19 June 1967
London, England, United Kingdom
|Parent(s)||Dame Maggie Smith
Sir Robert Stephens
|Relatives||Toby Stephens (brother)|
Born Christopher Stephens in London, Larkin is the elder son of actors Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Robert Stephens. He revealed in an interview that he changed his stage name in order to distance himself professionally from his famous parents. He chose 'Larkin' because he is very fond of the work of poet Philip Larkin.
Larkin trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He is best known for playing Hermann Göring in the film Hitler: The Rise of Evil, but also played Charles Darwin for the PBS series Evolution and the abolitionist William Wilberforce in the radio production of Grace Victorious. Larkin also played Capt. Howard of the Marines in Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World alongside Paul Bettany and Russell Crowe, and appeared in Valkyrie with Tom Cruise playing Sgt. Helm. Other film credits are Angels and Insects, Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre and Tea with Mussolini, and Heroes and Villains directed by Selwyn Roberts.
On the British side of The Pond, he played Cambridge in three series of John Sullivan's Roger Roger for BBC1 and George Marsden in Charles Sturridge's critically acclaimed Shackleton for Channel Four. Larkin also appeared in the 2007 episode of Doctor Who "The Shakespeare Code" and the 2012 low-budget horror film The Facility (originally titled Guinea Pigs) directed by Ian Clark.
Other theatre credits include: Edgar in The Lady from Depuque starring his mother, Maggie Smith, and directed by Antony Page, Jopari in Nicholas Hytner's groundbreaking production of His Dark Materials at The National Theatre, The Whisky Taster by James Graham at the Bush Theatre, London and the nationwide tour of Noises Off, directed by Lindsay Posner.
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