jan a une maitresse « Bethan Ancell », qu'il a fréquenté durant cette affaire. Il préférait aller voir cette femme (qui est beaucoup plus jeune que lui), au lieu de consoler sa compagne. Il décide donc de s'installer avec Bethan.
The Other Boleyn Girl, 1h55
Directed by Justin Chadwick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Documentary, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about families, Politique, Films about sexuality, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance
Roles Thomas Howard - Duke of Norfolk
Rating66% 3.349813.349813.349813.349813.34981
King Henry VIII's (Eric Bana) marriage to Catherine of Aragon (Ana Torrent) does not produce a male heir to the throne; their only surviving daughter is Mary (Constance Stride). Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk (David Morrissey) and his brother in law Thomas Boleyn (Mark Rylance), plan to install Boleyn's older daughter Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman), as the king's mistress. They hope Anne will bear him a son. Anne's mother, Lady Elizabeth Boleyn (Kristin Scott Thomas), is disgusted by the plot. Anne eventually agrees to please her father and uncle. Anne's younger sister, Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson), marries William Carey (Benedict Cumberbatch), even though his family had asked for Anne's hand.
The Reaping, 1h39
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Demons in film, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, Idris Elba, AnnaSophia Robb, Stephen Rea, William Ragsdale
Roles Doug
Rating56% 2.800962.800962.800962.800962.80096
Katherine Winter (Hilary Swank) and colleague, Ben (Idris Elba), investigate and disprove claims of miracles. In Louisiana, Katherine receives a call from a friend, Father Michael Costigan (Stephen Rea), who says that his photographs of her have developed burn marks that when assembled, form a sickle-like symbol, a possible warning from God, which she ignores. She meets Doug Blackwell (David Morrissey), a teacher from the nearby town of Haven, who asks Katherine to find out why Haven's river has turned red. The locals believe this is a biblical plague caused by a girl, Loren McConnell (AnnaSophia Robb), who they believe killed her older brother in the river. They travel to Haven where Katherine meets Loren and has a vision of her turning the river red. Meanwhile, Ben witnesses dead frogs seemingly fall from the sky. Doug invites them to spend the night at his house, since the town doesn't have a motel. That night as they're about to eat dinner, they encounter flies and disease, which kills off local cows. Later that evening, Katherine explains to Doug at his wife's grave why she left the church; five years ago, she was an ordained minister. After a drought while doing missionary work in the Sudan with her husband and daughter, the locals sacrificed her family, believing they were the cause.
Taking Liberties
Directed by Chris Atkins
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about law, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Political films
Actors David Morrissey, Ashley Jensen
Roles Narration
Rating75% 3.7731953.7731953.7731953.7731953.773195
The film starts with three coaches of peace protestors on the way to the RAF Base in Fairford, Gloucestershire on 22 March 2003 held for two hours by 100 riot police and escorted back to London denied the right to protest. An animated sequence profiles the key events of WWII; Reichstag fire, Kristalnacht, the invasion of Poland, allied victory and the subsequent European convention on Human rights designed to ensure it never happened again. Archive footage of Tony Blair defends New Labour laws which undo this convention and which the 7 July 2005 London bombings survivor Rachel North rallies against.