David Morrissey has been on my mind lately, for a random reason: I’ve been bingeing through the Queens of England podcast (highly recommend!), and in all the Anne Boleyn episodes, his performance as the Duke of Norfolk is the one that keeps coming to mind. And then I remember how dreamy he was in South Riding, and I can’t decide if I should love him or hate him! So, share my mental obsession!
Cause Célèbre (1987)
A TV adaptation of the play inspired by the trial of Alma Rattenbury (Helen MIrren) and her teenage lover in 1935 for the murder of her husband.
Robin Hood (1991)
The Patrick Bergin/Uma Thurman film, not the Kevin Costner. Morrissey plays Little John.
The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1991)
As Theseus in this live action/puppet TV series by Jim Henson (the Muppets).
Hilary and Jackie (1998)
As the husband of flautist Hilary du Pré, who had a fucked up relationship with her sister.
Our Mutual Friend (1998)
As Bradley Headstone in this TV adaptation of the Dickens novel; everyone I know who has tried to watch it has died of boredom, so beware!
The Suicide Club (2000)
Based on a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, a Victorian man joins a club for people who want to commit suicide.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
The combination of romance + Nicolas Cage + that title makes me want to stick a fork in my eye, but apparently Morrissey plays Captain Günther Weber, so I guess is a Nazi?
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
As Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, uncle to Anne Boleyn and, according to this version, very much the man behind the schemes.
Sense & Sensibility (2008)
As a more age-appropriate Colonel Brandon in this TV miniseries adaptation of the Jane Austen novel — which I watched, but don’t remember, because the 1995 feature film is the one and only for me.
Nowhere Boy (2009)
As the common-law husband of John Lennon’s mother.
Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (2009)
As Jackson Lake, a human with memory loss who believes he is the Doctor, in this 1851 Christmas-set episode.
As one of too many (for me to care) Roman soldiers in this film about the disappearance of Rome’s Ninth Legion, which flopped, so whatever.
Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express (2010)
One episode of the David Suchet series. Morrissey plays Colonel John Arbuthnot.
South Riding (2011)
I don’t remember the specifics of Morrissey’s character, other than he’s a mucky muck in this 1930s Yorkshire town who eventually warms up to Anna Maxwell-Martin’s character, but I do remember he was DREAMY.
The Hollow Crown: Richard II (2013)
As Northumberland in this TV adaptation of the Shakespeare play.
National Theatre Live: Hangmen (2016)
What looks like a comedy about a professional hangman who hasn’t realized that hanging has recently been abolished in Britain.
As Aulus Plautius, the Roman general who became the first governor of the Roman colony of Britannia.
The Singapore Grip (2020)
Set during World War II Singapore, Morrissey plays a British man who controls a trading company there.
What’s your favorite of David Morrissey’s frock flicks roles?