Oliver Graham Chris|
2 November 1978
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Kent|
Michael Hall (independent Steiner School), East Sussex
Central School of Speech and Drama, London|
Birkbeck College, University of London
Oliver Graham Chris (born 2 November 1978 in Tonbridge, Kent) is an English actor. He has appeared in a range of television series and TV films and on the stage, including theatrical productions in London's West End and Broadway in New York City.
Chris passed his Eleven plus exam and attended Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys before moving to the Michael Hall Steiner School in his fourth year. He later attended the Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2005 he completed an evening class at Birkbeck College and was subsequently accepted for a degree course in history, politics and philosophy.
In 2004, Chris re-wrote the lyrics to the Beatles' "Let It Be" to a song about the England football player Wayne Rooney and recorded it in collaboration with the actor Stephen Campbell Moore and a number of other actors and journalists. The song was reprised and re-recorded, with rewritten lyrics, for the 2006 Fifa World Cup and became a hit on YouTube, with 200,000 hits.
In early 2006, Chris played the role of Captain Leonard in Sharpe's Challenge, starring Sean Bean, while 2007 has seen him in the TV comedy Bonkers, written by Sally Wainwright as well as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew at the Wilton's Music Hall. In 2006 he also appeared as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. He later appeared in Peter Hall's production of The Portrait of a Lady. He made his West End debut in late 2008 in Lisa Kron's comedy, Well. In 2010 he appeared alongside Judi Dench in Hall's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.
Chris was also cast in Ben Miller's feature-length debut comedy film Huge, which premiered in June 2010. 2011 has seen him appear in two episodes of Silent Witness, whilst also playing one of the leading roles in the National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors alongside James Corden. He appeared in three series of the BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42, about a British bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan. He also played Dr Richard Truscott in the ITV medical drama series Breathless, set in the 1960s, which ran for one series from October 2013.
February to May 2017 Chris was playing Orsino in a new production of Twelfth Night at the Royal National Theatre. He is due to play Friedrich Engels in Richard Bean and Clive Coleman's new play Young Marx, the opening production at the Bridge Theatre in December 2017.
|2000||Lorna Doone||Charley Doone||TV film|
|2001||The Office||Ricky Howard||6 episodes|
|Rescue Me||Luke Chatwin||Series regular|
|The Real Jane Austen||Tom Lefroy|
|2003||The Other Boleyn Girl||Henry Percy||TV film|
|Casualty||Tim Lasky||1 episode: "The Point of No Return"|
|Sweet Medicine||Geoff||Episode 1.8|
|Frankenstein: Birth of a Monster||Percy Bysshe Shelley||TV film|
|2004||Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason||Director in Gallery|
|2004–2006||Green Wing||Boyce||18 episodes|
|2005||Nathan Barley||Max Herbert||Series regular|
|According to Bex||Ryan|
|2006||The IT Crowd||Daniel Carey||1 episode: 'Fifty-Fifty'|
|Sharpe's Challenge||Leonard||TV film|
|Tripping Over||Sam||4 episodes|
|Corpse||Kevin Brown||Short film|
|2007||Bonkers||Marcus Lewis||Series regular|
|Phineas and Ferb||Mr. Macabre (voice)||"Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror"|
|2008||Fairy Tales||Vukoosin Ergovich||TV mini-series, 1 episode: 'Rapunzel'|
|Hotel Babylon||David Duncan||Episode 3.1|
|2009||FM||Matt Kyle||1 episode: 'Blinded by the Light'|
|2011||Silent Witness||Dr. James Sabiston||2 episodes|
|One Man, Two Guvnors||Stanley Stubbers|
|2013||Bluestone 42||Captain Nick Medhurst, ATO||Series regular|
|Breathless||Dr. Richard Truscott|
|2015||The Scandalous Lady W||Viscount Deerhurst||TV film|
|2017||King Charles III||Prince William||TV film|
|2002||The Importance of Being Ernest||Algernon||Royal Theatre (Northampton)|
|2007||The Taming of the Shrew||Petruchio||Wilton's Music Hall|
|2007||Cyrano de Bergerac||Christian||Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester|
|2008||The Portrait of a Lady||Goodwood||UK Tour|
|2010||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Nick Bottom||Rose Theatre|
|2011||One Man, Two Guvnors||Stanley Stubbers||Royal National Theatre, (Lyttelton Stage) + UK 2011 Tour + Adelphi Theatre + Broadway|
|2014-2016||King Charles III||William||Almeida Theatre,+ Wyndham's Theatre,+ Broadway|
|2014||Great Britain||Asst. Commissioner Donald Doyle Davidson||Royal National Theatre (Lyttleton stage)|
|2017||Twelfth Night||Orsino||Royal National Theatre,Olivier Stage|
|2017||Young Marx||Friedrich Engels||Bridge Theatre|
- Jonathan Sale (10 November 2005). "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Oliver Chris, actor". The Independent. Archived from the original on 20 June 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2011.
- Wiltons.org.uk Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Close-up: Oliver Chris The Independent. 28 December 2008
- A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Mania. 16 February 2010
- Ben Miller is Huge at EIFF Edinburgh International Film Festival. 16 June 2010
- "King Charles III: everything you need to know about the BBC's controversial royal drama". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-05-10.