Graham in August 2013
|Born||3 August 1973|
Kirkby, Lancashire, England
Stephen Joseph Graham (born 3 August 1973) is an English actor. He played Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne in This Is England (2006) and its television sequels This Is England '86 (2010), This Is England '88 (2011), and This Is England '90 (2015). His roles also include Tommy in Snatch (2000), Shang in Gangs of New York (2002), Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies (2009), Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano in The Irishman (2019), and Scrum in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. On television, he has starred in the fifth series of the BBC One series Line of Duty, as Al Capone in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and as Jacob Marley in the BBC/FX miniseries A Christmas Carol (2019).
Stephen Joseph Graham was born on 3 August 1973 in the Southdene area of Kirkby, Lancashire.[a] He was raised by his mother, a social worker, and his stepfather, a mechanic who later became a paediatric nurse. He maintained a good relationship with his biological father. His paternal grandfather was Jamaican, while his paternal grandmother was Swedish. He attended Overdale Primary School in Kirkby, where he was encouraged to pursue an acting career at the age of eight by local actor Andrew Schofield, who had seen him perform as Jim Hawkins in a school production of Treasure Island. He then continued his education at Ruffwood Comprehensive and was subsequently introduced to Liverpool's Everyman Theatre at the age of 14, later going on to train at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance.
Graham has often portrayed characters from different British, Irish and American regions. He has played characters who are Cockney, Geordie, Scouse and Scottish, as well as an Irish gang member in 19th-century New York City, a 1930s Chicago bank robber, a Brooklyn mobster, a Texan, the short-fused English nationalist "Combo" in This Is England, and a Jamaican gangster in Yardie.
Graham was nominated for an RTS Award for his work in The Street and a British Independent Film Award for his work on This Is England. He appeared in the music videos for "I Remember" by Deadmau5 and Kaskade, both "Fluorescent Adolescent" and "When the Sun Goes Down" by the Arctic Monkeys, "Unlovable" by Babybird (directed by Johnny Depp), and Gazelle's single "Finger on the Trigger". Graham also appeared in the music video "Soul Vampire" by Macclesfield-based neo-psychedelic band The Virginmarys, and the music video for "Turn" by Travis, also Kasabian's video "You're in Love with a Psycho". He appeared as an inmate within the open prison system for Goldie's "I Adore You" music video in 2017.
In 2011 Graham starred in the BBC Christmas show Lapland, but when the series was remade as Being Eileen, Graham's role was recast with Dean Andrews. He also appeared on a promotional video for a DLC of the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts, titled "CODnapped".
Graham appeared in ITV production White House Farm in January 2020, appearing as Welsh detective "Taff" Jones. A number of pundits including Carolyn Hitt of WalesOnline criticised Graham's performance, stating that his Welsh accent was inauthentic. Some online commentators described the accent as the "worst screen accent since Dick Van Dyke".
Graham married actress Hannah Walters on 6 June 2008. They met and began a relationship while training at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance and currently reside in Ibstock, Leicestershire, having previously lived in the Beckenham area of London. They have a son named Alfie and a daughter named Grace.
Graham has struggled with depression, which once led to a suicide attempt: "In my early twenties, I suffered from really bad depression and tried to take my own life once. Thankfully, the rope snapped and I'm here today. But I know the loneliness, isolation and feeling you can't cope in the world."
Graham is teetotal. He suffers from dyslexia and has said that his wife reads scripts for him and helps him decide whether to accept or decline a role: "She says, 'We're doing this,' and I say, 'OK.' [...] If I can find socially aware, political things that are saying something—well, that's where I'm from. It's what I know. So it's where I've tried to keep my base."
