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    Christopher Eccleston was born on the 16th of February 1964 in Little Hulton near Salford. On a whim after failing his exams he enrolled on a drama course at Salford Tech and later won a place at Central School of Speech and Drama. After graduating he found himself unemployed and worked as a labourer, in a supermarket, as a life model and theatre usher.

    His first major film roles was as the learning disabled Derek Bentley in 1991 in the film Let Him  Have It. This role inspired him to become an ambassador for the learning disability charity MENCAP. He is also patron of a group of actors with learning disabilities called Celebrity Pig.
     Christopher's film roles include Shallow Grave, Elizabeth, Revengers Tragedy, 28 Days Later and The Dark is Rising.

     He often chooses controversial subject matters for his TV work which includes Hillsborough, Our Friends in the North, The Second Coming, Perfect Parents and most recently the US hit series Heroes. He has also played the Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who.

His stage work include A Street Car Named Desire, Miss Julie, Hamlet and Electricity.

   He regularly runs half marathons and marathons for Leukaemia Researches Banana Army and still resides in Manchester.