Christopher Eccleston (1964-) b. Salford, Manchester, England.
Born in Salford, Manchester. At the age of nineteen Eccleston enrolled at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. At the age of twenty-five, he made his professional stage debut in the Bristol Old Vic’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He made his film debut with a memorable portrayal of Derek Bentley in Peter Medak’s fact-based Let Him Have It (1991). A few years later he played the unhinged flatmate David in Danny Boyle’s darkly comic thriller Shallow Grave (1994).
Eccleston co-starred alongside Kate Winslet in Michael Winterbottom‘s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Jude (1996). He later appeared in David Cronenberg’s futuristic sci-fi thriller eXistenZ (1999). Eccleston once again linked up with Danny Boyle to portray unbalanced army officer Major West in Boyle’s apocalyptic sci-fi homage 28 Days Later (2002). During his career Eccleston has become an increasingly familiar face on television due to appearances in many excellent drama productions, including Cracker, Our Friends in the North, Hillsborough and The Second Coming. In 2004, he was named the latest Dr Who in Russell T Davies’ relaunch of the classic BBC sci-fi series, but left the role after just one series.