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A British character actor best known for his dead-ringer portrayals of legendary filmmaker Orson Welles, Christian McKay was born in Bury, England, on Jan. 1, 1973. He toured Europe as a virtuoso concert pianist before studying acting at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and eventually performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

McKay was often told he resembled the mercurial Welles, and the uncanny likeness -- combined with McKay's considerable thespian talents -- ignited his career. When Hollywood director Richard Linklater caught McKay's acclaimed performance in the one-man show "Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Welles," he persuaded doubting producers to cast the virtual unknown as Welles in the loosely biographical drama Me and Orson Welles.

The film earned McKay a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor, among other honors.

Christian McKay in The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

2014 PG-13

With his body progressively ravaged by ALS, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking must rely on his wife, Jane, to continue his life's work as he faces various challenges. This affecting biographical drama centers on the couple's fertile partnership.

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