Craig Parkinson

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 seriesMisfits, the twins Jimmy and Johnny Kray in the ITV seriesWhitechapel, and DI Matthew 'Dot' Cottan in the BBC Two seriesLine of Duty. He has also appeared in several independent films includingControl,Soulboy,The Unloved, andFour Lions.

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 Craig Parkinson's Early life

He studied at Blackpool and The Fylde College before moving to London aged seventeen to attend Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts .

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 Craig Parkinson's Career

, andHolby City. He made his film debut in 2007 inControl, 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 filmThe 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 dramaThe Unloved, the directorial debut of Samantha Morton . Parkinson had previously starred alongside Samantha Morton inControl.The Unlovedalso featured Lauren Socha , with whom Parkinson would later star alongside inMisfits, as well as his wife Susan Lynch .

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 filmSoulBoyand Cubitt in the British filmBrighton Rock. Towards the end of 2010 he began playing the probation worker Shaun in the E4 television seriesMisfits. He continued this role throughout 2011.

. In the same year, Parkinson played Tommy Flynn in the BBC sitcomIn with the Flynns. AlthoughIn with the Flynnsreceived 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.

Line of Duty, once again acting alongside Martin Compston .

The Secret of Crickley Hall, adapted from the novel of the same name written by British author James Herbert .The Secret of Crickley Hallalso featured his wife Susan Lynch . Parkinson also starred in the music video for the song Two Fingers by Jake Bugg .

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 dramaLine 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.

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 Craig Parkinson's Personal life

Parkinson and his wife appeared together in the television dramaThe Unlovedin 2009 and in the BBC series The Secret of Crickley Hall in 2012.The actor John Lynch is his brother-in-law.

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 Craig Parkinson's Filmography


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 Awards2007

Audience Choice Award -Chicago International Film Festival2007
Best Screenplay -Chicago International Film Festival2007
Best Film - Hamburg Film Festival 2007
Best Film -Evening Standard British Film Awards2008
British Film of the Year -London Critics Circle Film Awards2008

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 Festival2009
Special Recognition -LA Shorts Fest2009

The Unloved Ben TV film

Best Single Drama -BAFTA2010

Desert Flower Neil Best European Film -San Sebastián International Film Festival2009
2010 Four Lions Matthew 'Matt' Jaggard Best Comedy -Empire AwardsUK 2011
SoulBoy Alan
Brighton Rock Cubitt
2011 When the Lights Went Out Brian
Ghosted Clay


1998 Martin Guerre Ensemble
2000 Much Ado About Nothing Watchman
The Pirates of Penzance Policeman
A Midsummer Night's Dream Francis Flute
2006 Measure for Measure Provost National Theatre
2006 Everything is Illuminated Alex Perchov/Sofiowka Jonathan Safran Foer, adapted by Simon Block.
2011 Ecstasy Len
2015 Hangmen Inspector Fry Royal Court TheatreandWyndham's Theatre, London

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