David was a founder member of the Lindsay Kemp Company performing in Flowers and Salome, and he also played Demetrius in the world tour of Peter Brook's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Subsequent Shakespeare work includes Steven Berkoff's Hamlet, Shared Experience's The Tempest, and Derek Jarman's film of the same play. (nominated as promising newcomer for Ferdinand)
David was Saturn in The Woman in the Moon (Dir:James Wallace) at the Sam Wanamaker stage and performed in many of the 'Read Not Dead' performances at Shakespeare’s Globe and he appeared as the nervous stage manager in Richard Jones's Pagliacci at the Coliseum.
He was awarded the Los Angeles Drama-Logue award for his performance as Ed in Entertaining Mr Sloane. In recent years he has performed in plays by LGBTQ writers such as Alexis Gregory's Bright Skin Light, Tom Ratcliffe's Circa and Nathan Evans' Swan Song.
In film he played the knife-throwing villain, Grischa, in Octopussy, and appeared with his twin brother Tony in Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract, Other film and tv work includes Inspector Morse (Dir :Danny Boyle), The Gospel of John (Dir: Phillip Saville}, a Gestapo agent in Bent (Dir: Sean Mathias}, the father of Ben Whishaw's character in London Spy, and yet another father-figure in Gecko's film Institute.