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David Morrissey: 7 Things to Know About The Walking Dead Actor

We're a few episodes into Season 4, which means that any day now we'll be checking back in with The Governor for the first time since the Season 3 finale bloodbath. We can't say we're stoked, but we can say that we've braced ourselves. And we may be a little terrified.

David Morrissey, on the other hand, is the man who plays The Governor — and he doesn't seem terrifying at all. Read on for seven fun facts about the actor of stage and screen, including his connection to Morrissey of The Smiths, and his love of football.

He's the Voice of Morrissey's Autobiography. David is the narrator for the audiobook of the other Morrissey's autobiography — Steven Patrick Morrissey of The Smiths, known as just Morrissey. The book is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on December 3, with the audiobook following on December 5.

For the record, David says they are of "no relation."

He's a Shakespearean Actor. David retweeted a photo of himself with a bloodied hand while performing in Macbeth. "Caught red handed," he added.

Of course, David is no stranger to the stage, Shakespeare or not! He got his start at the Everyman Youth Theater in Liverpool in the '70s — David was born in 1964 — and later reflected to The Guardian, "The youth theatre had a great creative energy, but the theatre itself … Jonathan Pryce, Bill Nighy, Julie Walters, Antony Sher were there just as I got there. It was all coming at me, this creative force. I never wanted to be anywhere else."

He and Andrew Lincoln Have the Same Voice Coach. Like Andrew (Rick Grimes), David's a Brit. They work with voice coach Jessica Drake intensely before shooting every episode. David even takes extra sessions with her via Skype!

David says that it helps to be shooting on-location, though. "I stay in accent as much as I can. We have a crew of locals, and whenever I go get my coffee or groceries I can hear the accent," he explained. "So the accent is around me all the time and that’s been an advantage.

He's Totally Scared by the Zombies IRL. "My family was here, and my eight-year-old said, 'Can I come to the set?'" David remembered in a conversation with Interview Magazine. "I was like 'Well you can but I'm worried you'll have the experience I had on my first day,' which was opening the wrong door and going 'Oh, God.' It's someone turning around and looking at you [with an eye hanging out.] That's pretty scary."

He added later that "you never forget your first [zombie kill]."

He Got Inspired For His Role by Vietnam War Stories. David drew parallels to TWD's post-apocalyptic world and a warzone, and read up accordingly to figure out The Governor's haywire moral compass. He told Esquire, "I read Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, which is set in the Vietnam War and it is about soldiers who are good people back home, but when they are put into a war zone — in a hellish war zone where people are trying to kill them — their moral compass is taken away, and that's surely what would happen in this world."

He's Married to a Novelist. David is married to novelist Esther Freud, with whom he has three children. One of Esther's books, Hideous Kinky, was adapted into a film starring Kate Winslet!

He's a Football Fan. That means soccer, you yank! David saw his first Liverpool FC game when he was in his early teens and never looked back. His favorite current Liverpool player, he says, is Dirk Kuyt, but his favorite of all time is Kenny Dalglish.

Did we miss any cool facts about David Morrissey? Let us know in the comments!

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC.


Sarah Anne Lloyd is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!


11.7.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Sarah Anne Lloyd
Related: The Walking Dead, Features, TV, TV Stars, The Governor, David Morrissey

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