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Posted on April 20th, 2018 by admin

Follow the link to read the web chat with David here.

You can read some of the questions and answers below:

I loved your portrayal of The Governor in The Walking Dead. Is there any chance that you’ll ever play the role again? An adaption of the Rise of the Governor novel would make a wonderful prequel!

I would love to play the role again, however there are no plans to do it. Not to my knowledge anyway. He was a character that I felt had great depth and complexity. Not just a cardboard baddy. A lot of my inspiration for the role came from the books written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga. I think these books are fantastic and I think it would be wonderful to do a mini series of them.

What advice would you give to a young person now without any means or support but who is really burning to go into acting?

I am very worried about the lack of support for people from low-income backgrounds trying to get into the creative arts. It’s always been a difficult profession to break into but I feel now with drama and the visual arts being taken out of school curriculum it’s even harder. My advice is never give up. Join amateur dramatic groups. Get your friends together to read plays and scripts, make your own film on your phone, it’s about knocking on doors writing letters and believing in yourself.

How was your experience of playing Mark Antony in Julius Caesar at the Bridge theatre? How did your characterisation of Antony come about?

It was a wonderful experience all round. Great cast, great crew and brilliant audiences. I think The Bridge is a very special theatre and I will remember the experience for a very long time. What is amazing about Shakespeare is how even now he is relevant to us and can give us insight into human behaviour that illuminates the very situations and times we are living in now.

I admire your work with refugees. What first inspired you to work with them and do you see yourself continuing to do that for a long time?

I am a goodwill ambassador here in the UK for UNHCR. I have been doing work with them to highlight the plight of refugees for a number of years now and I will continue to do that for as long as I can. I feel that the refugee crisis and how we handle it is truly the challenge of our age. Reaching out to people, helping people who are fleeing murderous circumstances is a no brainer to me. We’ve seen in history what happens to people when the world turns its back on them and it’s up to us in the 21st century to ensure that that doesn’t happen again.

Which one of your characters can you relate to the most / who’s most like your personality in real life?!

There’s always different aspects of myself in all my characters but the character that was most like me was Billy in One Summer, which was the first job I ever did about a 16 year old kid in Liverpool, which I happened to be at the time. It was a very relatable to me at the time.

 

Source: The Guardian


Posted on April 16th, 2018 by admin

We last saw him putting the wind up ancient Celts as Roman general Aulus Plautius in the bonkers historical drama Britannia. Now David Morrissey has returned to our screens in the equally baffling but possibly brilliant The City And The City. You never know quite where he’s going to turn up next.

Though he’s flown under the awards radar (the only notable gong he’s won in his Rada-trained, 35-year career is a Royal Television Society Programme Award for 2003’s The Deal), Morrissey, 53, has a fair claim to being Britain’s most underrated TV actor, certainly in terms of his versatility. It takes some acting chops to jump from Britannia’s woozy past to the unsettling future of The City And The City’s dystopian mystery without pausing for breath.

‘Yes, I went straight from Britannia to The City And The City,’ he says. ‘It took a bit of adjusting. But I was a big fan of China Miéville’s book, on which The City And The City is based, and I was intrigued to see how writer Tony Grisoni would turn it into a TV adaptation.’

If you’ve yet to catch it, be warned: The City And The City is a bit of a head-scratcher. Set in two fictional cities that border each other without interacting, episode one was like entering a labyrinth with no clues to an exit. But as the smoke has cleared, what has emerged is an intriguing and timely study of an issue central to life, circa 2018: our divided world.

Filming Blackpool, David Tennant and I looked at each other and said, ‘We’re never going to work again!’

Morrissey plays the grizzled, seen-it-all Inspector Borlú, whose beat is the grubby streets of Beszel. He’s got a lot on his plate: a murder mystery to solve, a wife who’s gone missing and a world in danger of collapsing in on itself.

‘The idea of a divided world is not a new one,’ says Morrissey. ‘But it’s one that’s pertinent to what’s going on now. ‘That idea of being in a city where you don’t know the half of what is going on, where you can be totally blinded to the plight of other people. This show pushes that to the point where people are literally invisible to each other.

‘It’s TV that pushes people, we need that don’t we? And yes, it’s asking a lot for people to get their heads around it. But I get sent a lot of scripts which are all so similar — and this is really different.’

