Sean Harris

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Sean Harris
Sean Harris on set.jpg
Harris in 2014
Born 1966 (age 48–49)
Bethnal Green, London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present

Sean Harris (born 1966) is an English actor, best known for his role as Micheletto Corella in Showtime's television series The Borgias.[1] Harris has appeared in several independent British films, most notably his performance as the Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis in the film 24 Hour Party People and in the critically acclaimed '71 which earned him a British Independent Film Award nomination for supporting actor. He's also appeared in Brothers of the Head, Harry Brown, Brighton Rock and critically acclaimed miniseries Red Riding Trilogy and Southcliffe. He broke into the mainstream with supporting roles as Fifield in Ridley Scott's Prometheus and Neil Jordan's The Borgias, and as the lead villain opposite Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.

Life and career[edit]

Harris was born in Bethnal Green, London, but grew up in Norwich, Norfolk.[1] At age 23, Harris moved to London to train at the Drama Centre London from 1989 to 1992.[1] Notable roles include the cult horror film Creep, in which he played a psychopathic killer stalking the London Underground. Harris appeared in his first British feature film lead in the independent film Saxon, released in 2007. In Saxon, Harris plays a newly released inmate who returns home owing an accumulating debt.

Other notable roles include serial killer Ian Brady, one of the notorious culprits of the Moors Murders, on ITV1's See No Evil: The Moors Murders, and Nick Sidney in the cult mockumentary Brothers of the Head. Harris played Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Michael Winterbottom film 24 Hour Party People. He has also appeared in the 2007 film Outlaw and in the television film Wedding Belles by Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh. Harris played the drug dealer Stretch in Harry Brown. Harris played small-time criminal Fred Hale in a new film adaptation of Brighton Rock, released in February 2011. Harris appeared in the British thriller film A Lonely Place to Die previously known as The Grave at Angel's Peak directed by Julian Gilbey.[2]

Another notable performance came in 2002. Harris appeared in a short film, directed by Kevin Thomas, True Love (Once Removed). He played a troubled and lonely young man, Steven, with no prospects, who finds, via an illegal time-machine, the young woman who will grow up to become his eventual "true love", except that she is now only an 8-year-old girl. Steven must find a way to place himself in a position to meet her in the future. The film won Best Short Film at both the Palm Springs and Houston Film Festivals and was selected for the Clermont-Ferrand, London Raindance and Los Angeles Short Film festivals and qualified for Oscar nomination in 2004.[3]

Harris gave another noteworthy performance in the short film Native Son in 2010, playing a troubled potato picker whose loneliness, social awkwardness and isolation from the townspeople leads to a one-time road-side event, and a quick decision that has tragic consequences. The film was written and directed by Scottish director Scott Graham and premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[4] He played Fifield in the Ridley Scott 2012 science fiction film, Prometheus.

After The Borgias, Harris went on to play Campbell in the film Serena (2014), based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ron Rash. The cast includes Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Harris then filmed Deliver Us From Evil with Eric Bana and Olivia Munn, directed by Scott Derrickson, and based upon the 2001 novel "Beware the Night" by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool. Harris was cast by Derrickson for Deliver Us from Evil, without an interview, based upon Derrickson having seen Harris' performance in Harry Brown.[5] His next role, in 2013, was for The Goob, a feature film in which Harris plays a womanizing stock car driver. The Goob is directed by Guy Myhill (who directed Harris in 1997 in a short film Two Halftimes to Hell and in 2001 Harris also appeared in Myhill's The Bilsons about an unfunny small caravan of travelling circus clowns). In 2010, Harris again worked with Myhill. Harris did a cameo appearance in a music video for the Norwich band the Black Sharks' debut album titled Lose Control.[6]

Known as an intense actor of Stanislavski's system, Harris frequently remains unavailable for interviews while filming, preferring not to break with character.[7] However, his "method" allows him to film with few takes.[8] It was said that in preparing to play Brian Tobin of the Iceni Project for the TV Series, Five Daughters, Harris followed the real Brian Tobin around during pre-production.[9]

Harris has been collaborating with Montserrat Lombard. Together they are working on the screen plays for two short films called White and Imager. Harris will play the lead in the first installment in the series, and Montserrat Lombard (who directed Harris in the music video "Battles"), will direct. This will be Harris' first collaborative screen play in which he will also act. The first short film, White, has completed filming. Harris also has completed filming of Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel with the film company See-Saw Films.[10] Summer 2014, Sean Harris filmed "Trespass Against Us", a feature film about three generations of an outlaw family, and conflicting cross-generational loyalties.[11]

At the British Film Institute event of 8–19 October 2014, Harris had 3 films being presented in which he had a role, '71; Serena and The Goob.[12]


Harris' television credits include Channel 4's drama series Cape Wrath as Gordon Ormond, the BBC series Ashes to Ashes as Arthur Layton, the Waking the Dead episode "Pietà" as former Serb war criminal Radovan Sredinić and as the corrupt Inspector Bob Craven in Channel 4's critically acclaimed Red Riding series. In the recent BBC TV drama Five Daughters, he played Brian Tobin, co-founder of The Iceni Project, a drugs treatment facility based in Suffolk. He appeared as the assassin Micheletto in The Borgias, a historical television series created by Neil Jordan. In 2013 he starred in the Channel 4 drama Southcliffe.[13] In 2014, he appeared as Joss Merlyn in the BBC's poorly received adaptation of Jamaica Inn.[14]

