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Bethnal Green, London, England, UK
Sean Harris (born 1966) is an English actor, most famous for his role as Micheletto Corella in Showtime's television series The Borgias. Harris has appeared in several independent British films, most notably his performance as the Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in the film 24 Hour Party People. He's also appeared in Brothers of the Head, Harry Brown, Brighton Rock, and critically acclaimed miniseries Red Riding Trilogy and Southcliffe. He broke into the mainstream with supporting roles as Fifield in Ridley Scott's Prometheus and Neil Jordan's The Borgias.
Life and career
Harris was born in Bethnal Green, London, but grew up in Norwich, Norfolk, where he lived until he was 23. He moved to London to train at the Drama Centre London where he was the oldest member of Group 28, training from 1989 to 1992. He also appeared in the cult horror Creep, in which he played a psychopathic killer stalking the London Underground. Harris appeared in his first British feature film lead in the independent film Saxon, released in 2007. In Saxon, Harris plays a newly released inmate who returns home owing a huge debt that has been accumulating, and with little time to settle the debt.
Other notable roles include serial killer Ian Brady, one of the notorious culprits of the Moors Murders, on ITV1's See No Evil: The Moors Murders, and Nick Sidney in the cult mockumentary Brothers of the Head. Harris played Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Michael Winterbottom film 24 Hour Party People. He has also appeared in the 2007 film Outlaw and in the television film Wedding Belles by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh. Harris played the drug dealer Stretch in Harry Brown. Harris played small-time criminal Fred Hale in a new film adaptation of Brighton Rock, released in February 2011. Harris appeared in the British thriller film A Lonely Place to Die previously known as The Grave at Angel's Peak directed by Julian Gilbey.
In 2002, Harris appeared in a short film, directed by Kevin Thomas, True Love (Once Removed). He played a troubled and lonely young man, Steven, with no prospects, who finds, via an illegal time-machine, the young woman who will grow up to become his eventual "true love", except that she is presently only an 8-year old girl. Steven must find a way to place himself in a position to meet her in the future, knowing that he has no future prospects to meet her when she becomes a woman. The film won Best Short Film at both the Palm Springs and Houston Flim Festivals and was selected for Clermont Ferrand, London Raindance and LA Short Film Festival as well as qualifying for Oscar nomination in 2004.
Harris appeared in a short film in 2010, Native Son, playing a troubled potato picker whose loneliness, social awkwardness and isolation from the townspeople leads to a one-time road-side event, and a quick decision, that has tragic consequences. The film was written and directed by Scottish director Scott Graham and premiered the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. He played Fifield in the Ridley Scott 2012 science fiction film, Prometheus.
Known as an intense actor of Stanislavski's system, Sean Harris frequently remains unavailable for interviews while filming, preferring not to break with character. However, his "method" allows him to film with few takes. It was said that in preparing to play Brian Tobin of the Iceni Project for the TV Series, Five Daughters, Harris followed the real Brian Tobin around for a year to study the character.
Sean Harris is currently collaborating with Montserrat Lombard. Together they are working on the first two screen plays of what will be four short films, all based upon the same interlocking sci-fi theme. Sean will also act in the first part, entitled "White", which will be the prelude to the other three parts or short films. Montserrat Lombard (who previously directed Sean in the music video "Battles), will direct. Filming will begin in March 2014.
Sean Harris is represented by the Troika Talent Agency, and Troika maintains a complete list of Sean Harris' credits.
Harris's television credits include Channel 4's drama series Cape Wrath as Gordon Ormond, the BBC series Ashes to Ashes as Arthur Layton, the Waking the Dead episode Pietà as former Serb war criminal Radovan Sredinić and as the corrupt Inspector Bob Craven in Channel 4's critically acclaimed Red Riding series. In the recent BBC TV drama Five Daughters, he played Brian Tobin, co-founder of The Iceni Project, a drugs treatment facility based in Suffolk. He appeared as the assassin Micheletto in The Borgias, a historical television series created by Neil Jordan. In 2013 he starred in the Channel 4 drama Southcliffe.
