BAFTA nominated actor David Morrissey was recognised for his ongoing contribution to UK drama, television and film by being awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by Edge Hill University.

Acknowledged by peers and institutions as one of the finest actors of his generation, David has achieved excellence in the world of film, television and the performing arts. His standout performances include Being Human, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, The Deal, and most recently in his iconic role as The Governor in The Walking Dead.

David’s continued commitment to his North West roots is evident in his consistent support of Liverpool’s film culture, and his close creative relationship to both the Everyman Theatre where he most recently performed as Macbeth in 2010, and the Unity Theatre of which he is a board member.

His passion for nurturing talent has also seen David become a vocal and public commentator on the prospect that working-class talent is being priced out of acting, calling on the creative industries to do more to end their “economic exclusion” and exploitation via a culture of internships

David’s acting career started at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, where he was born and raised. He made his debut in the 1983 series One Summer about two Liverpool runaways. Following a degree at RADA, he worked with the theatre company Cheek By Jowl.

As prolific and versatile as ever, in the past year David has performed in the film, The Ones Below, in the television series The Missing and wowed audiences on the London stage as Harry in dramatist Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen.