Craig Parkinson

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Craig Parkinson
Born (1976-03-11) 11 March 1976 (age 42)
Height6 ft 4 12 in (1.94 m)
Spouse(s)Susan Lynch

Craig Parkinson (born 11 March 1976) is an English actor and podcaster. He has appeared as Shaun in the E4 series Misfits, the twins Jimmy and Johnny Kray in the ITV series Whitechapel, and DI Matthew 'Dot' Cottan in BBC Two's Line of Duty.

He has also acted in several independent films including Control, Soulboy, The Unloved, and Four Lions.

Early life[edit]

Parkinson grew up in Blackpool, Lancashire. He began acting at an early age in school plays.[1] He studied at Blackpool and The Fylde College before moving to London aged seventeen to attend Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Parkinson's early roles were small parts in long-running British television series such as Dalziel and Pascoe, The Bill, and Holby City. He made his film debut in 2007 in Control, a biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in which he played the role of Tony Wilson. In 2008 he starred in the British independent film The Taxidermist, playing The Taxidermist. The film won several awards, including Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 'Best Live Action Film over 15 minutes' and Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival 'Best Short Film'.[3][4]

In 2009 he played the abusive care worker Ben in the British television drama The Unloved, the directorial debut of Samantha Morton. Parkinson had previously starred alongside her in Control. The Unloved also featured Lauren Socha, with whom Parkinson would later star alongside in Misfits, as well as his wife, Susan Lynch.

In 2010 Parkinson played both of the twins Jimmy and Johnny Kray in the ITV television series Whitechapel. The role involved a boxing scene which he prepared for by taking boxing lessons and going on a no-carb diet.[5] In the same year he played Alan in the British film SoulBoy and Cubitt in the British film Brighton Rock. Towards the end of 2010 he began playing the probation worker Shaun in the E4 television series Misfits. He continued this role throughout 2011.

In 2011 he starred in the British independent film Ghosted, playing the psychotic and violent prisoner Clay. The film also starred John Lynch, Parkinson's brother-in-law, and Martin Compston, with whom Parkinson had previously starred in SoulBoy. In the same year, Parkinson played Tommy Flynn in the BBC sitcom In with the Flynns. Parkinson's character was described as "the star of the show" by David Butcher of the Radio Times and "the standout character of the show" by On the Box's Harry Hamburg.[6][7]

In 2011 Parkinson appeared as the corrupt DS Matt 'Dot' Cottan in the award-winning BBC Two series Line of Duty.[8]

In 2012 he appeared as the Reverend Horace in the BBC supernatural thriller The Secret of Crickley Hall, adapted from the novel of the same name written by British author James Herbert. The Secret of Crickley Hall also featured his wife. Parkinson also starred in the music video for the song "Two Fingers" by Jake Bugg.[9]

In 2013 he starred in the ITV1 comedy drama series Great Night Out as Glyn.[10] He also appeared as Charles Crout in Channel 4 drama The Mill.

He reprised his role as Matt 'Dot' Cottan in 2013 for the second series of Line of Duty, and in 2015 for the third series.

In 2015, he originated the role of Inspector Fry in Martin McDonagh's acclaimed play Hangmen, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre before transferring to London's West End after a sold-out run, and being broadcast by National Theatre Live. He also played the compassionate missionary Dougie Raworth in Indian Summers.

In 2017, he appeared on the UK panel show Would I Lie to You?.


He hosts Two Shot Podcast, a podcast about actors and acting. The Guardian favourably reviewed the podcast, describing it as the "antithesis of a luvvie-darling discussion", and Parkinson himself as a "natural interviewer".[11] It won best culture podcast at the 2018 British podcast awards.[12][13] The podcast is sometimes recorded at live events, such as Paddy Considine at North by Northwich compered by The Charlatans. [14]

Personal life[edit]

