Christian McKay in 2013
11 November 1973 |
Bury, Lancashire, England, UK
Christian McKay (born 11 November 1973) is an English stage and screen actor. He is well known for his portrayal of Orson Welles in the 2008 film Me and Orson Welles, which received critical praise and was nominated for awards such as the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also appeared in movies such as You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Rush.
McKay was born in Bury, Lancashire. He has two other siblings Karen (McKay) and Tony Gardner. His mother, Lynne is a hairdresser and his father, Stuart, is a railway worker. He studied piano as a youth, and had performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 at age 21. McKay subsequently halted his concert career and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to study acting.
In the theatre, McKay has portrayed Orson Welles in the one-man play Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles at a number of venues, including the Edinburgh Festival and King's Head (London). He subsequently reprised the role in the US at the 2007 "Brits Off Broadway" festival.
After seeing a performance of Rosebud at the 2007 "Brits Off Broadway" festival, Richard Linklater cast McKay as Welles in his film Me and Orson Welles, retaining McKay over the subsequent producer objections to his casting. In this, his second film, McKay received critical praise for his performance as Orson Welles.
McKay has recently been seen in the biographical drama Rush, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, the BAFTA-nominated music film Northern Soul, and the Oscar-winning biographical drama The Theory of Everything, alongside Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. All of these were met with critical acclaim, with The Theory of Everything receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
McKay is married to the actress Emily Allen.
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