Studied acting at the Schauspielschule "Ernst Busch" in Berlin, graduating in 1999 together with Fritzi Haberlandt and Nina Hoss, his Yella (2007) co-star.
Chosen "Younger Actor of the Year" in 2004 by "Theater heute" magazine.
His father worked as an electrician, his mother was a nurse.
Has two siblings.
Although his mother had won a talent show on East German television, she refused to study music because David's sister was severely ill.
He has a son with actress Maria Simon.
His son with actress Maria Simon is actor Ludwig Simon. .