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Harris in 2014
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. At age 23, Harris moved to London to train at the Drama Centre London from 1989 to 1992. Notable roles include the cult horror film 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 an accumulating 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.
Another notable performance came 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 now only an 8-year old girl. Steven must find a way to place himself in a position to meet her in the future. The film won Best Short Film at both the Palm Springs and Houston Film Festivals and was selected for the Clermont-Ferrand, London Raindance and Los Angeles Short Film festivals and qualified for Oscar nomination in 2004.
Harris gave another noteworthy performance in the short film Native Son in 2010, 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 at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. He played Fifield in the Ridley Scott 2012 science fiction film, Prometheus.
After The Borgias, Harris went on to play Campbell in the film Serena (2014), based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ron Rash. The cast includes Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Harris then filmed Deliver Us From Evil with Eric Bana and Olivia Munn, directed by Scott Derrickson, and based upon the 2001 novel "Beware the Night" by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool. Harris was cast by Derrickson for Deliver Us from Evil, without an interview, based upon Derrickson having seen Harris' performance in Harry Brown. His next role, in 2013, was for The Goob, a feature film in which Harris plays a womanizing stock car driver. The Goob is directed by Guy Myhill (who directed Harris in 1997 in a short film Two Halftimes to Hell and in 2001 Harris also appeared in Myhill's The Bilsons about an unfunny small caravan of travelling circus clowns). In 2010, Harris again worked with Myhill. Harris did a cameo appearance in a music video for the Norwich band the Black Sharks' debut album titled Lose Control.
Known as an intense actor of Stanislavski's system, 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 during pre-production.
Harris has been collaborating with Montserrat Lombard. Together they are working on the screen plays for two short films called White and Imager. Harris will play the lead in the first installment in the series, and Montserrat Lombard (who directed Harris in the music video "Battles"), will direct. This will be Harris' first collaborative screen play in which he will also act. The first short film, White, has completed filming. Harris also has completed filming of Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel with the film company See-Saw Films. Summer 2014, Sean Harris filmed "Trespass Against Us", a feature film about three generations of an outlaw family, and conflicting cross-generational loyalties.
Harris is represented by the Troika Talent Agency.
Harris' 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. In 2014, he appeared as Joss Merlyn in the BBC's poorly received adaptation of Jamaica Inn.
- 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.
Podcast and interviews
- Starry Constellation Magazine, July 2007. Sean Harris, in a telephone podcast interview, discusses Meadowlands, some of his other credits and characters, and his career.
- The Independent, 19 October 2014.
|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|
|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||Deliver Us from Evil||Santino|
|2014||The Goob||Gene Womack||The Goob was nominated and won the award for Best Achievement in Production at the British Independent Film Awards|
|2014||'71||Captain Sandy Browning||Nominated - British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2015||White||Samuel||Short film co-written by Sean Harris and Montserrat Lombard; post-production|
|2015||Trespass Against Us||Post-production|
|2015||Mission: Impossible 5||Filming|
|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||Mark Holmes||TV series (1 episode: "Care in the Community")|
|1999||Hot House||Cheddar||TV film from a BBC series entitled "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||Ashes to Ashes||Arthur Layton||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2007||Meadowlands||Gordon Ormond||TV series (3 episodes)|
|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
British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
|2014||Jamaica Inn||Joss Merlyn||TV Miniseries|
|2014||White||Original story by Sean Harris; screen play co-written with Montserrat Lombard; short film|
|2015||Imager||Short co-written by Sean Harris and Montserrat Lombard; expected release 2015|
Awards and nominations
|2014||British Academy Television Awards||Best Actor||Southcliffe||Won|
|2014||British Independent Film Award||British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor||'71||Nominated|
- "The Borgias Cast". Showtime.
- Cooper, Sarah. "A Lonely Place Gears up for Scottish Shoot,". Screen Daily, 13 May 2010. Retrieved January 2014.
- "Bandits Productions Kevin Thomas Films". Bandits Productions. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "Semainedelacritique Cannes Native Son World Premiere, 2010". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- Dickson, Evan. "[Interview] Scott Derrickson". Bloody Disgusting, 1 July 2014.
- Briggs, Stacia (3 November 2010). "Norwich band's Vegas gamble pays off". Evening News 24.
- Long, Natalie, ed. (4 August 2013). "GulfNews". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "Kiley's Krypt". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "BBC Suffok". 20 April 2010.
- "Troika Talent Agency". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Sandwell, Ian. "Lionsgate Acquires Trespass Against Us". Screen Daily. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- "Films and Events". https://whatson.bfi.org.uk. British Film Institute. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Robinson, John (2013) "Southcliffe: the most harrowing drama on TV", The Guardian, 26 July 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013
- "BBC blames mumbling Jamaica Inn cast". Telegraph Online. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- "Mark Ronson - "Stop Me"". dailymotion.com. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
- "Live at the Foundry - Svengali". vimeo.com. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
- "Battles". http://www.youtube.com. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
- Steinberg, Jamie (July 2007). "Sean Harris, Building a Mystery". Starry Constellation Magazine.
- Mottram, James (19 October 2014). "Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon". independent.co.uk.
- "Susin Films". IMDb.
- Sean Harris at the Internet Movie Database
- Sean Harris Accepting the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, May 18, 2014 on YouTube