Date of Birth : Sep 12th 1972
English actor, known for his hard man roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Revolver and Snatch. Statham also appeared in supporting roles in several American films, such as The One, The Italian Job, and Collateral, as well as playing the lead role in The Transporter, Transporter 2, Crank, and War. Statham is currently working on The Bank Job, The Brazilian Job (a sequel to The Italian Job), and Death Race (a remake of Paul Bartel’s Death Race 2000).
Statham was born in Sydenham, Lewisham, London, the second son of a lounge singer and dressmaker-turned-dancer who ran a black market operation. He grew up, initially, following his parents’ trail to master the art of street theatre. Statham developed an interest in sports, diving in particular, which led him to become an excellent athlete in the sport; he finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992 and he was also a member of Britain’s National Diving Squad for twelve years.
Statham’s life in media began when he was spotted by a talent agent specialising in athletes while training at London’s Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Afterwards, he became a model for the clothing brand French Connection where he was introduced to then-fledgling British director Guy Ritchie.