Christopher Francis Villiers
7 September 1960
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, producer|
Christopher Francis Villiers (born 7 September 1960) is an English actor, screenwriter and producer.
Villiers was born in London, the son of Wing commander David Hugh Villiers (1921–1962) by his second wife, Elizabeth Barbara (née Hobbins). He is a descendant of the Right Reverend Henry Montagu Villiers, Bishop of Durham from 1860–1861, brother of George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon, and Charles Pelham Villiers. He is the brother of Cat Villiers, a film producer, and Jay Villiers, also an actor. Through Henry Montagu Villiers' mother, the brothers descend from Oliver Cromwell. He was educated at Stowe School.
In 1983 he played Tom Bertram in Jane Austen’s ‘Mansfield Park’ a TV Mini-Series (6 episodes). Villiers may be best known for his former role on Emmerdale, in which he played Grayson Sinclair. He played Captain Nigel Croker in Mile High (2004–2005) and appeared in such films as The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982), Top Secret! (1984), A Hazard of Hearts (1987) and First Knight (1995). In 2003 he co-wrote (with actor/playwright/producer Richard Everett) and co-produced (again, with Everett) British feature film, Two Men Went to War (2002). He also continued to appear in films such as Sliding Doors (1998), Bloody Sunday (2002), Kidulthood (2006) and Land Gold Women (2011).
In 1983, he starred in Sweet Sixteen with Penelope Keith. In 1996 he had a role in Sharpe's Siege. He has also appeared in an episode of Adventure Inc. when filming transferred to the UK for four episodes.
In 1995, Villiers co-founded 2020 Casting, Ltd., the companies credits include: Gladiator, Bridget Jones's Diary, Shakespeare in Love, Star Wars, United 93. He appeared in two episodes of Midsomer Murders as David Whitely in both ‘The Killings at Badger's Drift’ in 1997 and ‘Death's Shadow’ in 1999. In 2007, he guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio drama Absolution after having previously appeared in the 1983 TV two-part serial The King's Demons. In 2009, he was seen in the five-part drama series Collision for ITV. In 2013 he appeared in the Father Brown episode "The Blue Cross" as Justin De Vey. He appeared in By Any Means. In 2014, Villiers returned to Doctor Who when he guest starred as Professor Moorhouse in the story Mummy on the Orient Express.
On 29 March 2008, ITV released a statement saying Villiers would be written out of Emmerdale as Grayson Sinclair in a summer storyline. Upon the termination of his contract, Villiers stated; "Grayson has been a great character to play but we’ve agreed that the current storyline is going to provide an exciting exit for him. I've got several projects that I'm looking at but you never know, this might not be the last we see of Gray."
- The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) - Lord Anthony Dewhurst
- Top Secret! (1984) - Nigel "The Torch"
- A Hazard of Hearts (1987) - Captain Jackson
- First Knight (1995) - Sir Kay
- Sliding Doors (1998) - Steve
- Bloody Sunday (2002) - Major Steele
- Two Men Went to War (2002) - Dr. Oliver Holmes
- Kidulthood (2006) - Mr. Fineal
- From Time to Time (2009) - Officer
- The Shouting Men (2010) - Christopher
- Land Gold Women (2011) - Timothy James
- The Knot (2012) - Mr. Giddings
- Seven Lucky Gods (2014) - Adrian
- Chasing Robert Barker (2015) - Robert Barker
- Silent Hours (2015) - George Barton QC
- The Coroner (2015) -Tim Morris (Series 1 Episode 7)
- The Saint (2017) - Arthur Templar
- The ABC Murders (2018 TV miniseries) - Sir Carmichael Clarke
- Fisherman’s Friends (2019 film) - Charles Montague