Steven Cree in 2018
29 February 1980
|Alma mater||Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama|
|Known for||Ian Murray in Outlander (2014–present) |
Christopher Seton in Outlaw King (2018)
Steven Cree (born 29 February 1980) is a Scottish film, television, and theatre actor. He is best known for his role as Ian Murray in the Starz television series Outlander. His other work includes the films Brave, 300: Rise of an Empire, Maleficent, 51 Degrees North, Churchill, and the TV series Lip Service.
Cree was born in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland in 1980, the son of a local kitchen and bathroom fitter. Upon completion of Secondary School, he attended Langside College in Glasgow for a year before applying, and being accepted to, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). In his final year at RSAMD, he was signed by a London Talent agent and moved to the city after completing school.
Cree began his professional career in 2001 with the guest starring role of Gerry in an episode of CBBC's weekly comedy series G-Force. He went on to guest star in an episode of BBC's medical drama Doctors in 2002 and ITV's prison drama Bad Girls in 2003. 2006 saw Cree guest star in BBC's medical drama Holby City and Sky 1's football drama Dream Team. Cree returned to BBC's Doctors in 2007 with a second guest role in series nine and had a guest role in series eleven of the popular crime drama Silent Witness.
In 2009, Cree made the transition from television to feature films by starring as Antonio Vivialdi in Condor Pictures' Vivaldi, the Red Priest and director Craig Lyn's short film Closing Doors He was then cast in episode five of ITV's six part mini-series Identity. The crime drama followed a newly formed police unit investigating identity left cases. Cree worked with actor/director Noel Clarke twice in 2010 as he was featured in the thriller 126.96.36.199., which followed four friends targeted by a smuggling ring, and the comedy Huge, which focused on a would-be stand up comedy duo. E4's teenage science-fiction drama Misfits saw Cree return to episodic television with a season two guest spot that same year. He was then featured in award winning Kurdish director Chiman Rahimi's sort film Rojin. The next year saw Cree feature in the supernatural thriller film The Awakening and in director Tom Harper's short film The Swarm.
2012 brought Cree a recurring role on BBC Three's groundbreaking drama Lip Service. He portrayed Ryder, Sam Murray's police partner, opposite Heather Peace. His next performance was as featured guest star Corporal Vince Grafton in a series two episode of ITV's murder mystery series Vera. Throughout 2012, Cree had minor roles in major motion pictures such as Disney's John Carter and Brave (animated; voice work), British thriller Tower Block, and the Noel Clarke comedy The Knot.
Actor turned director Sam Hoare's 2013 debut film, Having You, featured Cree in the role of Paul. That same year, he portrayed Lennox in Kenneth Branagh's stage production of Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival. The production sold out, but was broadcast live to audiences in Manchester, England and around the globe on 20 July, 2013 as part of the National Theatre's NT Live broadcasts. That same year, director Ruth Sewell cast Cree in the lead role of Matt in her short film Fish Love, which was featured at the London Short Film Festival.
2014 saw Cree return to television in series two of the BBC's crime drama Shetland, based on the best-selling book series by Ann Cleeves. He next tackled minor roles in Disney's live action film Maleficent, which focuses on the villain of their 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty, and the made for TV film Marvellous. He returned to television to guest star as Miras in the two-part Series Two premier of BBC's family drama Atlantis, which only ran for two seasons before being cancelled. It was announced in 2014 that Cree has been cast in the role of Ian Murray in Starz time travel drama Outlander, based upon the best-selling book series from author Diana Gabaldon. The role is recurring and will continue throughout the series.
