David Neilson was born 13 March 1949 and is an English actor best known for portraying Roy Cropper in the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street from 1995 onwards.
His other television roles include Z-Cars, 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, he 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.