Matt Jamison

played by Christopher Eccleston

Matt Jamison

Spiritual leader of an ever-growing church in Miracle, Matt frequently speaks of the town’s miraculous quality, and how it has affected his own life.


Christopher Eccleston was born in Salford and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His work in film includes acclaimed performances as Major Henry West in Danny Boyle’s ‘28 Days Later;’ the title role in Michael Winterbottom’s ‘Jude;’ and Boyle’s ‘Shallow Grave’ with Ewan McGregor. He has appeared in such blockbuster films as ‘Thor 2’ and ‘G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra.’ Other noteworthy performances include ‘Unfinished Song’ opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp; Mira Nair's ‘Amelia;’ Winterbottom’s ‘24 Hour Party People;’ ‘Gone in 60 Seconds;’ Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Elizabeth’ opposite Cate Blanchett; David Cronenberg’s ‘Existenz’ with Jude Law; ‘The Others’ opposite Nicole Kidman; Peter Medak’s ‘Let Him Have It;’ and Dr. Jekyll in ‘New Orleans, Mon Amour.’ Upcoming, he can be seen in Brian Helgeland’s thriller, ‘Legend,’ opposite of Tom Hardy.

U.S. television audiences will recognize him for his standout work in the ‘The Leftovers’ (2015 Critic's Choice nomination); as Claude on the hit NBC series ‘Heroes;’ and as the Ninth Doctor on ‘Dr. Who’ (BAFTA nomination). Recent U.K. television work includes: Simon Donald’s ‘Fortitude,’ ‘Safehouse,’ ‘Blackout,’ ‘The Shadow Line,’ ‘Accused’ and the title role in ‘Lennon Naked.’ He has earned Best Actor BAFTA nominations and BPG Award wins for his performances in ‘Second Coming’ (ITV) and ‘Our Friends in the North’ (BBC). He was nominated for Best Actor by the RTS for ‘Hearts and Minds’ (BBC) and won the award for ‘Flesh and Blood.’ Additional television work includes ‘Cracker,’ ‘Hillsborough,’ ‘Sunday’ and ‘Othello.’

On stage, Eccleston has appeared as Creon in ‘Antigone’ at the National and in ‘A Doll’s House’ at the Donmar Warehouse, as well as ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Electricity’ at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Other stage credits include ‘Miss Julie’ at the Haymarket Theatre West End; ‘Bent’ and ‘Abingdon Square’ at the Royal National Theatre; ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Bristol Old Vic; and ‘Waiting at the Water’s Edge’ at The Bush Theatre.

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