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Thursday, 14 November 2013

#SaveTheDay Countdown: The Ninth Doctor--Christopher Eccleston

As a countdown to the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Doctor
Who, TARDIStyle will be showcasing one Doctor a day.

Christopher Eccleston was born on 16 February 1964 in Langworthy, England. He is the youngest of three brothers, Alan and Keith. They are twins, eight years older than him. Eccleston became head boy at Joseph Eastham High School. 

At age 19, he was inspired to become and actor by television dramas such as Boys from the Blackstuff. He did a two-year Performance Foundation course at Salford Tech, and then trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He was influenced by Ken Loach's Kes and Albert Finney in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Christopher quickly developed a love of preforming classics, such as Shakespeare, Checkhov, and Molière. He was 25 when he made his professional stage début in the Bristol Old Vic's production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He found himself underemployed as an actor, and found work in strange places (for an actor) at supermarkets, building sites, and as an artist's model. 

Christopher finally got the roles he was looking in for in 1991 as Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It. He became a regular staple of drama quickly. His film career was successful as well, cast in many action/adventure films like Gone in 60 Seconds, and 28 Days Later.

On 2 April 2004, the BBC announced that Eccleston had been cast as the Ninth Doctor. He was the first actor to play the role born after the series began. On 30 March 3005, stating that he was leaving the role because he did not want to become typecast afterwards. The statement was released without his concent. He later said that his decision was influenced by the "environment and culture" of the production had in the studio, but he was proud to have played the part.

Christopher is married and has one child, Albert, who was born in February 2012. He is an atheist. He ran marathons regularly until 2000 and is a fan of Manchester United. He is greatly involved in charity work. He is a Mencap charity ambassador and and supports the British Red Cross.

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