David Morrissey

David Mark Morrissey (born 21 June 1964) is an English actor and director. Morrissey grew up in the Kensington and Knotty Ash areas of Liverpool. He learned to act at the Everyman Youth Theatre, alongside Ian Hart, Mark and Stephen McGann, and Cathy Tyson. At the age of 18, he and Hart were cast in the television series One Summer (1983), which won them recognition throughout the country. After making One Summer, Morrissey attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Throughout the 1990s, he often portrayed policemen and soldiers, though took other defining 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 won him a nomination at the British Academy Television Awards and the latter a Best Actor award at the Royal Television Society Awards. His film roles have not always been acclaimed; his appearance as the male lead in Basic Instinct 2 (2006) was widely criticised, and The Reaping (2007) bombed at the box office. Since then, he has had leading roles in Sense and Sensibility (2008), Red Riding (2009) and Five Days (2010), acted in the films Nowhere Boy (2009) and Centurion (2010), and produced and ...

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Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Caton-Jones
CAST:  Sharon Stone  •  David Morrissey  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  David Thewlis

Novelist Catherine Tramell is once again in trouble with the law, and Scotland Yard appoints psychiatrist Dr. Michael Glass to evaluate her. Though, like Detective Nick Curran before him, Glass is entranced by Tramell and lured into a seductive game.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Caton-Jones
CAST:  Sharon Stone  •  David Morrissey  •  Charlotte Rampling  •  David Thewlis

Derailed (2005)

When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mikael Håfström
CAST:  Clive Owen  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Melissa George  •  Vincent Cassel

When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, they are forced to turn the tables on him to save their families.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mikael Håfström
CAST:  Clive Owen  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Melissa George  •  Vincent Cassel

Drowning by Numbers (1988)

An ironic black comedy of love and death that takes place an a lyrically beautiful landscape. Three related women, all named Cissie Colpitts share a solidarity for one another which brings about three copy-cat drownings. The local coroner is in love with all three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  Joan Plowright  •  Juliet Stevenson  •  Joely Richardson  •  Bernard Hill

An ironic black comedy of love and death that takes place an a lyrically beautiful landscape. Three related women, all named Cissie Colpitts share a solidarity for one another which brings about three copy-cat drownings. The local coroner is in love with all three ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  Joan Plowright  •  Juliet Stevenson  •  Joely Richardson  •  Bernard Hill

Hilary and Jackie (1998)

The tragic story of world-renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anand Tucker
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  James Frain  •  David Morrissey

The tragic story of world-renowned cellist Jacqueline du Pré, as told from the point of view of her sister, flautist Hilary du Pré-Finzi.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anand Tucker
CAST:  Emily Watson  •  Rachel Griffiths  •  James Frain  •  David Morrissey

Being Human (1994)

One man must learn the meaning of courage across four lifetimes centuries apart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Forsyth
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Maudie Johnson  •  Max Johnson  •  Robert Carlyle

One man must learn the meaning of courage across four lifetimes centuries apart.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Forsyth
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Maudie Johnson  •  Max Johnson  •  Robert Carlyle

The Reaping (2007)

Katherine Morrissey, a former Christian missionary, lost her faith after the tragic deaths of her family. Now she applies her expertise to debunking religious phenomena. When a series of biblical plagues overrun a small town, Katherine arrives to prove that a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Hopkins
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  David Morrissey  •  Idris Elba  •  AnnaSophia Robb

Katherine Morrissey, a former Christian missionary, lost her faith after the tragic deaths of her family. Now she applies her expertise to debunking religious phenomena. When a series of biblical plagues overrun a small town, Katherine arrives to prove that a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Hopkins
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  David Morrissey  •  Idris Elba  •  AnnaSophia Robb

Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009)

After 6 years of brutal murders the West Yorkshire Police fear that they may have already interviewed The Ripper and let him back into the world to continue his reign of terror upon the citizens of Yorkshire, but things become more difficult for the Police when ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Warren Clarke  •  Paddy Considine  •  James Fox  •  Jim Carter

