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->''"I love my accent. I thought it was useful in ''Film/{{Gone in Sixty Seconds|2000}}'' because the standard villain is [[EvilBrit upper class or Cockney]]."''
-->--On being {{typecast}} in American films

->''"Creator/MattSmith is lovely and all, but he'd snap like a twig. Eccleston, on the other hand, could [[UseYourHead Glasgow kiss]] you into the next century without using a time machine."''
-->--'''[[http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-dick-moves-everyone-pulled-in-classic-video-games_p2/ Luke McKinney and Matthew Moffitt]]''', ''{{Website/Cracked}}''

Christopher Eccleston (born 16 February 1964) is an English stage, film and television actor. Most may remember him as [[TheNthDoctor the ninth incarnation of the Doctor]] in ''Series/DoctorWho''. He only played the part for a single series before leaving the show over {{creative differences}} and handing the role to Creator/DavidTennant.

He gained fame in ''Series/OurFriendsInTheNorth'' (along with Creator/DanielCraig), played the new Jesus in ''Series/TheSecondComing'' (written by Creator/RussellTDavies), appeared alongside Creator/NicoleKidman in ''Film/TheOthers'', and starred with Creator/EwanMcGregor in ''Film/ShallowGrave''. He also had a recurring role as a tough police inspector on ''Series/{{Cracker}}''. American audiences may recognize him as stolen-car broker Raymond Calitri in ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds2000'', the traitorous Duke of Norfolk in ''Elizabeth'', or as Major Henry West in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. Or perhaps they saw him as Claude the invisible man ([[ObligatoryJoke or didn't see him]]) in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.

On 30 October 2005, Eccleston appeared on stage at the Old Vic theatre in London in the one-night play ''Night Sky'' alongside Navin Chowdhry, Bruno Langley, David Warner, Saffron Burrows and David Baddiel. Eccleston sat on the 2nd Amazonas International Film Festival Film Jury in November 2005. The director Creator/NormanJewison was chairman of the Jury.

In December 2005, Eccleston traveled to Indonesia's Aceh province for the BBC Breakfast news programme, examining how survivors of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami were rebuilding their lives.

In May 2006, Eccleston appeared as the narrator in a production of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' at The Lowry theatre in his home city of Salford. The theatre company with which he performed, Celebrity Pig (of which he is patron), is made up of learning disabled actors.

In August 2006, Eccleston filmed ''New Orleans, Mon Amour'' with Creator/ElisabethMoss. The film was directed by Michael Almereyda, and shot in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, it is currently in post-production and was scheduled for a 2008 release. Also in 2006 he starred in ''Perfect Parents'', an ITV drama written and directed by Joe Ahearne, who had directed him in ''Series/DoctorWho''.

Eccleston joined the cast of the NBC TV series ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' in the episode "Godsend", which was broadcast on 22 January 2007. He played a character named Claude who has the power of invisibility, and helped Peter Petrelli with his powers.

Eccleston appeared as The Rider in ''Film/TheSeeker'', a film adaptation of Susan Cooper's novel ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'', which opened in the U.S. on 5 October 2007. He also appeared as the villainous Destro in the live-action Franchise/GIJoe film: ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' where he proceeded to be one of the best parts of the movie.

Eccleston also appeared in an episode of ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram'' as [[CaptainErsatz Dr. Lazer Rage]], the title character in a show within the show about a cult favourite science fiction hero, [[ActorAllusion possibly in reference to his stint as the Doctor in]] ''Series/DoctorWho''.

So, once you've played The Doctor and Jesus, [[ToughActToFollow where do you go after that?]] Music/JohnLennon, of course.

Eccleston starred in the first episode of the BBC One drama ''Accused'' in 2010. He won an International Emmy Award for this role, becoming the first-ever actor to have played the Doctor to win television's most prestigious honor.

In 2012 [[http://splashpage.mtv.com/2012/08/02/christopher-eccleston-thor-the-dark-world/ he was cast]] as Malekith the Accursed in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' (2013).
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