|1990||Children's Ward||Mickey Bell||2 episodes|
|1993||Heartbeat||Barry Ward||Episode: "Riders of the Storm"|
|1996||Devil's Food||WPKV News Director||Television film|
|1997||The Lakes||Graham||"Episode No.1.1"|
|1998||Brothers and Sisters||Andrew|
|Where the Heart Is||Nick Bowen||Episode: "Darkness Follows"|
|Liverpool 1||Thewlis||2 episodes|
|The Jump||Peter McNulty|
|1998–2002||The Bill||Jezzo / Jason Barrett||3 episodes|
|1999||Coronation Street||Lee Sankey||5 episodes|
|2000||Forgive and Forget||John||Television film|
|2001||Band of Brothers||Sgt. Myron "Mike" Ranney||2 episodes|
|2002||Flesh and Blood||Eddie||Television film|
|2004||Top Buzzer||Lee||10 episodes|
|2005||M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team||Jason Phelps||"Episode No.2.3"|
|2006–2007||The Innocence Project||Andrew Lucas||6 episodes|
|2008||The Passion||Barabbas||3 episodes|
|The Street||Shay Ryan||2 episodes|
Nominated — RTS Award for Best Actor
|2010||This Is England '86||Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne||2 episodes|
|2010–2014||Boardwalk Empire||Al Capone||36 episodes|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2011||This Is England '88||Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne||2 episodes|
|Walk like a Panther||Mark Bolton||1 episode|
|2012||Accused||Tony||Episode: "Tracie's Story"|
|Parade's End||Vincent Macmaster||5 episodes|
|Good Cop||Noel Finch||4 episodes|
|2013||Playhouse Presents||Len||Episode: "The Call Out"|
|2015||This Is England '90||Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne||3 episodes|
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
|2016||The Secret Agent||Chief Inspector Heat||3 episodes|
|The Watchman||Carl||Television film|
|2017||Decline and Fall||Philbrick||3 episodes|
|Little Boy Blue||Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly||4 episodes|
|2018||Save Me||Fabio "Melon" Melonzola||6 episodes|
|Action Team||Gavril||Episode: "Mind Games"|
|2019||Line of Duty||John Corbett||Series 5|
|The Virtues||Joseph||4 episodes|
|A Christmas Carol||Jacob Marley||Miniseries|
|2020||White House Farm||DCI Taff Jones|
|TBA||The North Water||Captain Brownlee|
|2006||"When the Sun Goes Down"||Arctic Monkeys|
|2007||"Fluorescent Adolescent"||Arctic Monkeys|
|2008||"I Remember"||Deadmau5 ft. Kaskade|
|2017||"You're in Love with a Psycho"||Kasabian|
|2018||"Finger on the Trigger"||Gazelle|
|2019||"Wandering Star"||Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds|
- Before 1 April 1974, Kirkby was in Lancashire and not Merseyside.
- England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916–2007
- "Gralf Limited - Officers (free information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
- Arnstrong, Stephen (27 October 2019), "Stephen Graham interview: The teetotal actor on playing an alcoholic in The Virtues, his failed suicide bid, and playing a mobster in Scorsese’s epic The Irishman", The Times.
- Barkham, Patrick (30 June 2009). "'Gizza job, CBeebies'". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- Cline, Rich (22 April 2007). "Shane Meadows discusses his most personal film to date, which is saying something". Shadows on the Wall. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
Stephen Graham, who plays Combo, he has a mixed-race heritage. He has a Swedish grandmother, a fully Jamaican grandfather [...]
- Kermode, Jennie (23 February 2007), "Racism and rights of passage: Actor Stephen Graham discusses his role in this year's most talked-about British film, This Is England", Eye For Film.
- McAlpine, Fraser (10 May 2009). "Deadmau5 & Kaskade - 'I Remember'". BBC. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- Banduk, Gazelle. "Gazelle - Finger On The Trigger" – via YouTube.
- Munn, Patrick (13 September 2012). "BBC One Orders Follow Up To Christmas Comedy 'Lapland', Stephen Graham's Role Recast". TV Wise. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- "Being Eileen". BBC. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- Hitt, Carolyn (11 January 2020). "'We need authentic Welsh voices - not English actors mangling our accents'". walesonline. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
- Marlow, Lee; Smith, Daniel (20 February 2018). "Meet Stephen Graham, the Hollywood star who lives in a Leicestershire village". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 30 April 2018.