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.
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.
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.
|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|
|2007||Control||Tony Wilson||Best British Independent Film - British Independent Film Awards 2007 |
Audience Choice Award - Chicago International Film Festival 2007
|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
|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 |
|2011||When the Lights Went Out||Brian|
|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|