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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. At age 23, Harris moved to London to train at the Drama Centre London from 1989 to 1992. He 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.
After The Borgias, Sean Harris went on to play the role of Campbell in the film Serena based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ron Rash. Cast includes Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. U.S. release is expected in April 2014. Sean Harris then filmed Deliver Us From Evil with Eric Bana and Olivia Munn, and directed by Scott Derrickson, also based upon the 2001 novel "Beware the Night" by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool. The release date is July 2, 2014 (in post-production). His next role, in 2013, was for "The Goob" in which he plays a womanizing stock 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.
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 has been collaborating with Montserrat Lombard. Together they are working on a short film called "White", the first of 4 short films in a series entitled "Imager." Sean will play the lead in the first of four installments in the series, and Montserrat Montserrat Lombard (who previously directed Sean in the music video "Battles"), will direct. This will be Sean Harris' first collaborative screen play in which he will also act. Filming will begin in March 2014. Currently, Sean Harris is also in rehearsals for a film version of Macbeth to be directed by Justin Kurzel with the film company See-Saw Films.
Sean Harris is represented by the Troika Talent Agency.
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.
Sean Harris was on location in England filming Jamaica Inn, a TV miniseries for BBC One, in which he plays Joss Merlyn. Jamaica Inn is a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock film based upon Daphne du Maurier's 1936 novel.
- 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|
|2013||Serena||Campbell||Expected release September 27, 2014|
|2014||The Goob||Gene Womack||post-production; expected release Summer 2014|
|2014||Deliver Us from Evil||Soldier||Release date is July 2, 2014|
|2014||71||Captain Sandy Browning||Released February 7, 2014 (Berlin International Film Festival)|
|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 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|
|2014||Jamaica Inn||Joss Merlyn||TV Miniseries|
- "The Borgias Cast". Showtime.
- Sarah Cooper. "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.
- Natalie Long, ed. (August 4, 2013). "GulfNews". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "Kiley's Krypt". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
- "BBC Suffok". April 20, 2010.
- "Imager". Sweet as A Productions.
- "What is White?". Sweet As A Productions.
- "Troika Talent Agency". Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- Robinson, John (2013) "Southcliffe: the most harrowing drama on TV", The Guardian, 26 July 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013
- BBC Media Centre - BBC One (September 30, 2013). "BBC One Announces Cast for Jamaica Inn".
- Jamie Steinberg (July 2007). "Sean Harris, Building a Mystery". Starry Constellation Magazine.
- "Sean Harris Bio and Profile". Filmbug. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
- "Pay Day". British Film Institute, Film Forever. 2002.
- "Nicotine Yellow". British Council Film. 2003.
- Deliver Us From Evil at the Internet Movie Database/
- 71 at the Internet Movie Database
- Stuart Kemp (April 15, 2013). "Jack O'Connell Signs for Northern Island Set Thriller". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Hot House". British Film Institute Collections. September 7, 1999.
- Meadowlands at the Internet Movie Database