David Morrissey
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AMC has announced that British actor David Morrissey is to play the role of the The Governor in the third season of The Walking Dead. Morrissey is best known for his starring role in the original U.K. TV version of State of Play. His many other credits include the Red Riding trilogy, Centurion, Doctor Who, and The Deal, in which he played future British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The Governor is the most famous villain to have appeared in the Walking Dead comic and fans have long speculated who might play the role. Rumored possible candidates included Eastbound & Down star John Hawkes while special effects legend Tom Savini had actively campaigned for the role, in part because of his resemblance to the character.

The third season of the Walking Dead will comprise 16 episodes and starts production in Atlanta this spring.

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