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‘Doctor Who’ star Christopher Eccleston calls middle-aged white actors ‘outcasts of the industry’

British actor Christopher Eccleston believes that white, middle-class, male and straight actors like him are “the new pariahs of the industry”.

The 58-year-old former star Doctor Who and numerous other British TV shows over a 30-year career told Times Radio, “Rightly so, I’m a dinosaur now. I’m white, I’m middle-aged, I’m male, and I’m straight. We are all seen through the lens of Harvey Weinstein et al. And I feel the opportunities are shrinking, as they should.

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“I’ve lived off the fat of the earth for 30 years of my career, but I still have to pay my mortgage, I still have to support my children, so I don’t appreciate the uncertainty at all. unpredictability was much more welcome for a younger person.

Eccleston added to BBC 5 Live that he considers himself a failure because he didn’t make the most of his chances. “I believe I’m a much better actor now than I was in my twenties, as I should be.”

The actor’s comments come a fortnight after a number of British stars, including Keeley Hawes, Lesley Manville, Richard E Grant, David Tennant, Zawe Ashton, Meera Syal and Juliet Stevenson have all added their names to an open letter demanding a promise of equality and for more women aged 45 and over to appear on screen.

Eccleston is best known for his starring role in Doctor Who in 2005, and for her stunning performance in the 1996 BBC drama Our friends from the Northwhich also made young stars Daniel Craig, Gina McKee and Mark Strong.

He told Times Radio yesterday: “I tell any young actor, ‘You’re not more important than anybody on this set.’ That’s why I do it, because I want to be part of a team and I want it to be equal.

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