David Dawson is an English actor whose career on the screen started in the mid-2000s. He debuted on the television series Doc Martin, followed by another role on the show The Thick of It. He later made his film debut in Damage, followed by roles in the movies London Boulevard and The Secret Diary of a Call Girl. He next portrayed Harry Parr Davies on the TV movie Gracie! In 2010, he played Tony Warren on the documentary The Road to Coronation Street. In the 2010s, he became known for his role as Fred Best on Ripper Street. He currently plays King Alfred on The Last Kingdom.