David Dawson (actor)
Dawson in 2010
David Robert Dawson
7 September 1982
|Education||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
David Robert Dawson (born 7 September 1982) is an English actor. He has had a varied career on television, including roles in The Road to Coronation Street (2010), series 2 of Luther (2011), Ripper Street (2012–2016), The Secret Agent (2016), as King Alfred in The Last Kingdom (2015–2018) and as Joseph Merrick ("The Elephant Man") in Year of the Rabbit (2019).
On stage, Dawson received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for playing Smike in the 2007 production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Other notable performances have been in the 2009 production of Comedians, the 2010 production of Posh, and the 2011 production of Luise Miller.
Dawson was born in Widnes, England and attended Fairfield High School and Warrington Collegiate Institute before being accepted to RADA on the acting programme in 2002. Whilst in high school he was a member of the Musketeer Theatre Company where he played Dogberry in William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing amongst other roles. At just 17 he wrote a play called Divorced and Desperate which ran at the Queen's Hall Theatre, Widnes, for three nights. A year later he wrote and starred in the play The Boy in the Bed at the Tower Theatre, Islington with financial backing from Barbara Windsor and Julie Walters to whom he had written for help. David also has a younger brother, James.
Dawson has appeared in the television shows Doc Martin, The Thick of It, Damage and Up Close and Personal. He played Harry Parr-Davies in the BBC drama Gracie! about the life of English singer Gracie Fields. He starred as Coronation Street creator Tony Warren in the BBC drama The Road to Coronation Street. He played Toby Kent in three episodes of the second series of Luther for the BBC.
In 2012, Dawson appeared in two BBC Two literary adaptations, playing Bazzard in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Poins in Henry IV, Parts I and II. He later appeared in the first three BBC-produced series of Ripper Street. In 2016, he appeared in the BBC One's version of The Secret Agent. Dawson portrayed David Collins in the BBC Two series Banished and King Alfred in BBC America and BBC Two's historical drama series The Last Kingdom.
|2019||Fairview (play)||Young Vic Theatre||Mack|
|2018||Aristocrats (Brian Friel)||Donmar Warehouse||Casimir|
|2014||The Duchess of Malfi||Shakespeare's Globe||Ferdinand|
|2013||The People of the Town||Gielgud Theatre||Antoine|
|2013||The Vortex||Rose Theatre, Kingston||Nicky Lancaster|
|2011||Luise Miller||Donmar Warehouse||Hofmarschall von Kalb|
|2010||Posh||Royal Court||Hugo Fraser-Tyrwhitt|
|2009||Comedians||Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith||Gethin Price|
|2009||Romeo and Juliet||Royal Shakespeare Company||Romeo|
|2009||The Entertainer||The Old Vic||Frank Rice|
|2008||Nicholas Nickleby||UK Tour||Smike|
|2008||The Long And The Short And The Tall||Sheffield Crucible||Whittaker|
|2007||Richard II||The Old Vic||The Groom/ Understudy to Richard|
|2019||Year of the Rabbit||Joseph Merrick|
|2016||The Secret Agent||Vladimir|
|2015-2018||The Last Kingdom||King Alfred|
|2013||The Borgias||The French Ambassador|
|2013||Dancing on the Edge||D.I. Horton|
|2012-2015||Ripper Street||Fred Best|
|2012||Henry IV, Parts I and II||Poins|
|2012||The Mystery of Edwin Drood||Bazzard|
|2010||The Road to Coronation Street||Tony Warren|
|2009||London Boulevard||Big Issue Seller|
|2009||The Secret Diary of a Call Girl||Byron Seebohm|
|2009||Gracie!||Harry Parr Davies|
|2007||The Thick of It||Affers|
|2013||To Make the Plough Go Before the Horse||Esmé Stewart|
|2013||Eugene Onegin||Eugene Onegin|
In 2008 Dawson was nominated for Best Newcomer in a Play at the Olivier Awards for his role as Smike in Nicholas Nickleby. He was also nominated in 2010 for Best Supporting Actor in the What's On Stage awards for his role as Gethin Price in Comedians.
Dawson drew critical acclaim for his portrayal of writer Tony Warren in the BBC Four drama The Road to Coronation Street. For the New Statesman Rachel Cooke wrote: "I think he's going to be a huge star. When he is doing his thing, it is hard to take your eyes off him". The Daily Express said "It is David Dawson and some perfectly judged dialogue which brings this drama to light" while The Mirror's Jane Simon called him "absolutely brilliant".
- Atkins, Tom (10 December 2007). "20 Questions With David Dawson". whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 18 August 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "United Artists Profile Page". Retrieved 18 August 2010.
- "United Artists Profile Page". Retrieved 2 March 2011.
- "Cast announced for The Mystery of Edwin Drood on BBC Two", BBC Press Office, 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
- "Cast confirmed for BBC Two's cycle of Shakespeare films" (Press release). BBC Drama Publicity. 24 November 2011. Archived from the original on 30 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-20.
- "Ripper Street characters page". BBC website. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
- "Meet the cast of The Secret Agent", Ellie Harrison, Radio Times, London, 17 July 2016'.Retrieved: 18 July 2016.
- "Banished cast & characters page". BBC website. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
- "The Last Kingdom characters page". BBC website. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
- Rachel Cooke "The Road to Coronation Street", New Statesman, 17 September 2010
- "Television Express". 17 September 2010.
- "Today's TV". 16 September 2010.
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