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Neilson in 2016
|Known for||Role of Roy Cropper in Coronation Street (1995–present)|
Neilson was born in Loughborough, Leicestershire, and entered the Central School of Speech and Drama at the age of 20; he worked in various jobs at the same time, including as a gas fitter, ice cream salesman and a barman.
His television roles include Z-Cars, Young at Heart, Mike in a single episode of Survivors (BBC), Edgar in DH Lawrence's Sons and Lovers adapted by Trevor Griffiths (BBC), Blue Heaven by Frank Skinner, as Millington in the TV movies of the Charlie Resnick novels, Bergerac, Casualty, Boys from the Blackstuff, Secret Army and Heartbeat. He appeared briefly in EastEnders in the early 1990s, and in a celebrity edition of Stars in Their Eyes as Roy Orbison.
In addition he has appeared in two Mike Leigh films: Life Is Sweet and Secrets & Lies. On radio in 2009, Neilson appeared in God Bless Our Love, an uplifting, romantic comedy about a priest and a nun who fall in love and leave their orders to marry and begin a new life together.
Neilson is a lifelong Leicester City supporter, regularly running Alan Birchenall's charity race around the King Power Stadium to raise money for awareness for prostate cancer, in memory of former Leicester City player Keith Weller. He is also a Labour Party supporter, supporting the party for the 2011 Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election.
- Plowman, Mike. "David Neilson Interview". corrie.net. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- "Afternoon Play - God Bless Our Love". BBC. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
- McTague, Tom (12 January 2011). "Coronation Street's Roy Cropper backs Labour in Oldham by-election". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 29 August 2011.