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Christopher Eccleston

Mostly Credited As: Christopher Eccleston
Birth Name: Christopher Eccleston
Date Of Birth: February 16, 1964 (Age 50)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Salford, Lancashire, England
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Christopher Eccleston


On February 16, 1964 Christopher was born in the northwestern English town of Salford to a modest working class family. Chris had big dreams of one day becoming a professional football player, but at the age of 19 Chris realised that his true calling in life was to become an actor. He soon enrolled in London's Central School of Speech and Drama. After he graduated though, it took a few years before his career got off the ground.
In 1991, the tides slowly began to turn for Chris when he was given a role in Let Him Have It. His performance won him much praise and soon led him to the role that would set his place as a television favourite in stone ... in 1993, Chris began co-starring opposite Robbie Coltrane (also of Harry Potter fame) in the hit crime drama Cracker. He continued appearing in the series for the first two seasons. But his most famous television role came in 2004, when he was cast in the role of "The Doctor" in the revamped version of the British science fiction cult classic: Doctor Who. Unfortunately for fans, Chris announced that he would be leaving the role after only one season. He stated that even though he loved playing "The Doctor" he feared being type-casted like all the other actors before him.

Christopher continues to appear in a wide variety of film and television roles throughout the UK where he currently resides.

Movie Credits

28 Days Later... (2002) - Major Henry West
Flesh and Blood (2002) (TV) - Joe Broughton
Revengers Tragedy (2002) - Vindici
The King and Us (2002) (TV) - Anthony
I Am Dina (2002) - Leo Zhukovsky
24 Hour Party People (2002) - Boethius
Sunday (2002) (TV) - Gen. Ford
Othello (2001) (TV) - Ben Jago
This Little Piggy (2001) - Cabbie
Strumpet (2001) (TV) - Strayman
The Others (2001) - Charles Stewart
The Invisible Circus (2001) - Wolf
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000) - Raymond Vincent Calitri
The Tyre (2000) .- Salesman
With or Without You (1999) - Vincent Boyd
Heart (1999) - Gary Ellis
eXistenZ (1999) - Seminar Leader
Elizabeth (1998) - Duke of Norfolk
A Price Above Rubies (1998) - Sender Horowitz
Jude (1996) - Jude Fawley
Shallow Grave (1994) - David Stephens
Anchoress (1993) - Priest
Death and the Compass (1992) - Alonso Zunz
Let Him Have It (1991) - Derek Bentley

... and many others.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
Safe House (2015)As: Robert
Fortitude (2015)As: Charlie Stoddart
The Leftovers (2014)As: Matt Jamison
Lucan (UK) (2013)As: John Aspinall
Blackout (2012)As: Daniel Demoys
The Shadow Line (2011)As: Joseph Bede
Perfect Parents (2006)As: Stuart
Doctor Who (2005) (2005)As: The Ninth Doctor (Series 1)
Second Coming (2003)As: Stephen Baxter
Hillsborough (1996)As: Trevor Hicks
Our Friends in the North (1996)As: Dominic 'Nicky' Hutchinson
Cracker (UK) (1993)As: DCI David Billborough (Series 1-2)
Episode Cast Credits 

This Morning (1988) 
  September 18, 2014 27x14: (Sep/18/2014) As Himself 

Great Performances (1974) 
  National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage 41x12: (Feb/14/2014) As (Himself) 

Daybreak (2010) 
  December 11, 2013 04x73: (Dec/11/2013) As Himself 

Muse of Fire: A Shakespearean Road Movie (2013) 
  Muse of Fire: A Shakesperean Road Movie 01x01: (Oct/24/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Timeshift (2010) 
  When Wrestling was Golden: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies 12x06: (Dec/13/2012) Voiced  Himself (Narrator), [Featuring]

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  May 5, 2011 12x125: (May/05/2011) As Himself 
  December 16, 2005 06x350: (Dec/16/2005) As Himself 
  December 15, 2005 06x349: (Dec/15/2005) As Himself 
  December 14, 2005 06x348: (Dec/14/2005) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  May 2, 2011 05x194: (May/02/2011) As Himself 

Accused (UK) (2010) 
  Willy's Story 01x01: (Nov/15/2010) As Willy Houlihan 

Heroes (2006) 
  Company Man 01x17: (Feb/26/2007) As Claude 
  Unexpected 01x16: (Feb/19/2007) As Claude 
  Distractions 01x14: (Feb/05/2007) As Claude 
  The Fix 01x13: (Jan/29/2007) As Claude 

Top Gear (2002) 
  Series 6, Episode 3 06x03: (Jun/12/2005) As Himself 

Blue Peter (1958) 
  Last Live Show of the Series! 47x55: (Apr/29/2005) As Himself / The Doctor 
  04/04/05 47x44: (Apr/04/2005) As Himself / The Doctor 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Christopher Eccleston, Sally Lindsay, Julian Clary, Kasabian 08x02: (Mar/25/2005) As Himself, [Interviewees]

GMTV (1993) 
  March 11, 2005 13x70: (Mar/11/2005) As Himself 

The League of Gentlemen (1999) 
  How the Elephant Got Its Trunk 03x06: (Oct/31/2002) As Dougal Siepp 

What's Your Problem? (2002) 
  Flesh and Blood 01x01: (Sep/25/2002) As Joe Broughton 

Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989) 
  One, Two, Buckle My Shoe 04x03: (Jan/19/1992) As Frank Carter 

Inspector Morse (1987) 
  Second Time Around 05x01: (Feb/20/1991) As Terrence Mitchell 

Casualty (1986) 
  A Reasonable Man 05x13: (Dec/07/1990) As Stephen Hills 
Trivia

Chris was cast in Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote but did not film any scenes. In the documentary Lost in La Mancha his photograph appears on a pinboard featuring photos of the cast.

Christopher emailed old friend Russell T Davies and asked to be put on the list of possibles for the title role in the revival of Doctor Who.

Christopher was told that he was only doing one series and a Christmas special of Doctor Who. This was agreed in January 2005.

The BBC recently admitted that they announced Christopher's departure from Doctor Who a bit too early.

Christopher gave some money to help Manchester United to fend off Malcolm Glazer.

Christopher appeared on Breakfast last year while visiting the Tsunami victims families.

Christopher was the first actor to play Doctor Who to be born when the show first started.

Christopher's earliest memory of Doctor Who is Patrick Troughton in the black and white episodes of the late 1960s.

As a child, Chris initially wanted to be a football (soccer) player.

Chris appeared in the film Jude, and in one of his scenes he stars alongside David Tennant who has a non-speaking part. Both have had the honour of playing Doctor Who.

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