David is an actor best known for his starring role as Sol Grootboom on the SABC1 television drama series Soul City (1997-2010) and Soul Buddyz, from 2000-2003. He also played the recurring character of Sew Sew Tukarrs in 10 episodes of the science fiction series Charlie Jade, in 2005.
Other television series he has appeared in include Sterk Skemer, Rhodes, Colossus of Africa (for BBC One), Behind the Badge, Isidingo, Justice For All (seasons 1 and 3), It Rained Last Night and Thetha Msawawa. He was also a guest on 7de Laan (2009), played Dr Balthazar in Rhythm City (2010) and guest starred on 90 Plein Street, in 2011.
His feature film credits include Red Dust (2004), Coup! directed by Simon-Cellan Jones, 10,000 B.C. directed by Roland Emmerich (2008) and Disgrace, directed by Steve Jacobs and starring John Malkovich.
Other highlights from his film career include the role of Mr. Isaacs in Disgrace opposite John Malkovich; Mrs. Mandela, in the role of Ismael Ayob opposite Sophie Okonedo; the animated feature film Zambezia (replaced by Leonard Nimoy for the American release); and Darryl Roodt’s 2010 film Winnie where he appears as The TRC Chairperson in the final chapter.
He also played the role of Jacob in the feature film The World Unseen, based on the novel by Shamim Sarif, for which he received a SAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film, in 2009.
Awards in theatre and musical theatre productions include five prestigious Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, four for Shakespearean roles in Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Two Gentlemen of Verona.
He has also received awards for his performances in The Ride Across Lake Constance, Loot, Frank ‘n Stein, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the musical adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd.
In March 2012 David won his sixth prestigious Fleur du Cap Theatre Award, four of which are for the enormous variety of Shakespearean roles he has played. Other awards include a Vita for Frank (Frank ‘n Stein), a Dalro Award for Riff Raff and another Vita for Frank ‘n Furter (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Musical theatre appearances include Pricilla: Queen of the Desert, Pangloss/Voltaire (Candide), Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd) and Riff Raff and Frank ‘n Furter (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
He also starred in the world premiere of Ariel Dorman’s Delirium at the Market Theatre and in tandem with Brothers in Blood at the Witness Hilton Festival in Sept 2012.