At six foot three, Craig Fairbrass is a versatile and experienced British actor. Craig has starred in over forty feature films, including the lead role in fifteen independent films in the U.K and U.S as well as Award winning British TV along with guest star roles in five major U.S. TV series.
Craig was born in Mile End hospital in London’s East End, his father Jack was one of nine kids and was a Stevedore the best you could be as a London docker, his mother Maureen was a machinist dressmaker in Petticoat Lane, she was one of ten kids. Along with his younger sister Lindsey they lived in Stepney where Craig grew up.
It was at Eaglesfield boys secondary comprehensive in Woolwich where Craig became fascinated with films and acting, although struggling from one year to the next and not top of the class academically he found drama an outlet and it was here that he got the acting bug. After being expelled at 15 he worked as a roofer’s labourer, a job he would return to time and time again in the coming years for support while securing acting roles, this earned him enough money to attend a course at drama school.
Leaving drama school Craig soon realised that to survive he needed a second string to his bow if he was to pursue his dream as an actor, so he returned to roofing in the day and working on the doors of some of S.E. London’s less desirable nightspots for the next five years until securing enough money to buy his own business, a sandwich bar in Woolwich market.
Movie experience began as well in the breakout role of Challoner, opposite Denzel Washington in the powerful British film For Queen And Country. Television soon followed, with the BBC drama Big Deal a regular role in LWT’S award winning London’s Burning and the highly acclaimed BAFTA /EMMY award-winning TV series Prime Suspect 1 and 2 in which Craig played hard-bitten detective Frank Burkin opposite Helen Mirren.
1992 saw Craig use this as a calling card in Los Angeles, securing a starring a role in one of the biggest action movies of the 90s, Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone, which opened doors in the U.S independent film arena, starring in the action films, Nightscare, Terminal Force and Proteus before returning to the UK to star in the British thriller Killing Time and the award-winning horror, Darklands.
In 1999 Craig joined the cast of the BBC’s flagship show EastEnders where his recurring character of Dan Sullivan over three years won record viewing figures and a four-hander Sunday evening special a TV BAFTA for best drama. Other strong roles followed, lead villain Ray Betson in TV movie – The Great Dome Robbery, then to Rome to complete his role on Moro, for controversial award-winning Italian art-house director Aurellio Grimaldi and guest lead in Radio 4’s afternoon play Fair Maids Are Shining.
Craig’s role of the killer Henry Caine in White Noise 2, the sequel to the No. 1 box office hit White Noise reaches no. 5 in the top ten cinema films in London.
It was in 2007 that saw Craig in his most powerful performance to date, that of true life gangster Pat Tate in Rise Of The Footsoldier the gangster epic based on true life events directed by BAFTA nominee Julian Gilbey, followed by a strong supporting role in The Bank Job, opposite Jason Statham.
2008 Craig returned to L.A to guest-star in U.S TV series Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles the top rated, David Mamett action drama series The Unit, Stargate SG1 and the action film Far Cry.
2009/10 Craig continues to forge a strong position in the independent film arena with lead roles in Freight, Dead Cert and Devils Playground – comedy cameos in The Shouting Men and Just For The Record.
Craig also became an iconic voice within the most successful video game franchise ever, Call Of Duty, Modern Warfare by lending his voice to Gaz, Ghost and Walcroft in Call of Duty MW: 1,2 and 3.
2011 sees Craig in U.S action thriller House Of The Rising Sun opposite Dave Bautista, co-lead in British thriller St Georges Day, U.S actioner Hijacked and Vikingdom 3D.
2012 kicks off with Universal’s Get Lucky and Bula Quo the Status Quo action comedy and the male lead in Let Me Survive a drama based on the best selling book.
Oct 2012 Craig plays the lead role of British mercenary Lex Walker opposite Jason Patric and James Caan in the U.S action thriller The Outsider, followed by Universal’s gangster spoof The Hooligan Factory.
Craig recently completed two Brit thrillers, taking the lead role of Alfie Jennings in Jonnie Malachi’s violent stylised contract killer movie Breakdown and action thriller London Heist, Directed by Mark McQueen and co-written by Craig. London Heist is a dark violent revenge story set in Spain’s glamorous Marbella and London’s underworld due for release under the Lionsgate banner for Sept 2016.
Craig has just finished his work on the eagerly anticipated stop motion sci-fi game – Star Citizen/ Squadron 42 alongside Gary Oldman, Gillian Anderson and Mark Strong.