Feb. 16th, 1964
Salford, Lancashire, England, UK
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Christopher Eccleston's Main TV Roles
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Christopher Eccleston (born February 16, 1964) in Salford, Lancashire. He often returns there to fight for local issues and is a patron of the arts for the area.
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 'Renee 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), 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.
Eccleston 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.
- Often collaborates with 'Phyllida Lloyd' (qv) on stage.
- A very keen runner.
- He is a vegetarian.
- Uncle of 'Peter Eccleston (I)' (qv) and 'Rebecca Eccleston' (qv), who acted with him in _Let Him Have It (1991)_ (qv).
- He is the younger brother of twins 'Alan Eccleston (I)' (qv) and 'Keith Eccleston' (qv).
- Emailed old friend writer/producer 'Russell T. Davies' (qv) and asked to be put on the list of possibles for the title role in the revival of _"Doctor Who" (2005)_ (qv) series. He has claimed in interviews that he was not a fan of the original _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv) and was really attracted to take the part because of his admiration for Davies as a writer.
- 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 follows in a long line of distinguished actors to have portrayed the character of Doctor Who on screen. William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy all played the role in the television series, while Paul McGann played the role in the 1996 TV movie.