Christian Coulson

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Christian Coulson
Born (1978-10-03) 3 October 1978 (age 40)
EducationWestminster School
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Photographer
  • Author
Years active2001–present

Christian Peter Coulson (born 3 October 1978) is an English actor best known for playing the 16-year old Tom Marvolo Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Early life[edit]

Coulson was born in Manchester. He attended Arnold House Preparatory School in London, before attending Westminster School on an academic scholarship. He was a member of the UK's National Youth Music Theatre from 1990–1997, and went on to the University of Cambridge, where he received a degree in English from Clare College in 2000. While at university, he played the M.C. (Master of Ceremonies) in Cabaret, Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Claire in The Maids, as well as appearing in film and television.


Coulson gained worldwide attention and popularity for his role in 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in which he portrayed a 16-year-old Tom Riddle, even though Coulson was 24 years old at the time. However, in 2007, director David Yates indicated on MTV that Coulson would not reprise his role in Half-Blood Prince, since, at 29, he was now too old.[1]

He also wrote the lyrics and book for a rock musical called The Fallen which was performed at Bedford Modern School in 1998.[citation needed]

As of 2010, Coulson currently resides and works in New York City[2] as an actor and director.


Films and short films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2002 The Four Feathers Drummer Boy Uncredited
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 16-year-old Tom Riddle / Lord Voldemort
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
The Hours Ralph Partridge Helper at Hogarth Press, run by Leonard Woolf
2005 Take Me Back Charlie
2007 Last Night Nick [citation needed]
2012 I Am Nasrine Tommy
Gayby Aaron
Leaving Circadia Colin
2013 Amateurs Evan
2014 Love is Strange Ian


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Love in a Cold Climate Matt Radlett Miniseries
Weirdsister College Ben Stemson Main role; 13 episodes
2002 The Forsyte Saga Jolly Forsyte Episodes: "Episode #1.5", "Episode #1.6"
2003 Hornblower: Loyalty Midshipman John 'Jack' Hammond Television film
Charles II: The Power and The Passion James, Duke of Monmouth 4 episodes
Little Britain Joe Episode: "Hard-Boiled Egg Eating"
2005 Agatha Christie's Marple Edmund Swettenham
Beethoven Archduke Rudolph Miniseries; 2 episodes
Brief Encounters Adam Episode: "Lost & Found"
2009 The Battery's Down: Losing My Mind Raoul Episode: "Losing My Mind"
2010 Jeffery & Cole Casserole Episode: "The Becky"
Gossip Girl Ivan Episode: "Touch of Eva"
2011 Wiener & Wiener Garry 3 episodes
The Good Wife Andre Bergson Episode: "Death Row Tip"
2017 Nashville Damien George 5 episodes

Audio drama[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 Doctor Who: The Bride of Peladon Pelleas
2008 Doctor Who: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster Robert McIntosh


  • King Richard II - Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Desales University (2018) King Richard
  • Shakespeare in Love - Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Desales University (2018) Lord Wessex
  • Travesties - McCarter Theatre, New Jersey (2012) Tristan Tzara
  • Ghosts - Gate Theatre, London (2007) Osvald
  • Festen - UK Tour (2006) Christian
  • Journey's End - Comedy Theatre, London (2004) Raleigh
  • Romeo and Juliet - Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool (2002) Romeo


  1. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (25 June 2007). "'Harry Potter' Casting Call Could Help Ron Weasley Find Perfect Shade Of Lavender / Director David Yates also hopes to fill role of Tom Riddle at another open casting call". MTV. Archived from the original on 27 June 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  2. ^ "Coulson Photography". Archived from the original on 25 December 2010.

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