|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
Craig Fairbrass (born 15 January 1964) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Dan Sullivan in the BBC soap opera EastEnders and Pat Tate in the Rise of the Footsoldier film series. Fairbrass had other notable roles in the films Cliffhanger (1993), White Noise: The Light (2007), The Bank Job (2008), Devil's Playground (2010), St George's Day (2012), The Outsider (2014), and Breakdown (2016). He also voiced several characters in the Call of Duty video game franchise.
Life and career
Fairbrass was born in Mile End Hospital in East London, the son of a machinist dressmaker and stevedore docker, Jack and Maureen Fairbrass. After being expelled from Eaglesfield Boys Comprehensive in Woolwich at 15, Fairbrass successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre.
He then worked as a roofers labourer for the following years, while managing to land an agent. After a few years of doing walk-on roles in Emmerdale, Three Up Two Down, and Shelley, Fairbrass made his first real TV appearance as an actor in the 1984 BBC television series Big Deal as Nev in the episode "Fighting chance" followed by another BBC role in Tuckers Luck.
Fairbrass made his film acting debut as D.I Challoner in the 1989 Working title thriller For Queen and Country opposite Academy Award winner Denzel Washington. Film and television appearances quickly followed, including the Ray Winstone film Tank Malling, and the Channel 4 Film, The Final Frame playing Suggs's right-hand man, Franklin. He also landed a regular role as Gary 'Technique' Pagnall in the ITV drama series London's Burning in 1990. That same year Fairbrass was cast opposite Helen Mirren as Detective Frank Burkin in the Bafta/Emmy-award-winning original Prime Suspect 1 and 2.
In 1991, he travelled to Los Angeles and secured his first Hollywood acting role in the 1992 action blockbuster Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone. This led to roles in independent films with lead roles in Beyond Bedlam (1994) with Elizabeth Hurley, Galaxis (1995) with Brigitte Nielsen, Proteus, Killing Time, and Darklands.
More TV credits soon followed, including a guest star role opposite Melinda Clarke in the U.S. action show Soldier of Fortune Inc, and with Helen Baxendale in An Unsuitable Job for a Woman. Fairbrass travelled to Rome next for The Aldo Moro Story, opposite Roshan Seth and directed by the award-winning Art house director, Aurelio Grimaldi and a regular role in the ITV comedy series Duck Patrol.
It was in 1999 that Fairbrass landed the regular role of Dan Sullivan in EastEnders. He left the show in August 2001. He then took the lead role of Ray Betson in the Channel Five crime drama The Great Dome Robbery.
Fairbrass returned to the U.S, starring in the Chris Klein comedy, The Long Weekend, and as Henry Caine opposite Nathan Fillion in White Noise 2. In February 2007, he appeared as the renegade Jaffa, Arkad, in the episode "Talion" in the final season of Stargate SG-1, as a guest lead in The Sarah Connor Chronicles opposite Lena Heady, and as guest lead Devon Burke, a rogue MI5 agent in David Mamet's hit show The Unit.
In 2007, he starred in the feature film Rise of the Footsoldier as real life gangster Pat Tate, and opposite Jason Statham in The Bank Job. The following year he joined Til Schweiger in the game-based action film Far Cry (2008). Fairbrass voiced "Gaz" in the video game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) then again as one of the most iconic characters in the games history as Ghost in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) and as Sgt. Wallcroft in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. He starred in the vampire film Dead Cert alongside Billy Murray as well as the action film Freight and comedy Just for the Record.
In 2011, Fairbrass took the co-lead in the crime thriller St Georges Day, other lead roles included Vikingdom 3D, House of the Rising Sun, opposite Dave Bautista, Hijacked, and Get Lucky and Let me Survive. In 2012, Fairbrass took his first lead role in a US action thriller The Outsider, which starred Jason Patric, James Caan and Shannon Elizabeth. In Bula Quo!, he costarred alongside Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi.
In 2014 he took the lead in the psychological thriller, Breakdown, alongside James Cosmo, Bruce Payne, Emmett Scanlan, Olivia Grant and Tamer Hassan. In 2015, he played the lead role of Jack Cregan in the revenge thriller London Heist with Steven Berkoff, which he also co-wrote. The film was produced by his own son, Luke Fairbrass. Craig Fairbrass went on to win the Best Actor Award at the 2016 Marbella International Film Festival for the role.
Fairbrass returned to the Call of Duty franchise, voicing Tee and additional voices in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. In 2017 he reprised his role of Pat Tate in Rise of the Footsoldier 3: The Pat Tate Years, a prequel to the 2007 original and proved to be Fairbrass's most powerful performance to date, winning him the best actor award at the 2018 National Film Awards in London.
