Stephen Graham said he was sharing an OBE with his “incredible warrior” mother after her recent death.
The 49-year-old Merseyside-born actor, known for his television crime drama Line Of Duty, has been named in the New Year’s Honors list for services to drama.
On Saturday, the This Is England star told her Instagram followers: “A few days ago… this amazing, inspiring fighter With the purest heart… my mum passed away.
Speaking on BBC Radio Four’s Desert Island Discs in 2019, the mixed-race actor said his mother put an end to the racist abuse he suffered on the streets of Liverpool.
“Her childhood words “no one is above you and no one is below you…all are equal” stayed with me all my life.
“I feel honored and proud to share this with her… OBE to both of us, Mom.”
Graham also credited This Is England and Boiling Point collaborator and wife Hannah Walters and his family with helping him after he attempted suicide in his twenties.
The actor said he and Walters moved in together in South London after what was technically their first post-talk date.
He added, “That’s where Hannah came into my life.”
Walters – who is co-executive producer with Graham on the upcoming five-part series based on the big-screen drama Boiling Point – is also helping him choose his roles.
He told the Bafta sessions, “I’m dyslexic, so I fight. My mistress actually reads the script and says whether I do or not. She made good choices.”
Throughout his thirty-year career, Graham has earned acclaim playing Irish, English and American criminals and policemen in blockbuster Hollywood films and television series.
He starred in the 2000 crime comedy Snatch opposite Brad Pitt and Jason Statham and the 2019 gangster epic The Irishman, in which he played real life gangster Anthony Provenzano opposite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.
Graham also played criminals Stephen Shang in Gangs Of New York in 2002, Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies in 2009, and Al Capone in the historical crime drama Boardwalk Empire.
He is perhaps best known for playing the passionate English nationalist Andrew “Combo” Gascoigne in the 2006 film This Is England.
Graham reprized his role as the skinhead in three Channel 4 series, set in 1986, 1988 and 1990.
He also stunned viewers with the death of John Corbett’s DS in the fifth series of Line Of Duty.
Corbett was killed in the police drama as he tried to leave a group he was undercover with before his throat was slit.
This year, Graham starred in the powerful ITV drama The Walk In, the musical film Matilda, the police comedy series Code 404 and the hit BBC show Peaky Blinders.
He also starred opposite Jodie Comer in Channel 4’s Help, set in a Liverpool nursing home, which won an International Emmy Award for TV Movie/Miniseries in November.
The harrowing prison drama Time, starring Sean Bean, also won Best Miniseries at the BAFTA TV Awards this year.
Graham also had roles in Sir Sam Mendes’ war film 1917, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, the crime drama White House Farm and the spy film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
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