THE MASTER: “I always dress for the occasion.”
When producer Philip Segal was casting his Master, he wanted a larger than life character actor who would bring The Doctor's arch nemesis to life in the Doctor Who TV movie. He chose actor Eric Roberts.
Eric was born on April 18, 1956, and is an American character actor.
His career began with a leading role in King of the Gypsies (1978), for which he received his first Golden Globe Award nomination.
Indeed, Eric has been recognized by the Golden Globes on many occasions; next for his role in Bob Fosse's Star 80 (1983) and then for his performance as Buck McGeehy in Runaway Train (1985). This role also saw his nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
The older brother of actress Julia Roberts, in his 40+ year career, he has an amazing 609 credits, including Raggedy Man (1981), The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), The Specialist (1994), Cecil B. Demented (2000), National Security (2003), A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), The Expendables (2010), Inherent Vice (2014), The Institute (2017) and Head Full of Honey (2018).
His television work includes three seasons with the sitcom Less than Perfect, as well as recurring roles on Heroes, the soap opera The Young and the Restless, Saved by the Light, and the legal drama, Suits.
His role in Doctor Who is unique, being the first non British Actor to play The Master.
Eric will be appearing on all three days at BritCon, and also appears in Matt Jacobs's documentary Doctor Who Am I, which will also be shown at the event.