|Born||3 August 1973|
Kirkby, Lancashire, England
On television, Graham reprised his role as Combo in This Is England '86 (2010), This Is England '88 (2011), and This Is England '90 (2015). He also starred as Det. Supt. Dave Kelly in the 2017 drama Little Boy Blue, John Corbett in the fifth series of Line of Duty (2019), Al Capone in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014), Eric McNally in the BBC drama Time (2021), and Hayden Stagg in the sixth series of Peaky Blinders (2022).
In film, he appeared as Scrum in two Pirates of the Caribbean films (2011, 2017), Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano in The Irishman (2019), and Andy Jones in Boiling Point (2021). Graham has received numerous accolades, including a Screen Actors Guild Award, nominations for five British Academy Television Awards and two British Academy Film Awards, and an OBE.
Early life and education Edit
Stephen Joseph Graham was born on 3 August 1973 in Kirkby, Lancashire. His paternal grandfather was Jamaican, while one of his grandmothers was Swedish. He was brought up 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.
Graham 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, Welsh, Geordie, Scouse and Scottish, as well as an Irish gang member in 19th-century New York City, a 1930s Chicago bank robber, a New Jersey mobster, a Texan, the short-fused English nationalist "Combo" in This Is England, and a Jamaican gangster in Yardie. Graham appeared as the Scrum in the 2011 film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, a role he reprised in the 2017 film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, along with appearing with his wife Hannah Walters.
Graham was nominated for an RTS Award for his work in The Street, and for a British Independent Film Award for his work in This Is England. He appeared in the music videos for "I Remember" by Deadmau5 and Kaskade, "Fluorescent Adolescent" and "When the Sun Goes Down" by 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, the music video for "Turn" by Travis, and Kasabian's video "You're in Love with a Psycho". He appeared as an inmate within the open prison system in the music video for Goldie's "I Adore You" in 2017.
In 2011, Graham starred in the BBC Christmas show Lapland. 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".
In 2019, Graham featured as DS John Corbett in series 5 of the BBC drama Line of Duty. In November of that year, Graham was the guest for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. In January 2020, he appeared in the ITV series White House Farm as Welsh detective "Taff" Jones. Despite his reputation for his ability to adopt different accents, a number of critics criticised his performance and stated that his Welsh accent was inauthentic.
In 2021, Graham starred alongside his wife Hannah Walters in the film Boiling Point, directed by his Band of Brothers co-star and friend, Philip Barantini. It is a one-shot film set in a restaurant kitchen, expanded from a 2019 short film of the same name. In October 2022, it was announced that the BBC would produce a sequel series, set months after the feature film, with Graham reprising his role. The Boiling Point is due to air on BBC One from 1 October 2023.
Personal life Edit
On 6 June 2008, Graham married actress and producer Hannah Walters, whom he had been dating since they met while training at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance. They live in Ibstock, Leicestershire, having previously lived in the Beckenham area of London. They have a son and a daughter. They also appeared together onscreen in multiple films, like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Boiling Point.
Graham is teetotaler and has dyslexia, revealing in 2019 that his wife reads scripts for him and helps him decide whether to accept a role. He has struggled with depression and once tried to hang himself in his early 20s, stating that he only survived because "the rope snapped".
|1990||Dancin' Thru the Dark||Football Kid|
|1998||Joint Venture||Ace||Short film|
|The Last Minute||DJ Banana|
|Gangs of New York||Shang|
|Without You||Billy||Short film|
|2004||The I Inside||Travis|
|2006||Scummy Man||George||Short film|
|This Is England||Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne|
|2007||The Good Night||Victor|
|2008||Filth and Wisdom||Harry Beecham|
|2009||The Devil's Wedding||The Hotelier||Short film|
|The Damned United||Billy Bremner|
|Public Enemies||Baby Face Nelson|
|Season of the Witch||Hagamar|
|2011||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Scrum|
|Texas Killing Fields||Rhino|
|Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Jerry Westerby|
|Being Eileen||Pete Lewis|
|2012||Best Laid Plans||Danny|
|2015||A Patch of Fog||Robert Green|
|2017||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales||Scrum|
|Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool||Joe Turner Jr.|
|Being Keegan||Jay||Short film|
|The Man with the Iron Heart||Heinrich Himmler|
|Walk like a Panther||Mark Bolton|
|The Irishman||Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano|
|Boiling Point||Chef||Short film, adapted into a feature in 2021|
|2020||Greyhound||Lieutenant Commander Charlie Cole|
|2021||Venom: Let There Be Carnage||Patrick Mulligan|
|Boiling Point||Andy Jones|
|2022||Matilda the Musical||Mr. Wormwood|
|TBA||Young Woman and the Sea||Post-production|
|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 #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 #2.3|
|2006–2007||The Innocence Project||Andrew Lucas||6 episodes|
