Stephen Walters

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Stephen Walters
Stephen Walters
Walters in September 2016
Born (1975-05-22) 22 May 1975 (age 42)
Merseyside, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

Stephen Walters (born 22 May 1975) is an English actor. A regular in British television and film, he has played a wide range and variety of character roles in both drama and comedy. Walters is most commonly associated with unpredictable, complex figures. He was nominated for a Royal Television Society's Best Actor award in 2013 for his role in the Sky Arts drama Ragged.[1]


In 1989, whilst at Saint Wilfrids secondary school, Walters was cast on ITV's British Children's anthology series Dramarama, portraying Corporal Tomkins, in the series seven episode entitled Ghost Story.[2][3] Walters' second professional role was in the BBC's drama anthology series Screenplay. He was featured in Jimmy McGovern's series five episode Needle (1990), a look at the heroin epidemic in Liverpool.[4]

After completion of a BTEC in Performing arts at Southport College (1990-1992), Walters went on to gain a place at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (1994-1996). In 1994 he played the lead role of Joey Jackson, a poetic soul searching for the meaning of life, in Jim Morris' Blood on the Dole as part of the Alan Bleasdale Presents series for Channel 4.[5] This performance garnered much critical acclaim for Walters and with the personal advice of Bleasdale he decided to apply to train at drama school.

After leaving drama school Walters appeared as Ian Glover in Jimmy McGovern's highly acclaimed drama Hillsborough (1996) which went on to win a BAFTA for best drama.[6][7] His next performance was in the role of Jamie Spencer on ITV's ill-fated drama series Springhill (1996), though Walters did not return for the second series due to artistic differences. In 1997 he would once again work with Needle director Julian Jarrold in the ITV drama Touching Evil.[8] Walters would portray lead guest character Jack McCaffrey, a slippery cockney, in the two-part series one finale written by Paul Abbott.

Between 1998 and 2000, Walters appeared in several episodic performances such as BBC's Pie In the Sky, opposite the late Richard Griffiths, Mikey Sullivan in Jimmy McGovern’s Liverpool 1, Private John McGrath in Band of Brothers (HBO), and Scott in Nice Guy Eddie.[9][10][11][12] During this time Walters completed his first feature film where he played the role of Dennis, opposite Robert Carlyle, in Jake Scott's anachronistic comedy Plunkett and Maclean.[13]

In 2001, Walters starred as Knockoff in the BBC’s production of writer Jim Cartwright’s (Road, Little Voices) Strumpet opposite Christopher Eccleston.[14][15] Strumpet, directed by Danny Boyle, was a contrast to the dramatic work Walters had done to date. Walters then played Kick Box Stevie in the feature film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang by Stuart Suggs.[16]

That same year Walters featured in producer Matthew Vaughn's film Mean Machine (2001), a remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds classic, as bomb expert Nitro opposite Vinnie Jones.[17][18] He then played the role of Nazi skinhead Blowfish in Ronny Yu's film The 51st State (AKA-Formula 51) opposite Samuel L Jackson and Robert Carlyle.[19] Both characters showcased the more unpredictable, dangerous type of characters that Walters seems to relish.

These consecutive roles were the springboard to Walters being cast in the lead role of prison Psychiatrist Nick Vaughn, alongside Lennie James, in Channel 4’s eight-part drama series Buried (2002).[20] The series, by producer Tony Garner, was awarded the BAFTA for Best Drama and Walters was the recipient of critical acclaim for his performance.[21]

In 2003, Walters played lead guest as Dylan Forbes in the ITV drama Murder City, directed by Sam Miller. The following year (2004) Walters was directed by Matthew Vaughn in the explosive supporting role of Shanks, opposite Daniel Craig, in the feature film Layer Cake.[22] Vaughn, who had produced Barry Scholnick’s Mean Machine, offered Walters the role. Walters' next project was Guy Richie’s film Revolver (2005) where, opposite Jason Statham, he portrayed Irish Joe. That same year saw a cameo appearance, as the Arkham Lunatic, in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed feature Batman Begins and a turn as master Lord Gilbert Gifford in the BBC's Virgin Queen.[23]

In 2007, after a self-imposed year hiatus, Walters undertook three new projects. First was the feature film Hannibal Rising, the final installment of the Hannibal series which explored the origins of Hannibal Lecter. Walters portrayed Zigmas Milko, a man of Eastern European origin and one of Hannibal’s main victims.[24] Immediately following his role in Hannibal, Walters was featured in BBC 3’s six part comedy series entitled The Visit, which was set in a prison waiting room.[25] Walters played Splodge Costello, a Manchunian rogue and a troublesome yet likeable loser. Later that same year, he played Maddison Twatter (AKA-Mad Twatter) in a three episodes stint for E4's cult smash Skins.[26]

In 2008 Walters appeared in Franklyn, a film directed by Gerald McMorrow, which premiered at the London Film Festival.[27][28] His dual role as Bill Wasnik/Wormsnakes was played opposite Bernard Hill and Ryan Philippe respectively. In another two-part drama entitled Wire In The Blood, Walters played serial killer on the loose James Williams.[29] Robson Green, also featured in the series, collaborated with Walters in ITV’s 1997 drama Touching Evil. These episodes were directed by Philip John who would later direct Walters in Outlander (2014-2016).[30]

In Splintered, a horror movie released to cinemas in 2010, Walters played dual roles as brothers Vincent and Gavin. These roles were particularly demanding as scenes with both characters were shot and edited without the use of digital effects.[31] Powder (2011), based on Kevin Sampson's novel of the same name, featured Walters in the role of Johnny Winegums, the manager of an aspiring POP music group.[32] The film was partially shot on location at the V festival in Suffolk.[33] Later that year Walters featured heavily in Age of Heroes along side Sean Bean.[34] The WWII drama, directed by Adrian Vitoria, highlighted the story of Ian Fleming’s Commandos who were assigned to infiltrate behind enemy lines in the Nazi controlled snowy mountains of Norway.[35]

In 2012 Walters played the role of gangster Callum Rose, opposite his friend actor Stephen Graham, in the BBC’s production Good Cop. The series, Written by Stephen Butchard and directed by Sam Miller, won the RTS award for Best Drama in 2013 despite only running for one season.[36][37][38] That same year Walters played the role of Gaz in Niall Griffiths' film Kelly + Victor.

In the spring of 2013, Walters played the lead role of Ricky Tomlinson in Ragged, a one-off drama for the Sky Arts Presents series, directed by comedian Johnny Vegas.[39] The role dealt with Tomlinson's incarceration during the 1970s builders strike.[40] For his performance, Walters was nominated for an RTS Award as Best Actor in a single drama.[41] 2013 also brought Walters lead roles in two television series. First was the comedy Great Night Out, from Jimmy Mulville’s Hat Trick Productions, where Walters played Daz Taylor.[42] Second was The Village where he played Crispin Ingham, a sadistic teacher from Derbyshire.[43] Director Antonia Bird cast Walters in the latter and he was devastated to hear of her sudden death not long after filming.[44] Though a second series of The Village was commissioned, Walters was unable to reprise his role due to a scheduling conflict with filming Outlander (2014-2016).[45] Walters also worked with previous co-star Sean Bean in an episode of 2013's The Accused, penned by Jimmy McGovern.[46]

Walters worked extensively with director Brian Kelly in 2014. He filmed three episodes of NBC's Dracula, opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, as Hungarian detective Hackett.[47] The series was shot in Budapest, Hungary.[48] Kelly then cast Walters as Simon the Sorcerer in NBC's series AD the Bible Continues, a sequel to Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's miniseries The Bible (2015). The series was shot in Morocco.[49]

From 2014-2016, opposite Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and Graham McTavish, Walters portrayed the featured role of Angus Mhor in the television adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best selling Scottish time travel novel Outlander. Between seasons one and two of Outlander, Walters was featured in two stylistically different shows for the BBC. He appeared in two episodes of Dickensian (2015) opposite Stephen Rea, and guest starred as Borel in an episode of Musketeers (2015), shot in Prague.[50]

In early 2017, Walters appeared in two episodes of AMC's post-apocalyptic original series Into the Badlands as The Engineer, an American warlord, opposite Daniel Wu and Nick Frost.[51] He also appeared as DCI mark Guinness in Little Boy Blue, a four-part factual drama that was based on the murder of Rhys Jones and written for ITV by Jeff Pope.[52][53]

Walters recently completed filming on Rowan Joffe's Tin Star for Sky Atlantic, wherein he is featured as failed rock star Johnny. Filmed in Canada, the production features Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, and has been described as a contemporary western.[54] Walters is currently filming series four of acclaimed BBC drama Shetland.[55]

