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David James Shaughnessy is a British actor, voice-over actor, television director, theatre director and producer. He was educated at Eton College and the Central School of Speech and Drama, London. He started in repertory theatres all around the UK and went on to become a principal actor with the Old Vic Theatre Company in London and touring around the world. He went on to perform in national tours, including 18 months in "Godspell" for producer Cameron Mackintosh, and acted in television series and movies both in the UK and the US. Later he turned to theatre and television directing. then moved into producing, ultimately becoming Executive Producer of the daytime drama, The Young and the Restless. He now directs for The Bold and the Beautiful on a freelance basis, while developing 3S Media Solutions with his brother Charles. He also provides voice-overs for films, cartoons, commercials and video games. His father was Alfred Shaughnessy, a scriptwriter. He is best known for his work as writer and producer of Upstairs, Downstairs. His older brother is the actor Charles Shaughnessy, best known as Maxwell Sheffield on the television show, The Nanny. His wife is former Days of Our Lives Head Writer Anne Schoettle. David and Anne live in Los Angeles and have three daughters Amy, Katie and Josie. Along with his brother Charles and Ophelia Soumekh, he is a partner in 3S Media Solutions Inc. He is the heir presumptive to the Barony of Shaughnessy, which is held by his brother.

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