Stephen Graham, one of Britain’s most versatile actors, has had a long and rich acting career playing psychopaths, murderers and sometimes the hero.
Lauded for bringing a unique depth to each role he undertakes, Graham has won praise for appearing in British Indie’s, American dramas and Hollywood Blockbusters. We have gathered together five of his most iconic roles.
This is England
One of Graham’s most well known characters is Andrew ‘Combo’ Gascoigne from This is England, a violent racist skinhead with a troubled past. The film follows Combo as he attempts to control a group of young friends and initiates them into the National Front, ultimately leading to a horrific event.
This is England sparked a spin-off series following on from these events, set in 1986, 1988 and the last season taking place in 1990.
Little Boy Blue
Set in Graham’s home city of Liverpool, the series Little Boy Blue is based on the real life murder of Rhys Jones. Playing lead detective Dave Kelly, who tracked down perpetrator Sean Mercer and his accomplices, Graham shines a light on an atrocity that shook the city in 2007 when an 11-year-old boy was gunned down on his way home from football practice.
Starring as Al Capone in Martin Scorsese’s first TV project, Boardwalk Empire, Stephen Graham took on the role of a violent Chicago gangster. The period crime drama, set during the prohibition era in Atlantic City, follows corrupt county treasurer Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and traces Al Capone’s journey from a young driver to one of the most notorious crime bosses in history.
Directed by Guy Richie, crime comedy Snatch was one of Graham’s first major roles, which went on to develop a cult following. Graham features as Tommy, a clueless illegal boxing promoter whose boxer Mickey (Brad Pitt) angers dangerous gangster Brick Top (Alan Ford) and initiates a series of hilarious and tragic events.
The Liverpudlian star’s most recent appearance is in six-part British drama Save Me. Graham plays scouse IT specialist Fabio ‘Melon’ Melanzana, alongside writer and leading cast member Lennie James (Nelly Rowe).
The thrilling series follows the disappearance of Nelly’s estranged daughter, but on his quest to uncover her whereabouts Nelly’s suspicions point towards his friend Melon.
Join Stephen Graham and his Save Me co-star Alice Feetham to celebrate his body of work in an evening not to be missed.