David is played by Jack P. Shepherd.
David Tilsley was born on the 25th December 1990 to Martin Platt and Gail Tilsley. Martin and Gail soon married and David took his father's surname. David had 2 older half siblings, Nick Tilsley and Sarah Louise Tilsley. Sarah Lou took Martin's surname when he married Gail. When David was 2 years old, in 1993, he was kidnapped by the Platt's nanny Carmel Finnan who wanted to split Martin and Gail up so she could have Martin.
David grew up as quite a quiet child. He was the same age as Rosie Webster, she was born just 1 day before David. In June 2000, David's 13 year old sister Sarah Lou gave birth to a girl, Bethany Platt. David became jealous of the attention on his niece. He shoplifts and gets into fights at school. In 2001 David's parents divorced after he had an affair. This also left a mark on David emotionally.
In 2002, when David was 11, Gail met Richard Hillman who was a financial adviser. Richard proved to be a serial killer and once tried to kill David, Gail and Sarah in a suicide pact. Richard drowned but the others survived. Due to this, David soon gains a reputation for lying and scheming.
In 2006 David began sending cards to his family addressed from Richard as part of a sick joke. This sent Gail over the edge where she had to start taking medication, and suspicion fell upon several neighbours such as Gail's enemy Eileen Grimshaw and even Gail herself. David was unveiled as the culprit and showed fear at the thought of being arrested. But in the end Gail decided not to push the matter further.
In March 2008, on the 5th anniversary of the death of Richard Hillman, David pushes Gail down the stairs. This was nothing to do with the actual anniversary though. One time, David stood on the roof of Underworld pretending to shoot everyone in the street. David formed a rivalry with new neighbour Gary Windass in 2009.
He did start to mellow when he dated Tina McIntyre.
David was widowed in July 2016 after his wife Kylie was stabbed and later passed away in his arms. He knew the person who killed Kylie and in October 2016 he vowed to kill him.
In early 2018, David became friends with Josh Tucker. Josh was a mechanic. David enlisted the help of Josh to get rid of Lee Mayhew, a local drug dealer and younger brother of vicar Billy Mayhew. Josh took David out on a night out to a pub. When David was in the toilet, Josh discreetly spiked David's drink with a drug that would make David spaced out and then sleepy. After David drank it, he could hardly stand and Josh took him back to his flat. As David neared unconsciousness, Josh guided him to the bedroom and raped David. David became despndent. He even wanted to do a boxing match as Josh was the referee. David fought against rival Gary Windass and assaulted him, despite Gary being an ex soldier.
Appearances: 26 December 1990–15 March 2000 (Thomas Orson), 26 April 2000–present (Jack P. Shepherd)
Born: 25th December 1990
Full Name: David Platt
Spouse: Kylie Platt (2011–2016)
Children: Lily Platt (2013)