Stephen Walters was bornon May 22, 1975, is Actor, Producer, Soundtrack. Stephen Walters, an Royal Television Society (RTS) Best Actor nominee, was born on 22 May 1975 in Merseyside, England (UK), where he spent the remainder of his childhood. A regular both on British television and film, for many years he has played a wide range and variety of character roles in both drama and comedy. The roles with which he is most commonly associated are unpredictable, complex figures. These characters illustrate a wide range of dialect accents and backgrounds including American, RP, Scottish, Irish ,Eastern European, Cockney, Mancunian and others. Stephen has also worked alongside directors as eclectic as Matthew Vaughan, Danny Boyle, Ronny Yu, Guy Ritchie, Peter Webber, Sam Miller, Rowan Joffe, and the late Antonia Bird.After completion of a BTEC in Performing arts at Southport Collage (1990-1992), he went on to gain a place at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (1994-1996). In 1994 Stephen played the lead role of Joey Jackson, a poetic soul searching for the meaning of life, in Jim Morris' "Blood on the Dole" as part of the "Alan Bleasdale Presents" series for Channel 4. This performance garnered much critical acclaim for Walters and with the personal advice of Bleasdale he decided to apply to train at drama school. Stephen has spoken about this period in his career by saying, "I owe everything to Alan Bleasdale in that, after seeing Blood on the Dole, he made me realize and see for the first time that I was an actor...Bleasdale opened the door for me...literally and metaphorically speaking".In 1989, whilst still at Saint Wilfrids secondary school, Stephen got his first break in television through a now defunct agency run by fellow Liverpudlian actor Ricky Tomlinson, with whom he has appeared in no less than five different projects. Cast as part of ITVs "Dramarama" series on an episode entitled "Ghost Story", Stephen played the featured role of Corporal Tomkins. This was directed by future award winning Director Julian Jarrold, whom Stephen went on to work with again on an ITV drama entitled "Touching Evil". Stephen portrayed lead guest character Jack McCaffrey, a slippery cockney, in a two-part drama written by Paul Abbott.Coincidentally, by a strange quirk of fate in the spring of 2013, Stephen played the lead role of Ricky Tomlinson in "Ragged", which was a one-off drama for the "Sky Arts Presents" series directed by comedian Johnny Vegas. The role dealt with Tomlinson's incarceration during the 1970's builders strike. For his performance, Stephen was nominated, alongside Derek Jacobi, for an RTS Award as Best Actor in a single drama.After leaving drama school Stephen appeared as Ian Glover in Jimmy McGovern's highly acclaimed drama "Hillsborough", which went on to win a Bafta for best drama. His next performance was in the role of Jamie Spencer on ITV's ill fated drama series "Springhill" (1996), though Stephen did not return for the second series due to artistic differences.Between 1998 and 2000, Stephen appeared in numerous eye catching episodic performances such as BBC's "Pie In the Sky", opposite the late Richard Griffiths, Mikey Sullivan in Jimmy McGovern's "Liverpool 1", Private John McGrath in "Band of Brothers" (HBO), and Scot in "Nice Guy Eddie". Stephen also played Kick Box Stevie in the feature film "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" by Stuart Suggs.In 2001, with three back-to-back roles, Stephen's work and range were presented to a larger much larger audience. Stephen starred in the BBC's production of writer Jim Cartwright's (Road, Little Voices) "Strumpet" opposite Christopher Eccleston. "Strumpet" was directed by Oscar winning director Danny Boyle. The role of Knockoff was, in Stephen's words, "An actor's dream". This performance was in complete contrast to Walters' more dramatic work up to this point and showed his love for comedy. Walters has gone on record as saying..."It took someone like Danny to take a chance on me...previously I had done more intense, perhaps disturbed kind of characters...then along came this script that I read for and Danny thought I could play it...working with Danny Boyle, Christopher Eccleston and Jim Cartwright was a real learning curve for me".That same year Stephen featured in the film "Mean Machine" (2001), a remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds film produced by Matthew Vaughn, as bomb expert Nitro opposite actor Vinny Jones. He then played the role of Nazi skinhead Blowfish in Ronny Yu's film "51st State" (AKA-"Formula 51") opposite Samuel L Jackson and Robert Carlyle. Both characters showcase the more unpredictable, dangerous type of characters that Walters seems to relish. Interestingly, Stephen also worked with Carlyle in his first ever feature film "Plunkett and McCleane", directed by Jake Scot, son of acclaimed director Ridley Scot, where he played the role of Denis. Robert Carlyle has been an important influence on Stephen's career.These consecutive roles were the springboard to Stephen being cast in the lead role of prison Psychiatrist Nick Vaughn, alongside Lenny James, in Channel 4's eight-part drama series "Buried" (2002). The series, by award winning producer Tony Garner, was awarded the Bafta for Best Drama and Stephen was the recipient of critical acclaim for his performance.In 2003, Stephen played a two episode lead guest as Dylan Forbes in the ITV drama "Murder City", directed by Sam Miller. The following year (2004) Stephen was directed by Matthew Vaughn in the explosive supporting role of Shanks, opposite Daniel Craig, in the feature film "Layer Cake". Vaughn, who had produced Barry Scholnick's Mean Machine, offered Stephen the role.Continuing with his eclectic list of credits, Stephen's next project was Guy Richie's film "Revolver" (2005) where, opposite Jason Statham, he portrayed Irish Joe. That same year saw a cameo appearance, as the Arkham Lunatic, in Christopher Nolan's acclaimed feature "Batman Begins" and a turn later as master Lord Gilbert Gifford in the BBC's "Virgin Queen".In 2007, after a self imposed year hiatus, Stephen undertook three new projects. First was the feature film "Hannibal Rising", the final installment of the Hannibal series which explored the origins of Hannibal Lecter, where he was featured alongside fellow actor Rhys Ifans. Stephen portrayed Zigmas Milko, a man of Eastern European origin and one of Hannibal's main victims. Director Peter Webber described the death of Zigmas Milko as one of his favorite scenes in the movie. Immediately following his role in Hannibal, Stephen was featured in BBC 3's six part comedy series entitled "The Visit", which was set in a prison waiting room. Stephen played the colorful character Splodge, a Manchunian rogue and a troublesome yet likable loser. Later that same year, Stephen played the frighteningly strange, oddly comedic Maddison Twatter (AKA-Mad Twatter) in a three episodes stint for E4's cult smash "Skins".In 2008 Stephen appeared in "Franklyn", a film directed by Gerald McMorrow, which premiered at the London Film Festival. His dual role as Bill Wasnik/Wormsnakes was played opposite Bernard Hill and Ryan Philippe respectively. In another two-part drama entitled "Wire In The Blood", Stephen played serial killer on the loose James Williams. Robson Green, also featured in the series, collaborated with Stephen in ITV's 1997 drama "Touching Evil". These episodes were directed by Philip John who, coincidentally, would later direct Walters in Outlander (2014-2016)."Splintered", a horror movie released cinematically in 2010, was demanding for Stephen since he played dual roles as brothers Vincent and Gavin. Playing opposite himself in the same scene presented unique challenges, yet garnered recognition and acclaim for Walters."Powder" (2011), based on Kevin Sampson's novel of the same name, featured Stephen in the lead role of Johnny Winegums, the manager of an aspiring POP music group. Some scenes in the film involved filming in front of a live audience, composed of over fifty thousand fans, at the V Festival. This was an experience Stephen thoroughly enjoyed. Later that year Stephen featured heavily in "Age of Heroes" along with Sean Bean. The WWII drama, directed by Adrian Vitoria, highlighted the story of Ian Fleming's Commandos who were assigned to infiltrate behind enemy lines in the Nazi controlled snowy mountains of Norway. Walters has commented that the role of Private Syd Brightling was both a physical and mental test of endurance. Walters would work with Sean Bean again in 2013's "The Accused", penned by Jimmy McGovern.In 2012 Stephen played the role of gangster Callum Rose, opposite