Coulson as Ben in Weirdsister College
3 October 1978, Manchester, England, UK
Westminster School, University of Cambridge
Actor, director, photographer, author
He is best known for playing Tom Riddle (Lord Voldemort) in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Coulson was born in Manchester, and attended Westminster School in London on an academic scholarship. He was a member of the UK's National Youth Music Theatre from 1990–1997, and went on to the University of Cambridge, where he received a degree in English Literature from Clare College in 2000. While at university, he played the Emcee in Cabaret, Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Claire in The Maids, as well as appearing in film and television.
Coulson gained worldwide attention and popularity for his role in 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in which he portrayed a sixteen-year-old Tom Riddle, even though Coulson was 23 years old at the time. However, in 2007, director David Yates indicated on MTV that Coulson would not reprise his role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, since, at 29, he was now too old.
He also wrote the lyrics and book for a rock musical called 'The Fallen' which was performed at Bedford Modern School in 1998.
As of 2010, Coulson lives and works in New York City as an actor, director, and photographer.
Films and short films
|2002||The Four Feathers||Drummer Boy||Uncredited|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Tom Riddle|| Credited as Chris Coulson|
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
|The Hours||Richard Partridge||Uncredited|
|2005||Take Me Back||Charlie||Credited as Chris Coulson|
|2011||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2||Tom Riddle||Archive footage|
|I Am Nasrine||Tommy|
|2001||Love in a Cold Climate||Matt Radlett||TV mini-series|
|Weirdsister College||Ben Stemson||All Episodes (1-13)|
|2002||The Forsyte Saga||Jolly Forsyte|| Episodes: "Episode #1.5"|
|2003||Hornblower: Loyalty||Midshipman John 'Jack' Hammond||TV movie|
|Charles II: The Power and The Passion||James, Duke of Monmouth|| Episodes: "Episode #1.1"|
|Little Britain||Joe||Episode: "Hard-Boiled Egg Eating"|
|2005||Agatha Christie's Marple||Edmund Swettenham|
|Beethoven||Archduke Rudolph|| TV mini-series|
Episodes: "Love & Loss"
"Faith & Fury"
|Brief Encounters||Adam||Episodes: "Lost & Found"|
|2009||The Battery's Down: Losing My Mind||Raoul||Episode: "Losing My Mind"|
|2010||Jeffery & Cole Casserole||Episode: "The Becky"|
|Gossip Girl||Ivan||Episode: "Touch of Eva"|
|2011||Wiener & Wiener||Garry|| Episodes: "Fall into Therapy"|
"When Life Gives You Lemons..."
"Let You Go"
|The Good Wife||Andre Bergson||Episode: "Death Row Tip"|
|2007||Doctor Who: The Bride of Peladon||Pelleas|
|2008||Doctor Who: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster||Robert McIntosh|
- Travesties - McCarter Theatre, New Jersey (2012) Tristan Tzara
- Ghosts - Gate Theatre, London (2007) Osvald
- Festen - UK Tour (2006) Christian
- Journey's End - Comedy Theatre, London (2004) Raleigh
- Romeo and Juliet - Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool (2002) Romeo