Middle-aged white men a ‘pariah’ in television and film, says Christopher Eccleston

I’m an “outcast” as a middle-aged white man, Christopher Eccleston has said as he reveals his acting work is drying up.

The actor, best known for reviving the role of Doctor Who, starred in hit films and series earlier in his career, including Jude the Obscure and Our Friends in the North.

But the British star now feels like a “failure” for not being able to get similar work.

Eccleston has said his age, gender and skin color have now made him an “outcast” in the entertainment industry and his career is plagued by insecurity.

“I’m white, I’m middle-aged, I’m male and I’m straight,” said the 58-year-old actor. “We are the new pariah in the industry.

“We will all be viewed through the lens of Harvey Weinstein et al. seen. And I feel that the ways they should do it are shrinking.

“I’ve lived off the country’s fat for 30 years of my career, but I still have to pay my mortgage, I still have to support my kids, so I don’t welcome the uncertainty at all.”

Eccleston has long championed innovation in entertainment, including pursuing a female influence on Doctor Who. While he hasn’t applauded his career struggles, he has said he’s “rightly” considered a “dinosaur.”

Speaking on BBC 5 Live, the actor revealed that while he’s a better actor than he was when he was young, he now takes on roles for the benefit of his family rather than the artistic advancement of his career. Middle-aged white men a ‘pariah’ in television and film, says Christopher Eccleston

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