Chris began attending the Billie Barry Stage School at age five. Although the school focused mainly on dance, it introduced him to being on stage. When he was thirteen, he auditioned six times for Aisling Walsh's acclaimed feature film, Song for a Raggy Boy, before eventually being cast in the role of Patrick Delaney.
After a summer of filming with Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen and Marc Warren, Chris landed a role in the TV series, The Clinic, alongside a young Saoirse Ronan, who played his sister. For the next few years, he juggled school work with leading roles in Love is the Drug, Stardust, and Aisling's Diary. In 2009, he teamed up with Robert Sheehan for the second time in the crime-drama Love/Hate (TV series). He had worked previously with Sheehan on Song for a Raggy Boy. In 2010, he had a small part in the comedy gangster film, Perrier's Bounty, also starring Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, and Jim Broadbent before working with Joe Flanigan and John Rhys-Davies on the Sci-Fi TV movie, Ferocious Planet. In 2012 he played William Kelly, an assistant electrician in "Saving the Titanic" alongside Andrew Simpson, his co-star in "Song for a Raggy Boy". Chris Newman made his debut in the Abbey Theatre in February with two twenty-minute plays about love, life and relationships called 'Love in a Glass Jar' and 'Ribbons' In 2013 he appeared in Quirke.
(2002) Incredible Story Studio ..... Max
(2003) Song for a Raggy Boy ..... Patrick Delaney 743
(2002 - 2003) Fair City .... Michael Glavin (14 episodes)
(2003) The Clinic ..... Tommy Geraghty (4 episodes)
(2004) Love is the Drug ..... Mark Kirwin
(2006) Stardust .... John Jr.
(2008 - 2009) Aisling's Diary .... Murphy
(2009) Perrier's Bounty ..... Teen Joyrider
(2010) Mariana .... Tony/Young Pavel
(2010) Love/Hate .... Robbie Treacy
(2011) Ferocious Planet .... Pvt. Jordan Reid
(2012) Saving the Titanic .... William Kelly
(2012) Trivia .... Denis
(2013) The Food Guide to Love ..... Waiter
(2014) Quirke .... Rugby Fan
(2014) Jack and Ralph Plan a Murder .... Pat
(2014) Shooting for Socrates .... Norman Whiteside
(2015) ROY .... Zach Morgan
(2015 - present) Red Rock .... Detective Garda Rory Walsh
(2016) Eden .... Posh kid
(2016) A Dangerous Fortune .... David Greenbourne
(2016) A Date for Mad Mary .... Guy on train
(2016) The Legend of Harry and Ambrose .... Seáneen
He appeared in a documentary for Irish television Hollywood Trials in 2008 and starred in a video for Irish band No Roller's debut single "Ocean". His first taste of theatre was when he took the lead role in Chatroom.