???Allons-y wrote:I dunno, I'd never heard of Eccleston before Doctor Who, what had he been in, a handful of tv dramas written by RTD. Tennant had been in Harry Potter and Matt Smith Party Animals, but I'd still call them unknowns, Eccleston had been in something called The Second Coming, an unknown I'd say.iank wrote:In no way was Christopher Eccleston an unknown. He was one of the most respected actors in Britain.
Aside from many single roles that made him a face on prime time drama. Morse being an early notable.
Let Him Have It was a very high- profile film with favourable reviews. He had the starring role and it is this that arguably pushed his profile. More theatre and television work followed with much critical appreciation.
Shallow Grave was a populist high profile piece of work.
Our Friends In the North (1997) is an iconic BBC drama production, right lauded to this day, it was even released to home market by the BFI - not the BBC - so important is it as a milestone in British television. This series was screened around the world.
This raised Chis Eclestons profile higher still in terms of public and critical acclaim. He was nominated for the 97 Best Actor BAFTA as a result. This watershed landmark series featured an impressive cast of known and emerging talent.
You may have heard of some other chap who found his own iconic British icon role in 2005..Daniel Craig?.
You may not have heard of Chris, but his impressive theatre credentials alone gave WHO gravitas in the eyes of the public, the industry and the media when announced.
So yes, an unknown.