Christopher Staines

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Christopher trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and subsequently with Philippe Gaulier in Paris. He has appeared on TV and film in a range of dramas spanning the centuries, from Wolf Hall to Pride and Prejudice to Mrs Dalloway, right up to present-day series such as Judge John Deed, and moving into the future with Survivors and Impossible Planet in Channel 4’s Electric Dreams series. On stage, some favourite recent roles include: hapless estate agent Laurence, in Abigail’s Party; Cassius in Julius Caesar; blundering liver specialist Dr Paramore in Shaw’s The Philanderer; Tony Blair in a re-imagining of the run-up to the Iraq war; Dr Faustus in a one-man version at Rose Bankside; and the redoubtable and rather murderous opera diva Mrs Stein-Hoffelmann in Clockwork Canaries. Christopher has performed at the National Theatre – playing Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer, and creating the role of Toby Cole alongside Judi Dench in David Hare's Amy’s View. Further theatre performances include appearances in the West End, with the RSC, the Almeida, the Abbey in Dublin, on tour in America, around the world, and at rep theatres across the country. His strong ties to Bristol have seen him work extensively at both the Old Vic and The Tobacco Factory in roles that included Puck, Caliban, Ariel, and Edgar, as well as lead roles in The Comedy of Errors, The Importance of Being Earnest and Paradise Lost.

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