David was born in London and educated at Alleyn’s School Dulwich, where he was taught by Michael Croft and with whom he became a founder member of the National Youth Theatre. He acted with the NYT in the West End, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Edinburgh - his roles included Mark Antony, Falstaff and Bolingbroke. His contemporaries were Ian McShane, Derek Jacobi and Martin Jarvis.
Following two years National Service, during which he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery, he was awarded the King George VI Scholarship to RADA where he won the Silver Medal in 1961.
David did a whole series of films in the 1960s but most of his career has been in the theatre. He has appeared in 29 of Shakespeare’s plays, 8 of which were directed by Sir Trevor Nunn. He has enjoyed a very varied and fulfilling career and is still working having completed more than 50 years as a professional actor.
His acclaimed book COVERING MCKELLEN won the STR Theatre Book of the Year Prize for 2011.
“Hugely enjoyable…this engaging, splendidly indiscreet book is required reading”
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph.
“Salty, evocative, informative, David Weston’s book gives voice to the silent stalwarts of the understudy world. - Quentin Letts, Daily Mail.
“A wonderfully enjoyable and unusual book” - Benedict Nightingale, The Times.
“Before you put your daughter on the stage, Mrs Worthington…get her to read Covering McKellen” - Jeffrey Archer.
“This is showbiz behind the scenes, literally, the side of it that everyone leaves out while they grin at each other on television chat shows” - Julian Fellowes.
David’s novel DODGER -The Further Adventures of the Artful Dodger - will be published later this year.
David is married to actress and designer Dora Reisser and has two sons, four grandchildren, and a half share of a cocker spaniel.