Monday, 16 February 2009


Eccleston was born in Langworthy in Salford, Manchester in 1964. He was head boy at Joseph Eastham's High School, Hilton Lane, Little Hulton with a love of Granada and BBC1 television and an ambition to play football for his beloved Manchester United. However, at the age of 19, he found himself to be a much better actor than footballer, and was inspired by television dramas such as Boys from the BVlackstuff.

Eccleston first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in the 1991 film Let Him Have It. However, it was a regular role in the television series Cracker (1993–94) that made him a recognizable face in the UK.

He appeared in the low-budget 1994 film Shallow Grave, in which he co-starred with up-and-coming actor Ewan McGregor. The same year, he won the part of Nicky Hutchinson in the epic BBC drama serial Our Friends In The North, whose broadcast on BBC TWO in 1996 helped make him a household name in the UK. Eccleston would share the screen in the show with future James Bond Daniel Craig.

20th March 2004, and it is announced that Christopher Eccleston would portray The Doctor in the return of the nation's favourite and longest running sci-fi series DOCTOR WHO, to be aired March 2005. He would be the NINTH actor to play the role.The series was a successess and is now four series in, or to us real fans, Season 30. But before the show aired, Eccleston confirmed on national television that he would not be doing a second season. A SHOCK to say the least.

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