Feb. 16th, 1964
Salford, Lancashire, England, UK
6' 1 1/2"
Christopher Eccleston's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
2009 - Amelia
2007 - The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
2002 - Lost in La Mancha
2002 - 28 Days Later
2001 - The Others
2000 - Gone in Sixty Seconds
1999 - eXistenZ
1998 - Elizabeth
1998 - A Price Above Rubies
1996 - Jude
1992 - Death and the Compass
Guest TV Roles
James 'Jim' Calvert
Born in Salford, Lancashire. He often returns there to fight for local issues and is a patron of the arts for the area. Christopher Eccleston trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It (1991). However, it was a regular role in the TV series "Cracker" (1993) that made him a recognizable figure in the UK. He appeared in the low-budget thriller Shallow Grave (1994) and in the same year won the part of Nicky Hutchinson in the epic BBC drama serial "Our Friends in the North" (1996). It was the transmission of the latter series on BBC Two that really made him into a household name in the UK.
In his film career he has starred as a leading man alongside a number of major actresses, such as Renée Zellweger in A Price Above Rubies (1998), Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998), and Cameron Diaz and Jordana Brewster in The Invisible Circus (2001), and Nicole Kidman in "The Others".
In addition to his successful film career, he has continued to work in his favourite medium, appearing in some of the most challenging and thought-provoking British television dramas of recent years. These have included "Clocking Off" (2000) and Flesh and Blood (2002) (TV) for the BBC and Hillsborough (1996) (TV), the Iago character in a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's "Othello", and the religious epic "The Second Coming" (2003), playing Steve Baxter, the son of God.
His stage career, while not as extensive as his screen credits, has nevertheless shown him to be a formidable actor. He's given intense, focused performances in such plays as "Hamlet", "Electricity" and "Miss Julie", for which he received excellent reviews.
A very highly regarded actor, Eccleston has twice been nominated in the Best Actor category at the BAFTA Television Awards, the UK's premiere TV awards ceremony. His first nomination came in 1997 for "Our Friends in the North". Although he didn't win those awards, he did, however, triumph in the Best Actor categories at the 1997 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards and the Royal Television Society Awards, winning for "Our Friends in the North". He won the RTS Best Actor award for a second time in 2003, this time for his performance in "Flesh and Blood". In 2005 he received the Most Popular Actor award in the National Television Awards for Doctor Who.
- Of the ten actors to play the Doctor in _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv), _Doctor Who (1996) (TV)_ (qv) and _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv), he is the only one who has never worked with 'Nicholas Courtney' (qv), who played Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart in the former from 1968 to 1989 as well as in numerous Big Finish audio dramas.
- (April 2005) The BBC has recently admitted that they announced his departure too early. It was agreed back in January that he would only do one series and a Christmas special. The announcement of his depature should have be made about halfway through the new series run.
- His earliest memory of watching _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) is 'Patrick Troughton' (qv) in the black-and-white episodes of the late 1960s.
- He passed his driving test in January 2004 but is only qualified to drive an automatic.
- Uncle of 'Peter Eccleston (I)' (qv) and 'Rebecca Eccleston' (qv), who acted with him in _Let Him Have It (1991)_ (qv).
- A very keen runner.
- Cast in Terry Gilliam's 'The Man who Killed Don Quixote', but didn't film any scenes before production closed down. In the documentary _Lost in La Mancha_ (2002) his photograph appears on a pinboard featuring photos of the cast.
- He has retained his Lancashire accent.