Chris Rankin began acting at the age of eleven. He attended Shipdham Primary School, Northgate High School, and Dereham Sixth Form College. At Northgate High School he appeared in school plays of Bugsy Malone and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. His professional acting career began when he won the role of Percy Weasley in September 2000 and he has since appeared in film, TV, and theatre. In the Harry Potter series, he is a brother of Harry Potter’s best friend, Ron Weasley.
Rankin is the co-founder of a theatre company, Painted Horse UK.
Outside of the Harry Potter films, Rankin has also been seen in the TV mini-series The Rotters’ Club and Channel 5’s Victoria Cross Heroes in which he played Evelyn Wood.
On stage, Chris has played a variety of roles in pantomimes across the country, as well as Edgar Linton in Wuthering Heights, Eilert Loevborg in Hedda Gabler, and Young Syrian in Salomé.
He also appeared on a YouTube video called “LifeHack” which was created by internet sensation Thomas Ridgewell, better known as Tomska. It’s about a detective working on a case of a missing girl. He hacks into various photos which leads him to conclude Ridgewell took her. He also appeared as Mycroft Holmes in the Hillywood Show’s Sherlock parody in 2016.
Chris now works in television and film production on series such as the BBC’s Atlantis.