Christopher Eccleston Biography
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Born in: Langworthy, Salford, Greater Manchester
Famous as: Actor
Spouse/Ex-: Mischka (m. 2011–2015)
father: Ronnie Eccleston
siblings: Alan and Keith
children: Albert Eccleston, Esme Eccleston
Christopher Eccleston is an English actor best known for portraying the Ninth Doctor in the British television series ‘Doctor Who’, and Matt Jamison in the American drama series ‘The Leftovers’. He made his stage debut in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the age of 25. Christopher’s role in the UK television series ‘Cracker’ boosted his career, and enhanced his image in his home country. The BBC serial ‘Our Friends in the North’, and some of his significant films like ‘Let Him Have It’, ‘Shallow Grave’, ‘Jude’, and ‘Elizabeth’, further heightened his popularity. He has also appeared in several other high-profile films and television series. With his thin face, intense gaze and deep voice, which have become his signatures, he is considered to be one of the most talented actors in contemporary British entertainment industry. He was nominated twice in the Best Actor category at the BAFTA Television Awards and has also won the Best Actor award at the 1997 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. More recently, he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal as the grandfather of a young boy with autism, in ‘The A Word’.
- Christopher Eccleston was born on February 16, 1964, in Langworthy, Salford, the UK, to Elsie and Ronnie Eccleston. He has two elder brothers, Alan and Keith, who are twins, and eight years his senior. When Christopher was seven months old, his family moved from Blodwell Street to Little Hulton.He attended Joseph Eastham High School, where he was the head boy. As a teenager he was influenced by television dramas like ‘Boys from the Blackstuff’, and was inspired to pursue a career in acting.He did a two-year Performance Foundation Course at Salford Tech, and was trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. In his early years, he performed in classics, including the works of Chekhov, Shakespeare, and Molière.Continue Reading BelowYou May LikeRecommended Lists:
- When Christopher Eccleston was 25, he made his professional stage debut in the Bristol Old Vic's production of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. He struggled a lot initially, and while he was awaiting his acting career to take off, he did a variety of odd jobs—at a supermarket, on building sites, and as a model.He first came to prominence as Derek Bentley in the film ‘Let Him Have It’ in 1991, and as Inspector Morse in an episode of ‘Second Time Around’, the same year. In 1992, he portrayed the role of Sean Maddox in ‘Friday on my Mind’, a BBC drama miniseries.He did a regular role in the television series ‘Cracker’ in 1993-94, which heightened his recognition in the UK, and after he left the series, his character was killed off in 1994. In the same year, he appeared in the episode ‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’ of the series ‘Poirot’.In 1994, he appeared in the Danny Boyle film ‘Shallow Grave’. In the same year, he landed the role of Nicky Hutchinson in the epic BBC serial ‘Our Friends in the North’, which aired on BBC Two in 1996.In his film career he acted in a number of movies, such as ‘Jude’ in 1996, ‘Elizabeth’ in 1998, ‘eXistenZ’ in 1999, ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’ in 2000. In 2002, he portrayed a major role in ‘Revengers Tragedy,’ adapted from Thomas Middleton's play of the same name.In 2004, he played the ninth incarnation of the Doctor in the BBC science fiction television series ‘Doctor Who’, which began its transmission in March 2005. However, he left the series after one season because he feared becoming typecast.In October 2005, he appeared on stage at the Old Vic theatre in London in the play ‘Night Sky’. He was one of the jury members on the 2nd Amazonas International Film Festival Film in November. In December, he participated in the BBC Breakfast news program to examine how survivors of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami were rebuilding their lives.In March 2006, he appeared in ‘Best Ever Muppet Moments’, an ITV documentary special, as a commentator. In May, he appeared as the narrator in a play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Lowry theatre in Salford. In August, he starred in the film ‘New Orleans, Mon Amour’, directed by Michael Almereyda. It was released in 2008 at film festivals in America and Italy.In 2006, he also starred in ‘Perfect Parents’, an ITV drama, directed by Joe Ahearne, who had directed him in ‘Doctor Who’. He appeared on the NBC TV series ‘Heroes’ in the episode ‘Godsend’, which was aired in January 2007. He was featured as the Rider in the film adaptation of Susan Cooper's novel ‘The Dark Is Rising’ in 2007.Continue Reading BelowIn 2009, he starred in a short film ‘The Happiness Salesman’. He also appeared as the villain Destro in the G.I. Joe film, ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’. He appeared in an episode of ‘The Sarah Silverman Program’ as well.He starred as John Lennon, the title role, in ‘Lennon Naked’, a BBC production that aired in the UK in 2010. In the same year, he featured in the first episode of ‘Accused’, an anthology drama on BBC One. In 2011, he appeared as Joseph Bede in ‘The Shadow Line’, a seven-part television serial for BBC Two.In 2011, he portrayed the role of Pod Clock in ‘The Borrowers’, an adaptation of Mary Norton's children's novel on BBC One. In 2012, he appeared in ‘Blackout’, a political thriller on BBC One. Simultaneously, he starred as Creon in an adaptation of ‘Antigone’ at the Royal National Theatre.In 2013, he played a villain in ‘Thor: The Dark World’, a sequel to ‘Thor’. In 2014, he played the regular character Matt Jamison in ‘The Leftovers’, a drama series that aired on HBO.It has been announced that he would play the lead role in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of ‘Macbeth’ in 2018.Major Work
- Christopher Eccleston was voted the Most Popular Actor at the 2005 National Television Awards for his portrayal in ‘Doctor Who’. The series was a highly successful one and has since garnered a cult following in the UK along with being recognized as one of Britain's finest television programs.Awards & Achievements
- Christopher Eccleston was twice nominated in the Best Actor category at the British Academy Television Awards—in 1997 for ‘Our Friends in the North’, and the second time in 2004 for ‘The Second Coming’.He won the Best Actor award at the 1997 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards for ‘Our Friends in the North’.In 2003 he gained the RTS Best Actor award for his performance in ‘Flesh and Blood’.He won an International Emmy Award for his role ‘Accused’ in 2011.Personal Life
- Christopher Eccleston married Mischka in November 2011. Their first child, Albert, was born in February 2012, and their second child, Esme, was born in 2013. The couple divorced in December 2015.He was a regular marathon runner till 2000. In September 2007, Salford's Pendleton College named its new auditorium the Eccleston Theatre.He is an avid charity worker, and was a Mencap charity ambassador. He is also a supporter of the British Red Cross, and supports research for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia—his father suffered from vascular dementia in his later years until his death in 2012.He is known to be an atheist, but in interviews in 2016, he described his changing attitude towards faith and he stated that he is no longer an atheist, but agnostic.
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