He starred in Our Mutual Friend, Sense and Sensibility, and South Riding for the BBC - but David Morrissey, now slaying zombies on American telly as The Governor in The Walking Dead, thinks British television should ease up on period dramas.
Asked in an interview for the new issue of Radio Times magazine what he would do as a channel controller, the 48-year-old actor said: "I’d commission less period drama. The next ten years are going to be very challenging and that needs to be reflected on our screens. My taste is always about what’s happening to real people, right now."
Morrissey also slammed reality and talent shows: "I object to The X Factor and Big Brother, which are the modern equivalent of throwing cabbages at people in the stocks."
On his suitability for the role of the brooding Governor, Morrissey observed: "I’m 6ft 3in, I’m from the north of England and there is a gruffness to me, I guess – I’m a miserable bastard! But it’s your job as an actor to mess around with that. People don’t know whether to love the Governor or hate him. I like that."
For more from David Morrissey - on why he always loses at golf to Andrew Lincoln, how British actors have conquered America, and why his wife refuses to watch The Walking Dead - see the new issue of Radio Times magazine, in shops today.