British actor Christopher Eccleston believes white, male, heterosexual actors like him are “the industry’s new pariahs.”
The 58-year-old former star of doctor who and many other British TV shows over a 30-year career told Times Radio: “I’m rightly a dinosaur now. I’m white, I’m middle-aged, I’m male and I’m straight. We’re all seen by the lens from Harvey Weinstein et al. And I feel the odds are getting smaller, as they should.
“I’ve lived off the fat of the country for 30 years of my career, but I have yet to pay my mortgage, I have yet to support my children, so I don’t welcome the uncertainty at all. The unpredictability was much more welcome in a younger person.”
Eccleston added to BBC 5 Live that he sees himself as a failure for not making the most of his opportunities. “I believe I am a much better actor now than I was in my twenties, as I should be.”
The actor’s comments come two weeks after a number of British stars, including Keeley Hawes, Lesley Manville, Richard E Grant, David Tennant, Zawe Ashton, Meera Syal and Juliet Stevenson, all added their names to an open letter offering an equality pledge. requirements and for more women 45 and older to appear on screen.
Eccleston is best known for his lead role in doctor who in 2005, and for his stunning performance in the 1996 BBC drama Our friends in the northwho also made young stars of Daniel Craig, Gina McKee and Mark Strong.
He told Times Radio yesterday: “I say to every young actor, ‘You are not more important than anyone on that set.’ That’s why I do it, because I want to be part of a team and I want it to be equal.”