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Posted on April 5th, 2018 by admin

 
David Morrissey arrives for our interview at his publicist’s Soho office dressed in a sharply- tailored, Teddy-Boy era suit, his instantly recognisable features dusted with a fine, grizzly stubble. His 6ft 3in frame is entirely ‘metropolitan man’; he is affable, firm of handshake, and resoundingly apologetic for being a little tardy. Blame the late nights involved in his current theatre role – playing Marc Antony in a highly-praised contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Weird hours notwithstanding, “it’s nice for me to work in London because I could as easily be in Outer Mongolia or anywhere that the work takes me,” he laughs. “I keep a packed suitcase in the hallway.”

When he is home, Morrissey embraces the busy life in the capital that he shares with his novelist wife Esther Freud, daughter of painter Lucian. Yet Liverpool, the city of his birth, still tugs at his heart and continues to announce itself in the undertow of a Scouse accent. The recent passing of comedy stalwart Sir Ken Dodd, another of the city’s favourite sons and Morrissey’s former neighbour, struck a chord.

“I used to see him on my way to school and sometimes he’d be loading his props into the car,” the 53-year-old recalls. “I’d shout, ‘Alright Doddy?!’ He was the first celebrity I ever saw. So when he died, apart from being upset that a great legend had gone, it threw me back to the good and bad times of that period of my life, living with my mum and dad and growing up in Liverpool.”

Same thing, too, he says, during recent filming of the new BBC drama The City and The City. Morrissey stars as Inspector Tyador Borlu in the upcoming adaptation of China Mieville’s weird and wonderful thriller, playing a man who must solve the brutal murder of a young woman while confronting his own troubled past.

“On the surface the viewer’s lured in with the familiar trope of a noir, murder investigation but, on a deeper level, The City and The City is about a lot of other things – divisions in our society, [and] the tendency of those who have to ignore the have-nots. It’s very recognisably a tale for our times,” Morrissey explains.

Rather like his character, whose memories are intimately connected with his locale, walking the streets of Liverpool during filming reawakened Morrissey’s past. The youngest child of Joe, a cobbler and Joan, who worked for the Littlewoods catalogue, his two older brothers and sister still live in the city – “a stone’s’ throw from each other” – as did his mother until her death two years ago.

Joan influenced him hugely, he says, not least because she became the sole parent after his father’s death at the age of 54, following a long battle with a blood disorder. “My dad became ill when I was seven and died when I was 15,” the actor says, “and my memories of those years are of us having a very ill person in the house and having to walk around on eggshells, which was hard as a kid.

“After his death, I felt quite rudderless and full of questions and regrets and later I was just sad that he wasn’t around to know my kids or to share the times when maybe I’d had a bit of success in my career. His death also distorted my view of mortality for a while because I thought, ‘if he died so young, so could I.’ But, this year, I’m 54 myself and it’s easier because I think, ‘Well, I’m all right. I don’t have what he had. I’m much less concerned now.”

He is concerned, he says, that these days working class kids don’t receive similar encouragement. “My problem isn’t at all with ‘posh actors’ like Benedict (Cumberbatch) or Damian (Lewis) who are mates of mine.

“[It’s] with the idea that acting is somehow not for kids from the working class and that drama now is seen as something extra curricular and unnecessary in state schools. So if you come from a low-income background, then your chances of being introduced to that world are constantly diminishing, as is your chance of seeing yourself represented in the dramas that are being made. That doesn’t feel right to me.”

Morrissey himself trained at RADA before joining the RSC. Since then, he’s worked constantly in top-notch roles on both sides of the pond, playing good guys and bad – an MP in State of Play, an arrogant arcade owner in the seminal BBC series Blackpool and an authoritarian antagonist in US zombie hit The Walking Dead. You can still catch him in the Sky drama Britannia, playing a chilling, but oddly humorous Roman General, Aulus.

It helps that Morrissey looks after himself. He hasn’t had a drink for years, doesn’t smoke and found himself dismayed by the recent Beast from the East because it prevented his daily running and cycling. Contentment helps too, he adds.

“The only thing I ever wanted when I started out being an actor was to work. And I have that. And then, after that, was choice. And I have that too. I pinch myself every day because I know how lucky I am.”

Many of the roles, including his turn in The City and the City, you wouldn’t take home. “It’s important to surround yourself with people who’d kick you up the arse if you did,” he laughs. Which brings us to Esther.

The couple met at a mutual friend’s dinner party over two decades ago and married in 2006, when they already had their three children; Albie, now aged 23, Anna, 20 and 12-year-old Gene.

Was he ever intimidated by his wife’s ancestry? The family tree, after all, not only includes her father and grandfather, Sigmund; her sister is fashion designer Bella Freud, cousin, Emma…

“Quite honestly, at that time the word ‘Freud’ meant as much to me as the word ‘sellotape’,” he says of their first meeting.

“It was about falling in love with her. And that’s the way it’s remained. The Freud dynasty is not something we discuss or have even consciously spoken to the kids about. They’ve always got to where they are on their own merits.”

He is proud of and devoted to his wife – whose play, Stitchers, is about to open at the Jermyn Street Theatre. He hopes her success will inspire his own daughter, Anna, for whom he wishes only “the freedom to find who she is in the world.” As a parent, he has found himself inheriting his mother’s trait of being a “terrible worrier”; “I’m one of those dads who always insists that my kids text when they’ve got to where they going and who freaks out when they don’t. And that’s definitely my mother coming out.”

He still thinks about her often, goes to call her before realising she’s not there. Recently, he found himself “considering a role that might involve me taking my clothes off and my immediate thought was, “I wonder what my mum would say?”

He can probably imagine. A few years back, he appeared nude in a play in Liverpool and, unnervingly, she was in the audience.

“I met with her afterwards and she just looked at me and said, ‘Have you been eating properly?!’. It made me laugh so much.

“Once a mum, always a mum,” he concludes. And, like her son, once a Scouser always a Scouser too.

The City and the City is on BBC Two on Friday at 9pm

Source: The Telegraph


Recent Projects

GOOD OMENS
Character: Captain Vincent
Status: Released 2019
 


THE CITY AND THE CITY
Character: Inspector Tyador Borlú
Status: Series 1 DVD available on amazon. Series 2 being filmed
 


BRITANNIA
Character: Aulus
Status: Series 1 available on DVD
 


JULIUS CAESAR
Character: Mark Antony
Status: Completed
 

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