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Christian McKay
Born 1973
Bury, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Christian McKay (born 1973) is an English stage and screen actor.

McKay was born in Bury, Lancashire. His mother is a hairdresser and his father is a railway worker.[1] He studied piano as a youth,[2] and had performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 at age 21.[1] McKay subsequently halted his concert career[3] and enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to study acting.

In the theatre, McKay has portrayed Orson Welles in the one-man play Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles, at a number of venues, including the Edinburgh Festival[4] and King's Head (London).[5] He subsequently reprised the role in the US at the 2007 "Brits Off Broadway" festival.[6]

McKay's television appearances include portraying conductor Pierre Monteux in the BBC TV production Riot at the Rite (2005).[7] His first film appearance was in Abraham's Point (2008).

After seeing a performance of Rosebud at the 2007 "Brits Off Broadway" festival, Richard Linklater cast McKay as Welles in his film Me and Orson Welles, retaining McKay over the subsequent producer objections to his casting.[8] In this, his second film, McKay has received critical praise for his performance as Orson Welles.[9][10][11][12]

McKay is married to the actress Emily Allen.[2]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2008 Abraham's Point Robert
2009 Me and Orson Welles Orson Welles San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Sy post-production
Mr. Nice Hamilton McMillan

References

  1. ^ a b John Millar (2009-12-06). "Christian McKay's Obsession with Orson Welles". Daily Express. http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/144428/Christian-McKay-s-obsession-with-Orson-Welles. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  2. ^ a b Sam Allis (2009-12-06). "Getting Orson Welles just right". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2009/12/06/christian_mckay_tried_to_get_orson_welles_right/?page=full. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Linklater's film depicts young Orson Welles". CBC News. 2009-12-09. http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/story/2009/12/08/orson-welles-film.html?ref=rss. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  4. ^ Lyn Gardner (2004-08-17). "Rosebud (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh)". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2004/aug/17/theatre.edinburghfestival2004. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  5. ^ Maddy Costa (2006-01-09). "Rosebud (King's Head, London)". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2006/jan/09/theatre2. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  6. ^ Gina Bellafante (2007-06-06). "Finding Room for an Actor Fit for the Stage". The New York Times. http://theater.nytimes.com/2007/06/06/theater/reviews/06rose.html. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  7. ^ Kenneth Archer and Millicent Hodson (February 2006). "Reading the Riot Act". ballet.co magazine. http://www.ballet.co.uk/magazines/yr_06/feb06/reading_the_riot_act_lowres.htm. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  8. ^ Cath Clarke (2009-10-15). "First sight: Christian McKay". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/oct/15/christian-mckay-first-sight. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  9. ^ Philip French (2009-12-06). "Me and Orson Welles". The Observer. http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/dec/06/me-orson-welles-film-review. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  10. ^ Anthony Quinn (2009-12-04). "Me and Orson Welles (12A)". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/reviews/me-and-orson-welles-12a-1833704.html. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  11. ^ "Me and Orson Welles, review". Telegraph. 2009-12-03. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/6719970/Me-and-Orson-Welles-review.html. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  12. ^ A.O. Scott (2009-11-25). "When a Bombastic Young Man Bestrode the Boards of the Mercury Theater". The New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/2009/11/25/movies/25orson.html. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 

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