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Wednesday, April 2

David Morrissey: Gazumped by Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility

In an interview with BBC Press last season, David Morrissey observed about Colonel Brandon, the character he played in Sense and Sensibility, "Just as he’s starting to form an idea of himself with Marianne he’s gazumped, really, thwarted by his rival, and has to take a back step. He then tries to be honourable, even though his rival is somebody he knows is not right for this girl."

When approached to play the part, David quickly signed on, having been a "massive fan" of Andrew Davies for years. As prolific an actor as Dominic Cooper (see post sitting below), David can most recently be seen as Norfolk, the scheming uncle in The Other Boleyn Girl. He also played the London psychiatrist opposite Sharon Stone's deadly character in Basic Instinct 2, and in Hilary and Jackie and Captain Corelli's Mandolin. David is a regular fixture on British television, and viewers will recognize him from State of Play, Blackpool, and most recently, Cape of Wrath. David's success lies in his ability to immerse himself in his characters. "At 43, he's one of Britain's most in-demand character actors, strangely familiar yet oddly unrecognisable, despite the fact that he's cornered the market in ordinary-men-in-extraordinary-turmoil roles over the past few years," Stuart Husband recently wrote in The Telegraph.

Wishing to embrace all aspects of his craft, David has also branched out into directing, and owns his own production company, Tubedale. His partner of almost twenty years is the novelist Esther Freud, author of The Hideous Kinky, great granddaughter of Sigmund Freud, and daughter of Lucien Freud, who is regarded as one of Britain's greatest painter. They have three children.

David's appeal as the Colonel is enormous, as this YouTube video attests. As Colonel Brandon, we all know that hunky David gets the girl in the end.

  • Click on this link to read a short biography, view Flickr photos of set scenes and a series of video clips about David, or see a filmography.

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Rebekah said...

Hello! I just stumbled across your blog today and absolutely adore your ode to Jane Austen! She is one of my faveorites—as an author, as a character, as a person, as a woman! Kudos for giving her such a great space on the web!


Jaimie said...

I think Morrissey made a wonderful Colonel Brandon! He wasn't so mopey like Alan Rickman was in the 1995 version. Sad yes, but not melancholy. He is quite handsome too!

Jane Odiwe said...

I loved David Morrissey as Colonel Brandon and for the first time saw how his relationship with Marianne would have blossomed.
Purists will say he is too good looking but I don't care-I thought he was great!

kaye dacus said...

Wow, that contemporary photo of David Morrissey is YUMMY! Of course, I have a thing for men with dimples. :-)