Christian McKay

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Christian McKay
Christian McKay as Grant Pierce ("Creditors").jpg
Christian McKay in 2013
Born (1973-11-11) 11 November 1973 (age 41)[1]
Bury, Lancashire, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Emily Allen

Christian McKay (born 11 November 1973[1]) is an English stage and screen actor. He is well known for his portrayal of Orson Welles in the 2008 film Me and Orson Welles, which received critical praise and was nominated for awards such as the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also appeared in movies such as You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Rush.

Early life[edit]

McKay was born in Bury, Lancashire. His mother is a hairdresser and his father is a railway worker.[2] He studied piano as a youth,[3] and had performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 at age 21.[2] McKay subsequently halted his concert career[4] and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to study acting.

Career[edit]

In the theatre, McKay has portrayed Orson Welles in the one-man play Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles at a number of venues, including the Edinburgh Festival[5] and King's Head (London).[6] He subsequently reprised the role in the US at the 2007 "Brits Off Broadway" festival.[7]

McKay's television appearances include portraying conductor Pierre Monteux in the BBC TV production Riot at the Rite (2005).[8] His first film appearance was in Abraham's Point (2008).

After seeing a performance of Rosebud at the 2007 "Brits Off Broadway" festival, Richard Linklater cast McKay as Welles in his film Me and Orson Welles, retaining McKay over the subsequent producer objections to his casting.[9] In this, his second film, McKay received critical praise for his performance as Orson Welles.[10][11][12][13]

In 2013, McKay played Gerard in Strangers on a Train[14] at London's Gielgud Theatre.[15]

Personal life[edit]

McKay is married to the actress Emily Allen.[3]

Mother Lynne McKay, father Stuart McKay Siblings Karen McKay, Tony Gardner

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2008 Abraham's Point Robert
2009 Me and Orson Welles Orson Welles Austin Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Artist
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Performer
Nominated — Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated — International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actor [16]
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)
Nominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Poker Friend
Mr. Nice Hamilton McMillan
The Road to Coronation Street Harry Elton TV Movie
2011 I Melt With You Tim
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Mackelvore
Borgia Cardinal Sforza TV Series: 9 Episodes
2013 Rush Alexander Hesketh
The Devil's Violinist John Watson
2014 Closer to the Moon Iorgu
2014 The Theory of Everything (2014 film) Roger Penrose
2015 Creditors Grant Pierce

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://m.cineplex.com/m/Movies/Cast-Archives/4382502/Christian-McKay.aspx
  2. ^ a b John Millar (2009-12-06). "Christian McKay's Obsession with Orson Welles". Daily Express. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  3. ^ a b Sam Allis (2009-12-06). "Getting Orson Welles just right". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Linklater's film depicts young Orson Welles". CBC News. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  5. ^ Lyn Gardner (2004-08-17). "Rosebud (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  6. ^ Maddy Costa (2006-01-09). "Rosebud (King's Head, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  7. ^ Gina Bellafante (2007-06-06). "Finding Room for an Actor Fit for the Stage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  8. ^ Kenneth Archer and Millicent Hodson (February 2006). "Reading the Riot Act". ballet.co magazine. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  9. ^ Cath Clarke (2009-10-15). "First sight: Christian McKay". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  10. ^ Philip French (2009-12-06). "Me and Orson Welles". The Observer. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  11. ^ Anthony Quinn (2009-12-04). "Me and Orson Welles (12A)". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  12. ^ "Me and Orson Welles, review". Telegraph. 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  13. ^ A.O. Scott (2009-11-25). "When a Bombastic Young Man Bestrode the Boards of the Mercury Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  14. ^ "Strangers On A Train". delfontmackintosh.co.uk. Delfont Mackintosh. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Fatal Attraction and Strangers On A Train head to West End stage". bbc.co.uk/news. BBC News. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "International Cinephile Society Likes "Basterds," "Serious Man"". indieWire. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 

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