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Oliver Chris : biography

2 November 1978 -

Oliver Chris (born 2 November 1978) is an English actor from Tunbridge Wells, Kent.


He has appeared in several comedy series, including The Office, Green Wing, According to Bex, Nathan Barley, The IT Crowd and Rescue Me. He appeared as the character Boyce in both the first and second series of Green Wing.

In 2004, he re-wrote the lyrics to the Beatles' "Let It Be" to a song about the England football player Wayne Rooney and recorded it in collaboration with the actor Stephen Campbell Moore and a number of other actors and journalists. The song was reprised and re-recorded, with rewritten lyrics, for the 2006 Fifa World Cup and became a hit on YouTube, with 200,000 hits.

He has also orated most of the "Alex Rider" series of audiobooks by Anthony Horowitz, although Dan Stevens replaced him as reader for Snakehead, Crocodile Tears and Scorpia Rising.

In early 2006 he played the role of Captain Leonard in Sharpe's Challenge, starring Sean Bean, while 2007 has seen him in the TV comedy Bonkers, written by Sally Wainwright as well as a drunken Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew at the Wilton's Music Hall. In 2006 he also appeared as Christian in "Cyrano de Bergerac" at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. He later appeared in Peter Hall's production of The Portrait of a Lady. He then made his West End debut in late 2008 in Lisa Kron's comedy, Well. The Independent. 28 December 2008 In 2010 he appeared alongside Judi Dench in Hall's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. Theatre Mania. 16 February 2010

He was also cast in Ben Miller's feature-length debut comedy film, Huge, which premiered in June 2010. Edinburgh International Film Festival. 16 June 2010 2011 has seen him appear in two episodes of Silent Witness, whilst also playing one of the leading roles in the National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors alongside James Corden. He also played in the BBC Comedy 'Bluestone 42'.


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Lorna Doone Charley Doone TV film
2001 The|Office|The Office (UK TV series)}} Ricky Howard 6 episodes
2002 The|Gathering|The Gathering (2002 film)}} Brett
2002 Rescue Me Luke Chatwin Series regular
2002 The|Real Jane Austen|nolink=1}} Tom Lefroy
2003 The|Other Boleyn Girl|The Other Boleyn Girl (2003 film)}} Henry Percy TV film
2003 Casualty Tim Lasky 1 episode: "The Point of No Return"
2003 Sweet Medicine Geoff Episode 1.8
2003 Frankenstein: Birth of a Monster Percy Bysshe Shelley TV film
2004 Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Director in Gallery
2004–2006 Green Wing Boyce 18 episodes
2005 Nathan Barley Max Herbert Series regular
2005 According to Bex Ryan Series regular
2006 The IT Crowd Daniel Carey 1 episode: 'Fifty-Fifty'
2006 Sharpe's Challenge Leonard TV film
2006 Tripping Over Sam 4 episodes
2006 Corpse Kevin Brown Short film
2007 Bonkers Marcus Lewis Series regular
2008 Fairy Tales Vukoosin Ergovich TV mini-series, 1 episode: 'Rapunzel'
2008 Hotel Babylon David Duncan Episode 3.1
2009 FM Matt Kyle 1 episode: 'Blinded by the Light'
2010 Huge Darren Post-production
2011 Silent Witness Dr. James Sabiston 2 episodes
2011 One Man, Two Guvnors Stanley Stubbers
2013 Bluestone 42 Captain Nick Medhurst, ATO 8 episodes

Personal life

Chris dated fellow actress Rachael Stirling from 2007 to 2012..

Early life

He passed his Eleven plus exam and attended Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys before moving to the Michael Hall Steiner School in his fourth year. He later attended the Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2005 he completed an evening class at Birkbeck College and was subsequently accepted for a degree course in history, politics and philosophy.

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