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Christopher Eccleston

Highest Rated:   87% 28 Days Later (2003)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Where Hands Touch
  • Actor
2017
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
35% 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
87% 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
24% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds)
  • Raymond Calitri
$101M 2000
No Score Yet With Or Without You
  • Vincent Boyd
1999
71% 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
70% Shallow Grave
  • David Stephens
1995
No Score Yet Anchoress
  • Priest
1993
81% Let Him Have It
  • Derek Bentley
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
94% Fortitude
2015
  • Charlie Stoddart
  • 2017
  • 2015
90% The Leftovers
2014
  • Matt Jamison
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
69% The A Word
2016
  • Maurice Scott
  • 2016
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor
  • 2014
No Score Yet Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
2013
  • The Doctor
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Shadow Line
2011
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • John Lennon Ben Jago
  • 2010
  • 2002
71% Heroes
2006-2010
  • Claude
  • 2007
89% Doctor Who
2006
  • The Ninth Doctor The Doctor Doctor Who
  • 2006
No Score Yet Accused
2010-2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Our Friends in the North
1996
  • Actor

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