Stephen Graham (actor)

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Stephen Graham
Graham (right) with Thomas Turgoose at the This Is England premiere, 2006
Born Stephen Graham Kelly[citation needed]
(1973-08-03) 3 August 1973 (age 41)
Kirkby, Liverpool,[1] England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990 – present
Spouse(s) Hannah Walters
Children 2

Stephen Graham (born 3 August 1973) is an English actor who is best known for his roles as Tommy in the film Snatch, Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne in This Is England as well as its television sequels, This Is England '86 and This Is England '88, Danny Ferguson in Occupation, Billy Bremner in The Damned United, notorious bank robber Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies (2009), and Scrum in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. From 2010 to 2014, he starred as Al Capone in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

Life and career[edit]

Graham was born in the Southdene part of Kirkby, Merseyside,[1] to a paediatric nurse mother and a social worker father. His paternal grandfather was Jamaican[2] and one of his grandmothers was Swedish.[3] He has portrayed characters from several British regions, including Cockney, a Geordie, a Scouser, and a Scotsman; a 19th-century New York gang member, a Chicago mobster, a Brooklyn mobster, a Texan, and the short-fused English nationalist "Combo", in This is England. He was nominated for an RTS award for his work in The Street and a British Independent Film Award for his work on This is England.

He appeared in the music videos for "I Remember" by Deadmau5 and Kaskade,[4] "Fluorescent Adolescent" and "When the Sun Goes Down" by the Arctic Monkeys and "Unlovable" by Babybird, directed by Johnny Depp. Graham has also appeared in the music video "Soul Vampire" by Macclesfield-based neo-psychedelic band the Virginmarys, and the music video for "Turn" by Travis. In 2011, Graham starred in the BBC Christmas show, Lapland, but when the series was announced, called Being Eileen, Graham's role was recast to Dean Andrews.[5][6] He also appeared on a promotional video for a DLC of the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts, titled 'CODnapped'. Graham is a fan of Premier League football team Liverpool F.C. and has appeared several times on Sky Sports football show Soccer AM.


Year Film Role Notes
1990 Children's Ward Mickey Bell TV series
1990 Dancin' Thru the Dark Football Kid
1993 Heartbeat Barry Ward TV series (1 episode: "Riders of the Storm")
1996 Devil's Food WPKV News Director TV film
1997 The Lakes Graham TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.1")
Downtime Jacko
1998 Brothers and Sisters Andrew TV series
Joint Venture Ace Short
Where the Heart Is Nick Bowen TV series (1 episode: "Darkness Follows")
Liverpool 1 Thewlis TV series (2 episodes)
The Jump Peter McNulty TV series (2 episodes)
The Bill Jezzo/Jason Barrett TV series (3 episodes: 1998-1999)
1999 Coronation Street Lee Sankey TV series
2000 Forgive and Forget John TV film
Snatch Tommy
2001 Blow Dry Photographer
The Last Minute DJ Banana
Band of Brothers Sgt. Myron "Mike" Ranney TV mini-series (2 episodes)
2002 Revengers Tragedy 2nd Officer
Flesh and Blood Eddie TV film
Gangs of New York Shang
2003 Without You Billy TV short
American Cousins Henry
2004 Top Buzzer Lee TV series (10 episodes)
The I Inside Travis
2005 M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team Jason Phelps TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.2.3")
Last Rights Steve TV mini-series
Pit Fighter Harry
Empire Bazzer TV mini-series
Goal! Des
2006 Scummy Man George Short
This is England Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
The Innocence Project Andrew Lucas TV series (6 episodes: 2006-2007)
2007 The Good Night Victor
2008 Filth and Wisdom Harry Beecham
The Passion Barabbas TV mini-series (3 episodes)
The Crew Franner
Inkheart Fulvio
2009 The Devil's Wedding The Hotelier Short
Awaydays Godden
The Damned United Billy Bremner
Doghouse Vince
Public Enemies Baby Face Nelson
Occupation Danny Ferguson TV series (3 episodes)
The Street Shay Ryan Nominated — RTS Award for Best Actor
2010 This is England '86 Combo TV series (4 episodes)
London Boulevard Danny
Boardwalk Empire Al Capone Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2011 Walk Like a Panther Mark Bolton TV series
Season of the Witch Hagamar
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Scrum
This Is England '88 Combo TV series
Texas Killing Fields Rhino
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Jerry Westerby
Best Laid Plans
Being Eileen Pete Lewis
2012 Accused Tony Series Two : Episode 1 : Tracie's Story
Parade's End Vincent Macmaster
Good Cop Noel Finch Episode 1
2013 Playhouse Presents Len Series Two : Episode 4 : The Call Out
Blood Chrissie Fairburn
Orthodox Benjamin Executive Producer
2014 Get Santa Filming
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Scrum Filming


  1. ^ a b Kirkby, Lancashire is correct because Merseyside did not exist until 1 April 1974. Please do not change, thank you.
  2. ^ Stephen Graham's profile in The Guardian
  3. ^ Stephen Graham's family background
  4. ^ Stephen Graham BBC – Chart Blog article
  5. ^ Munn, Patrick (13 September 2012). "TV BBC One Orders Follow Up To Christmas Comedy ‘Lapland’, Stephen Graham’s Role Recast". TV Wise. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Being Eileen". BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 

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