England, Chris 1961-

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ENGLAND, Chris 1961-

PERSONAL: Born January 20, 1961, in Oldham, England; son of Alan (a writer and teacher) and Mary (a teacher; maiden name, Blissett) England; married Susan Elvy (a church parish administrator), April 2, 1994; children: Peter William, John Stanley, Michael Christopher. Education: Pembroke College, Cambridge, B.A. (with honors), 1983. Hobbies and other interests: Football, cricket, the Oldham Athletic Football Club.

ADDRESSES: Home—56 Ellison Rd., London SW16 5BY, England. Agent—Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, 34-43 Russell St., London WC2B 5HA, England.

CAREER: Actor, director, playwright, and author. Film roles include an appearance in Lagaan, 2002.

MEMBER: Les Raymonds Celebres Football Club, Dusty Fleming International Hairstylists Country Club.


(With Arthur Smith) An Evening with Gary Lineker (play; produced in London, England), Josef Weinberger, 1992.

(With Nick Hancock) What Didn't Happen Next, Andre Deutsch (London, England), 1997.

Bostocki Cup (television movie), London Weekend Television, 1999.

Balham to Bollywood, Hodder Headline (London, England), 2003.

No More Buddha, Only Football, Hodder Headline (London, England), 2003.

Columnist for Four Four Two, 1994-98.

SIDELIGHTS: Chris England told CA: "I am both an actor and a writer. I began writing while at university in order to generate acting roles for myself. Since the success of An Evening with Gary Lineker—a play about the 1990 Football World Cup which I cowrote and appeared in on London's West End—I have been mostly writing on sports-related topics.

"What Didn't Happen Next is an alternative history of football (by which I mean soccer); Bostocki Cup is a spoof documentary about an under-achieving team and Balham to Bollywood is a behind-the-scenes production diary of a film I acted in called Lagaan, which picked up an Oscar nomination for best foreign film in 2002. The film is not about football, but cricket—my other great enthusiasm."