Cree was cast in the guest role of Levesque in BBC's popular drama The Musketeers in 2015, portraying Porthos' brother-in-law in the series two episode. That same year, he guest starred in the "mockumentary" Hoff the Record along side actor David Hasselhoff. He went on to roles in several feature films such as Colin Kennedy's Swung, Legacy, 51 Degrees North, and short film The Rat King, which was nominated for Best Short at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
In 2016, Cree returned to crime drama Silent Witness in the two-part season nineteen episode "Flight", which focused on the murder of a critic of Muslim fundamentalism. Once again reuniting with director Noel Clarke, Cree was featured as Brick in the feature length crime drama Brotherhood. He then portrayed Scottish war hero and Navy meteorologist Captain James Stagg in 2017's D-Day film Churchill, which shed light on the little known fact that the invasion date had been moved due to weather.
Science fiction/fantasy film The Titan (2018), starring Sam Worthington and Tom Wilkinson, has Cree portraying Major Tom Pike in Earth's dystopian future. In 2018, in a second turn in a science-fiction film, Cree voiced the character ATRi in Hasraf Dulull's 2036 Origins Unknown, which explored the origins of an unknown object on the surface of Mars. The Netflix drama Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, features Cree as Bruce's brother-in-law Sir Christopher Seaton. In addition to roles in films and television, Cree wrote and starred in a short film entitled The Little Princess, which was co-awarded Best Short Narrative film at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. He and director Jason Maza raised funds for the film on Kickstarter, a popular crowdfunding platform.
|2002||Doctors||Kenny Frazier||BBC||Episode: "Fit"|
|2003||Bad Girls||Waiter||ITV||1 episode|
|2006||Holby City||David Harlem||BBC||Episode: "Honesty"|
|2006||Dream Team||Connor||Sky One||Episode: "Pains, Gains, & Automobiles"|
|2007||Doctors||Ryan Green||BBC||Episode: "Off the Edge"|
|2010||Identity||Young Thacker||ITV||Episode: "Somewhere They Can't Find Me"|
|2010-2012||Lip Service||Vince Ryder||BBC||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|2012||Vera||Corporal Vince Grafton||ITV||Episode: "Sandancers"|
|2014||Shetland||John Henderson||BBC||2 episodes|
|2014||Marvellous||Rev. McCoist||Television film|
|2015–Present||Outlander||Ian Murray||Starz||Recurring role, 9 episodes|
|2015||The Musketeers||Levesque||BBC||Episode: "The Prodigal Father"|
|2018||Hoff the Record||Mike Porridge||Dave||Episode: "Hostile Environment Training"|
|2009||Vivaldi, the Red Priest||Antonio Vivaldi|
|2009||Closing Doors||Robert||Short film/Independent|
|2010||Rojin||Hotel Manager||Short film|
|2011||The Awakening||Sergeant Evans||Independent film|
|2011||The Swarm||Tom||Short film|
|2012||John Carter||Humble Guard|
|2012||Brave||Young Macintosh (voice)|
|2012||Tower Block||DC Devlin|
|2013||Fish Love||Matt||Short film/Featured at the London Short Film Festival|
|2014||300: Rise of an Empire||Decapitated Greek marine|
|2015||51 Degrees North||Michael Burlington|
|2015||The Rat King||Jordan||Short film/Independent. Nominated for Best Short at the Edinburgh International Film Festival|
|2017||Churchill||Captain James Stagg|
|2018||The Titan||Mjr. Timothy Pike|
|2018||2036 Origin Unknown||ARTi (voice)|
|2018||Outlaw King||Sir Christopher Seton||Netflix Original|
|2018||The Little Princess||The Man||Written by Steven Cree. Featured at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival|
|2019||Terminator: Dark Fate||Rigby|
|2004||Fierce: An Urban Myth||Choonz||Janinie Abbott||Tron Theater|
|2005||The Real Thing||Brodie||Tim Pigott-Smith||Richmond Theatre|
|2007||Cabaret||Cliff Bradshaw||Rufus Norris||Lyric Theatre|
|2011||Company||Peter||Jonathan Munby||Crucible Theatre|
|2013||Macbeth||Lennox||Kenneth Branagh & Rob Ashford||Park Avenue Armory (Broadcast live worldwide on 20 July 2013)|
|2018||Forza Horizon 4||Alex Strachan|
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