Craig Fairbrass

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Craig Fairbrass
Born (1964-01-15) 15 January 1964 (age 55)
Years active1980–present
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Spouse(s)Elke Kellick

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[edit]

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.[1]

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.[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.[3]

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.[4] He starred in the vampire film Dead Cert[5][6] alongside Billy Murray as well as the action film Freight and comedy Just for the Record.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9][10]

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.[11]

Fairbrass has major roles in two massively multiplayer online motion capture games, Star Citizen and Squadron 42, due for release in 2018.[12] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Fairbrass is married to Elke Kellick, a former Page Three model, and they have two sons together Jack and Luke.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Real Life Boyfriend
1988 Soursweet Driver
1988 For Queen and Country Challoner
1989 Tank Malling Jackie
1993 Cliffhanger Delmar
1994 Beyond Bedlam Terry Hamilton
1995 Galaxis Lou
1995 Proteus Alex, DEA Agent
1996 Darklands Frazer Truick
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 Devil's Playground Cole
2010 Dead Cert Freddy 'Dead Cert' Frankham
2010 Freight Jed
2010 Meet Pursuit Delange Sam Walters Short film
2011 House of the Rising Sun Charlie Blackstone
2012 Deranged Anthony
2012 Hijacked Bruce Leib
2012 St George's Day Ray Collishaw
2013 Get Lucky Sebastian
2013 Bula Quo! Simon
2013 Vikingdom Sven
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


Year Title Role Notes
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"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
2012 Infex Doyle 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


  1. ^ Foster, Tom (8 August 2017). "Five Things You Didn't Know about Craig Fairbrass". TVOvermind. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. ^ Roberts, Jerry (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 573. ISBN 978-0-8108-6138-1.
  3. ^ "The Stars of EastEnders – Then and Now". Vedomosti. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Craig Fairbrass (Person)". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  5. ^ More cast, new poster for vampire film DEAD CERT Archived 12 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ First pics from DEAD CERT bite in Archived 20 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "New Artwork and Exclusive Stills: Dead Cert". Dread Central. 2012-09-20. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  8. ^ Sandwell, Ian (17 March 2015). "'Gunned Down' starts London shoot". Screen Daily. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Awards 2016". Marbella Film Festival. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  10. ^ Smith, John (14 September 2017). "EWN EXCLUSIVE: The glitz and glitter of the Marbella International Film Festival returns". EuroWeekly News. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Winners announced at the 4th annual National Film Awards UK". National Film Awards. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  12. ^ Fahey, Mike (11 October 2015). "Gary Oldman Headlines Star-Studded Star Citizen Story Mode Cast". Kotaku. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  13. ^ Morgan, Sally (24 March 2001). "Interview: How I muscled into the Square; Craig Fairbrass talks about his transformation from Hollywood beefcake to Albert Square's latest bad guy". The Mirror. Retrieved 1 January 2013.

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