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4 Iconic Roles Played By David Morrissey: From The Walking Dead To Doctor Who & Britannia

We Explore 4 Of The Liverpudlian Actor's Incredible Roles

There is no doubt of David Morrissey's talent, it is brimming and his presence on screen is magnetic. The beloved actor is from the Kensington area of the City of Liverpool in the Liverpool City Region.


The A-List actor has almost 100 credits to his name as an actor. He has been nominated for a BAFTA on two occasions and has been both a nominee and winner of the UK's Royal Television Society, for his role as Gordon Brown in 2003's film, The Deal.


He made a start on his career in Liverpool's theatre circuit, similarly to fellow local actor Daniel Craig. Taking the advice of his cousin, he join Liverpool's Everyman Youth Theatre


David Morrissey has made an outstanding contribution to the field of acting and to select a few roles out of his array of celebrated credits as 'the best' would only be an insult. I have instead decided to chronicle a few of his iconic roles, with more detailed pieces to come in the near future.


I will endeavour to explore more of his outstanding performances in future articles, as this could be a significantly longer article, however, I want to make it manageable and anything David Morrissey is in is fantastic. Nevertheless, here are four of the Liverpudlian actor's iconic roles.


'The Governor' In AMC's The Walking Dead

David Morrissey in his iconic portrayal of The Governor in The Walking Dead (Credit: AMC).
David Morrissey in his iconic portrayal of The Governor in The Walking Dead (Credit: AMC).

David Morrissey played the iconic Phillip Blake, AKA The Governor, in AMC's The Walking Dead, opposite an all star cast including Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus.


His portrayal of the character is iconic and intense. Morrissey has even described the nature of The Governor as 'this Jekyll and Hyde-like character'.


The way Blake cares deeply about his daughter and his 'adopted family' later on in the show, with a striking difference in his aggressive and violent outbursts.


The character runs the fortified town of Woodbury which, through his management, almost resembles the world prior to the zombie outbreak that occurred in the world.


Morrissey's role as The Governor dominated the plot-line for the entirety of Season 3 and for the first half of Season 4, as well as briefly in Season 5 in a dream sequence for one of the characters.


He even read the prequel novel, The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor, in order to gain a better understanding of the character and his motivations.

'Jackson Lake' In Doctor Who

The fan favourite Dr Who character, Jackson Lake, that David Morrissey played in a Christmas Special episode (Credit: BBC).
The fan favourite Dr Who character, Jackson Lake, that David Morrissey played in a Christmas Special episode (Credit: BBC).

The character Jackson Lake that David Morrissey played in Doctor Who played has gained a cult following with fans loving the complex personality to the character and many wanting to see more of the character in the series.


He stars opposite David Tennant in the episode, who is playing as the Tenth Doctor. The episode is titled 'The Next Doctor' and without spoiling too much, Jackson Lake believes he is The Doctor.


The episode aired on Christmas Day in 2008 with approximately 13.1 million live viewers tuning into the show. In the episode David Morrissey is seen as a one-off appearance as a series companion.


In the disced DVD box both David Morrissey and David Tennant appear on the front cover art of the box.


Many fans point out that one of the many reasons the episode is so great is because David Morrissey would make an outstanding Doctor.

'Tyador Borlú' In The City & The City

David Morrissey as Detective Tyador Borlú in The City & The City (Credit: BBC).
David Morrissey as Detective Tyador Borlú in The City & The City (Credit: BBC).

The actor's striking performance in this BBC original mini-series which spans 4 episodes and was originally aired from the 6th to the 27th of April 2018.


A considerable amount of filming took places across the Liverpool City Region; including the City of Liverpool and the Borough of Wirral.


This gritty drama is a must watch for any David Morrissey fan.

'Aulus Plautius' Britannia

David Morrissey as General Aulus Plautius in Sky's Britannia (Credit: Sky Entertainment).
David Morrissey as General Aulus Plautius in Sky's Britannia (Credit: Sky Entertainment).

Morrissey's magnetic performance makes him one of the most interesting character in the series. Starring opposite Mackenzie Crook, he plays as Aulus Plautius, which is based on the real Roman General and Politician. Although in this series he is part of a dramatic mythical world with which much liberty is taken.


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