After 6 years of brutal murders the West Yorkshire Police fear that they may have already interviewed The Ripper and let him back into the world to continue his reign of terror upon the citizens of Yorkshire, but things become more difficult for the Police when ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Warren Clarke  •  Paddy Considine  •  James Fox  •  Jim Carter

Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 (2009)

It's Yorkshire in 1974, and fear, mistrust and institutionalised police corruption are running riot. Rookie journalist Eddie Dunford is determined to search for the truth in an increasingly complex maze of lies and deceit surrounding the police investigation into a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Jarrold
CAST:  Andrew Garfield  •  David Morrissey  •  John Henshaw  •  Anthony Flanagan

It's Yorkshire in 1974, and fear, mistrust and institutionalised police corruption are running riot. Rookie journalist Eddie Dunford is determined to search for the truth in an increasingly complex maze of lies and deceit surrounding the police investigation into a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Jarrold
CAST:  Andrew Garfield  •  David Morrissey  •  John Henshaw  •  Anthony Flanagan

Fanny & Elvis (1999)

Yorkshire writer Kate finds out her biological clock is ticking down the same day that her husband leaves her. To get over the financial crisis this creates she takes in car-dealer Dave. He's homeless as Kate's husband has moved in with his wife. This leaves the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kay Mellor
CAST:  Kerry Fox  •  Ray Winstone  •  Ben Daniels  •  David Morrissey

Yorkshire writer Kate finds out her biological clock is ticking down the same day that her husband leaves her. To get over the financial crisis this creates she takes in car-dealer Dave. He's homeless as Kate's husband has moved in with his wife. This leaves the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kay Mellor
CAST:  Kerry Fox  •  Ray Winstone  •  Ben Daniels  •  David Morrissey

Is Anybody There? (2009)

A young boy who lives in an old folks' home strikes up a friendship with a retired magician.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Crowley
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Bill Milner  •  David Morrissey  •  Anne-Marie Duff

A young boy who lives in an old folks' home strikes up a friendship with a retired magician.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Crowley
CAST:  Michael Caine  •  Bill Milner  •  David Morrissey  •  Anne-Marie Duff

Murder (2002)

Chris Maurer is killed the day after his 21st birthday and his grieving mother, Angela Maurer, is unable to come to grips with that fact. She is taken advantage of by a self-interested journalist who only cares about getting a front-page story and she is completely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Beeban Kidron
CAST:  Jason Done  •  Julie Walters  •  Robert Glenister  •  David Morrissey

Chris Maurer is killed the day after his 21st birthday and his grieving mother, Angela Maurer, is unable to come to grips with that fact. She is taken advantage of by a self-interested journalist who only cares about getting a front-page story and she is completely ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Beeban Kidron
CAST:  Jason Done  •  Julie Walters  •  Robert Glenister  •  David Morrissey

Mrs Mandela (2010)

How Winnie Mandela went from innocent country girl to a fighter against apartheid.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Samuels
CAST:  Sophie Okonedo  •  David Harewood  •  David Morrissey

How Winnie Mandela went from innocent country girl to a fighter against apartheid.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Samuels
CAST:  Sophie Okonedo  •  David Harewood  •  David Morrissey

Earthbound (2012)

At eleven years old Joe Norman is told by his dying father that he is an alien hiding on earth. Joe believes him. He grows up to be a die-hard fan-boy working in a comic shop. When he falls for down-to-earth Maria, a fellow sci-fi fan, he is inspired to lead a more ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Brennan
CAST:  Rafe Spall  •  Jenn Murray  •  Stephen Hogan  •  David Morrissey

At eleven years old Joe Norman is told by his dying father that he is an alien hiding on earth. Joe believes him. He grows up to be a die-hard fan-boy working in a comic shop. When he falls for down-to-earth Maria, a fellow sci-fi fan, he is inspired to lead a more ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Brennan
CAST:  Rafe Spall  •  Jenn Murray  •  Stephen Hogan  •  David Morrissey

