7 September 1960 |
London, England, UK
Christopher Francis Villiers (born 7 September 1960) is an English actor.
Villiers was born in London, the son of Wing commander David Hugh Villiers (1921–1962) by his second wife Elizabeth Barbara Hobbins, daughter of Leonard Hobbins. He is a descendant of the Right Reverend Henry Villiers, Bishop of Durham from 1860 to 1861, brother of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon, and Charles Pelham Villiers. He is the brother of Cat Villiers, a film producer, and Jay Villiers, an actor. He was educated at Stowe School.
Villiers is known for his part in the top rated ITV1 soap opera, Emmerdale in which he plays the role of the solicitor Grayson Sinclair. He also played the part of Captain Nigel Croker in Mile High from 2004 to 2005. He appeared in films such as The Scarlet Pimpernel, Top Secret!, Bloody Sunday, Kidulthood and First Knight. In 2003 he co-wrote (with actor/playwright/producer Richard Everett) and co-produced (again, with Everett) the critically well-received British feature film Two Men Went to War. In 1983, he starred in Sweet Sixteen with Penelope Keith and in 1998 he had a minor part in Sliding Doors. In 1996 he had a significant role in Sharpe's Siege. He has also appeared in an episode of Adventure Inc. when filming transferred to the UK for four episodes. He is also a script writer. In 2009 he was seen in the five part drama series Collision for ITV.
In 1995, Villiers co-founded 2020 Casting Ltd., one of the largest film background (extras) agencies in the country. Company credits include: Gladiator, Bridget Jones's Diary, Shakespeare in Love, Star Wars, United 93. Villiers also appeared in two episodes of Midsomer Murders, The Killings at Badger's Drift and Death's Shadow, in the latter his character burned to death in a caravan.
Release from Emmerdale
On 29 March 2008, ITV released a statement saying Villiers would be written out of Emmerdale as Grayson Sinclair in a summer storyline. On the termination of his contract, he said, "Grayson has been a great character to play but we’ve agreed that the current storyline is going to provide an exciting exit for him. I've got several projects that I'm looking at but you never know, this might not be the last we see of Gray."