David was born in Cheltenham and trained at the Drama Centre (1969-72). After a couple of years in the repertory system in Chester and Exeter he came to London. A play at the lunchtime theatre Soho Poly got him an agent and Television work began. Plays for today, comedy series, Sunday night drama series followed along with film work – John Schlesinger’s Yanks and Richard Attenborough’s Ghandi being two of the first. More recent theatre highlights have been working with Juliette Binoche in Jonathan Kent’s production of Naked at the Almeida and twice working with the great Director Luc Bondy at the Young Vic. He performed for the first time at the National Theatre in 2013 in Joe Hill-Gibbin’s production of Edward II and followed this with Henry V at Regent's Park. David's screen appearances include MotherFatherSon (as Helen McCrory's father), Vanity Fair, War and Peace, Broadchurch, Utopia, Wallander and Downton Abbey and on film 45 Years with Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling and the psychological gothic thriller, The Sleeping Room.