Sopranos star Michael Imperioli unrecognisable with grey hair and glasses 15 years after playing psycho Christopher

SOPRANOS fans know him Christopher Moltisanti – the young movie-obsessed mobster from the hit drama.

But these days Michael Imperioli, 56, could pass as one of the senior members of the crew that nobody in New Jersey ever wanted knocking on their door.

He recently posted a shot of himself on Intagram with grey hair wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of his band Zopa.

The acting and directing legend is about to appear in the sequel to Sky's hotel comedy The White Lotus.

He's had a staggeringly diverse career, appearing in everything from Goodfellas to Shark Tale and Bad Boys.

But he will likely be best remembered as the charming but monstrous Christopher, who Tony took under his wing when his dad Dickie was shot to death.

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He proved a complex character, prone to violent and impulsive behaviour while longing for acclaim as an actor.

Chris also fought a long battle with drugs and booze and got a rough ride from other Soprano associates Silvio Dante and Paulie Gualtieri who had to watch as he climbed the mobster job ladder.

Michael's character found love with Drea de Matteo's Adriana but things were never plain-sailing for the pair.

However, their car-crash relationship proved dynamite for the show's famously unpredictable plots.

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The Sopranos originally aired in the UK on Channel 4 but can now be seen on Sky Atlantic.

It ended, with a famously controversial finale, in 2007 but is regularly referred to as the greatest and most groundbreaking TV show of all time.

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