He has also appeared in films such as Elizabeth, Gone in 60 Seconds and The Others.Notoriously private about his personal life, Eccleston is rarely seen out with his family and often makes solo red carpet appearances on various occasions.
Other British television series he has appeared in include Cracker, Fortitude and The Shadow Line.
More recently, Eccleston starred in the 2016 drama The A Word about a young boy with autism, in which he plays the boy's grandfather.
He was one of the main carers for his dad who had dementia for 14 years.
The actor, who is backing the Stand Up to Bullying campaign which commences next week, said the effects of bullying were cyclical and the repercussions could have a domino effect on others.
Mischka did not contest the petition and neither she nor her husband were present for the hearing.
Eccleston played the ninth Dr Who and is currently in the American drama series The Leftovers.
As an actor, he was influenced in his early years by Ken Loach's Kes and Albert Finney's performance in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, but he soon found himself performing the classics, including the works of Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Molière.
At the age of 25, Eccleston made his professional stage debut in the Bristol Old Vic's production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Eccleston, you may recall, was the first of the rebooted Time Lords after the BBC sci-fi long-runner was resurrected in 2005, leaving after one series amidst rumours of rancour, remarking that – although being very proud of the role – he “didn’t enjoy the environment and culture that the cast and crew had to work in”. “Not at all, actually,” he says, showing no signs of heading for the exit.
“I have great love for the character, great love for the series.
I can remember feeling dislike for myself while I did it, so it’s a very complex thing.” Eccleston, 52, said he could not be open with his family about being bullied because he grew up in a "macho" culture.