‘We’re seen through the lens of Harvey Weinstein’: Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston says white, middle-class, male and straight actors are the new ‘pariahs of the industry’
- Christopher Eccleston opened up about the ‘uncertainty’ he is facing in career
- Former Doctor Who Star said he is ‘seen through the lens of Harvey Weinstein’
- He said ‘white, middle-class, male, and straight’ actors like him are ‘new pariahs’
Christopher Eccleston has said actors like him who are ‘white, middle-class, male, and straight’ are the ‘new pariahs of the industry’.
The 58-year-old star, who famously played Doctor Who in 2005, has opened up about the ‘uncertainty’ he is facing in his career because acting ‘opportunities are shrinking’.
Eccleston said he felt like a ‘dinosaur’ and because of his age, sex and skin colour – he is ‘seen through the lens of Harvey Weinstein’.
He told Times Radio: ‘Quite rightly I’m a dinosaur now. I’m white, I’m middle-aged, I’m male, and I’m straight.
Christopher Eccleston has said actors like him who are ‘white, middle-class, male, and straight’ are the ‘new pariahs of the industry’
‘We are all seen through the lens of Harvey Weinstein et al. And I can feel that the opportunities are shrinking, as they should do.
‘I’ve lived off the fat of the land for 30 years of my career, but i still have to pay my mortgage, I still have to support my kids, so I don’t welcome the uncertainty at all. The unpredictability was far more welcome to a younger person.’
It comes as Rwandan-Scot Ncuti Gatwa, 29, was announced as the 14th Time Lord in the BBC’s long-running sci-fi TV series.
Eccleston also said he feels like a ‘failure’ because he didn’t make the most of his chances as an actor.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live, he added: ‘I feel like a failure. That’s how I feel. I was thinking about it only yesterday.
Eccleston also said he feels like a ‘failure’ because he didn’t make the most of his chances as an actor
‘In the 90s, I had two incredible film roles – Jude in Jude the Obscure, and Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It.
‘Now Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman had similar opportunities, similar roles a few years before in Prick up your Ears, Sid and Nancy and My Beautiful Laundrette and they just went bang.
‘Those were my chances to really hit and have far more influence and far more control over the kind of stuff that I did.’
The award-winning actor is playing Mr Devlin in BBC Two’s My Name Is Leon, based on the novel by Kit de Waal and set during the race riots of the 1980s.
Eccleston added : ‘I lived through the race riots, I saw the devastation to working-class communities and the subsequent impact on race relations, domestic abuse, et cetera, that swathes of men and women being unemployed and the state education system being destroyed caused.’
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