Everything to Know About Christopher Abbott & his Rise to Fame

April 5, 2019
First Published On: April 5, 2019

You are indeed living under the rocks if you haven’t binge-watched Netflix anthology crime- drama-mystery television series ‘The Sinner.’ Over the last few years, The Sinners has garnered tons of accolades, mainly because of the enigma drifting around its unique storyline.

                    Smiling Christopher Abbott wearing a black coat and grey sweater

Jessica Biel made a smashing comeback through this rollercoaster of a series. However, one name that spelled magic and indeed left everyone spell bounded was actor Christopher Abbott. The ones who have already watched this show haven’t been able to stop gushing over Abbott’s uncanny resemblance with Kit Harrington (the oh-so-famous Jon Snow from Game of Thrones).  

Early Career

                        Young Christopher Abbott wearing a brown full sleeve t-shirt

Christopher Abbott is an American actor of Portuguese-Italian lineage. He was born in February 1986 to a working-class family in Greenwich, Connecticut. Before pursuing a professional acting degree in HB films, Abbott did a handful of odd jobs to keep himself financially sustainable.

He worked as a cupbearer in his friend’s wine store, and for some time in a video game store near his house. His passion for making it big in films someday took him to New York in 2006, as he thought he would be closer to some of the most prominent production houses in the country.

Upon moving to New York, he regularly auditioned for numerous school plays. His consistent hard work and constant perseverance bagged him his first play titled Good Boys and True, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by Scott Ellis. 

For his portrayal of a homosexual best friend of the lead actor, he got muddled up in copious controversies. However, it didn’t stop him from signing other exciting projects. For his next play Mouth to Mouth, he garnered tremendous critical acclaim for playing the role of a sympathetic 15-year-old boy. And therefore, the stage was all set for Abbott to showcase his versatility in a varied range of cinematic pieces.

Movies and TV shows

                      Christopher Abbott standing with Elizabeth Olsen and his Co-star

The reputed film companies already had their eyes on Abbott after he established himself as a notable name in the television industry. He made his movie debut opposite Elizabeth Olsen in the 2011 drama thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. The movie premiered in the Sundance Film Festival, and his performance was unanimously praised by critics and audiences alike.

There onwards, he started simultaneously working on movies and plays, ardently solidifying his craft as an actor. The cinemagoers overwhelmingly lauded his risky choice of characters. Although he had already proved his mettle as an actor, he got wide recognition and was known all over the world for his role of Charlie Dattolo, a sweet and reticent boyfriend in the HBO comedy series Girls.

                     Christopher Abbott standing at the corner with his costar holding a glass

He managed to establish a loyal fan base through his subdued act. However, he made the audience shocked by quitting the show immediately after the culmination of the second season of the series. He later stated in an interview that he had to left the show because he found it immensely arduous to relate with the character he was playing on-screen. 

Prior his unanticipated departure from The Girls, Abbott went to star in a series of short films opposite Sheila Márquez. Post his other work commitments, he returned to the theatre in 2013 and starred in a play namely Where We’re Born. His acting was enormously appreciated, and he began lapping up projects from different theatres and production houses.

                       A still from a play Where We're Born where C. Abbott is sitting with his co-stars

In 2014, he co-starred in a drama movie The Sleepwalker, which became his second film to premiere in the Sundance Film Festival

                                                  Poster of The Sleepwalker with Christopher Abott face

In 2015, Abbott played the role of Elias Schreiber-Hoffman in a critically acclaimed play, John. The play was widely regarded as the best play of 2015. Abbott’s performance received a loud positive response and was cited as the reason behind the success of the play. He also played a film James White as the title character which was critically acclaimed.

                                 Black and white poster of the film James White in Abstract style

In 2016, he made a comeback for an episode of the sixth season of The Girls. His fans went crazy upon his return, and the episode has alluded as one of the best episodes in all seasons of the series.

Life changing moment

                                           Poster of The Sinner where there is an face of old man and car on the bottom

His substantial body of work made him cast opposite the legendary actress Jessica Biel in the Netflix crime-mystery-drama The Sinners. Abbott made a name for himself and swept the viewers off their feet through his effervescent portrayal of a tumultuous destitute husband. It was quite fascinating to witness Abbott delivering a restrained and astounding performance amidst such talented ensemble cast. 

Upcoming projects

                  Christopher Abbott wearing a black sweater and giving a dashing pose

Abbott will soon be starring in a crime thriller Full Dress. The film is currently in post-production stage and is slated to release in mid-2019. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Abbott delivering another power-packed performance in Full Dress and increasing his fan base with every passing project.