Stephen Graham fans say he was destined for big things after seeing scene from first-ever acting role
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Stephen Graham fans say he was destined for big things after seeing a scene from his first-ever acting role in Willy Russell's Dancin' Thru The Dark.
The This is England star has a decade-spanning career filled with a whole bunch of critically-acclaimed roles, including the likes of Al Capone in Martin Scorsese’s HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, as well as cockney boxing promoter Tommy in Guy Ritchie’s comedy crime flick, Snatch.
However, Graham's first-ever major role appears to have prophesied his jam-packed filmography as a kid in Dancin' Thru The Dark.
The film, directed by Mike Ockrent, starred the likes of Ben Murphy, Con O'Neill, Peter Beckett, Julian Littman and was the first feature of the Boiling Point star.
The premise of the movie follows a group of girls and local lads who venture out for a night of pre-marriage stag and hen party celebrations.
Ironically, both sexes end up partying at the same Liverpool disco, Bransky's.
Things take a turn when Linda, the bride-to-be, runs into her old boyfriend, Peter, on the eve of her wedding to her fiancé, Dave.
In the film, Graham plays the role of 'Football Kid' and can be heard asking one of his co-stars: "Hey mate! Do you want to play for us tomorrow?"
"Thanks for the offer," the actor replies, "but I'm getting married tomorrow!"
Graham then responds: "Married! What for?"
"'Cause he's an idiot!" jokes one of the friends.
The scene ends with the fresh-faced Graham laughing before saying: "See ya, mate!"
It has since made its rounds on social media with many fans of the actor rushing in to share their reactions.
One TikTok user praised: "One of the best English actors. Amazing performance in This is England!"
"He was always going to be a star wasn’t he!" wrote a second.
A third penned: "Probably my favourite actor. I just believe everything he portrays."
"Best British actor in my opinion, his emotional acting is simply outstanding," commented a fourth.
Another echoed: "One a the best actors from UK, love anything this guy has done!"
"He's an astounding actor," commended a final TikTok. "He can make me laugh and sob uncontrollably. That's some talent."
Graham has previously credited a lot of his most famous roles to the 'fantastic drama in this country', including the racist skinhead Andrew 'Combo' Gascoigne in Shane Meadows’ This is England.
Knowing he was going to be playing such a role, he even reached out to his co-stars grandma to let her know he'd be shouting racist abuse at her grandson.
"If I’m honest, that particular job was where I grew up as an actor. It really [helped me to] understand the process completely,” he said. “I really learned how to dive into a character," he once revealed.