In addition to his acting credits, Walters has written and directed several short films. The first is entitled Danny Boy, and is a drama where a man must come to terms with his mother's Alzheimer’s.[56] Second, a recently completed film titled I'm not Here, is an exploration of the enigmatic Charles Manson wherein Walters plays the lead role.[57] Walters is currently working on his first documentary, an in-depth look at Merseybeat musician Tommy Quickly, with friend and fellow actor Andrew Gower. The project was funded through Kickstarter, a widely used crowdfunding platform.[58]



Year Title Character Production Notes
1989 Dramarama Tomkins ITV Appeared in: Season 7, Ep. 2 "Ghost Story"
1990 Screenplay Viaduct Boy BBC Appeared in: Season 5, Ep. 11 "Needle"
1993 Brookside Geoff Rogers Channel 4 Appeared in: Series 1: Ep. 1327, 1327, 1331, 1332, 1334, 1336, 1337
1994 Blood On the Dole Joey Jackson Channel 4 TV Movie (Based upon Jim Morris' play of the same name.)
1995 Jake's Progress Joey Channel 4 Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 7
1996 Hillsborough Ian Glover ITV Movie (Based upon the Hillsborough Disaster of 1989)
1997 Touching Evil Jack McCaffrey ITV Appeared in: Season 1, Ep. 5, 6 "Deadly Web (Two parts)"
1996-7 Springhill Jamie Johnson ITV Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 1, 3-14
1997 Pie in the Sky Hotel Receptionist BBC Appeared in: Series 5, Ep. 2 "Ugly Customers"
1998 Liverpool 1 Mikey Sullivan ITV Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 1
2001 Strumpet Knockoff BBC Movie
2001 Band of Brothers John McGrath HBO / BBC Appeared in Season 1, Ep. 3 "Carentan"
2002 Nice Guy Eddie Scott BBC Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 1
2003 Buried Dr. Nick Vaughan Channel 4 Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 1-8
2003 Silent Witness Neville Anderson BBC Appeared in: Series 7, Ep. 7, 8 "Beyond Guilt: Part 1 & 2"
2004 Murder City Dylan Forbes ITV Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 1 "The Critical Path"
2005 The Virgin Queen Gilbert Gifford BBC Appeared in: Ep. 2
2007 Skins Mad Twatter E4 Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 1, 2, 3
2007 The Visit Splodge Costello BBC Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
2008 Wire in the Blood James Williams ITV Appeared in: Series 6, Ep. 7, 8
2012 Hit & Miss Philip ITV Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 6
2012 Good Cop Callum Rose BBC Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 1, 2, 3
2013 Accused Alan Baines BBC Appeared in: Series 2, Ep. 3 "Tracie's Story"
2013 Great Night Out Daz Taylor ITV Series 1
2013 The Village Crispin Ingham BBC Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 1, 2, 3, 6
2013 Playhouse Presents Young Ricky Sky Arts Appeared in: Series 2, Ep. 8 "Ragged"
2013 Dracula Hackett NBC Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 6, 7, 8
2014 to 2016 Outlander Angus Mhor Starz Appeared in: Season 1, 2
2015 A.D.: The Bible Continues Simon the Sorcerer NBC Appeared in: Season 1, Ep. 7, 8
2016 Dickensian Manning BBC Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 15, 18
2016 Quantico University President ABC Appeared in: Season 1, Ep. 16
2016 The Musketeers Borel BBC Appeared in: Series 3, Ep. 5
2017 Into The Badlands The Engineer AMC Appeared in: Season 2, Ep. 1, 2
2017 Little Boy Blue DCI Mark Guinness ITV Appeared in: Series 1, Ep. 1-4
2017 Tin Star Johnny Sky Atlantic In Post Production
2017 Shetland Thomas Malone BBC Currently Filming


Year Title Character Notes
1999 Plunkett & Macleane Dennis
2000 Liam Black Shirt
2001 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Kick Box Stevie
2001 Mike Bassett: England Manager Supporter
2001 The 51st State Blowfish
2001 Mean Machine Nitro
2004 Layer Cake Shanks
2005 Batman Begins Arkham lunatic
2007 Hannibal Rising Zigmas Milko
2008 Franklyn Wormsnakes/Wasnik
2010 Splintered Gavin/Vincent
2011 Age of Heroes Cpl. Syd Brightling Based upon the events surrounding the creation of Ian Fleming's 30 Commando Unit.
2011 Powder Johnny Winegums
2012 Kelly + Victor Gaz


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