Christopher Eccleston was born in Salford and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His work in film includes acclaimed performances such 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 such as 'Thor 2' and 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,' as well as 'Unfinished Song' opposite Vanessa Redgrave and Terrence Stamp; Mira Nair's 'Amelia'; Winterbottom's '24 Hour Party People'; 'Gone in 60 Seconds'; Shekar 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 as Dr. Jekyll in 'New Orleans, Mon Amour.'
U.S. television audiences will recognize him as Claude on the hit NBC series 'Heroes,' as well as the Ninth Doctor on 'Dr. Who.' Recent acclaimed series performances include '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 in 'A Doll's House' at the Donmar Warehouse; as well as 'Hamlet' and 'Electricity' at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; '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 Waters Edge' at The Bush Theatre.