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

I’m a “pariah” as a middle-aged white man, Christopher Eccleston has said, revealing his acting is drying up.

Best known for reviving the Doctor Who role, the actor has starred in successful 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 arrange similar work.

Eccleston has said his age, gender and skin color have now made him a “pariah” in the entertainment industry, leaving his career plagued with uncertainty.

“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 are all seen through the lens of Harvey Weinstein et al. And I feel the opportunities are shrinking, as they should.

“I’ve lived off the fat of the country 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 welcome the uncertainty at all.”

Eccleston has long advocated innovation in entertainment, including pushing for a female influence on Doctor Who. While he has not welcomed his career struggles, he has said he is “rightly” considered 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 fills roles for the sake of his family, rather than the artistic advancement of his career.

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