David Leon

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David Jeremy Leon
Born1980 (age 33–34)
Newcastle upon Tyne
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David Jeremy Leon
Born1980 (age 33–34)
Newcastle upon Tyne

David Jeremy Leon[1] (born 1980) is an English actor perhaps best known for appearearing in photographer Rankin's directoral debut Lives of the Saints as Othello, Guy Ritchie's film RocknRolla, and British television series Cutting It, set in a Manchester hair-dressing salon.[2] Since 2011, he has co-starred with Brenda Blethyn in the ITV detective series Vera.[3]


Leon, born 1980 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, where his mother (Ann J Brown)[4] was a secretary and his father (Anthony N Leon) [5] worked in a power station. As a teenager he played for the Blackburn Rovers, but the club let him go when he was 19.[6]

He is a graduate of the National Youth Theatre.[7]

He is an avid Newcastle United fan. He currently resides in London.


Leon dropped out of drama school to shoot the film Alexander with Oliver Stone in Morocco.[3]

In 2007 Leon played Billy the Kid in the acclaimed biopic for the BBC. He also starred in the Channel 4 drama in a lead role of Alfie Cartwright. The film entitled Clapham Junction was directed by Adrian Shergold.

In 2006, he had a main role in the film These Foolish Things, which also starred Terence Stamp, Lauren Bacall, and Anjelica Huston. The film's lead actress was Zoe Tapper, who guest-starred in an episode of Cutting It.

In 2007, David played Billy the Kid in the BBC's mini series The Wild West.

He is also known for his role as Nathan in Boy Eats Girl, a zombie film.

In 2010 he played Jesus in Mark Haddon's play Polar Bears at the Donmar Warehouse.

Since 2011 he has played DS Joe Ashworth in the ITV detective series Vera alongside Brenda Blethyn.[8]

In 2013, Leon started start filming his loosely autobiographical debut, Driven, which will star Iwan Rheon and Damian Lewis.[7]

Leon is also expanding the short he directed called Orthodox into a feature-length film.[9]







  1. ^ Birth Certificate at General Register Office. Retrieved May 2014.
  2. ^ "A big ask: David Leon". Time Out London. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Carnevale, Rob. "Vera - David Leon interview". indieLondon. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Findmypast.co.uk
  5. ^ Findmypast.co.uk
  6. ^ Emine Saner (April 27, 2011). "David Leon: A whole new ball game". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "One from the Archives: David Leon". The Hunger. HungerTV.com. August 3, 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Wonfor, Sam (April 3, 2013). "TV star David Leon back home to flesh out impressive short film". The Journal (Newcastle). Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Kemp, Stuart (March 19, 2013). "'Orthodox' Filmmaker David Leon Plans Feature Version Starring Stephen Graham". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Quinn, Ben (April 29, 2011). "Tribeca film festival: British film about paedophile suspect among winners: New York festival honours Man and Boy but top awards go to Swedish and Israeli directors". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 27 December 2013. 

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