Christopher Eccleston says white, straight, middle-aged men are 'new pariahs'

English actor Christopher Eccleston arrives for the 47th Annual International Emmy Awards at New York Hilton on November 25, 2019 in New York City. - The International Emmy Award is an award ceremony bestowed by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition to the best television programs initially produced and aired outside the United States. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
Christopher Eccleston said white, male, middle-class, straight actors are the new 'pariahs'. (Angela Weiss / AFP)

Former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston has said actors who are white, middle-class, straight men like him are the new “pariahs” of the industry.

The actor, 58, said he felt like a “dinosaur” and that people like him are “seen through the lens” of people like disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Eccleston also admitted he felt opportunities were lessening but said that they “should do”.

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He told Times Radio: “Quite rightly I'm a dinosaur now. I'm white, I'm middle-aged, I'm male, and I'm straight.

Christopher Eccleston, and his Doctor Who sidekick Billie Piper (Credit: BBC)
Christopher Eccleston with his Doctor Who sidekick Billie Piper. (BBC)

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

The actor – who was the Ninth Doctor and who has starred in films including Shallow Grave and 28 Days Later - said he still had bills to pay.

“I've lived off the fat of the land 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,” he said.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 03: Christopher Eccleston speaks on stage during Fantastic! A Conversation with Christopher Eccleston at the New York Comic Con at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 03, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for ReedPOP)
The actor said he feels like a failure. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for ReedPOP)

Eccleston said in another interview that he feels like a “failure”.

The actor said that in the 90s he had “two incredible film roles” – Jude in Jude The Obscure and Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It - and that while other actors took off in similar parts he “fell short in both those performances”.

“Those were my chances to really really hit it and have far more influence and far more control over the kind of stuff I did,” he said.

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“But I also told myself yesterday that I am not finished yet,” added the star.

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