David Dawson was born in Widnes, England on 7th September 1982 England and attended Fairfield High School, and Warrington Community College 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.
David’s first professional role was as understudy to Kevin Spacey as the eponymous hero of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard II’ for Trevor Nunn.
David has appeared in the television shows ‘Doc Martin’, ‘The Thick of It’ and ‘Damage’. He also 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, he appeared in two BBC Two literary adaptations, playing Bazzard in ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’, and Poins in ‘The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Parts I and II’. In 2014, David received excellent reviews for his role as Ferdinand in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ at Shakespeare’s Globe.
More recent roles have included Fred Best in ‘Ripper Street’, Captain David Collins in ‘Banished’ and King Alfred in ‘The Last Kingdom’.
David has recently been cast in two new productions: ITV’s ‘Maigret Sets A Trap’ and BBC’s ‘The Secret Agent’.
In 2008, David was nominated for Best Newcomer in a Play at the Olivier Awards for his role as Smike in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
In 2010, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the What’s on Stage awards for his role as Gethin Price in Comedians.