Notable appearances[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Two Half-Times to Hell Tom Short film
1997 Wet Work Sean Short film
2001 The Discovery of Heaven Bart Bork
2001 The Bilsons Perry Short film
2002 True Love (Once Removed) Steven Short film, won Best Short Film at Palm Springs and Houston Film Festivals
2002 Tom & Thomas Kevin
2002 24 Hour Party People Ian Curtis
2002 Pay Day Andy Short film
2003 Nicotine Yellow Diggie Short film
2004 Trauma Roland
2004 Creep Craig, the "Creep"
2004 The Hare Soldier
2005 Asylum Nick
2005 Frozen Hurricane Frank
2005 Brothers of the Head Nick Sidney
2005 Isolation Jamie
2007 Outlaw Simon Hillier
2007 Saxon Eddie
2009 Harry Brown Stretch
2010 Native Son John Short film
2010 Brighton Rock Hale
2011 A Lonely Place to Die Mr Kidd
2012 Prometheus Fifield
2014 Deliver Us from Evil Santino
2014 The Goob Gene Womack The Goob was nominated and won the award for Best Achievement in Production at the British Independent Film Awards
2014 '71 Captain Sandy Browning Nominated - British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Serena Campbell
2015 White[18] Samuel Short film co-written by Sean Harris and Montserrat Lombard; post-production
2015 Macbeth Macduff Opening 2 October (UK); 4 December (U.S.)
Pending — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Solomon Lane
2015 Trespass Against Us Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Minder Dean TV series (1 episode: "Bring Me the Head of Arthur Daley")
1994 The Bill Matthew / Russell Hines / Stuart Kennedy TV series (3 episodes)
1995 Signs and Wonders Carl Maynard TV film
1995 The Vet Neil Fairbrother TV series (1 episode: "Home Truths")
1996 A Mug's Game Con TV series
1998 Kavanagh QC Mark Holmes TV series (1 episode: "Care in the Community")
1999 Jesus Thomas TV film
1999 Hot House Cheddar TV film from a BBC series entitled "Acts of Passion"
2000 Casualty Tim Vanner TV series (1 episode: "Starting Over")
2001 The Hunt Clem Mackie TV film
2002 Judge John Deed Gerry Hewitt TV series (1 episode: "Political Expediency")
2003 The Vice Miles Wilson TV series (1 episode: "Control")
2003 Strange Robin Thomas TV series (1 episode: "Asmoth")
2006 See No Evil: The Moors Murders Ian Brady TV film
2007 Wedding Belles Adrian Collins TV film
2007 Ashes to Ashes Arthur Layton TV series (2 episodes)
2007 Meadowlands Gordon Ormond TV series (3 episodes)
2009 Red Riding Trilogy Detective Superintendent Bob Craven TV film
2009 Law & Order: UK Roland Kirk TV series (1 episode: "Community Service")
2009 Waking the Dead Radovan Sredinic TV series (2 episodes)
2010 Five Daughters Brian Tobin TV series (3 episodes)
2011–2013 The Borgias Micheletto Corella TV series
2013 Southcliffe Stephen Morton TV Miniseries
British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
2014 Jamaica Inn Joss Merlyn TV Miniseries

Screen plays[edit]

Year Title Notes
2014 White[18] Original story by Sean Harris; screen play co-written with Montserrat Lombard; short film
2015 Imager[18] Short co-written by Sean Harris and Montserrat Lombard; expected release 2015

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2014 British Academy Television Awards Best Actor Southcliffe Won
2014 British Independent Film Award Best Supporting Actor '71 Nominated
2015 British Independent Film Award Best Supporting Actor Macbeth Pending


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  2. ^ Cooper, Sarah. "A Lonely Place Gears up for Scottish Shoot,". Screen Daily, 13 May 2010. Retrieved January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bandits Productions Kevin Thomas Films". Bandits Productions. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Semainedelacritique Cannes Native Son World Premiere, 2010". Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Dickson, Evan. "[Interview] Scott Derrickson". Bloody Disgusting, 1 July 2014. 
  6. ^ Briggs, Stacia (3 November 2010). "Norwich band's Vegas gamble pays off". Evening News 24. 
  7. ^ Long, Natalie, ed. (4 August 2013). "GulfNews". Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Kitley's Krypt". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "BBC Suffok". 20 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Troika Talent Agency". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Sandwell, Ian. "Lionsgate Acquires Trespass Against Us". Screen Daily. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "BFI London Film Festival". Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Robinson, John (2013) "Southcliffe: the most harrowing drama on TV", The Guardian, 26 July 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013
  14. ^ "BBC blames mumbling Jamaica Inn cast". Telegraph Online. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mark Ronson - "Stop Me"". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Live at the Foundry - Svengali". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Battles". Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c "Susin Films". IMDb. 

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