Graham is a versatile actor, working on both big-budget films and independent projects.
Stephen Graham is a multifaceted British actor who will be known for his roles in blockbuster films, independent cinema and prestige television.
Graham will return to our screens as the lead in Season 3 of Peacock’s original comedy-crime series Code 404, in which he plays DI Roy Carver.
He previously made a surprise appearance on the BBC gangster series Peaky Blinders and starred in several seasons of Line of Duty and starred in the independent film Boiling Point.
But who is the actor, where is he from, what is his career like and what are his most memorable roles?
You need to know.
Who is Stephen Graham?
Graham was born in 1973 in Kirkby, a town six miles outside of Liverpool.
He began acting as a child when he starred as Jim Hawkins in a school play of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story, Treasure Island.
He joined Liverpool’s Everyman Theater at the age of 14 and later trained at the Rose Bruford College of Theater & Performance.
Speaking at the British Independent Film Awards last year, Graham said independent film was the reason he became an actor.
Graham married actress and producer Hannah Walters, whom he met while they were training at Rose Bruford College.
They starred in This is England and have a son and a daughter together.
What was Stephen Graham in?
One of Graham’s earlier film roles was as Coronation Street drug dealer Lee Sankey.
Graham has a habit of playing tough men and criminals – he appears as Tommy in Snatch and as Shang in Scorcese’s Gangs of New York.
One of Graham’s most iconic roles is as the racist skinhead Combo on the social realist drama This Is England and the spin-off shows This Is England ’86, ’88 and ’90.
Graham played the ultimate gangster villain, Al Capone on Boardwalk Empire, and prior to the release of Peaky Blinders season 6, it was rumored he would have the same role on the show.
In 2019, Graham collaborated again with Scorcese, alongside screen legends Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in The Irishman.
Graham played Tony Pro, a gangster and associate of union leader Jimmy Hoffa.
In 2021, Graham took on the lead role in the ambitious independent film Boiling Point, which was shot in a complete, dizzying 92-minute take. The film is currently available to watch on Netflix.
Graham’s other television credits include the suspenseful crime series White House Farm, in which he played DCI Thomas “Taff” Jones.
Graham played Jacob Marley in the gothic Dickens adaptation A Christmas Carol, DS John Corbett in the final season of Line of Duty and prison warden Eric McNally in the brilliant ITV limited series Time.
In March, Graham appeared in the final season of Peaky Blinders, playing a docker, Hayden Stagg, in the third episode.
Graham surprised fans with his new role as he faced a weakened, tragic Arthur Shelby and escaped the anticipated Peaky Blinder beatdown.
What upcoming projects is Stephen Graham involved in?
Graham is slated to play Mr. Wormwood in the adaptation of the musical Matilda, in which he will star alongside Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull later this year.
He also has a role in the upcoming biopic Young Woman and the Sea about Trudy Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel.
Two other projects in the works are the musical The End, which is in pre-production, and a role in The Last Ferry, which has just been announced.
Code 404 Season 3 premieres in the UK on Sky Comedy and NOW on August 4th.