Given the impressive range of his credits, asking what he most gets recognised for could produce a list as long as your arm. But he skips over big hits The Missing, State Of Play, The Deal and Red Riding and gets straight to the point.

‘That depends where I am. If I’m in Liverpool, where I’m from, it’s still One Summer, the first thing I was in on TV, which was set there. I was in Italy not long ago and there it was all, “You’re that guy from The Walking Dead”.’

He long ago gave up trying to predict which shows would strike a major chord — he’s had his fair share of highs (Nowhere Boy) and lows (Basic Instinct 2) on film — and rolls with the punches.

‘I did a show called Blackpool and they showed us a reel of scenes we’d shot and I remember getting into an elevator with David Tennant afterwards and we looked at each other and said, “We’re never going to work again!” But the finished version turned out to be one of the shows I’m most proud of. So you never can tell — you just have to do it for yourself.’

He’s delighted to be getting another crack at Aulus Plautius, as Britannia’s mix of Romans, Druids, warrior women and historical mayhem proved a hit for Sky Atlantic — it got the green light for a second series.

‘Jez Butterworth is a writer I’d wanted to work with for a long, long time’, says Morrissey. ‘We had great fun doing it. Jez has got a real respect for that time, the pre-Christian era in Britain, he really knows his stuff. But he’s got a very modern take on it, which is what I loved.’

Hang on a minute — by ‘had great fun’ would that be a reference to, how to put it, enjoying the odd ‘druidical’ moment? The mystical mischief-makers were much given to the odd trip?

‘I know where you’re going with that — but no,’ he says. ‘I wouldn’t have been able to get the lines out properly. But I think Jez may well have had a few of those moments while he was writing it!’

Source: The Metro


Posted on April 2nd, 2018 by admin

Actor David Morrissey is the first to admit that the concept for his latest TV drama will require “a leap of the imagination”.

The City & The City, an adaptation of China Miéville’s 2009 fantasy novel, is described as a “mind-bending, genre-busting thriller”, which portrays two divided cities where communities live cheek by jowl – but choose what they see and “unsee”.

Citizens of each city can dimly make out the other, but are forbidden on pain of severe penalties (administered by a Stasi-like police force, known simply as Breach) to notice it.

But while it’s a fantasy drama, David believes that The City & The City contains some universal themes and morals.

“It’s a very different world. You’re not allowed to acknowledge anyone from the other city – you don’t look at each other, you don’t share anything with them,” explains David, 53, best known for his roles in BBC1’s The Missing and Sky One’s Britannia.

“But I don’t think you have to go too far to understand the idea of people living in a metropolis where they just don’t see or hear other people. I think we do it all the time. This story is a metaphor for how we live.”

In the new, four-part BBC2 series, David plays Inspector Tyador Borlú, a detective in the Extreme Crime Squad of the fictional European city of Besźel, who investigates the death of a foreign student

He soon discovers that the dead girl came from Besźel’s sister city, Ul Qoma – and, as it may have involved illegal passage between the two cities, that is a matter for Breach. But Borlú is unwilling to let the case go.

He travels to UI Qoma, where the young girl came from, working alongside their police force to solve the case, while also attempting to find answers relating to the disappearance of his wife.

“Tony Grisioni [who adapted the book for screen] has brought a different element to my character that doesn’t exist in the book – a history,” explains David.

“He has a wife and that wife gives him an emotional attachment, a journey. He is a lost mand heartbroken man, and he knows that solving this case will solve whatever happened to his wife.”

But finding answers isn’t easy. Borlú has to navigate a different world in UI Qoma, with different people – a different language, even – and a new set of rules.

“They are cities that share a geographic footprint, but otherwise are entirely separate, and they have very distinct looks. My character’s city, Besźel, is 1970s in its feel, and is slightly dirty and grubby. The other city is all chrome and glass, almost Swiss in its cleanliness, and completely in denial of any social disorder or poverty.

“On top of that, there’s the rumour – in both cities – of a third place. It’s a place that is historical, a bit like a Roman settlement that existed before these two cities were there. There’s an idea of being held by your city, of a conspiracy going on.”

David filmed the series on location in both Manchester and in his home city of Liverpool – a place he says is “in his bones” – working alongside a stellar supporting cast, such as Lara Pulver (Sherlock, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams), who plays his wife Katrynia, and Mandeep Dhillon (Some Girls), who plays Constable Corwi of the Besźel Policzai.

