Christian McKay

Actor, Concert pianist
Christian McKay rose from relative obscurity to international acclaim after his riveting portrayal of Orson Welles in the 2009 film "Me and Orson Welles. " A splitting image of the legendary filmmaker, McKay had ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1973 in Lancashire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (10)

Jekyll & Hyde 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Closer to the Moon 2015 (Movie)

Iorgu (Actor)

The Devil's Violinist 2015 (Movie)

John Watson (Actor)

Abraham's Point 2014 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Northern Soul 2014 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

Rush 2013 (Movie)

Lord Hesketh (Actor)

I Melt With You 2011 (Movie)

Tim (Actor)

Mr. Nice 2011 (Movie)

Hamilton McMillan (Actor)

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2010 (Movie)

Poker Friend (Actor)

Me and Orson Welles 2009 (Movie)

Orson Welles (Actor)

Biography

Christian McKay rose from relative obscurity to international acclaim after his riveting portrayal of Orson Welles in the 2009 film "Me and Orson Welles. " A splitting image of the legendary filmmaker, McKay had previously staged a one-man show based on Welles' life before winning the career-making role in the Richard Linklater-directed film. His layered performance won over critics and audiences alike, not only for the uncanny physical similarity, but also for capturing the dichotomy of the man inside the genius. As Welles, the British newcomer was charismatic, confident and displayed the sophistication of a seasoned actor. It may have taken just one film to accomplish it, but by 2010, when McKay starred in the comedy drama "Mr. Nice," he had already earned his place amongst the fastest rising stars of the decade.

EDUCATION

Chetham's School of Music

Manchester
Studied piano with Raymond Burrill and Professor Ryszard Bakst

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 2001

Royal College of Music

Studied under Peter Katin

University of York

York 1995
Performed Rachmaninov's "Third Piano Concerto" at his graduation

Milestones

2011

Landed a supporting role in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" opposite Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy

2011

Co-starred in Mark Pellington's "I Melt with You"

2010

Cast in Woody Allen's romantic comedy "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"

2009

Once again played Welles in Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles"; earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male ("Me and Orson Welles")

2005

Appeared in the BBC TV-movie "Riot At The Rite"

2004

First portrayed Orson Welles in a one-man show titled "Rosebud" at the Edinburgh Festival

1995

Won a place on BBC Radio 3's "Young Artists Forum"

Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company on the recommendation of Lord Richard Attenborough

Appeared in the world premiere of Howard Brenton's "Kit's Play," while still at RADA

Bonus Trivia

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Christian has performed in Europe and Australia as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has won many prizes and scholarships and has broadcast on radio and television.

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