David Horovitch

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David Horovitch
Born (1945-08-11) 11 August 1945 (age 77)
EducationSt Christopher School (Letchworth Garden City)
Central School of Speech and Drama (London)

David Horovitch (born 11 August 1945) is an English actor, perhaps best known for playing the character of Inspector Slack in Miss Marple. He currently stars in the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon as Grand Maester Mellos.

Early life

Horovitch was born in London, the son of Alice Mary, a teacher, and Morris Horovitch, a child care worker.[1] He was educated at St Christopher School, a boarding independent school in the town of Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, followed by the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.[2]

Horovitch's father was Jewish but atheist and married a non-Jew, and Horovitch was not brought up in the faith.[3] It wasn’t until he was in his 40's, when he was given a string of Jewish roles, that he started learning anything about the religion.[3]


Horovitch has played many roles on popular British TV shows in the past 40 years including: Thriller, The New Avengers, Prince Regent, Piece of Cake, Bulman, Hold the Back Page, Boon, Love Hurts, Westbeach, Just William, Drop the Dead Donkey, Peak Practice, Foyle's War, The Second Coming, Deceit and Casualty as well as starring in the little-remembered ITV detective show Bognor.

In 1984 he played the role of Detective Inspector Slack for the first BBC Miss Marple adaptation, The Body in the Library. He returned for four Miss Marple Christmas specials (The Murder at the Vicarage, 4.50 from Paddington, They Do It With Mirrors and The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side). In 1990 he played the role of Commander Daniels in Agatha Christie's Poirot The Kidnapped Prime Minister.

In 2022, he currently plays Grand Maester Mellos in the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon.[4]

He has also made a number of film appearances, including Sergeant Maskell in An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1982), a French scientist in The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987), a Yiddish-speaking character in Solomon and Gaenor (1999), and Dr. Pavlov in Disney's 102 Dalmatians (2000).

In 2008, Horovitch guest-starred in the Sapphire and Steel audio drama Remember Me. He played Dr. Price in Mike Leigh's 2014 film Mr. Turner. In 2019 he played Corporal-Colonel Square in Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes, a recreation of three missing episodes of the BBC comedy Dad's Army.

Horovitch has also made numerous audiobooks, including the 2008 production of Jaroslav Hašek's The Good Soldier Švejk, Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, and the 2015 production of The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Selected theatre performances


  1. ^ "David Horovitch Biography (1945-)". www.filmreference.com.
  2. ^ Who's Who on Television Published by: ITV Books. Date: 1981. Retrieved: 27 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b "'Grief is such a surreal experience'".
  4. ^ "House of the Dragon: Cast & Characters". HBO. Archived from the original on 31 March 2022. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  5. ^ Wicker, Tom (9 December 2016). "All the Angels: Handel and the First Messiah". The Stage.

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