Fairbrass has major roles in two massively multiplayer online motion capture games, Star Citizen and Squadron 42, due for release in 2018. Fairbrass also takes a lead role in award winning Director Gerard (HYENA) Johnson's next Film, the dark thriller MUSCLE and will again be reprising his role of Pat Tate in Rise of the Footsoldier 4 Marbella.
|1988||For Queen and Country||Challoner|
|1994||Beyond Bedlam||Terry Hamilton|
|1995||Proteus||Alex, DEA Agent|
|1998||Killing Time||Det. Robert Bryant|
|1999||Weak at Denise||Roy|
|2002||The Great Dome Robbery||Ray Betson|
|2004||Se sarà luce sarà bellissimo - Moro: Un'altra storia||Brigatista|
|2005||The Long Weekend||Frank Silver|
|2005||Hard Sell Short||Danny Bleak||Short film|
|2007||White Noise: The Light||Henry Caine|
|2007||Rise of the Footsoldier||Pat Tate|
|2007||Twins||Lawyer on answering machine||Short film / Voice|
|2008||The Bank Job||Nick Barton|
|2008||Far Cry||Jason Parker|
|2009||31 North 62 East||Major Paul Davidson|
|2010||The Shouting Men||Tony|
|2010||Just for the Record||Malcolm 'Mental Fists' Wickes|
|2010||The Road to Vengeance||Short film|
|2010||Dead Cert||Freddy 'Dead Cert' Frankham|
|2010||Meet Pursuit Delange||Sam Walters||Short film|
|2011||House of the Rising Sun||Charlie Blackstone|
|2012||St George's Day||Ray Collishaw|
|2013||Let Me Survive||Sean|
|2013||Saving Santa||Mercenary #4||Voice|
|2014||The Outsider||Lex Walker||Also writer|
|2014||The Hooligan Factory||Mickey|
|2015||Rise of the Footsoldier Part II||Pat Tate||Flashback|
|2016||Breakdown||Alfie Jennings||Also executive producer|
|2017||London Heist||Jack Cregan||Also executive producer and writer|
|2017||Rise of the Footsoldier 3||Pat Tate||Also executive producer|
|1980||Shelley||Darth||Episode: "May the Best Man Win"|
|1984||Big Deal||Nev||Episode: "Fighting Chance"|
|1985||Who, Sir? Me, Sir?||Lifeguard||Episode: #1.2|
|1985||Tucker's Luck||Dino||Episode: #3.9|
|1986||Emmerdale||Gypsy Man||8 episodes|
|1987||No Place Like Home||Macho||Episode: "The Marathon"|
|1987||Three Up, Two Down||Man On The Beach||Episode: "Come Sail with Me"|
|1990||The Final Frame||Franklin||Television film|
|1990–1991||London's Burning||Gary 'Technique' Pagnall||7 episodes|
|1991||Prime Suspect||D.I. Frank Burkin||Television miniseries|
|1992||The Return of Shelley||Darth||Episode: "Accountants & Zulus"|
|1992||Prime Suspect 2||DI Frank Burkin||Television miniseries|
|1998||Duck Patrol||Hero||8 episodes|
|1998||The Bill||Steve André||Episode: "All for One"|
|1999||Soldier of Fortune, Inc.||John Harkin||Episode: "Figure Eight"|
|1999–2001||EastEnders||Dan Sullivan||137 episodes|
|1999||An Unsuitable Job for a Woman||Jason||Episode: "Living on Risk"|
|1999||Children in Need||Episode: #1.20|
|2004||The Courtroom||Steven Smith||Episode: "Twice Bitten"|
|2006||Dream Team||Terry Rose||Episode: "War of the Roses"|
|2007||Stargate SG-1||Arkad||Episode: "Talion"|
|2007||The Unit||Devon Burke||Episode: "Side Angle Side"|
|2008||Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Fake Sarkissian||Episode: "What He Beheld"|
|2012||Métal Hurlant Chronicles||Timarek||Episode: "Three on a Match"|
|2007||Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare||Gaz / Romeo One-One / Additional Voices||Voice|
|2009||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2||Lt. Simon "Ghost" Riley||Voice|
|2011||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Sgt. Wallcroft / Osprey co-pilot||Voice|
|2016||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered||Gaz / Romeo One-One / Additional Voices||Voice|
|2016||Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||Tee / Additional Voices||Voice|
|2018||Star Citizen||Voice / Motion capture|
|2018||Squadron 42||Vat Tagaca||Voice / Motion capture|
|2018||Battlefield V||Mason||Voice / Motion capture|
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