Stephen Graham

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Stephen Graham
Stephen Graham & Mickey DeHara (crop).png
Graham in August 2013
Born (1973-08-03) 3 August 1973 (age 46)
Kirkby, Merseyside, England
ResidenceIbstock, Leicestershire, England
Years active1990–present
Hannah Walters
(m. 2008)

Stephen Graham (born 3 August 1973) is an English actor. He is known for his role as Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne in This Is England (2006) and its television sequels, This Is England '86 (2010), This Is England '88 (2011), and This Is England '90 (2015), as well as his roles as Tommy in Snatch (2000), Shang in Gangs of New York (2002) and Scrum in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. On television, he starred in the fifth series of Line of Duty on BBC One and as Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire on HBO.

Early life[edit]

Graham was born on 3 August 1973 in the Southdene district of Kirkby, Lancashire,[1] the son of a pediatric nurse and a social worker, his paternal grandfather was Jamaican,[2] and one of his grandmothers was Swedish.[3]


Graham has often portrayed characters from several British, Irish, and American regions, he has played characters who are Cockney, Geordie, Scouse, and Scottish, as well as an Irish gang member in 19th-century New York City, a 1930s Chicago bank robber, a Brooklyn mobster, a Texan, the short-fused English nationalist "Combo" in This Is England, and a Jamaican gangster in Yardie. He was nominated for an RTS Award for his work in The Street and a British Independent Film Award for his work on This Is England, he appeared in the music videos for "I Remember" by Deadmau5 and Kaskade,[4] both "Fluorescent Adolescent" and "When the Sun Goes Down" by the Arctic Monkeys, "Unlovable" by Babybird (directed by Johnny Depp), and Gazelle's single "Finger on the Trigger".[5] Graham also appeared in the music video "Soul Vampire" by Macclesfield-based neo-psychedelic band The Virginmarys, and the music video for "Turn" by Travis, also Kasabian's video "You're in Love with a Psycho", he appeared as an inmate within the open prison system for Goldie's "I Adore You" music video in 2017. In 2011, Graham starred in the BBC Christmas show Lapland, but when the series was remade as Being Eileen, Graham's role was recast with Dean Andrews,[6][7] he also appeared on a promotional video for a DLC of the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts, titled "CODnapped".

Personal life[edit]

