Christian Coulson

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Not to be confused with Christian Colson.
Christian Coulson
Born (1978-10-03) 3 October 1978 (age 39)
Manchester, England, UK
Nationality British
Education Westminster School
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Occupation Actor, director, photographer, author
Years active 2001-present

Christian Coulson (born 3 October 1978) is an English actor best known for playing Tom Marvolo Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Early life

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 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 16-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 Half-Blood Prince, since, at 29, he was now too old.[1]

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[2] as an actor and director.


Films and short films

Year Film Role Notes
2002 The Four Feathers Drummer Boy Uncredited
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Tom Riddle / Young Lord Voldemort
Nominated - Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
The Hours Ralph Partridge Helper at Hogarth Press, run by Leonard Woolf
2005 Take Me Back Charlie
2007 Last Night Nick [citation needed]
2012 I Am Nasrine Tommy
Gayby Aaron
Leaving Circadia Colin
2013 Amateurs Evan
2014 Love is Strange Ian


Year Title Role Notes
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"
"Episode #1.6"
2003 Hornblower: Loyalty Midshipman John 'Jack' Hammond TV movie
Charles II: The Power and The Passion James, Duke of Monmouth Episodes: "Episode #1.1"
"Episode #1.2"
"Episode #1.3"
"Episode #1.4"
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"
"Nucking Futs"
The Good Wife Andre Bergson Episode: "Death Row Tip"

Audio drama

Year Title Role
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


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