Sean Harris is an award-winning British film, television, stage actor and writer. He is best recognised for playing Solomon Lane in the American action spy film ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ and in its sequel ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’. A student of Drama Centre London, Harris was a member of the Glasgow Citizens Theatre. He performed in several plays, including in ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. He rose to fame with the British comedy-drama film ‘24 Hour Party People’. He earned nominations for ‘British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor’ for his performances in the films ‘71,’ ‘Macbeth,’ and ‘Trespass Against Us.’ He furthered his fame playing Solomon Lane in ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’. He featured in several short films, including ‘Native Son’ and ‘The Hare’. Harris has also found success on the small-screen featuring in both television films and series. He won a ‘British Academy Television Award for Best Actor’ for his starring role in the British television drama series ‘Southcliffe.’ He, along with English actress Montserrat Lombard, has worked on the screenplay of a short film ‘White’ and the script of a feature film ‘Imager.’
Childhood & Early Life
Sean Harris was born on January 7, 1966, in Bethnal Green, London, UK. He hails from a middle class family and was raised in Lowestoft, Suffolk where he studied at the Denes High School (at present the Ormiston Denes Academy).
According to sources, he developed interest in acting after watching Barbra Streisand’s ( critically acclaimed and Oscar winning film ‘Funny Girl’. In 1989, Harris went back to London and attended the British drama school called ‘Drama Centre London’ till 1992.
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Harris remained a member of the Glasgow, Scotland based producing theatre called the ‘Citizens Theatre’. During his stint there, he appeared in many plays. These include playing Carino in Robert David MacDonald directed ‘Don Juan’ and Tybalt in the Giles Havergal directed ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
Other theatrical performances of Harris include playing Johnny in the Jonathan Church directed play ‘Angels Rave On’, staged at the Nottingham Playhouse; and Lysander in the Matthew Lloyd directed play ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ staged at the Haymarket Theatre (Leicester).
Film & Television Work
Harris initially appeared in small roles in different television productions like series ‘Minder’ (1994), ‘The Bill’ (1994) and ‘Kavanagh QC’ (1998); and films like ‘Jesus’ (1999) and ‘The Hunt’ (2001).
Meanwhile he also featured in several short films including starring as Steven in the 2002 short ‘True Love (Once Removed)’. In 2002, he also featured in the British family film ‘Tom & Thomas’ and starred as Joy Division's lead singer Ian Curtis in the British comedy-drama film ‘24 Hour Party People’. In the ensuing years, he starred in many other films like ‘Trauma’ (2004) and ‘Frozen’ (2005).
He essayed the lead role of serial killer Ian Brady in the May 14 and 15, 2006 aired ITV1's two-part British television serial ‘See No Evil: The Moors Murders’, based on the story of the Moors murders. The following year he starred as Simon Hillier in the action-crime-drama film ‘Outlaw’ and as Eddie, his first lead role in a feature film, in the independent British movie ‘Saxon’.
Channel 4's 2009 aired Red Riding trilogy, a three-part TV adaptation of David Peace’s Red Riding Quartet featured Harris as corrupt Detective Inspector Bob Craven. That year he played Stretch in the commercially successful British vigilante action-thriller film ‘Harry Brown’. His performance in the latter led director Scott Derrickson to cast Harris as Mick Santino, a marine possessed by demons, in the 2014 American supernatural horror film ‘Deliver Us from Evil’.
The 2010 short drama film ‘Native Son’ that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival that year featured Harris in the lead role of John. Other short films featuring Harris includes ‘Nicotine Yellow’ (2003), ‘The Hare’ (2004) and ‘Paradise Lost?’ (2015).
He was part of main cast of the Neil Jordan created historical-fiction drama television series ‘The Borgias’. He portrayed the character of Micheletto Corella in the series that aired from April 3, 2011 to June 16, 2013. Meanwhile in 2012, he appeared as mentally unstable geologist Fifield in the blockbuster hit science fiction film ‘Prometheus’ directed by Ridley Scott.
He bagged a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for Best Actor in 2014 for his performance in the lead role of Stephen Morton in the August 2013 aired Channel 4 drama series ‘Southcliffe’.
Harris earned a nomination for British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal as Captain Sandy Browning in the critically acclaimed 2014 released British historical thriller film '71. The film premiered at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in its competition section in February that year.
Popularity of Harris reached new heights after he starred as Solomon Lane along with the likes of Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner in the American action spy film ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ that marks as the 5th instalment of the Mission: Impossible film series. The critically acclaimed film that released in July 2015 emerged as the eighth-highest-grosser of that year. Harris later reprised the role in the film’s 2018 sequel ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, also a critical and commercial success. It is considered the best instalment in the franchise so far.
In the mean time, Harris garnered two more nominations for British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Macduff in the 2015 British-French drama film ‘Macbeth’ and as Gordon Bennett in the 2016 British-American crime drama film ‘Trespass Against Us’. Upcoming films that will feature Harris in starring roles include ‘The King’ and ‘The Banishing’.
Writing & Other Endeavours
Writing efforts of Harris include working along with Montserrat Lombard on screenplay of the feature film ‘Imager’ and the short film ‘White’. He will be seen playing the lead role in the latter under Lombard’s direction. He worked with Lombard earlier in 2012 that saw him featuring in the Lombard directed video short ‘Battles’ by the London-based music group Barbarossa.
Other endeavours of Harris includes featuring in the video of ‘Stop Me’ (2007), Mark Ronson’s version of ‘the Smiths’ song ‘Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before’; and making a cameo feature in a music video of debut album of the Black Sharks band called ‘Lose Control’.
Family & Personal Life
Harris is quite passionate on his acting career and is known to be an actor of Stanislavski's system who Okays his shots in a few takes. He often refrains from giving interviews while shooting so that he can stay in the character and does not lose focus.
He also prefers to keep his private life away from the limelight and thus have not revealed much on his relationship or dating status. According to some sources, he once mentioned in an interview that he was concentrating on his acting career during his 20s and 30s and that now he wants to settle down and is looking for his soul mate. Rumours also surfaced that Harris already has a girlfriend who is highly regarded by his family and that the two will tie the knot soon.