Toby Jones

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Toby Jones

Jones in October 2003.
Born Toby Edward Heslewood Jones
(1966-09-07) 7 September 1966
Hammersmith, London, England
Education University of Manchester
L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Karen Jones
Children 2
Parent(s) Freddie Jones
Jennifer Heslewood

Toby Edward Heslewood Jones[1] (born 7 September 1966)[1] is an English actor.

After appearing in supporting roles in films between 1992 and 2005, Jones made his breakthrough as Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous (2006). Since then, his films have included The Mist (2007), W. (2008), Frost/Nixon (2008), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Berberian Sound Studio (2012), The Hunger Games (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and Dad's Army (2016). He also provided the voice of Dobby in the Harry Potter films, and Aristides Silk in The Adventures of Tintin (2011).

Jones' television credits include the 2012 Titanic miniseries, Agent Carter, Wayward Pines and Doctor Who. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl (2012).

Early life

Jones was born in Hammersmith, London,[1] the son of actors Jennifer (née Heslewood) and Freddie Jones. He has two brothers: Rupert, a director, and Casper, also an actor.[2] He attended Christ Church Cathedral School and Abingdon School in Oxfordshire in the 1980s. He studied drama at the University of Manchester from 1986 to 1989, and at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris from 1989 to 1991.


Film and television

Jones has appeared in more than 20 films since his first acting role in the 1992 film Orlando. He voiced Dobby in the Harry Potter films. He played Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury HBO/Channel 4 production Elizabeth I. In 2006, he portrayed Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous. He appeared in the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist in 2007. In 2008, he portrayed Karl Rove in Oliver Stone's W and Hollywood agent Swifty Lazar in Frost/Nixon. He appeared alongside his father in the 2004 film Ladies in Lavender.[3]

Jones appeared in the 2010 episode "Amy's Choice", of Doctor Who, as the Dream Lord, and in the Big Finish Productions series' Dark Eyes (audio drama) as Kotris. In 2011, he played the role of the British spy master Percy Alleline in the adaptation of John Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Arnim Zola in Captain America: The First Avenger, a role which he reprised in the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier three years later as well as in a cameo in the TV series Agent Carter the following year. In 2012, he had a leading role in the ITV mini-series Titanic, starred as one of the seven dwarves in Snow White and the Huntsman, played Dr. Paul Shackleton in Red Lights, and Max in Virginia. He also portrayed film director Alfred Hitchcock in the HBO television film The Girl, a role that earned him his first Golden Globe Award nomination, as well as his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

He appears in the music video for Gomez's song "Whippin' Picadilly".[4]

He played Neil Baldwin in the BBC drama Marvellous in 2014.[5][6][7][8][9][10] Sam Wollaston, in The Guardian, praised Jones's "lovely, very human, performance",[11] one that earned him his second British Academy Television Award nomination. In 2014, he also appeared in the BBC Four television series Detectorists,[12] for which he received a nomination for the British Academy Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2016.

In 2015, Jones played the part of Roger Yount, a banker, in the three-part BBCs series Capital based on John Lanchester's novel of the same name.[13] Discussing working with Jones on Capital, writer Peter Bowker said, "I think Toby is a genius and thought that long before I worked with him. He always wants to know a character's needs, and what's beneath those needs. Then he takes all that material and somehow embeds it into the character and physically inhabits the character, so that you never think he's playing the character. It's fascinating to watch him close up. He carries the emotional complexities in every tiny gesture that his character makes so that you immediately can see what his character is like. A character like Roger is full of contradictions, a city banker with an air of entitlement but also a little insecurity picking away at him. Toby can portray that in his walk alone. That's what's great about him, he can portray cold he can portray warm and he can portray both of those things at once."[14]

He plays Captain Mainwaring in the film Dad's Army, released in February 2016. In July the same year he starred as the eponymous agent Verloc in the BBC's 3-part television adaptation of Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel The Secret Agent.[15]


Jones voiced the title character of the 2005 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Oblomov. He also read the 2009 Radio 4 adaptation of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. He played Inspector Goole in 2010 BBC Radio adaptation of An Inspector Calls. Since 2013 Jones has been the voice of the lead character, Joey Oldman in the BBC Radio 4 series The Corrupted an adaptation of the G. F. Newman novel Crime and Punishment. On 2 December 2012 he played Napoleon Bonaparte in Anthony Burgess's Napoleon Rising on Radio 3.


In 2001, he starred in the London West End comedy The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branagh. His comic turn as Arthur earned him the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and when the play moved to Broadway in 2003.

