Chris Rankin

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Chris Rankin
Christopher William Rankin

(1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 (age 37)
Auckland, New Zealand
  • Actor
  • producer
Years active2001–present
Known forPercy Weasley in Harry Potter franchise
Parent(s)Marilyn Rankin

Christopher William Rankin (born 8 November 1983) is a New Zealand-born British actor who is best known for playing Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise.

Early life[edit]

Rankin was born in Auckland, New Zealand. He lived in Rothesay Bay until he was six, attending Kristin School in Albany. He and his parents subsequently moved to Norfolk in the United Kingdom, where he attended Northgate High School in Dereham. His mother, Marilyn Rankin works at a school, among other things.


Rankin began acting at the age of eleven. He attended Shipdham Primary School, Northgate High School, and Dereham Sixth Form College. At Northgate High School he appeared in school plays of Bugsy Malone and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. His professional acting career began when he won the role of Percy Weasley in September 2000 and he has since appeared in film, TV and theatre. In the Harry Potter series, he is a brother of Harry Potter's best friend, Ron Weasley.

Rankin is the co-founder of a theatre company, Painted Horse UK. He re-appeared in the final two films of the Harry Potter film franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, after his character's absence from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and only a brief non-speaking role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Outside of the Harry Potter films, Rankin has also been seen in the TV mini-series The Rotters' Club and Channel 5's "Victoria Cross Heroes" in which he played Evelyn Wood.

On stage, Chris has played a variety of roles in pantomimes across the country, as well as Edgar Linton in Wuthering Heights, Eilert Loevborg in Hedda Gabler and Young Syrian in Salomé.

He completed his study at the University of Lincoln in 2011.[1][2]

In 2009, Rankin starred in and produced a YouTube video titled "LifeHack", directed by Thomas "TomSka" Ridgewell, in which he played a vigilante hacker who accesses people's personal photos to find a missing woman.[3] He also has recently had an appearance as "Mycroft Holmes" in the Hillywood Show's "Sherlock" parody in 2016.[4][5]

Chris now works in Television and Film production and is credited as Production Secretary on "Atlantis" (Urban Myth Films/BBC Wales).[citation needed] In 2002 he began to work as an usher at UCI Cinemas.[6][7]

Film, television and stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Percy Weasley
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Percy Weasley
2002-2003 Jack and The Beanstalk Jack
2003 A Taste of Honey Geoff
2004 Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Percy Weasley
2005 The Rotters' Club  
2006 Explode, Chapter Two: Into the Fold Chris Haines
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Percy Weasley
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Percy Weasley (uncredited cameo)
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Percy Weasley
2011 Total Wipeout Himself
2013 The Stone[8] Pre-production
2015 The Bastard Executioner Assistant Production Coordinator
2018 The Wizard of Oz Scarecrow


  1. ^ "Harry Potter star to quit acting". BBC. 1 August 2008.
  2. ^ "Chris Rankin, class of 2011". 2 September 2011.
  3. ^ "LifeHack". YouTube.
  4. ^ "Sherlock Parody by the Hillywood Show". YouTube.
  5. ^ Grant, Stacey (24 August 2016). "Here's How The Hillywood Show Used Macklemore for the Perfect Sherlock Parody". Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Percy Weasley works in Norwich cinema". BBC News. 31 October 2002.
  7. ^ "Chris Rankin's new job". 30 October 2002.
  8. ^ "San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Random Weirdness from The Asylum to Star Wars to Dexter - Dread Central". 12 July 2012.

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