Parkinson in May 2018
Craig Parkinson (born 11 March 1976) is an English actor and podcaster. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Shaun in the E4 series Misfits, twins Jimmy and Johnny Kray in the ITV series Whitechapel, and DI Matthew "Dot" Cottan in BBC Two's Line of Duty. He has also acted in several independent films, including Control, Soulboy, The Unloved and Four Lions.
Parkinson was born on 11 March 1976 in Blackpool, Lancashire. He began acting at an early age in school plays. He studied at Blackpool and The Fylde College before moving to London aged 17 to attend the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Parkinson's early roles were small parts in long-running British television series such as Dalziel and Pascoe, The Bill, and Holby City. He made his film debut in Control (2007), a biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in which he played the role of Tony Wilson. He starred in the 2008 independent film The Taxidermist, playing The Taxidermist. The film won several awards, including Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 'Best Live Action Film over 15 minutes' and Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival 'Best Short Film'.
In 2009 he played the abusive care worker Ben in the television drama The Unloved, the directorial debut of Samantha Morton. Parkinson had previously starred alongside her in Control. The Unloved also featured Lauren Socha, with whom Parkinson would later star alongside in Misfits, as well as his wife, Susan Lynch.
In 2010 Parkinson played twins Jimmy and Johnny Kray in the ITV television series Whitechapel. The role involved a boxing scene which he prepared for by taking boxing lessons and going on a no-carb diet. He played Alan in the film SoulBoy and Cubitt in the film Brighton Rock. Towards the end of 2010 he began playing the probation worker Shaun in the E4 television series Misfits. He continued this role throughout 2011.
In 2011 he starred in the independent film Ghosted, playing the psychotic and violent prisoner Clay. The film also starred John Lynch, Parkinson's brother-in-law, and Martin Compston, with whom Parkinson had previously starred in Soulboy. In the same year, Parkinson played Tommy Flynn in the BBC sitcom In with the Flynns. Parkinson's character was described as "the star of the show" by David Butcher of the Radio Times and "the standout character of the show" by Harry Hamburg of On the Box_.
In 2012 he appeared as the Reverend Horace in the BBC supernatural thriller The Secret of Crickley Hall, adapted from the novel of the same name written by James Herbert. The Secret of Crickley Hall also featured his wife. Parkinson also starred in the music video for the song "Two Fingers" by Jake Bugg.
He reprised his role as Matt 'Dot' Cottan in 2013 for the second series of Line of Duty, and in 2015 for the third series.
In 2015, he originated the role of Inspector Fry in Martin McDonagh's acclaimed play Hangmen, which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre before transferring to London's West End after a sold-out run, and being broadcast by National Theatre Live. He also played the compassionate missionary Dougie Raworth in Indian Summers.
Parkinson hosts the Two Shot Podcast, episodes of which typically feature interviews with actors. The Guardian favourably reviewed the podcast, describing it as the "antithesis of a luvvie-darling discussion" and Parkinson himself as a "natural interviewer". It won best culture podcast at the 2018 British Podcast Awards. The podcast is sometimes recorded at live events, such as Paddy Considine's episode at North by Northwich compered by The Charlatans.
|2001||Dalziel and Pascoe||Paul Collingwood||Series 6, Episode 2: "Home Truths"|
|2002||Attachments||Darren||Series 2, Episode 10: "Logan's Run"|
|The Bill||Detroitz||Series 18, Episode 71 and 72|
|2002–2003||Ed Stone Is Dead||Scotty Wilmslow||Series 1, Episodes 1, 9, 10, and 11|
|2003||Holby City||Gaz Simpson||Series 5, Episode 29: "Desperate Measures"|
|2004||No Angels||Mick||Series 1, Episode 1|
|Hustle||Art Tutor||Series 1, Episode 5: "A Touch of Class"|
|Black Books||Martin the Tout||Series 3, Episode 4: "A Little Flutter"|
|Born and Bred||Eric||Series 3, Episode 6: "And Is There Still Honey for Tea?"|
|2005||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Simon Dawkins||Series 4, Episode 1: "In Divine Proportion"|
|2007||Lead Balloon||Simon Russell||Series 2, Episode 6: "Debacle"|
|2008||Lark Rise to Candleford||Young Amos||Series 1, Episode 3|
|2010||Whitechapel||Jimmy Kray/Johnny Kray||Series 2|
|2010–2011||Misfits||Shaun||Series 2; Series 3, episodes 1–5|
|2011||In with the Flynns||Tommy Flynn||Series 1|
|2012||The Secret of Crickley Hall||Reverend Horace||Episode 3|
|2013||Endeavour||Reg Tracepurcel||Series 2, Episode 3: "Rocket"|
|Great Night Out||Glyn|
|The Mill||Charles Crout|
|2014||Prey||DI Sean Devlin|
|2011–2015||Line of Duty||DS/DI Matthew 'Dot' Cottan||Series 1, 2, 3. Uncredited appearances in Series 4 and 5|
|Resistance||Captain David McLeod|
|2015–2016||Indian Summers||Dougie Raworth||Series 1 and Series 2, all episodes|
|2018||Killed by My Debt||Bailiff|
|Sick of It||Neil||Series 1, Episode 1|
|2019||Year of the Rabbit||Patrick Levant||Series 1, Episode 5|
|Wild Bill||Piano Man||Series 1, Episode 2: "Piano Man"|
|Temple||Keith Sullivan||Series 1, Episodes 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8|
|2020||The English Game||James Walsh||Series 1|
|2008||The Other Man||George|
|2009||The Taxidermist||The Taxidermist||Short film|
|The Unloved||Ben||TV film|
|2010||Four Lions||Matthew 'Matt' Jaggard|
|2011||When the Lights Went Out||Brian|
|2016||The Flag||The Don||See IMDB for more.|
|2018||Black Mirror: Bandersnatch||Peter Butler||Standalone film from TV series Black Mirror|
|1998||Martin Guerre||Ensemble||Prince Edward Theatre|
|2000||Much Ado About Nothing||Watchman||Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.|
|The Pirates of Penzance||Policeman||Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||Francis Flute||Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.|
|2006||Measure for Measure||Provost||Complicite/National Theatre|
|2006||Everything is Illuminated||Alex Perchov/Sofiowka||Hampstead Theatre, London. Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, adapted by Simon Block.|
|2011||Ecstasy||Len||Hampstead Theatre, London|
|2015||Hangmen||Inspector Fry||Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre, London|
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- Wolf, Matt. "Craig Parkinson on Standing Tall and Finding Ecstasy on the London Stage". Broadway.com. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
- The Taxidermist on IMDb
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- "Cast Details for Martin Guerre".
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- "Cast & Creative Team for Ecstasy, Hampstead Theatre". Archived from the original on 7 October 2010.