10 Roles That Made Us Appreciate David Morrissey

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David Morrissey leads the cast in Sherwood, a brilliant six-part crime series inspired by real-life murders in rural England in the early 2000s. He plays DCS Ian St Clair, the officer leading the investigation, co-starring opposite Lesley Manville, Robert Glenister and Joanne Froggatt.

Ahead of the show's premiere Tuesday (October 4) on BritBox, here's a reminder of Morrissey's other memorable roles.
1. Holding On (1997)
Very acclaimed at the time, this BBC miniseries follows a seemingly disparate group of strangers living in London whose lives are affected by a young woman's murder. Morrissey plays Shaun, an office worker whose mental health crumbles as his connection to the tragedy deepens.

2. Hilary and Jackie (1998)
Emily Watson
and Rachel Griffiths earned Oscar nominations for this biographical movie about sisters Hilary and Jacqueline du Pré, both leading lights of the classical music scene. Morrissey offers rock-solid support as Christopher Finzi, an orchestral conductor who was married to Hilary but scandalously had an affair with her sister.

3. State of Play (2003)
Morrissey earned a BAFTA nomination for his performance in this hit miniseries that aired on BBC America. He plays a fictional British MP who is implicated in two tragic murders that turn out to be linked. All six episodes are gripping, but Morrissey has some particularly enthralling scenes with John Simm, who plays a journalist investigating what happened.

4. The Deal (2003)
Written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Frears, who also teamed up for The Queen starring Helen Mirren, this TV movie explores the power dynamic between two U.K. Prime Ministers. Michael Sheen portrays Tony Blair (whom he also played in The Queen), while Morrissey depicts Gordon Brown, the less gregarious PM who succeeded him.

5. Doctor Who (2008)
Morrissey's guest role in this 2008 special is unique, even by Doctor Who standards. In "The Next Doctor," he portrays a man called Jackson Lake who really believes he is the Timelord. As we noted in our guide to the episode, Morrissey based his performance on three past Doctors: Tom Baker, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton

6. Sense and Sensibility (2008)
In this BBC miniseries, Morrissey plays Colonel Brandon, one of Jane Austen's most low-key and reserved romantic heroes. He brings a quiet dignity to a tricky role that was previously played in Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility movie adaptation by Alan Rickman.

7. Red Riding (2009)
Based on David Peace's novels, this three-part miniseries explores the links between organized crime and police corruption in 1970s and 1980s Yorkshire. Morrissey appears in all three installments as Superintendent Maurice Jobson, a (fictional) senior officer you really wouldn't want to cross.

8. The Walking Dead (2012-2015)
Morrissey got to play a delicious villain in AMC's zombie drama series. For 19 episodes, he embodied The Governor, the charismatic leader of Woodsbury, Georgia, whose ruthless and morally questionable tactics put him at loggerheads with Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes. Some of The Governor's scenes still give us the creeps now.

9. The Missing (2016)
In season two of this hit U.K. crime drama, Morrissey and Keeley Hawes play a British couple living in Germany whose daughter Alice went missing 10 years earlier. When police arrive on their doorstep with news that Alice has been found alive, they're overwhelmed with joy, but the quest to find out what happened proves traumatic for all involved. 

10. Britannia (2018-)
This historical fantasy series is set in 43 AD, just under a century after Roman general Julius Caesar tried and failed to conquer Great Britain. Over three seasons (to date), Morrissey is clearly having a blast as the mighty and rather terrifying Aulus Plautius, who's determined to succeed where Caesar failed.

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