Stephen Graham

Stephen Joseph Graham (born 3 August 1973) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne in the film 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 other film roles 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 Stranger Tides (2011) and Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).

Stephen Graham
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Graham in 2013
Born (1973-08-03) 3 August 1973 (age 49)
Kirkby, Lancashire, England
Years active1990–present
(m. 2008)

On television, Graham has starred in the fifth series of the BBC One series Line of Duty (2019) as DS John Corbett, as Al Capone in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014), as Jacob Marley in the BBC/FX miniseries A Christmas Carol (2019), as DCI Taff Jones in the ITV miniseries White House Farm (2020), Eric McNally in BBC drama Time (2021), Tony in Help (2021), and Hayden Stagg in the sixth series of Peaky Blinders (2022).

Early lifeEdit

Graham[1][2] was born on 3 August 1973 in Kirkby, Lancashire.[2][3] His father was of half Jamaican and half Swedish descent.[4] He was brought up by his mother, a social worker, and his stepfather, a mechanic who later became a paediatric nurse.[3] He maintained a good relationship with his biological father.[3][5] 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.[3] 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.[3]


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[citation needed], a Texan, the short-fused English nationalist "Combo" in This Is England,[6] and a Jamaican gangster in Yardie.

Graham was nominated for an RTS Award for his work in The Street, and for 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,[7] "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".[8] 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.[9][10] 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.[11][12][13] In November of that year, Graham was the guest for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.[14] 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.[15]

In 2021, Graham starred in Philip Barantini-directed film Boiling Point, alongside Vinette Robinson, Ray Panthaki and Hannah Walters. It is a one-shot film set in a restaurant kitchen, expanded from the 2019 short film of the same name.[16][17]

Personal lifeEdit

Graham married actress Hannah Walters on 6 June 2008; they had met and started dating while both were training at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance. They currently reside in Ibstock, Leicestershire, having previously lived in the Beckenham area of London. They have a son and a daughter.[18]

Graham is a supporter of Liverpool FC and has made several appearances on the Sky Sports football show Soccer AM.[19] He has struggled with depression and once tried to hang himself in his early 20s; he survived because "the rope snapped".[3] He is teetotal and has dyslexia,[3] revealing 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."[3]


Source: [20]


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Dancin' Thru the Dark Football Kid
1991 Blonde Fist Son
1997 Downtime Jacko
1998 Joint Venture Ace Short film
2000 Snatch Tommy
2001 Blow Dry Photographer
The Last Minute DJ Banana
2002 Revengers Tragedy Officer
Gangs of New York Shang
2003 American Cousins Henry
Without You Billy Short film
2004 The I Inside Travis
2005 Pit Fighter Harry
Goal! Des
2006 Scummy Man George Short film
This Is England Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne Nominated—British Independent Film Award
for Best Supporting Actor
2007 The Good Night Victor
2008 Filth and Wisdom Harry Beecham
The Crew Franner
Inkheart Fulvio
2009 The Devil's Wedding The Hotelier Short film
Awaydays Godden
The Damned United Billy Bremner
Doghouse Vince
Public Enemies Baby Face Nelson
2010 London Boulevard Danny
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
Blood Chrissie Fairburn
2014 Get Santa Barber
Hyena David Knight
2015 A Patch of Fog Robert Green
Orthodox Benjamin Executive producer
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Scrum
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Joe Turner Jr.
Journey's End Trotter
Funny Cow Mike
Being Keegan Jay Short film
The Man with the Iron Heart Heinrich Himmler
2018 Yardie Rico
Walk like a Panther Mark Bolton
2019 Hellboy Gruagach Voice
Rocketman Dick James
The Irishman Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding
Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Boiling Point Chef Short film, adapted into a feature in 2021
Pop Pop
2020 Greyhound Lieutenant Commander Charlie Cole
2021 Venom: Let There Be Carnage Patrick Mulligan
Boiling Point Andy Jones Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
2022 Matilda Mr. Wormwood Post-production
TBA Young Woman and the Sea Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
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
Last Rights Steve Miniseries
Empire Bazzer
2006–2007 The Innocence Project Andrew Lucas 6 episodes
2008 The Passion Barabbas 3 episodes
Occupation Danny Ferguson
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 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
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
Taboo Atticus 8 episodes
Little Boy Blue Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly 4 episodes
2018 Action Team Gavril Episode: "Mind Games"
2018–present 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[21]
Winner - British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor

Winner - British Academy Television Award for Mini-Series[22]
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards - Best Actor[23]

The North Water Captain Brownlee Miniseries
Help Tony Television film[24][25]
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards- Best Actor[23]
2022 Peaky Blinders Hayden Stagg Series 6; 2 episodes
The Walk-In TBA Upcoming miniseries[26]

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist
1999 "Turn" Travis
2006 "When the Sun Goes Down" Arctic Monkeys
2007 "Fluorescent Adolescent" Arctic Monkeys
2008 "I Remember" Deadmau5 ft. Kaskade
2008 "Soul Vampire" The Virginmarys
2010 "Unloveable" Babybird
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

BAFTA NominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result Reference
2013 BAFTA TV Supporting Actor Accused (Tracie’s Story) Nominated [27]
2016 Leading Actor This Is England '90 Nominated
2019 Supporting Actor Save Me Nominated
2020 Leading Actor The Virtues Nominated
2022 BAFTA Film Leading Actor Boiling Point Nominated
BAFTA TV Mini-series (as producer) Help Nominated
Leading Actor Nominated
Supporting Actor Time Nominated


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