Chris New is an English film and stage actor, born and raised in Swindon, Wilshire, United Kingdom. He has a working class background, with his father working as a truck driver and his mother working different short-term jobs. To attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, he got away from Swindon. He funded his college education by procuring small donations from the many people he knew. He has a tenor singing voice, and he sang for Stephen Sondheim’s play Assassins during his time at RADA. He also performed in The Erpingham Camp, a play by Joe Orton. In 2006, he graduated from his school. New has long marked his presence in the world of theatre. His appearance as Mosby in the Elizabethan-era play Arden of Faversham at the White Bear Theatre in London in 2006 was his first professional stage credit. He later appeared opposite
in a production of Bent by Martin Sherman. In 2007, he played the role of Louis in The Reporter, which was a play by Nicholas Wright. Next, he did a comedy which was a revival of Noël Coward's 1924 comedy, Hay Fever.
He then played Joe Orton in the original production of Prick Up Your Ears by Simon Bent, in 2009. In 2011, New played the role of the title character in Edward II by Christopher Marlowe. After being absent from the stage for nearly a year, New made an appearance in the Chris Dunkley play Smallholding at the Nuffield Theatre at the University of Southampton's Highfield Campus. In 2013, New ventured to direct the play The Precariat at the Finborough Theatre. New is openly gay, and he came out in 2006 after having discussed the issue with his Bent co-star Alan Cumming, who had been open about his bisexuality for years. In 2011, New entered into a civil partnership with graphic designer David Watson. When it comes to screen presence, Chris New is best known for his starring role in the 2011 film Weekend. With the short film Ticking, New first made his screenwriting and directorial debut. He co-wrote the 2014 independent film Chicken, and both co-wrote and directed the 2014 independent film A Smallholding.