Graham married actress Hannah Walters on 6 June 2008, they reside in Ibstock, Leicestershire, and have a son named Alfie and a daughter named Grace.[8] He is a fan of football team Liverpool FC and has appeared several times on the Sky Sports football show Soccer AM.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Dancin' Thru the Dark Football Kid
1991 Blonde Fist Son
1997 Downtime Jacko
1998 Joint Venture Ace Short film
2000 Snatch Tommy
2001 Blow Dry Photographer
The Last Minute DJ Banana
2002 Revengers Tragedy 2nd Officer
Gangs of New York Shang
2003 American Cousins Henry
2004 The I Inside Travis
2005 Pit Fighter Harry
Goal! Des
2006 Scummy Man George Short film
This Is England Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007 The Good Night Victor
2008 Filth and Wisdom Harry Beecham
The Crew Franner
Inkheart Fulvio
2009 The Devil's Wedding The Hotelier Short film
Awaydays Godden
The Damned United Billy Bremner
Doghouse Vince
Public Enemies Baby Face Nelson
2010 London Boulevard Danny
2011 Season of the Witch Hagamar
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Scrum
Texas Killing Fields Rhino
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Jerry Westerby
Being Eileen Pete Lewis
2012 Best Laid Plans Danny
Blood Chrissie Fairburn
2014 Get Santa Barber
Hyena David Knight
2015 A Patch of Fog Robert Green
Orthodox Benjamin Also executive producer
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Scrum
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Joe Turner Jr.
Journey's End Trotter
Funny Cow Mike
The Man with the Iron Heart Heinrich Himmler
2018 Yardie Rico
Walk like a Panther Mark Bolton
2019 Hellboy Gruagach (voice)
Rocketman Dick James
The Irishman Tony Provenzano
Boiling Point Chef Short film
2020 Greyhound Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Children's Ward Mickey Bell 2 episodes
1993 Heartbeat Barry Ward Episode: "Riders of the Storm"
1996 Devil's Food WPKV News Director Television film
1997 The Lakes Graham "Episode No.1.1"
1998 Brothers and Sisters Andrew
Where the Heart Is Nick Bowen Episode: "Darkness Follows"
Liverpool 1 Thewlis 2 episodes
The Jump Peter McNulty 2 episodes
1998–2002 The Bill Jezzo/Jason Barrett 3 episodes
1999 Coronation Street Lee Sankey 5 episodes
2000 Forgive and Forget John Television film
2001 Band of Brothers Sgt. Myron "Mike" Ranney 2 episodes
2002 Flesh and Blood Eddie Television film
2003 Without You Billy Television short film
2004 Top Buzzer Lee 10 episodes
2005 M.I.T.: Murder Investigation Team Jason Phelps "Episode No.2.3"
Last Rights Steve Miniseries
Empire Bazzer Miniseries
2006–2007 The Innocence Project Andrew Lucas 6 episodes
2008 The Passion Barabbas 3 episodes
2008 Occupation Danny Ferguson 3 episodes
The Street Shay Ryan 2 episodes
Nominated — RTS Award for Best Actor
2010 This Is England '86 Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne 4 episodes
2010–14 Boardwalk Empire Al Capone 36 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2011 This Is England '88 Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne 2 episodes
Walk like a Panther Mark Bolton 1 episode
2012 Accused Tony Episode: "Tracie's Story"
Parade's End Vincent Macmaster 5 episodes
Good Cop Noel Finch 4 episodes
2013 Playhouse Presents Len Episode: "The Call Out"
2015 This Is England '90 Andrew "Combo" Gascoigne 3 episodes
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
2016 The Secret Agent Chief Inspector Heat 3 episodes
The Watchman Carl Television film
2017 Decline and Fall Philbrick 3 episodes
Taboo Atticus 8 episodes
Little Boy Blue Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly 4 episodes
2018 Save Me Fabio "Melon" Melonzola 6 episodes
Action Team Gavril Episode: "Mind Games"
2019 Line of Duty John Corbett Series 5
The Virtues Joseph 4 episodes
A Christmas Carol Jacob Marley Miniseries
2020 White House Farm DCI Taff Jones Upcoming series

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role
2006 "When the Sun Goes Down" Arctic Monkeys
2007 "Fluorescent Adolescent" Arctic Monkeys
2008 "I Remember" Deadmau5 ft. Kaskade
2010 Unloveable Babybird
2017 "You're in Love with a Psycho" Kasabian
2018 "Finger on the Trigger" Gazelle


  1. ^ Before 1 April 1974, Kirkby was in Lancashire
  2. ^ Barkham, Patrick (30 June 2009). "'Gizza job, CBeebies'". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  3. ^ Cline, Rich (22 April 2007). "Shane Meadows discusses his most personal film to date, which is saying something". Retrieved 30 April 2018. Stephen Graham, who plays Combo, he has a mixed-race heritage. He has a Swedish grandmother, a fully Jamaican grandfather [...]
  4. ^ McAlpine, Fraser (10 May 2009). "Deadmau5 & Kaskade - 'I Remember'". BBC. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ Gazelle Banduk. "Gazelle - Finger On The Trigger" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Munn, Patrick (13 September 2012). "BBC One Orders Follow Up To Christmas Comedy 'Lapland', Stephen Graham's Role Recast". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Being Eileen". BBC. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  8. ^ Marlow, Lee; Smith, Daniel (20 February 2018). "Meet Stephen Graham, the Hollywood star who lives in a Leicestershire village". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 30 April 2018.

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