Christopher Eccleston

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  • Birth Place: Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Profession: Actor
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Biography

Eccleston got his start on the stage but made his name on British TV, notably as a police officer who met a terrible end on the popular crime series Cracker. Although he made a memorable film debut as a mentally challenged man accused of murder in 1991's Let Him Have It, Eccleston's movie career didn't pick up until the late '90s when he appeared in a succession of projects (Elizabeth, eXistenZ, Gone in 60 Seconds). But his breakthrough on both sides of the pond came in 2005 when he put his distinctive mark on an iconic role as the ninth incarnation of the title character in Doctor Who. Although he was beloved in the part, winning the"Most Popular Actor" at the 2005 National Television Awards, he left the series after a single 13-episode season, later stating that he was unhappy with the production environment. Two years later, he signed on to another small-screen sci-fi blockbuster, Heroes, as an invisible man with a very visible chip on his shoulder. Eccleston's involvement in charitable organizations has included a celebrity ambassadorship for Mencap (a group dedicated to those with learning disabilities) and a trip to Indonesia to survey the British Red Cross's efforts following the 2004 tsunami.

Awards

  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Keith Eccleston — Brother
  • Rebecca Eccleston — Niece
  • Siwan Morris — Ex-significant Other
  • Alan Eccleston — Brother
  • Clare Calbraith — Ex-significant Other
  • Peter Eccleston — Nephew

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  • Birth Place: Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Profession: Actor

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