his name-sake and friend actor Stephen Graham, in the BBC's production "Good Cop". Written by Stephen Butchard, and despite only running for one series, "Good Cop" won the RTS award for Best Drama. Sam Miller acted as director. That same year Stephen played the role of Gaz in Niall Griffith's "Kelly + Victor", a film which received a Bafta for Best Debut Feature and critical acclaim for its director Kieran Evans.2013 brought Stephen lead roles in two back to back television series, highlighting his range and versatility. First was the comedy "Great Night Out", from Jimmy Mulville's HatTrick Productions, where Walters played the lovable but simple Daz Taylor. Second was "The Village" where he played Crispin Ingram, a sadistic teacher from Derbyshire. Director Antonia Bird cast Stephen in the latter and he was devastated to hear of her sudden death not long after filming. Gillies McKinnon, another director Stephen worked with on "The Village", also directed Jimmy McGovermn's "Needle" (1990), Stephen's second professional project that told the story of the heroin epidemic in Liverpool. A second series of "The Village" was re-commissioned, though Stephen was unable to reprise his role due to a scheduling conflict with "Outlander" (2014-2016).Stephen worked extensively with director Brian Kelly in 2014. He filmed three episodes of NBC's "Dracula", opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, as Hungarian detective Hackett. The series was shot in Budapest, Hungary. Kelly then cast Walters as Simon the Sorcerer in NBC's series "AD the Bible" (2015). The series was shot in Morocco.From 2014-2016, opposite Caitriona Balfe and Graham McTavish, Walters portrayed the featured role of Angus Mhor in the television adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's best selling Scottish time travel novel "Outlander". Presented by Starz/Sony and executive producer Ronald D Moore, the show has been re-commissioned for seasons three and four.Between seasons one and two of "Outlander", Stephen was featured in two stylistically different shows back to back, both for the BBC. First, he was in two episodes of "Dickensian" (2015) opposite Stephen Rea. Second, was a lead episode of "Musketeers" (2015), shot in Prague, in the role of Borel. Walters received strong accolades for this role.Early in 2016, Stephen completed filming on Rowan Joffe's "Tin Star" for Sky Atlantic. Filmed in Canada, the production features Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, and has been described as a contemporary western. Stephen is featured as failed Rock Star Johnny.During the summer of 2016 Stephen completed filming on two episodes of "Into the Badlands" where he played The Engineer, an American Warlord, opposite Daniel Wu and Nick Frost. At present Stephen is shooting "Little Boy Blue", written for ITV by Jeff Pope, with fellow actor Stephen Graham.In addition to his acting credits, Stephen is also an accomplished writer and director, with several short films completed. The first is award winning short "Danny Boy", an intense drama where a man must come to terms with his mother's Alzheimer's. Second, a recently completed film titled "I'm not Here", is an exploration of Charles Manson wherein Stephen plays the lead role. Stephen also has numerous original scripts in various stages of development.
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In 1989, whilst at Saint Wilfrids secondary school, Walters was cast in ITV's British Children's anthology series Dramarama, portraying Corporal Tomkins, in the series seven episode entitled "Ghost Story". Walters' second professional role was in the BBC's drama anthology series Screenplay. He was featured in Jimmy McGovern's series five episode Needle (1990), based upon the needle exchange programme and heroin epidemic in 1980s Liverpool.
After obtaining of a BTEC in Performing arts at Southport College (1990–1992), Walters went on to gain a place at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (1994–1996). In 1994 he played the lead role of Joey Jackson, a poetic soul searching for the meaning of life, in Jim Morris' Blood on the Dole as part of the Alan Bleasdale Presents series for Channel 4. This performance garnered much critical acclaim for Walters and with the personal advice of Bleasdale he decided to apply to train at drama school.
