Middle-aged white men are an ‘outcast’ on TV and film, says Christopher Eccleston
I’m an ‘outcast’ as a middle-aged white man, Christopher Eccleston has claimed, as he reveals his acting work is drying up.
The actor, best known for reviving the Doctor Who role, starred in hit films and series earlier in his career, including Dark Jude and Our Friends in the North.
But the British star now feels like a ‘failure’ for not being able to get a similar job.
Eccleston said his age, gender and skin color have made him an “outcast” in the entertainment industry, leaving his career in limbo.
“I’m white, 50, male, and straight,” the 58-year-old actor said. “We are the new pariah of the industry.
“We are all seen through the lens of Harvey Weinstein et al. And I can feel the opportunities shrinking, as they should.
“I lived off the fat of the earth for 30 years of my career, but I still have to pay my mortgage, I still have to support my children, so I don’t appreciate the uncertainty at all.”
Eccleston has long advocated for innovation in entertainment, including pushing for female influence on Doctor Who. Although he didn’t praise his professional struggles, he said he was “rightly” seen as a “dinosaur”.
Speaking on BBC 5 Live, the actor revealed that despite being a better actor than he was when he was younger, he now takes on roles for the benefit of his family, rather than for the artistic advancement of his career.