Parkinson is 6 feet 4.5 inches (1.943 m) tall.[2] He is married to Irish actress Susan Lynch; they have a son together.[2] The couple currently live in the Cotswolds, after moving out of London.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Dalziel and Pascoe Paul Collingwood Series 6, Episode 2: "Home Truths"
2002 Attachments Darren Series 2, Episode 10: "Logan's Run"
The Bill Detroitz Series 18, Episode 71 and 72
2002–2003 Ed Stone Is Dead Scotty Wilmslow Series 1, Episode 1, 9, 10, and 11
2003 Holby City Gaz Simpson Series 5, Episode 29: "Desperate Measures"
2004 No Angels Mick Series 1, Episode 1
Hustle Art Tutor Series 1, Episode 5: "A Touch of Class"
Black Books Martin the Tout Series 3, Episode 4: "A Little Flutter"
Born and Bred Eric Series 3, Episode 6: "And Is There Still Honey for Tea?"
2005 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Simon Dawkins Series 4, Episode 1: "In Divine Proportion"
2007 Lead Balloon Simon Russell Series 2, Episode 6: "Debacle"
2008 Lark Rise to Candleford Young Amos Series 1, Episode 3
2010 Whitechapel Jimmy Kray/Johnny Kray Series 2, all episodes
2010–2011 Misfits Shaun All of Series 2 and episodes 1-5 of Series 3
2011 In with the Flynns Tommy Flynn Series 1, all episodes
2012 The Secret of Crickley Hall Reverend Horace Episode 3
2013 Endeavour Reg Tracepurcel Series 2, Episode 4 "Rocket"
Great Night Out Glyn Main Cast
The Mill Charles Crout All episodes
2014 Prey DI Sean Devlin All episodes
2011 - 2015 Line of Duty DS/DI Matthew 'Dot' Cottan Main Cast. Series 1, 2 & 3. Uncredited appearance Series 4.
2016 Uncle Cyril
2015 - 2016 Indian Summers Dougie Raworth Series 1 and Series 2, all episodes
2018 Killed by My Debt Bailiff
2018 Sick of It Neil Series 1, Episode 1


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Control Tony Wilson
Virgin Territory Tindaro
2008 The Other Man George
2009 The Taxidermist The Taxidermist Short film
The Unloved Ben TV film
Desert Flower Neil
2010 Four Lions Matthew 'Matt' Jaggard
SoulBoy Alan
Brighton Rock Cubitt
2011 When the Lights Went Out Brian
Ghosted Clay
2018 Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Peter Butler Standalone film from TV series Black Mirror


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Martin Guerre Ensemble Prince Edward Theatre[16]
2000 Much Ado About Nothing Watchman Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.[17]
The Pirates of Penzance Policeman Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.[17]
A Midsummer Night's Dream Francis Flute Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.[17]
2006 Measure for Measure Provost Complicite/National Theatre[18]
2006 Everything is Illuminated Alex Perchov/Sofiowka Hampstead Theatre, London. Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, adapted by Simon Block.[19]
2011 Ecstasy Len Hampstead Theatre, London[20]
2015 Hangmen Inspector Fry Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre, London


  1. ^ Horn, Matt. "Interview: Craig Parkinson". Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Wolf, Matt. "Craig Parkinson on Standing Tall and Finding Ecstasy on the London Stage". Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  3. ^ The Taxidermist on IMDb
  4. ^ "The Taxidermist". Bertie Films.
  5. ^ "Whitechapel Interviews: Craig Parkinson". Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  6. ^ Butcher, David. "In With The Flynns Review: The New My Family?". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  7. ^ Hamburg, Harry. "In With The Flynns: In the Press". Retrieved 19 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Cast announced for new BBC Two drama Line Of Duty" (Press release). BBC Press Office. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
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  10. ^ "Great Night Out Synopsis". Hat Trick Productions. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
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  15. ^ Tate, Gabriel (2016-04-26). "Line of Duty's Craig Parkinson on playing TV's nastiest man: 'I'm a master at lurking'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  16. ^ "Cast Details for Martin Guerre".
  17. ^ a b c "Craig Parkinson". Troika Talent.
  18. ^ "Cast Credits for Measure for Measure, National Theatre/Complicite".
  19. ^ "Cast & Creative Team for Everything is Illuminated, Hampstead Theatre".
  20. ^ "Cast & Creative Team for Ecstasy, Hampstead Theatre".

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