Chris Rankin (born November 8, 1983) is an actor and producer for theater and film living in Mid Wales, United Kingdom. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Chris moved (with his family) to Norfolk, UK, at the age of six. At age eleven he began acting in school and, at 17, he was cast as Percy Weasley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Chris co-founded the Painted Horse UK theatre company in 2004 and performed in its first two productions, “Hedda Gabler” and “Salome.” In 2012, Chris graduated from the University of Lincoln with a degree in Media Production. In January 2013, Chris married his long-time girlfriend Megan Rankin née Walker. He continues to act and produce for theatre and film today.
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Chris first became involved with the Potter films after hearing about a casting call on The BBC’s program Newsround. Told by his friend who was applying for Ron, Chris decided to submit a photo and letter for the role of Percy, which was the most logical choice since he was not a twin and was too old for Ron.
After four months of silence, Chris received a call in August, 2000 asking him to meet with a casting director the following day. Two days after this meeting, he met with producers and director Chris Columbus, and five days later he began work on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Chris rode with actress Emma Watson on their first day to the studio where a table read-through of the script was to take place, with all of the veteran British stage and screen actors present, as well as author J.K. Rowling.
Chris has always been very grateful for his experiences with the Potter films and he has completed an undergraduate degree in Film Production at the University of Lincoln in Lincoln, England which he attended before and after filming the final two Potter films.
Work on Fandom
Work on Fandom
Chris has long been fascinated with the role that fans play in popular works of literature. He is, self-described, a “regular” at Harry Potter fan conventions dating back to 2005, and even wrote his undergraduate dissertation at University of Lincoln on the subject of “will the Harry Potter fan community survive once the saga ends?” The entire dissertation was made available following the fan conference “Ascendio!” in August, 2012 via Chris’ official web site.