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RAY WINSTONE, who plays "Mac” George Michale, was born in Hackney in the East End of London. He started boxing at the age of 12, was three times London Schoolboy champion and fought twice for England. He studied acting at the Corona School before being cast by director Alan Clarke as Carlin ("the Daddy”) in "Scum.” This BBC Play production made Winstone's name and since then he has appeared in numerous TV series and movies. After playing a starring role in Franc Roddam's "Quadrophenia” and being cast by Ken Loach in "Ladybird, Ladybird,” he was cast by Gary Oldman in the lead role in the gritty biographical drama "Nil by Mouth,” for which he won a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor and earned a BAFTA Award nomination. His mesmerizing performance led to a succession of challenging roles, including Dave in the gangster movie "Face” and Dad in Tim Roth's disturbing drama "The War Zone.” He also played in the comedy drama "The Mammy” and "Fanny & Elvis” before delivering one of the finest performances of his career opposite Ben Kingsley in "Sexy Beast.”

Winstone's television credits include "Our Boy” (for which he was awarded an RST award for Best Actor) and "Births, Marriages and Deaths” – both by writer Tony Grounds. His credits for Granada/ITV are "Tough Love,” its sequel "Lenny Blue” and the title role in "Henry VIII” (which went on to win Best Miniseries/TV Movie at the International Emmy Awards. In 2006, Winstone won an International Emmy Award for Best Actor for his eponymous role in "Vincent” (Granada/ITV).

His film credits include "There's Only One Jimmy Grimble,” "Last Orders,” "Ripley's Game,” "Cold Mountain,” "King Arthur,” "The Proposition,” the Oscar®-winning "The Departed,” directed by Martin Scorcese, Anthony Minghella's "Breaking and Entering,” the title role in Robert Zemeckis's "Beowulf” and Warner Bros.' "Fool's Gold.”

In December 2007, Winstone received the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution at the British Independent Film Awards.

Winstone recently completed filming on "The Changeling,” a coproduction with ITV and the third film for television from his company, Size 9 Productions.


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