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Also Known As: David Morrisey Died:
Born: June 21, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, GB Profession:

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A well-regarded actor on stage and television in his native England, David Morrissey received critical acclaim for intense dramatic turns on such small screen projects as the series "Holding On" (BBC, 2007) and "Blackpool" (BBC One, 2004) and in the TV feature "The Deal" (Channel 4, 2003)," which led to roles in American features as well as a critical role on the hit American series "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 2010- ). After making his debut as a teenager on the series "One Summer" (Channel 4, 1983), Morrissey gave compelling turns as men under pressure - both internal and external - in "The Widowmaker" (ITV, 1990) and "State of Play" (BBC One, 2001). His divergent turns in "The Deal" and "Blackpool" as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and an aggressive arcade owner, respectively, made him one of England's most respected actors, but he was unable to translate this status into screen stardom with "Basic Instinct 2" (2006). Morrissey then returned to U.K. TV, scoring highly with "Red Riding" (Channel 4, 2009) and "Thorne" (Sky1, 2010). His showcased role as the malevolent Governor on "The Walking Dead" indicated that Morrissey was poised for stardom that exceeded the bounds of his fame in England. ...

A well-regarded actor on stage and television in his native England, David Morrissey received critical acclaim for intense dramatic turns on such small screen projects as the series "Holding On" (BBC, 2007) and "Blackpool" (BBC One, 2004) and in the TV feature "The Deal" (Channel 4, 2003)," which led to roles in American features as well as a critical role on the hit American series "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 2010- ). After making his debut as a teenager on the series "One Summer" (Channel 4, 1983), Morrissey gave compelling turns as men under pressure - both internal and external - in "The Widowmaker" (ITV, 1990) and "State of Play" (BBC One, 2001). His divergent turns in "The Deal" and "Blackpool" as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and an aggressive arcade owner, respectively, made him one of England's most respected actors, but he was unable to translate this status into screen stardom with "Basic Instinct 2" (2006). Morrissey then returned to U.K. TV, scoring highly with "Red Riding" (Channel 4, 2009) and "Thorne" (Sky1, 2010). His showcased role as the malevolent Governor on "The Walking Dead" indicated that Morrissey was poised for stardom that exceeded the bounds of his fame in England.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Blitz (2011)
2.
 Centurion (2010)
4.
 Nowhere Boy (2009)
8.
9.
 Water Horse, The (2007)
10.
 Reaping, The (2007)
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Began acting at Everyman's Youth Theatre in hometown of Liverpool
1983:
Made onscreen debut with starring role on British drama "One Summer" (Channel 4)
1988:
Feature film debut, "Drowning by Numbers"
1991:
Played Little John opposite Patrick Bergin's "Robin Hood" (Fox)
1992:
Co-starred with Timothy Dalton in ITV miniseries "Framed"
1994:
Landed minor role in Robin Williams vehicle "Being Human"
1998:
Played the husband of musician Hilary du Pré (Rachel Griffiths) in biopic "Hilary and Jackie"
2001:
Appeared in "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" opposite Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz
2004:
Played lead role of local entrepreneur Ripley Holden in BBC miniseries "Blackpool"
2006:
Took over from Michael Douglas as Sharon Stone's co-star in sequel "Basic Instinct 2"
2008:
Cast as the Duke of Norfolk in period drama "The Other Boleyn Girl"
2010:
Starred as the titular detective in mystery dramas "Thorne: Sleepyhead" and "Thorne: Scaredy Cat"
2012:
Joined cast of AMC's "The Walking Dead" as the twisted Governor
2013:
Co-starred with James McAvoy in action-drama "Welcome to the Punch"
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wife:
Esther Freud. Novelist. Born in 1963 in London; granddaughter of Sigmund Freud and daughter of artist Lucien Freud; wrote autobiographical novel "Hideous Kinky" among others.

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