Posted by BookishBoy in the Morrissey-solo forums (February 10, 2020):
Last night I started reading (or, listening to the audiobook of) Christopher Eccleston's memoir "I Love the Bones of You" - there's lots of detail in the early pages about being shaped by Salford, which then morphs into a few encounters in later life with some of his Mancunian heroes, including Paul Scholes and Morrissey. Eccleston relates chatting to a producer in a cafe when they see Morrissey on Deansgate. Eccleston is encouraged to go and talk to him:
I got on my bike and followed him. He'd just walked up to Waterstones.
"Excuse me, Morrissey."
"Oh, hello." [In the audiobook, Eccleston does a wonderful Morrissey voice.]
"My name's Chris Eccleston."
"Yes, I know."
"Oh, right...I just want to say thank you." I stuck my hand out. He shook it.
"No, no," he said. "Thank you." And walked off.
I'm fairly sure it was a more remarkable experience for me than it was for him, and the reverse anecdote doesn't appear in his own autobiography. But the significance of Morrissey knowing who I am will never be lost on me.
Christopher Eccleston (; born 16 February 1964) is an English actor. A twice BAFTA Award nominee, he has been active in television and film, which includes his role as the ninth incarnation of the Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who (2005), playing Matt Jamison in The Leftovers (2014–2017), and his collaborations with filmmakers Danny Boyle and Michael Winterbottom. Eccleston made his professional acting debut onstage in a Bristol Old Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He garnered attention for his film roles as Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It (1991) and Our Friends in the North (1996). The latter of which he won a BAFTA award for. Seven years later he won a second BAFTA for playing Stephen Baxter in the drama series The Second Coming (2003). Eccleston garnered widespread attention and acclaim for his role in the 2005 revival of Doctor Who, becoming the first to play the title character since 1996. He departed the role, for which he won a National Television Award and received nominations for a Broadcasting Press Guild Award and BAFTA Cymru Award, after just one series. He won an International Emmy Award for his performance in an episode of the anthology series Accused. On stage, he has played the title roles in productions of Hamlet and Macbeth and starred in productions of Miss Julie, A Doll's House, and Antigone. Since 2017, he has narrated the documentary series Ambulance.