A true devotee of the performing arts, Christopher Denham was born on the Southside of Chicago in 1985. He attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where he studied theater under the guidance of greats like Henson Keys and Daniel Sullivan. After graduating, Denham became immersed in the professional theater scene, performing with the renowned Steppenwolf theater company and eventually making his Broadway debut in ""Master Harold" and the boys" in 2003. In 2005, he made his feature film debut in the sci-fi thriller "Headspace" (2005), but Denham's love of the stage didn't wane. On the contrary, the following year, he premiered his own play, "Cagelove" at New York City's Rattlestick Theatre. He would return to the Broadway stage that same year in "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," before again appearing on screen in 2007 with a part in "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007). Even more prominent movie roles followed, most notably in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" (2010) and the critically acclaimed "Argo" (2012). In 2014, Denham decided to step behind the camera, writing and directing the horror film "Preservation" (2014). The film's eerie, "less is more" approach was inspired both by Denham's love of minimalist greats like Hitchcock, and his own squeamishness about seeing blood. In the end, the movie was applauded by critics. Denham then joined the cast of the period series "Manhattan" (WGN, 2014-), about the United States' infamous Manhattan Project.