Extremely prolific British actor David Morrissey sounded off as a vociferous, intense player in English pictures such as Peter Greenaway's Drowning by Numbers (1988, as an unfortunate victim of mariticide), Stephen Gyllenhaal's drama Waterland (1992, as the simple-minded brother of Jeremy Irons), and Hilary and Jackie (1998, as a loving and devoted husband). He forsook British arthouse material for more mainstream Hollywood fare with key performances in the seamy Basic Instinct 2 (2006) and ascended to top billing as the male lead of Hilary Swank in The Reaping (2007), a religious-themed horror outing. That same year, Showtime tapped Morrissey to headline the series Meadowlands, as an English patriarch attempting at all costs to help his wife and children escape the family's crime-saturated past. Over the coming years, he would go on to find even more notable success on the zombie series The Walking Dead.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- As a teen, he dropped out of school and joined Liverpool's Everyman Youth Theatre.
- Performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.
- At age 19, he made his professional acting debut in One Summer, the first drama series to debut on British television's Channel 4.
- Was nominated for a British Academy Television Craft Award for Best New Director (Fiction) in 2002 for the BBC's Sweet Revenge.
- Was one of four actors chosen to audition with Sharon Stone for Basic Instinct 2.
- His wife, novelist Esther Freud, is the great-grandaughter of Sigmund Freud and daughter of artist Lucian Freud.