The Widowmaker (1990)

The Widowmaker is a 1990 made for television film starring Annabelle Apsion, Alun Armstrong, David Morrissey and Kenneth Welsh. The film deals with a woman whose husband has been arrested after going on a killing rampage and the reaction of her local community. It ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Alun Armstrong  •  Annabelle Apsion  •  David Morrissey  •  Kenneth Welsh

The Widowmaker is a 1990 made for television film starring Annabelle Apsion, Alun Armstrong, David Morrissey and Kenneth Welsh. The film deals with a woman whose husband has been arrested after going on a killing rampage and the reaction of her local community. It ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Alun Armstrong  •  Annabelle Apsion  •  David Morrissey  •  Kenneth Welsh

Welcome to the Punch (2013)

When notorious criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London, it gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to take down the man he's always been after.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eran Creevy
CAST:  James McAvoy  •  Mark Strong  •  David Morrissey  •  Peter Mullan

When notorious criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London, it gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to take down the man he's always been after.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eran Creevy
CAST:  James McAvoy  •  Mark Strong  •  David Morrissey  •  Peter Mullan

Cause célèbre (1987)

When the ailing husband of an adulterous wife is discovered bludgeoned to death and suspicions fall on the older woman's young lover, the newly widowed woman claims that it was she who was solely responsible for the death despite evidence that points to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gorrie
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  David Morrissey  •  David Suchet  •  Harry Andrews

When the ailing husband of an adulterous wife is discovered bludgeoned to death and suspicions fall on the older woman's young lover, the newly widowed woman claims that it was she who was solely responsible for the death despite evidence that points to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gorrie
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  David Morrissey  •  David Suchet  •  Harry Andrews

The Commissioner (1998)

John Hurt stars as a scandal-hit member of parliament, dispatched to the political backwaters of the European Commission in Brussels as penance for his failures. However, once there he stumbles upon a chemical weapons outrage that points to a sinister ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sluizer
CAST:  John Hurt  •  Rosana Pastor  •  Alice Krige  •  Armin Mueller-Stahl

John Hurt stars as a scandal-hit member of parliament, dispatched to the political backwaters of the European Commission in Brussels as penance for his failures. However, once there he stumbles upon a chemical weapons outrage that points to a sinister ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sluizer
CAST:  John Hurt  •  Rosana Pastor  •  Alice Krige  •  Armin Mueller-Stahl

Blitz (2011)

A tough cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elliott Lester
CAST:  Paddy Considine  •  Aidan Gillen  •  Zawe Ashton  •  Jason Statham

A tough cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elliott Lester
CAST:  Paddy Considine  •  Aidan Gillen  •  Zawe Ashton  •  Jason Statham

Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1983 (2009)

Nine years on, another Morley child has gone missing on her way home from school. Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson is forced to remember the very similar disappearance of Clare Kemplay, who was found dead in 1974, and the subsequent imprisonment of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anand Tucker
CAST:  David Morrissey  •  Jim Carter  •  Sean Bean  •  Lisa Howard

Nine years on, another Morley child has gone missing on her way home from school. Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson is forced to remember the very similar disappearance of Clare Kemplay, who was found dead in 1974, and the subsequent imprisonment of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anand Tucker
CAST:  David Morrissey  •  Jim Carter  •  Sean Bean  •  Lisa Howard

Don't Worry About Me (2009)

London gentleman David spends a day and all his cash to bring his one-night stand a presentation folder at her office in Liverpool, only to be rather rudely ignored a minute later. After a night on the streets, he meets diner waitress Tina, who takes pity on him. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Morrissey
CAST:  Beverley Eve  •  James Brough  •  Kate Henry  •  Jason Mulhearn

London gentleman David spends a day and all his cash to bring his one-night stand a presentation folder at her office in Liverpool, only to be rather rudely ignored a minute later. After a night on the streets, he meets diner waitress Tina, who takes pity on him. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Morrissey
CAST:  Beverley Eve  •  James Brough  •  Kate Henry  •  Jason Mulhearn
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