Christopher William Rankin Nickname:
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Chris was born in New Zealand, but moved to Norfolk, England with his parents at the age of
six. There his mother, who was working as an English teacher, introduced him to the first book
in the Harry Potter series. Almost instantly, he was hooked. He went on to read the next few
books of the series, though only two or three had been published and were available.
At the same time, Chris found himself bitten by the acting bug. He became a member of the
Youth Theatre Company of the Dereham Operatic Society while also performing in plays at
Northgate High School where he attended.
Between the two, he appeared in many stage plays, including Bugsy Malone, Return to the
Forbidden Planet, Lord of the Flies, and the fantasy, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
This also lead to roles in musicals, such as Roger in Grease, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph
in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Thenardier in Les Miserables, and ensemble roles
in Little Shop of Horrors, My Fair Lady, Whistle Down the Wind, The King and I, and Scrooge.
One evening, Chris was at home watching television when he saw an advertisement for a new
movie being made based on the Harry Potter series. Like many of the other actors who became
involved with the series, he was intrigued that they were searching for kids who had never
acted professionally before.
Chris knew instantly what role was best suited for him. He wrote a letter for his audition stating
his case for the role of Percy. He gave three valid points—he was too old for Harry or Ron, he
certainly couldn’t play Hermione, and he was already a prefect at school.
Months came and went after his audition, and Chris had long forgotten about his quest for the
role of Percy. That’s why he was shocked to receive a phone call one night asking him to
audition for the producers of the film. He impressed the producers at that audition so much
that by the end they were calling him Percy.
Chris reprised his role so far in every Harry Potter film except Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
He has already been signed on the complete the role in the final two films of the series. He has
said that despite the inconsistency in the size of his role from film to film, he has enjoyed being
involved with his favorite book series.
Another character he has dreamed to play is Tom Riddle, which he claims stems from his love of
“baddies.” His character, Percy, however, hasn’t exactly been an angel throughout the books.
Before the conclusion of the series, some Harry Potter fans, believing he is really his character,
have sent him hate mail.
J.K. Rowling, who wouldn’t give too much away, did promise Chris that his character would
redeem himself before the series’ end.
Chris has allowed his career to stray from Harry Potter as well. He had a role in the television
mini series The Rotters’ Club, a three part drama produced by Company Pictures for the BBC.
He lent his voice to the audio book Autumn of Terror by Neil Story reading as Jack the Ripper.
His greatest non-Potter endeavor has been founding the theatre company Painted Horse UK
alongside director Jim Rymer.
Currently, Chris Rankin is both studying media production at the University of London and
completing filming for the final two Harry Potter installments.
For those of us who have been hurt by Percy’s actions, we can rest easy knowing that the actor
who portrays him is actually one of us — a fan.
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