Sean Harris

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Sean Harris
Sean Harris as Micheletto from The Borgias Showtime Series.jpg
Sean Harris as Micheletto Corella from The Borgias
Born Sean Harris
Bethnal Green, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present

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[edit]

Harris was born in Bethnal Green, London, but grew up in Norwich, Norfolk.[1] At age 23, Harris moved to London to train at the Drama Centre London from 1989 to 1992.[1] 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.[2]

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 Film Festivals and was selected for Clermont Ferrand, London Raindance and LA Short Film Festival as well as qualifying for Oscar nomination in 2004.[3]

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[4] 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.[5] However, his "method" allows him to film with few takes.[6] 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.[7]

Sean Harris has been collaborating with Montserrat Lombard. Together they are working on the screen plays for two short films called "White" and "Imager."[8] 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.[9] Currently, Sean Harris has been filming Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel with the film company See-Saw Films.[10]

Sean Harris is represented by the Troika Talent Agency.[10]


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.[11]

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.[12]

Notable appearances[edit]

  • 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.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Two Half-Times to Hell[10][14] Tom Short film
1997 Wet Work.[10][14] Sean Short film
2001 The Discovery of Heaven[10][14] Bart Bork
2001 The Bilsons[10] 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[15] Andy Short film
2003 Nicotine Yellow[10][14][16] Diggie Short film
2004 Trauma Roland
2004 Creep Craig, the "Creep"
2004 The Hare[10] Soldier
2005 Asylum Nick
2005 Frozen Hurricane Frank
2005 Brothers of the Head Nick Sidney
2005 Isolation Jamie
2007 Outlaw Simon Hillier
2007 Saxon Eddie
2009 Harry Brown Stretch
2010 Native Son John Short film
2010 Brighton Rock Hale
2011 A Lonely Place to Die Mr Kidd
2012 Prometheus Fifield
2013 Serena Campbell Expected release September 27, 2014
2014 The Goob Gene Womack post-production; expected release Summer 2014
2014 Deliver Us from Evil Santino Release date is July 2, 2014[17]
2014 71[18][19] Captain Sandy Browning Released February 7, 2014 (Berlin International Film Festival). To be released in the United States by Roadside Attractions and Black Label Media.[20]
2014 White[21] Samuel Short film, pre-production, co-written by Sean Harris and Montserrat Lombard; expected release, October 2014
2014 Macbeth Macduff Filming


Year Title Role Notes
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 Jesus Thomas TV film
1999 Hot House[22] 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[23] 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

Screen Plays[edit]

Year Title Notes
2014 White[21] Original story by Sean Harris; screen play co-written with Montserrat Lombard; short film; expected release, October 2014
2015 Imager[24] Short co-written by Sean Harris and Montserrat Lombard; expected release 2015

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2002 Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actor[25][26] 24 Hour Party People Nominated
2013 British Academy Television Awards Best Actor Southcliffe Pending


  1. ^ a b "The Borgias Cast". Showtime. 
  2. ^ Sarah Cooper. "A Lonely Place Gears up for Scottish Shoot,". Screen Daily, 13 May 2010. Retrieved January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bandits Productions Kevin Thomas Films". Bandits Productions. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Semainedelacritique Cannes Native Son World Premiere, 2010". Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Natalie Long, ed. (August 4, 2013). "GulfNews". Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kiley's Krypt". Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "BBC Suffok". April 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Imager". Sweet as A Productions. 
  9. ^ "What is White?". Sweet As A Productions. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "Troika Talent Agency". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Robinson, John (2013) "Southcliffe: the most harrowing drama on TV", The Guardian, 26 July 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013
  12. ^ BBC Media Centre - BBC One (September 30, 2013). "BBC One Announces Cast for Jamaica Inn". 
  13. ^ Jamie Steinberg (July 2007). "Sean Harris, Building a Mystery". Starry Constellation Magazine. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Sean Harris Bio and Profile". Filmbug. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Pay Day". British Film Institute, Film Forever. 2002. 
  16. ^ "Nicotine Yellow". British Council Film. 2003. 
  17. ^ Deliver Us From Evil at the Internet Movie Database
  18. ^ 71 at the Internet Movie Database
  19. ^ Stuart Kemp (April 15, 2013). "Jack O'Connell Signs for Northern Island Set Thriller". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  20. ^ "Heading for HOLLYWOOD: Love/Hate star Killian Scott’s new film ’71 will have American release". March 14, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "Susin Films". IMDb. 
  22. ^ "Hot House". British Film Institute Collections. September 7, 1999. 
  23. ^ Meadowlands at the Internet Movie Database
  24. ^ "Susin Films". IMDb. 
  25. ^ "". 
  26. ^ "". 

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