After The Borgias, Sean Harris went on to play the role of Campbell in the film based on the bestseller Serena (post production) with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. U.S. release date is unknown. He then filmed Beware the Night with Eric Bana and Olivia Munn, and directed by Scott Derrickson. The new release date is July 2, 2014 (in post-production). His next role, in 2013, was The Goob in which he plays a womanizing race car driver. "The Goob" is directed by Guy Myhill (who also directed Sean Harris in a 13 minute short, in 2001, entitled "The Bilsons", about a not so funny small caravan of traveling circus clowns and 1997's short film, "Two Halftimes to Hell.") No dates have been set for release for The Goob. Sean Harris is currently on location in England filming Jamaica Inn in which he plays Joss Merlyn. Jamaica Inn is a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock film based upon Daphne du Maurier's 1936 novel. Jamaica Inn is a loose prequel to du Maurier's more known novel, Rebecca.
- Music video for Mark Ronson's 2007 single "Stop Me".
- Svengali, an Internet comedy series written by Dean Cavanagh. Harris played photographer Anton Blair.
- Short film for Barbarossa's song Battles, directed by Montserrat Lombard.
- Starry Constellation Magazine, July 2007. Sean Harris, in a telephone podcast interview, discusses Meadowlands, some of his other credits and characters, and his career.
|1997||Two Half-Times to Hell||Tom||Short film|
|1997||Wet Work||Sean||Short film|
|2001||The Discovery of Heaven||Bart Bork|
|2001||The Bilsons||Perry||Short film|
|2002||True Love (Once Removed)||Steven||Short film, won Best Short Film at Palm Springs and Houston Film Festivals|
|2002||Tom & Thomas||Kevin|
|2002||24 Hour Party People||Ian Curtis||Nominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2002||Pay Day||Andy||Short film|
|2003||Nicotine Yellow||Diggie||Short film|
|2004||Creep||Craig, the "Creep"|
|2005||Brothers of the Head||Nick Sidney|
|2010||Native Son||John||Short film|
|2011||A Lonely Place to Die||Mr Kidd|
|2014||The Goob||Womack||post-production; expected release Summer 2014|
|2014||Beware the Night||Soldier||post-production, new release date is July 2, 2014|
|2014||White||Samuel||Short film, pre-production, co-written by Sean Harris and Montserrat Lombard; expected release, October 2014|
|1994||Minder||Dean||TV series (1 episode: "Bring Me the Head of Arthur Daley")|
|1994||The Bill||Matthew / Russell Hines / Stuart Kennedy||TV series (3 episodes)|
|1995||Signs and Wonders||Carl Maynard||TV film|
|1995||The Vet||Neil Fairbrother||TV series (1 episode: "Home Truths")|
|1996||A Mug's Game||Con||TV series|
|1998||Kavanagh QC||Ian Curtis||TV series (1 episode: "Care in the Community")|
|1999||Hot House||Cheddar||TV film from a BBC series, "Acts of Passion"|
|2000||Casualty||Tim Vanner||TV series (1 episode: "Starting Over")|
|2001||The Hunt||Clem Mackie||TV film|
|2002||Judge John Deed||Gerry Hewitt||TV series (1 episode: "Political Expediency")|
|2003||The Vice||Miles Wilson||TV series (1 episode: "Control")|
|2003||Strange||Robin Thomas||TV series (1 episode: "Asmoth")|
|2006||See No Evil: The Moors Murders||Ian Brady||TV film|
|2007||Wedding Belles||Adrian Collins||TV film|
|2007||Cape Wrath||Gordon Ormond||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2007||Ashes to Ashes||Arthur Layton||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2007||Meadowlands||Gordon Ormond||TV series|
|2009||Red Riding Trilogy||Detective Superintendent Bob Craven||TV film|
|2009||Law & Order: UK||Roland Kirk||TV series (1 episode: "Community Service")|
|2009||Waking the Dead||Radovan Sredinic||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2010||Five Daughters||Brian Tobin||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2011–2013||The Borgias||Micheletto Corella||TV series|
|2013||Southcliffe||Stephen Morton||TV Miniseries|
|2014||Jamaica Inn||Joss Merlyn||TV Miniseries|
- Semainedelacritique.com website
- Robinson, John (2013) "Southcliffe: the most harrowing drama on TV", The Guardian, 26 July 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013