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Christopher Eccleston

Christopher Eccleston (/ˈɛkəlstən/; born 16 February 1964) is an English actor, best known for his role as the ninth incarnation of the Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who and as the tyrannical Major Henry West in the film 28 Days Later. In addition to his extensive television work, he has appeared on stage and in films such as Let Him Have It, Shallow Grave, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Others, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Born into a working class family in the Langworthy area of Pendleton, in Salford, Lancashire, Eccleston is the youngest of three boys born to Elsie and Ronnie Eccleston. His brothers, Alan and Keith, are twins eight years his senior, born in 1956. The family lived in a small terraced house in Blodwell Street until the late 1960s, when they moved about 7 miles away to Little Hulton. Eccleston attended Joseph Eastham High School, Little Hulton, where he became head boy At the age of 19, he was inspired by television dramas such as Boys from the Blackstuff to enter the acting profession. Eccleston completed a two-year Performance Foundation Course at Salford Tech, before going on to train at the Hampstead-based Central School of Speech and Drama.

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