Actor David Morrissey chooses pup from Sheffield to make his family complete

Actor David Morrissey at the Sheffield RSPCA Animal Centre with four-month-old collie cross Billy and animal care assistant Lisa Youle.
Actor David Morrissey at the Sheffield RSPCA Animal Centre with four-month-old collie cross Billy and animal care assistant Lisa Youle.
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A RESCUE dog from Sheffield is set to be very pampered - moving in with top actor David Morrissey after a chance meeting on a TV show.

David, who has appeared in Doctor Who, Sense and Sensibility and dramas such as Red Riding, met RSPCA Sheffield animal centre manager Steve Byrne on ITV’s Daybreak. Steve, taking part in a feature on animal adoption, took along dogs including four-month-old Billy.

Liverpool-born Morrissey arranged to visit Billy at the centre in Attercliffe and, after a successful home visit, has welcomed the cross-breed into his family.

David, 46, is married to novelist Esther Freud - great-grandaughter of psychologist Sigmund Freud - and has a daughter, Anna, and two sons, Albie and Gene.

David said: “My wife and I had dogs growing up and we wanted that for our children. Meeting Steve and the dogs he brought in prompted me to talk it over with the family. We agreed to go for it. We decided Billy was the one for us.”

Billy, the last of an unwanted litter - has “settled in wonderfully”. “Everyone who meets him loves him. He’s started going to puppy training classes and is making us very proud,” David said.