In 2009, he returned to the stage in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre,[16] Parlour Song at the Almeida Theatre,[17] and The First Domino at Brighton Festival Fringe.[18] In 2011, he played JMW Turner in The Painter at the Arcola Theatre.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Orlando Valet
1993 Naked Man at tea bar
Dropping the Baby Babyman
1994 Cadfael Griffin
1997 Numbertime Time Tim
1998 Cousin Bette Man in Café des Artistes
Les Misérables Door keeper
Ever After Royal page
1999 Simon Magus Buchholz
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc English judge
Midsomer Murders Dan Peterson Series 2 Episode 2: "Strangler's Wood"
2000 Hotel Splendide Kitchen boy
The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz Civil servant
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Dobby the house elf Voice only
15 Storeys High Obsessive-compulsive man Series one, episode 4 (Ice queen)
2004 Ladies in Lavender Hedley
Finding Neverland Smee
2005 Mrs. Henderson Presents Gordon
2006 A Harlot's Progress William Hogarth
Elizabeth I Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury
Infamous Truman Capote London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actor of the Year
The Sickie Douglas Knott
The Painted Veil Waddington Nominated – London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
2007 Amazing Grace Duke of Clarence
Nightwatching Gerard Dou
The Mist Ollie Weeks
St. Trinian's Bursar
The Old Curiosity Shop Daniel Quilp
2008 City of Ember Bardon Snode
W. Karl Rove
Frost/Nixon Swifty Lazar
2009 Creation Thomas Huxley
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Bursar
2010 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Hargreaves
Mo Dr. Mark Glaser
Doctor Who The Dream Lord Series 5, Episode 7: "Amy's Choice"
Agatha Christie's Poirot Samuel Rachett / Cassetti Series 12, Episode 4: "Murder on the Orient Express"
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Dobby the house elf Voice only
Virginia Max
2011 The Rite Father Matthew
Your Highness Julie
Captain America: The First Avenger Arnim Zola[19]
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Percy Alleline
Christopher and His Kind Gerald Hamilton
My Week with Marilyn Arthur P. Jacobs
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Aristides Silk[20]
2012 The Hunger Games Claudius Templesmith[21]
Titanic John Batley TV miniseries
The Girl Alfred Hitchcock Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Red Lights Dr. Paul Shackleton
Snow White & the Huntsman Coll
Berberian Sound Studio Gilderoy BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor of the Year
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Claudius Templesmith
Leave to Remain Mr. Nigel
Words of Everest Jan Morris
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Arnim Zola
Serena Sheriff McDowell
By the Gun Jerry
Detectorists Lance Stater TV series; main cast
13 Episodes
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance
Marvellous Neil Baldwin Nominated – Royal Television Society Programme Award for Best Actor
Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
2015 Wayward Pines David Pilcher/Dr. Jenkins TV series; main cast
Pending – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
Agent Carter Arnim Zola Cameo; Season 1 Episode 8: Valediction
Tale of Tales King of Highhills
Capital Roger Yount TV adaptation of John Lanchester's novel of the same name
2016 Dad's Army Captain Mainwaring Film adaptation of original BBC sitcom.
The Man Who Knew Infinity John Littlewood
The Secret Agent Anton Verloc Three-part BBC adaptation of Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent.
By Our Selves John Clare Pre-production
Anthropoid Jan Zelenka-Hajský
Morgan Dr. Simon Ziegler
2017 Sherlock Culverton Smith[22] Filming
2017 The Coldest City Gray
2017 Zoo Filming


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  2. Braun, Liz (10 October 2006). "'Infamous' shows another look at Capote". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  3. "Toby Jones Biography (1964?-)". Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  4. "Gomez – Whippin' Piccadilly". YouTube. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  5. "Toby Jones on playing Neil Baldwin in Marvellous". BBC News. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  6. Simon, Jane (25 September 2014). "Marvellous – Toby Jones is outstanding portraying extraordinary life of Stoke City kit man Neil Baldwin". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  7. Dickson, E Jane (25 September 2014). "Neil Baldwin: "Prince Edward is the best royal I've met – I just knocked on his door"". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  8. Jeffries, Stuart (21 September 2014). "Toby Jones: totally Stoked". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  9. Collin, Robbie (23 September 2014). "Toby Jones interview: 'Every character has a special need'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  10. Walsh, John (13 September 2014). "Quiet genius of Toby Jones: From The Hunger Games to Truman Capote, Hollywood can't get enough of British acting's most versatile talent". The Independent. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  11. Wollaston, Sam (26 September 2014). "Marvellous; Your Home in their Hands review – two Neil Baldwins meet real Lou Macari and real Gary Lineker". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  12. Rupert Hawksley (2 October 2014). "Detectorists, BBC Four, review: 'first-rate writing'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  13. "BBC One: Capital". BBC Online. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  14. "Adapting 'Capital' for BBC One". BBC Online. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  15. "The Secret Agent: Episode 1: Credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  16. Cavendish, Dominic (9 January 2009). "Toby Jones takes the lead in Tom Stoppard's classic Every Good Boy Deserves Favour". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  17. "Parlour Song - The Cast". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  18. Emily-Ann Elliott (5 May 2009). "Bomb survivor writes Brighton play". The Argus (Brighton). Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  19. "Toby Jones to play evil scientist in 'Captain America' (exclusive)". Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  20. Fernandez, Jay A.; Kit, Borys (27 January 2009). "Daniel Craig to star in "Tintin"". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  21. Valby, Karen (24 May 2011). "'The Hunger Games' finds its voice: Toby Jones cast as Claudius Templesmith". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 July 2011.

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