Christopher William Rankin lived with his parents in his native New Zealand until age 6 when they moved back to England.
He found his love for acting at the age of 11, at Northgate High School in Suffolk, as a member of the Youth Theatre Company of Dereham Operatic Society. While in school, Chris appeared in numerous productions. He was ensemble in “Bugsy Malone” and “Little Shop of Horrors” (also on a European tour). Chris has also appeared as Bosun in “Return to the Forbidden Planet”, Roger in “Grease”, Ralph in “The Lord of the Flies”, Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and in 2003 made a last-minute appearance, stepping in as Thenardier in “Les Miserables”, when a cast member had taken ill.
With the Youth Theatre, Chris has played Edmund in “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”; chorus roles in “My Fair Lady”, “Whistle Down the Wind” and “The King and I” and Harry / Young Ebenezer in “Scrooge”.
In August 2000, he auditioned for and landed the role of Percy Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movie series, which was the beginning of his professional on-camera acting career. Chris made his professional stage debut in “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Norwich Theatre Royal. He has since been splitting his time between films, television and stage.
Chris looks forward to meeting all his fans at both the Brisbane and Adelaide expos in 2012. There are signing* and photo* sessions throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) excluding breaks and there’s a general admission Q&A on the Saturday of each weekend and a special Q&A on the Friday preview night!
* Autograph ($30 each) and photograph ($40 each) fees apply.
Guest confirmed health and other commitments pending.