|2008||The Passion||Barabbas||3 episodes|
|The Street||Shay Ryan||2 episodes|
|2010||This Is England '86||Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne||2 episodes|
|2010–2014||Boardwalk Empire||Al Capone||36 episodes|
|2011||This Is England '88||Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne||2 episodes|
|Walk like a Panther||Mark Bolton||Episode #1.1|
|2012||Accused||Tony||Episode: "Tracie's Story"|
|Parade's End||Vincent Macmaster||5 episodes|
|Good Cop||Noel Finch||1 episode|
|2013||Playhouse Presents||Len||Episode: "The Call Out"|
|2015||This Is England '90||Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne||3 episodes|
|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||Action Team||Gavril||Episode: "Mind Games"|
|2018–2020||Save Me||Fabio "Melon" Melonzola||Main role|
|2019||Line of Duty||John Corbett||Series 5, Main Role|
|The Virtues||Joseph||4 episodes|
|A Christmas Carol||Jacob Marley||Miniseries|
|2020||White House Farm||DCI Taff Jones||6 episodes|
|2020–present||Code 404||DI Roy Carver||Main role|
|2021||Time||Eric McNally||Three-part drama|
|The North Water||Captain Brownlee||Miniseries|
|2022||Peaky Blinders||Hayden Stagg||Series 6; 2 episodes|
|The Walk-In||Matthew Collins||Main role|
|2023||Boiling Point||Andy||BBC Television sequel series|
|TBA||Elias Mannix||Main role|
|A Thousand Blows||Sugar Goodson||Disney+ series; also executive producer|
Music videos Edit
|2006||"When the Sun Goes Down"||Arctic Monkeys|
|2007||"Fluorescent Adolescent"||Arctic Monkeys|
|2008||"I Remember"||Deadmau5 ft. Kaskade|
|2008||"Soul Vampire"||The Virginmarys|
|2017||"You're in Love with a Psycho"||Kasabian|
|2017||"I Adore You"||Goldie|
|2019||"Wandering Star"||Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds|
|2021||"Spit Of You"||Sam Fender|
Awards and nominations Edit
- 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.
- 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 [...]
- Barkham, Patrick (30 June 2009). "Gizza job, CBeebies". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- 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.
- Line Of Duty's Stephen Graham stars with wife in BBC show and it's 'brilliant' - The Mirror Online
- Stephen Graham and his wife Hannah have the most amazing real life love story that sounds straight out of Hollywood - Wales Online
- Pirates of the Caribbean star Stephen Graham: my wife helps read my scripts because I'm dyslexic - The Mirror Online
- Stephen Graham on Twitter: What a beauty!!!!! I'd still kiss ya!!!
- McAlpine, Fraser (10 May 2009). "Deadmau5 & Kaskade - 'I Remember'". BBC. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
- Banduk, Gazelle. "Gazelle - Finger on the Trigger". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021 – 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.
- "Line of Duty series 5 casts actor Stephen Graham – but what could his role be?".
- "Line of Duty's Stephen Graham: 'My throat-slitting was superb. I'm good at dying'". TheGuardian.com. 6 May 2019.
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- Hitt, Carolyn (11 January 2020). "We need authentic Welsh voices - not English actors mangling our accents". walesonline. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
- Boyce, Laurence (23 August 2021). "Karlovy Vary 2021: Philip Barantini talks filming 'Boiling Point' in one take". Screen Daily. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
- Aftab, Kaleem (31 August 2021). "Philip Barantini • Director of Boiling Point". Cineuropa. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
- Williams, Owen (21 October 2022). "Boiling Point TV Series Starring Stephen Graham Confirmed For BBC". Empire. Retrieved 22 October 2022.
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- Fendley, John; Chamberlain, Helen (2015). "Soccer AM - Stephen Graham". Sky Sports. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
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- Kataria, Sonia (30 December 2022). "New Year Honours 2023: Actor Stephen Graham appointed OBE". BBC. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
- McLaughlin, Caroline (31 December 2022). "Stephen Graham says he shares OBE with 'incredible' late mother". Independent. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
- Vivarelli, Nick (27 September 2023). "Johnny Depp Starts Shooting 'Modì' in Hungary, With Italy's Luisa Ranieri Joining Al Pacino and Riccardo Scamarcio in Cast". Variety. Retrieved 27 September 2023.
- "First look at Sean Bean and Stephen Graham in Time as Siobhan Finneran joins cast". radiotimes.com. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
- "Stephen Graham and Jodie Comer to star in new Channel 4 drama Help". rts.org.uk. 26 November 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
- "Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham on friendship, football and their new care home drama". TheGuardian.com. 22 August 2021. Retrieved 14 September 2021.
- "TV commissions true story, The Walk-In, starring Stephen Graham". itv.com/presscentre. Retrieved 21 September 2022.
- "BAFTA Awards Search | BAFTA Awards".
- "International Film Festival of Wales | 2018". Film Festival Guild. Retrieved 22 March 2023.
- Hooton, Kayleigh (8 May 2022). "BAFTA TV Awards 2022 winners in full". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
- Evans, Connie; Ashe, Isaac (25 March 2022). "Best actor award for Stephen Graham after TWO nominations". LeicestershireLive. Retrieved 26 March 2022.
- @seouldramaawards (23 September 2022). "SDA 2022 winners". Retrieved 19 October 2022 – via Instagram.