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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 16, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lancashire, England, GB Profession: actor, leaflet distributor, laborer, life model

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The off-beat, yet oddly handsome, Christopher Eccleston first came to prominence as the mentally-challenged teenage accused murderer Derek Bentley in the based-on-fact "Let Him Have It" (1991) before going on to play an assortment of intense, deeply conflicted characters. He really achieved big screen prominence with his expert portrayals of the dour, almost psychotic accountant in the snarky thriller "Shallow Grave" (1994) and the titular stonemason in "Jude" (1996), directed by Michael Winterbottom, as well as the plotting Duke of Norfolk in the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "Elizabeth" (1998).

The off-beat, yet oddly handsome, Christopher Eccleston first came to prominence as the mentally-challenged teenage accused murderer Derek Bentley in the based-on-fact "Let Him Have It" (1991) before going on to play an assortment of intense, deeply conflicted characters. He really achieved big screen prominence with his expert portrayals of the dour, almost psychotic accountant in the snarky thriller "Shallow Grave" (1994) and the titular stonemason in "Jude" (1996), directed by Michael Winterbottom, as well as the plotting Duke of Norfolk in the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "Elizabeth" (1998).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Borrowers, The (2011)
4.
 Amelia (2009)
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 Seeker, The (2007)
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 28 Days Later (2003) Major Henry West
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 I Am Dina (2002) Leo Zhukovsky
9.
 Others, The (2001) Charles
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 Strumpet (2001) Strayman
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Milestones close milestones

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Early stage role, a romantic lead in "Lock Up Your Daughters"
1988:
Began stage career as Pable Gonzalez in the Bristol Old Vic's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
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Performed at the National Theatre in "Bent" and "Abingdon Square"
1991:
Made film debut as Derek Bentley, a mentally-challenged teen accused of murder, in "Let Him Have It"
1993:
Made series debut, playing Detective Chief Inspector Bilborough, in "Cracker" (ITV)
1994:
Co-starred in Danny Boyle's "Shallow Grave"
1995:
Co-starred in the TV drama "Hearts and Minds" on BBC
1996:
Played title role in Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of "Jude"
1996:
Had leading role in the British TV drama "Our Friends in the North" (BBC)
1996:
Acted in the British TV movie "Hillsborough" (ITV)
1998:
Cast as an Hasidic Jew in "A Price Above Rubies"
1998:
Had featured role as the Duke of Norfolk in the Oscar-nominated biopic "Elizabeth"
1999:
Re-teamed with Winterbottom for "With or Without You"
1999:
Played the recipient of a transplant in "Heart"
1999:
Had supporting role in "eXistenZ"
2000:
Returned to the London stage in "Miss Julie"
2000:
Offered a villainous turn in "Gone in 60 Seconds"
2001:
Cast as the male lead in "The Invisible Circus"; screened at Sundance
2001:
Played Nicole Kidman's husband in the psychological drama "The Others"
2001:
Re-teamed with Danny Boyle for the British TV drama "Strumpet"
2002:
Again teamed with Boyle on the feature "28 Days Later"
2005:
Cast as the ninth incarnation of the Doctor in the revival of the legendary BBC series "Doctor Who"; left show after only one season
2007:
Joined the cast of NBC's "Heroes" as a character named Claude who has the power of invisibility
2007:
Cast as The Rider in a film adaptation of "The Dark Is Rising," retitled "The Seeker"
2009:
Cast as the villainous Destro in the live-action film "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
2009:
Portrayed Fred Noonan, Earhart's navigator, in Mira Nair's biopic, "Amelia"
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Education

Salford Technical College: -
Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England - 1986

Notes

"Christopher Eccleston is Eeyore with sex appeal." --Simon Fanshawe writing in The Guardian, January 15, 2000.

"A producer once seriously suggested to me that I should have my ears pinned back 'cause they make me look trailer-trash as they are, y'know? It's a real operation, getting your ears pinned back. I love 'em. Helps me recognize myself in the morning." --Christopher Eccleston in Movieline, October 1996.

"What he's got in bucket-loads is a ferocious intensity, which is his working method. His performances are absolutely, ruthlessly researched, thought through, and lived through." --"Shallow Grave" director Danny Boyle on Eccleston in Detour, April 1998.

"What my dad taught me was shatever job you do, do the best that you can, and for me that means giving a character their dignity, even if it's undignified. Give them their truth. It all comes from my parents. My inability to keep my mouth shut and take the money all comes from my parents." --Eccleston to Simon Fanshawe in The Guardian, January 15, 2000.

"I like the money, but I like the acting more. And as for the lifstyle of attending the right parties, kissing the right arses, brown-nosing the right person - I'm not interested." --Christopher Eccleston to London's Evening Standard, February 15, 2000.

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