Date of Birth: February 16th 1964
Christopher Eccleston is most widely recognized for his role as the Duke of Norfolk in the Academy Award-winning Elizabeth opposite Cate Blanchett. Eccleston made his feature film debut in Peter Medak's Let Him Have It. Among his other credits are eXistenZ, A Price Above Rubies, Jude, Shallow Grave and Heart. He will soon be seen in Fine Line's Invisible Circus.
Born and raised in Salford, Manchester, England, Eccleston was trained in the classics at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. His theatre work includes A Streetcar Named Desire at the Bristol Old Vic, Abingdon Square and Bent at the National theatre, AIDS Memoir at the Royal Court Theatre, Waiting at the Water's Edge at the Bush Theatre and Miss Julie in the West End.
He has appeared on several British television series and movies. He was honored with two Press Guild Awards for Best Actor for his performance on Hillsborough for Granada TV and the BBC's Our Friends in the North. The latter also garnered him a BAFTA Best Actor nomination. Other British television work includes Cracker I & II for Granada TV; Friday on My Mind, Death and the Compass, Humboldt and Clocking Off for the BBC; Poirot, Inspector Morse and Chancer for Central Television and Hearts and Minds, Bellman, Box and Vandal and Killing for Channel 4, to name but few.