Christopher Eccleston

Christopher Eccleston

Highest Rated: 91% King Lear (2018)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

Birthday: Feb 16, 1964

Birthplace: Salford, Lancashire, England

A remarkable actor who brings a vibrant intensity to his performances, Christopher Eccleston is widely held to be one of the most talented British actors of the 1990s. Primarily known for his portrayals of working-class men, Eccleston, who possesses a lanky, stone-faced physical appeal, has won international attention for his work in such films as Jude and Elizabeth.A product of the Northwestern English town of Salford, where he was born on February 16, 1964, Eccleston enjoyed a happy working-class upbringing. A poor student with a love of television, he initially wanted to be a professional soccer player. At the age of 19, however, he realized that acting was his calling, and enrolled in London's Central School of Speech and Drama. As an actor, his early influences had been Ken Loach's Kes and Albert Finney's performance in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, but he soon found himself interpreting the classics, performing the works of Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Molière. At the age of 25, he made his professional stage debut in the Bristol Old Vic's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Relatively unemployed as an actor for some years after his graduation, Eccleston took a variety of odd jobs at a supermarket, on building sites, and as an artist's model. His luck began to change in 1991, when he was chosen to play the protagonist of Let Him Have It. He won acclaim for his haunting portrayal of Derek Bentley, whose real-life murder of a policeman and subsequent hanging for the crime was the subject of dispute in the British legal system, as Bentley had the mental age of a nine-year-old. Eccleston's handling of the role paved the way for more work, and he was soon starring opposite Robbie Coltrane in Cracker, a popular British television series. He stayed with the show from 1993 until 1994, when he was cast in Shallow Grave, the stylish thriller from Danny Boyle, John Hodge, and Andrew MacDonald, the team who would later make Trainspotting. The film, which starred Eccleston, Ewan McGregor, and Kerry Fox as three flatmates with a corpse on their hands, proved a success, and Eccleston won praise for his portrayal of an unhinged accountant.More television work followed in the form of Hillsborough (1996), and that same year, Eccleston won the title role in Michael Winterbottom's Jude. Co-starring with Kate Winslet, he garnered widespread praise for his interpretation of Thomas Hardy's tragic hero, and he began to attract the attention of American audiences. This attention was heightened two years later when he was cast as the dastardly Duke of Norfolk in Elizabeth; both his chilling performance and the film itself received wide acclaim. The same year, Eccleston starred alongside Renée Zellweger as an Orthodox Jew in A Price Above Rubies. The film was a relative disappointment, but it did allow the actor to break away from the character types that he usually played. In 1999, Eccleston could be seen in David Cronenberg's eXistenZ and in Heart, a black comedy in which he starred as a man so consumed with jealousy over his wife -- whom he believes to be having an affair -- that he gives himself a heart attack. The same year, he collaborated again with director Winterbottom on With or Without You, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival.He found no small amount of success in 2005 and 2006, when he took on the role of the ninth incarnation of Dr. Who in the fantastical television series of the same name, and a man with the ability to become invisible in the first season of NBC's Heroes. In 2009 he co-starred in Amelia, a biopic chronicling the life of the legendary aviator Amelia Earhart. He took on the starring role of Beatle John Lennon in Lennon Naked (2010), another biopic, and continued to work steadily throughout the 2010s.


Highest Rated Movies



45% Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) Harvey 2018
41% Where Hands Touch Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Flu That Killed 50 Million Narrator 2018
91% King Lear Oswald 2018
61% Legend Nipper Read $14.2M 2015
66% Thor: The Dark World Malekith $206.4M 2013
65% Unfinished Song James $1.7M 2013
No Score Yet The Borrowers Pod Clock 2011
No Score Yet Lennon Naked John Lennon 2010
No Score Yet Our Friends in the North Actor 2010
20% Amelia Fred Noonan $14.2M 2009
34% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Destro $150.2M 2009
No Score Yet New Orleans, Mon Amour Dr. Jekyll 2008
14% The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising The Rider $8.8M 2007
No Score Yet Perfect Parents Stuart 2006
No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Empty Child Actor 2006
No Score Yet Doctor Who: A New Dimension Actor 2005
86% 28 Days Later Maj. Henry West $45M 2003
No Score Yet The Second Coming Actor 2003
No Score Yet I Am Dina Leo Zhukovsky 2002
No Score Yet The Importance of Being Morrissey Actor 2002
No Score Yet Othello Ben Jago 2001
83% The Others Charles $96.1M 2001
21% The Invisible Circus Wolf 2001
No Score Yet Strumpet Strayman 2001
60% Revengers Tragedy Vindici 2001
No Score Yet Heart Actor 2001
25% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds) Raymond Calitri $101M 2000
No Score Yet With Or Without You Vincent Boyd 1999
74% Existenz Levi 1999
No Score Yet Heart Gary Ellis 1999
82% Elizabeth Duke of Norfolk 1998
57% A Price Above Rubies Sender 1998
17% Death and the Compass Zunz 1996
No Score Yet Hillsborough Actor 1996
81% Jude Jude Fawley 1996
69% Shallow Grave David Stephens 1995
No Score Yet Anchoress Priest 1993
84% Let Him Have It Derek Bentley 1991


No Score Yet Ambulance
Narrator 2019
84% Fortitude
Charlie Stoddart 2018
No Score Yet Inspector Morse
Terrence 2017
84% The A Word
Maurice Scott 2017
91% The Leftovers
Matt Jamison 2017
No Score Yet Great Performances
No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
The Doctor 2013
57% The Shadow Line
Joseph Bede 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
John Lennon Ben Jago 2010
55% Heroes
Claude 2007
93% Doctor Who
The Ninth Doctor The Doctor Doctor Who 2006
No Score Yet Mystery!
Terrence 1993
No Score Yet Accused
90% Come Home
Greg Farrell
No Score Yet Cracker (1993)
No Score Yet Our Friends in the North

QUOTES FROM Christopher Eccleston CHARACTERS

Leo Zhukovsky says: I don't have assignations with death. I prefer to let the dead mind the dead.

Malekith says: Where is she?

Frigga says: I'll never tell.

Malekith says: I believe you.

Malekith says: You do not need to come from so far. Asgardian. Death will to come to you soon enough.

Thor says: Not by your hand!

David Stevens says: If you can't trust your friends, then what then? What then?

Maj. Henry West says: This is what I've seen in the four weeks since infection. People killing people. Which is much what I saw in the four weeks before infection, and the four weeks before that, and before that, and as far back as I care to remember. People killing people. Which to my mind, puts us in a state of normality right now.

Jude Fawley says: We are man and wife, if ever two people were on this earth.