Upon completion of drama school Walters appeared as Ian Glover in Jimmy McGovern's highly acclaimed drama Hillsborough (1996), based upon the Hillsborough disaster at the 1989 FA Cup Semi-finals. Hillsborough went on to win a BAFTA for best drama. His next performance was the role of Jamie Johnson on ITV's ill-fated drama series Springhill (1996), though Walters did not return for the second series due to artistic differences. In 1997 he would once again work with "Ghost Story" Director Julian Jarrold in the ITV drama Touching Evil. Walters would portray lead guest character Jack McCaffrey, a slippery cockney, in the two-part series one finale written by Paul Abbott.
Between 1998 and 2000, Walters appeared in several episodic performances such as BBC's Pie in the Sky, opposite the late Richard Griffiths, Mikey Sullivan in Jimmy McGovern's crime drama Liverpool 1, Technician Fifth Grade John McGrath in HBO's WWII miniseries Band of Brothers (based upon Historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 book of the same name), and Scott in the BBC drama Nice Guy Eddie. During this time Walters completed his first feature film where he played the role of Dennis, opposite Robert Carlyle, in Jake Scott's anachronistic comedy Plunkett and Macleane.
That same year Walters featured in Producer Matthew Vaughn's film Mean Machine (2001), a remake of the 1974 Burt Reynolds classic, as bomb expert Nitro opposite Vinnie Jones. He then played the role of Nazi skinhead Blowfish in Ronny Yu's film The 51st State (AKA-Formula 51) opposite Samuel L Jackson and Robert Carlyle. Both characters showcased the more unpredictable, dangerous type of characters that Walters seems to relish.
These consecutive roles were the springboard to Walters being cast in the lead role of prison Psychiatrist Nick Vaughan, alongside Lennie James, in Channel 4's eight-part drama series Buried (2002). The series, by Producer Tony Garner, was awarded the BAFTA for Best Drama and Walters was the recipient of critical acclaim for his performance.
In 2003, Walters played the lead role of Dylan Forbes in the first episode of the ITV drama Murder City, directed by Sam Miller. The following year (2004) Walters was directed by Matthew Vaughn in the explosive supporting role of Shanks, opposite Daniel Craig, in the feature film Layer Cake. Vaughn, who had produced Barry Scholnick's Mean Machine, offered Walters the role. Walters' next project was Guy Richie's crime thriller feature film Revolver (2005) where, opposite Jason Statham, he portrayed Irish Joe. That same year saw a cameo appearance, as the Arkham Lunatic, in Christopher Nolan's acclaimed feature Batman Begins and a turn as Lord Gilbert Gifford in the BBC's dramatic mini-series The Virgin Queen.
In 2007, after a self-imposed year hiatus, Walters undertook three new projects. First was the feature film Hannibal Rising, the final instalment of the Hannibal series, which explored the origins of Hannibal Lecter. Walters portrayed Zigmas Milko, a man of Eastern European origin and one of Hannibal's main victims. Immediately following his role in Hannibal Rising, Walters featured in BBC 3's six-part comedy series The Visit, set in a prison waiting room. Walters played Splodge Costello, a troublesome yet likeable loser. Later that same year, he played a memorable turn as Maddison Twatter (AKA-Mad Twatter) in a three epis stint for E4's cult smash Skins.
In 2008 Walters appeared in the science-fiction noir film Franklyn, Director Gerald McMorrow's debut, which premiered at the London Film Festival. His dual role as Bill Wasnik/Wormsnakes was played opposite Bernard Hill and Ryan Philippe respectively. In the two-part series six finale of ITV's crime drama Wire in the Blood, Walters played on the loose serial killer James Williams. These episodes were directed by Philip John who would later direct Walters in Outlander (2014–2016). Robson Green, also featured in the series, collaborated with Walters in ITV's 1997 drama Touching Evil.
