Christopher Eccleston reveals he 'detested' working with Mark Strong

Christopher Eccleston did not hold back as he reflected on his strained working relationship with Mark Strong.

The former Doctor Who star performed with Cruella actor in BBC drama Our Friends in the North, which also starred the most recent James Bond, Daniel Craig.

Broadcast in early 1996, the nine-parter told the lives of four friends living in Newcastle over a period of more than 30 years, covering major historical events like the miners’ strike and the Great Storm of 1987.

Christopher, 58, played Nicky Hutchinson who returns home after volunteering for the US Civil Rights movement to mates Tosker (Mark) and Geordie (Daniel), as well as former girlfriend Mary (Gina McKee).

Talking about the critically acclaimed series, which was adapted from a play penned by Royal Shakespeare Company writer Peter Flannery, Christopher revealed there was tension on set between him and Mark.

Not mincing his works, Christopher said: ‘We detested each other. We really did not like each other at all.’

He continued in the interview with the BBC: ‘It was very interesting for me, because I didn’t like him as a person, and he didn’t like me as a person, but I admired him so much as an actor.’

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