Birth Date: February 16, 1964
Birth Place: Lancashire, England
Notable Films: Elizabeth, The Others, Thor: The Dark World, 28 Days Later, Shallow Grave
Awards: BAFTA Television Award (Best Actor | The Second Coming – Nomination)
Christopher Eccleston Biography:
Christopher Eccleston was born in Lancashire, and his family lived in Blodwell Street before moving to the Little Hulton area of Manchester when Eccleston was an infant. He went to school at Joseph Eastham High and became head boy. At the age of 19, he made the decision to become an actor and enrolled in the Central School of Speech and Drama. He started off in theater productions and made his stage debut in A Streetcar Named Desire.
After theater success, Eccleston struggled as an actor and worked jobs on the side to pay his way. He worked in a supermarket, and on building sites. Eccleston got his big break playing the role of Derek Bentley in the film Let Him Have It (1991). Just a couple of years later, he found further success with a regular role on the hit crime show Cracker. The show made Eccleston a household name in Britain, and led to roles in movies like Shallow Grave (1994), Elizabeth (1998), and Gone in 60 Seconds (2000).
His most well-known work came in 2005 when he was cast as the Ninth Doctor in the reboot of the hugely successful sci-fi series Doctor Who. He played the role for a single series before leaving to continue with his film career. He went on to appear in horror-thriller The Others (2001), The Seeker (2007), and Thor: The Dark World (2013), as well as crime film Legend (2015).