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Christopher Eccleston Biography

Birth Name:
2/16/1964 12:00:00 AM
Birth Place:
Salford, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Made his professional acting debut at age 25 in a 1988 production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Bristol Old Vic
  • First film role was in the 1991 fact-based drama Let Him Have It, in which he portrayed a mentally handicapped teen charged with murder
  • In 1997, was nominated for a Best Actor BAFTA for the miniseries Our Friends in the North (1996); won a Best Actor Award from the Broadcasting Press Guild for his performance
  • Has worked frequently with Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle: first on the 1994 drama Shallow Grave, then on the 2001 British TV drama Strumpet and later on the 2002 horror movie 28 Days Later
  • Was nominated for a 2003 Best Actor BAFTA for the made-for-TV religious drama The Second Coming
  • After reviving the long-dormant British sci-fi series Doctor Who in 2005—and winning Most Popular Actor at the 2005 National Television Awards—controversially left the series after just one season
  • Portrayed Claude on the series Heroes, using the superpower of invisibility to help Peter Petrelli
  • Of his numerous charity involvements, is a celebrity ambassador for Mencap, an organization that helps people with learning disabilities

Awards

  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated

Relationships