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Craig Parkinson
British actor

Craig Parkinson

Craig Parkinson
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Intro British actor
Is Actor
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 11 March 1976, England
Age 47 years
Spouse: Susan Lynch
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Craig Parkinson (born 11 March 1976) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles in British television dramas, including Shaun in the E4 series Misfits, the twins Jimmy and Johnny Kray in the ITV series Whitechapel, and DI Matthew 'Dot' Cottan in the BBC Two series Line of Duty. He has also appeared in several independent films including Control, Soulboy, The Unloved, and Four Lions.

Early life

Parkinson grew up in Blackpool, Lancashire. He began acting at an early age in school plays. He studied at Blackpool and The Fylde College before moving to London aged seventeen to attend Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.


Parkinson's early roles were small parts in long-running British television series such as Dalziel and Pascoe, The Bill, and Holby City. He made his film debut in 2007 in Control, a biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in which he played the role of Tony Wilson. In 2008 he starred in the British independent film The Taxidermist, playing The Taxidermist. The film won several awards, including Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 'Best Live Action Film over 15 minutes' and Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival 'Best Short Film'.

In 2009, he played the abusive care worker Ben in the British television drama The Unloved, the directorial debut of Samantha Morton. Parkinson had previously starred alongside Samantha Morton in Control. The Unloved also featured Lauren Socha, with whom Parkinson would later star alongside in Misfits, as well as his wife Susan Lynch.

In 2010, Parkinson played the twins Jimmy and Johnny Kray in the ITV television series Whitechapel, portraying both characters. The role involved a boxing scene which he prepared for by taking boxing lessons and going on a no-carb diet. In the same year he played Alan in the British film SoulBoy and Cubitt in the British film Brighton Rock. Towards the end of 2010 he began playing the probation worker Shaun in the E4 television series Misfits. He continued this role throughout 2011.

In 2011, he starred in the British independent film Ghosted, playing the psychotic and violent prisoner Clay. The film also starred John Lynch, Parkinson's brother-in-law, and Martin Compston, whom Parkinson had previously starred alongside in SoulBoy. In the same year, Parkinson played Tommy Flynn in the BBC sitcom In with the Flynns. Although In with the Flynns received mixed reviews from critics, Parkinson's character was described as "the star of the show" by Radio Times's David Butcher and "the standout character of the show" by On the Box's Harry Hamburg.

In 2011, Parkinson appeared as the laddish Detective Sergeant Matt 'Dot' Cottan in the first series of BBC Two crime drama Line of Duty, once again acting alongside Martin Compston.

In 2012, he appeared as the Reverend Horace in the BBC supernatural thriller The Secret of Crickley Hall, adapted from the novel of the same name written by British author James Herbert. The Secret of Crickley Hall also featured his wife Susan Lynch. Parkinson also starred in the music video for the song Two Fingers by Jake Bugg.

In 2013, he starred in the ITV1 comedy drama series Great Night Out as Glyn. He also appeared as Charles Crout in Channel 4 drama The Mill.

He reprised his role as newly promoted Detective Inspector Matthew 'Dot' Cottan in 2013 for the second series of BBC Two crime drama Line of Duty, with his character on secondment to Anti-Corruption Unit 12 from the Witness Protection Command.

In 2015, it was revealed Parkinson would reprise his role as DI 'Dot' Cottan for the third series of the award-winning crime drama, with Supt. Hastings seen offering his character a permanent secondment to AC 12 at the end of Series 2.

Personal life

Parkinson is 6 feet 4.5 inches (1.943 m) tall. He is married to Irish actress Susan Lynch; they have a son together. Parkinson and his wife appeared together in the television drama The Unloved in 2009 and in the BBC series The Secret of Crickley Hall in 2012. The actor John Lynch is his brother-in-law.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Dalziel and Pascoe Paul Collingwood Series 6, Episode 2: "Home Truths"
2002 Attachments Darren Series 2, Episode 10: "Logan's Run"
The Bill Detroitz Series 18, Episode 71 and 72
2002–2003 Ed Stone Is Dead Scotty Wilmslow Series 1, Episode 1, 9, 10, and 11
2003 Holby City Gaz Simpson Series 5, Episode 29: "Desperate Measures"
2004 No Angels Mick Series 1, Episode 1
Hustle Art Tutor Series 1, Episode 5: "A Touch of Class"
Black Books Martin the Tout Series 3, Episode 4: "A Little Flutter"
Born and Bred Eric Series 3, Episode 6: "And Is There Still Honey for Tea?"
2005 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Simon Dawkins Series 4, Episode 1: "In Divine Proportion"
2007 Lead Balloon Simon Russell Series 2, Episode 6: "Debacle"
2008 Lark Rise to Candleford Young Amos Series 1, Episode 3
2010 Whitechapel Jimmy Kray/Johnny Kray Series 2, all episodes
2010–2011 Misfits Shaun All of Series 2 and episodes 1-5 of Series 3
2011 In with the Flynns Tommy Flynn Series 1, all episodes
2012–2016 Line of Duty DS/DI Matthew 'Dot' Cottan Main Cast Series 1-3
2012 The Secret of Crickley Hall Reverend Horace Episode 3
2013 Endeavour Reg Tracepurcel Series 2, Episode 4 "Rocket"
Great Night Out Glyn Main Cast
The Mill Charles Crout All episodes
2014 Prey DI Sean Devlin All episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Control Tony Wilson Best British Independent Film - British Independent Film Awards 2007

Audience Choice Award - Chicago International Film Festival 2007
Best Screenplay - Chicago International Film Festival 2007
Best Film - Hamburg Film Festival 2007
Best Film - Evening Standard British Film Awards 2008
British Film of the Year - London Critics Circle Film Awards 2008

Virgin Territory Tindaro
2008 The Other Man George
2009 The Taxidermist The Taxidermist Short film

Best Live Action Film over 15 minutes - Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
Best Short Film - Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival
Special Jury Mention - Austin International Film Festival
Best Cinematography - Rhode Island International Film Festival 2009
Special Recognition - LA Shorts Fest 2009

The Unloved Ben TV film

Best Single Drama - BAFTA 2010

Desert Flower Neil Best European Film - San Sebastián International Film Festival 2009
2010 Four Lions Matthew 'Matt' Jaggard Best Comedy - Empire Awards UK 2011
SoulBoy Alan
Brighton Rock Cubitt
2011 When the Lights Went Out Brian
Ghosted Clay


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Martin Guerre Ensemble Prince Edward Theatre
2000 Much Ado About Nothing Watchman Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.
The Pirates of Penzance Policeman Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Francis Flute Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.
2006 Measure for Measure Provost Complicite/National Theatre
2006 Everything is Illuminated Alex Perchov/Sofiowka Hampstead Theatre, London. Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, adapted by Simon Block.
2011 Ecstasy Len Hampstead Theatre, London
2015 Hangmen Inspector Fry Royal Court Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre, London

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