It’s the latest high-profile role for David, who started his acting career in Channel 4’s One Summer in 1983 before going on to star in The Hollow Crown, The 7.39 and The Walking Dead. He’s also appeared in movies such as The Other Boleyn Girl and Welcome To The Punch.

The last couple of years have been particularly busy for the star, who is married to novelist Esther Freud (with whom he has three children), as he’s taken on parts in The Missing and Britannia. He’s currently on stage in Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre on London’s South Bank. He admits that he’s hopeful The City & The City will be granted another series, too.

“The worlds are so rich and the characters are so wonderful – you really care about them and you get drawn into this story. I’d love for it to go on.”

 

 

 

Source: The Express


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Posted on July 31st, 2017 by admin

 
To read my review of the London and film  comic con and meeting Dave that weekend please click below for my blog.

Meeting Dave at LFCC

 


Posted on June 7th, 2017 by admin

He made a huge impression across the pond by starring as The Governer in The Walking Dead.

 

But David Morrissey was back on home turf as he filmed dramatic scenes for the upcoming BBC drama The City And The City in Liverpool on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old actor looked completely in character as Inspector Tyador Borlú as he attempted to bring China Miéville’s acclaimed novel to life for the four-part fantasy series.

David can be seen hugging and comforting another individual who clearly looks distressed.

He also sports a tense demeanour as he dramatically walks down the street while staring at something in the sky.

The plot resolves around the Extreme Crime Squad Inspector investigating the murder of foreign exchange student Mahalia Geary.

It quickly becomes clear that Mahalia has been involved in a political and cultural dispute between the city of Besźel and its ‘twin city’ of Ul Qoma.

Citizens ensure to stay in their own territory and not see one another – despite sharing the same geographical space.

The Inspector’s investigations into the matter also bring to light the legend of Orciny, a rumoured third city.

Speaking about the series, David revealed: ‘I am delighted to be working with the brilliant Tony Grisoni again on this exciting project. I am a huge fan of the original book by China Miéville.’

Filming for the eagerly anticipated series started in Liverpool and the show’s producer Betsan Morris Evans said: ‘Filming in Liverpool is a great experience. The city has a wealth of fantastic, versatile locations – both interior and exterior.

‘The film office have supported our production fully, nothing is too much trouble and they have impressed me with their amazing can do attitude.

‘I would come back here every time if I could.’

Also joining the cast are Lara Pulver as Borlú’s wife Katrynia, Mandeep Dhillon as Constable Corwi of the Besźel Policzai and Maria Schrader as Senior Detective Dhatt of the Ul Qoma Militsya.

Others joining the cast are Ron Cook, Danny Webb, Major Syedr and Christian Camargo.

Source: The Mail


Posted on May 19th, 2017 by admin

The Walking Dead star has returned home for a new role

 

These are the first pictures of Hollywood star David Morrissey filming BBC thriller The City and The City on Merseyside. The Walking Dead star returned home last month to start work on the new project.

The Kensington-born actor was spotted filming in Birkenhead’s Conway Street and at the entrance to the old Birkenhead Tunnel in Rendel Street.

BBC2’s adaptation of China Miéville’s mind-bending novel The City & The City began filming in Liverpool in April and Morrissey has been cast to play the lead role of Inspector Tyador Borlú.

The City & The City is set in two cities which share the same geographical space but due to a strange agreement between them are perceived as two different places, with citizens of one forcing themselves not to see the other – no matter how near they are.

The 52-year-old, has appeared in TV dramas such as The Missing and State of Play, as well as big Hollywood productions like Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

The City & The City producer Betsan Morris Evans said: “Filming in Liverpool is a great experience. The city has a wealth of fantastic, versatile locations – both interior and exterior. “The film office have supported our production fully, nothing is too much trouble and they have impressed me with their amazing can do attitude.

“I would come back here every time if I could.”

The City and the City being filmed in Liverpool has cemented the BBC’s fascination with the area.

Source: Liverpool Echo


Posted on May 14th, 2017 by admin

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Posted on May 1st, 2017 by admin

Hello all and welcome to DavidMorrisseyfan.uk!

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Posted on May 1st, 2017 by admin

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THE CITY AND THE CITY
Character: Unknown
Status: Currently being shown on BBC2 2018
 


BRITANNIA
Character: Aulus
Status: Series 1 available on DVD
 


JULIUS CAESAR
Character: Mark Antony
Status: Completed
 

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