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BBC Sherwood: Who is David Morrissey and what has he starred in before?

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A brand new BBC crime thriller, which was filmed in various location across Nottinghamshire, is starting on our screens tonight. David Morrissey joins the stellar cast of ‘Sherwood’, taking on the role of a high-ranking police officer and has teased his character has “to confront many demons”.

Hustle’s Robert Glenister, Adeel Akhtar, Lesley Manville, New Tricks star Alun Armstrong and Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt are just some of the names also joining the cast in creator James Graham’s latest drama. Taking place across six episodes, Sherwood is said by the BBC to be “inspired in part by real events” as “two shocking and unexpected murders shatter an already fractured community”.

If you’re wondering where or what you have seen Morrissey in before, then here’s a quick look at the 57-year-old’s career in the industry, including some more details on the character he’s set to play in the upcoming series:

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Who is David Morrissey and what TV shows has he been on before?

Morrissey was born in Liverpool in June 1964. He first started his acting career at the young age of 18, when he was cast in Willy Russell’s TV mini series One Summer back in the early 1980’s. Before making the decision to go to drama school, where he studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London before graduating in 1985.

He later went on to star in crime dramas such as The Knock and Finney in 1994 and drama Holding On in 1997 to name just a few before in 2003 featuring in State of Play. He played politician Stephen Collins alongside cast members John Simm, Kelly McDonald, James McAvoy and Bill Nighy. In 2008, he also featured in Sense and Sensibility as Colonel Brandon.

Morrissey won a Royal Television Society award for his role in the politician drama The Deal in 2003, of which he starred alongside Michael Sheen playing Gordon Brown and Tony Blair respectively. In recent years, David is known for his roles in The Walking Dead from 2012 to 2015 and The Missing in 2016, where his co-star was Keeley Hawes.

In 2020, Morrissey starred in the TV Series The Singapore Grip and in August 2021 in the third series of historical fantasy drama Britannia. He’s also known for his work on stage, including roles in Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caeser and many more.

Is David in a relationship?

The actor married British novelist Esther Freud in 2006. It was believed they had met whilst at drama school. But back in 2019, it was revealed they’d separated after thirteen years together. They share a daughter Anna and two sons Albie and Gene.

Who is David Morrissey playing in Sherwood?

The 57-year-old actor will be playing Detective Chief Superintendent Ian St Clair. Speaking about his character to the BBC ahead of the show’s release, Morrissey revealed Ian has “demons” he will need to confront.



Ian St.Clair played by David Morrissey
Ian St.Clair played by David Morrissey

He said: “When we meet him he’s being honoured for tackling street crime and gang violence in the city, so he’s successful. His path is in the right place. I guess you could describe him as a pillar of the community.

“He then very quickly has to investigate a brutal killing. Someone who he knows from his past, who is killed on the streets he grew up in.

“He has to go back to his childhood area to investigate this terrible death of a man he knows and that puts him back into a community and a place in time and history that was very complicated for the community, and very complicated for him personally. He has to confront many demons… he’s the law, but he’s also someone who is trying to hold on to a moral centre.”

Before playing the role, Morrissey revealed he spoke to police officers who were involved in the investigation that had “part inspired the drama”. He also went up to Nottingham to speak to his friend, Gloria de Piero, who had been an MP in the area and put him in touch with police officers and former miners.

“I was very excited about it and I had quite a bit of time before they started so I was able to do quite a bit of research as well,” he explained. “My research was both personal testimonies, from people who had been there, and then research via historical books and YouTube really.”

Sherwood starts on BBC One from Monday, June 13 from 9pm. You’ll be able to catch up on the episodes via the BBC iPlayer.

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