In Splintered, a horror movie released to cinemas in 2010, Walters played dual roles as brothers Vincent and Gavin. These roles were particularly demanding as scenes with both characters were shot and edited without the use of digital effects. Powder (2011), based on Kevin Sampson's novel of the same name, featured Walters in the role of Johnny Winegums, the manager of an aspiring POP music group. The film was partially shot on location at the V festival in Suffolk. Later that year Walters featured heavily in Age of Heroes alongside Sean Bean. The WWII drama, directed by Adrian Vitoria, highlighted the story of Ian Fleming's 30 Commando Unit who were assigned to infiltrate behind enemy lines in the Nazi controlled snowy mountains of Norway.
In 2012 Walters played the role of gangster Callum Rose, opposite his friend actor Stephen Graham, in the BBC production Good Cop. The series, written by Stephen Butchard and directed by Sam Miller, won the RTS award for Best Drama in 2013 despite only running for one series. That same year Walters played the role of Gaz in the drama Kelly + Victor, based upon Niall Griffith's 2002 novel of the same name.
In the spring of 2013, Walters played the lead role of Ricky Tomlinson in Ragged, a one-off drama for the Sky Arts Presents series, directed by Comedian Johnny Vegas. The role dealt with Tomlinson's incarceration during the 1970s builders' strike. Walters was nominated for an RTS Award as Best Actor in a single drama – and garnered praise from Tomlinson – for his performance. 2013 also brought Walters lead roles in two television series. First was the comedy Great Night Out, from Jimmy Mulville's Hat Trick Productions, where Walters played Daz Taylor. Second was The Village, where he played Crispin Ingham, a sadistic Teacher from Derbyshire. Director Antonia Bird cast Walters in the latter and he was devastated to hear of her sudden death not long after filming. Though a second series of The Village was commissioned, Walters was unable to reprise his role due to a scheduling conflict with filming Outlander (2014–2016). Walters also reunited with previous co-star Sean Bean in "Tracy's Story", a critically acclaimed episode of 2013's The Accused, penned by Jimmy McGovern.
From 2014 to 2016, opposite Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe and Graham McTavish, Walters portrayed the featured role of Angus Mhor in the television adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's best selling Scottish time travel novel Outlander. The expansion of Walters' Angus and Grant O'Rourke's Rupert MacKenzie is a favourite of Gabaldon's, who has described the television characters as "the 1800s' version of Laurel and Hardy". Between seasons one and two of Outlander, Walters was featured in two stylistically different shows for the BBC. The first was an appearance in two episodes of Dickensian (2015), a drama based upon the concept that author Charles Dickens' notable characters lived in the same Victorian neighbourhood. He was featured, opposite Stephen Rea's Inspector Bucket, as accused murderer Manning. Second, Walters guest starred as Borel in an episode of The Musketeers (2015), a retelling of Alexanre Dumas' classic French novel The Three Musketeers. Set in seventeenth century Paris, the series was filmed in Prague.
In early 2017, Walters appeared in two episodes of AMC's post-apocalyptic original series Into the Badlands as The Engineer, an American warlord, opposite Daniel Wu and Nick Frost. He also appeared as DCI Mark Guinness in RTS Award-winning Little Boy Blue, a four-part factual drama that was based on the murder of Rhys Jones and written for ITV by Jeff Pope. Summer 2017 saw Walters portray the role of failed rock star Johnny in Rowan Joffe's Tin Star. Already an accomplished musician, he was featured in the series both singing and playing the guitar. The production, filmed in Canada and starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks, has been described as a contemporary western.
During the first quarter of 2018 Walters featured as lead guest in series four of the BBC crime drama Shetland. He portrays Thomas Malone, a convicted murderer who has his sentence overturned after twenty-three years behind bars.