1. Eccleston played the Ninth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who and is currently on the American drama series The Leftovers on HBO.
2. He has also appeared on stage and in films such as Let Him Have It, Shallow Grave, Jude, Elizabeth, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Others, 28 Days Later, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising and Thor: The Dark World.
3. Other British television series he has appeared in include Cracker, Fortitude and The Shadow Line.
4. Eccleston first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in the film Let Him Have It .
5. In 1992, he played the role of Sean Maddox in the BBC drama miniseries Friday on my Mind. A regular role in the television series Cracker .
6. At around the same time, Eccleston appeared in the episode “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” of the Poirot series adapted from mysteries by Agatha Christie.
7. The same year, he won the part of Nicky Hutchinson in the epic BBC drama serial Our Friends in the North, whose broadcast on BBC Two in 1996 helped make him a household name in the UK.
8. Eccleston starred in an ensemble cast that included actors Mark Strong and Gina McKee, as well as Daniel Craig.
9. In 1996, he took the part of Trevor Hicks—a man who lost both of his daughters in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster—in the television drama film Hillsborough, penned by Jimmy McGovern.
10. In real life, he was the best man to Trevor Hicks at his wedding in March 2009.
11. His film career has since taken off with a variety of high-profile roles, including the title role in Jude .
12. He starred in the car-heist film Gone in 60 Seconds, but did not take his driving test until January 2004.
13. He has appeared in a variety of television roles, especially in British dramas.
14. These have included Hearts and Minds for ITV, in which he played Steve Baxter, the son of God.
15. He has made guest appearances in episodes of the comedy drama Linda Green .
16. March–April 2004 saw him return to the venue in a new play, Electricity.
17. Eccleston has been twice nominated in the Best Actor category at the British Academy Television Awards.