Thomas Sangster

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Thomas Sangster
Thomas Sangster 2011 (cropped).jpg
Brodie-Sangster in 2011
BornThomas Brodie Sangster
(1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 23)
Southwark,[1] London, England
OccupationActor, musician[2]
Years active2001 – present
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Thomas Sangster
Thomas Sangster 2011 (cropped).jpg
Brodie-Sangster in 2011
BornThomas Brodie Sangster
(1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 23)
Southwark,[1] London, England
OccupationActor, musician[2]
Years active2001 – present

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (born 16 May 1990) is an English actor and musician, known for his role as Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones, his voice as Ferb in Phineas and Ferb and for his role as Sam in Richard Curtis's Love Actually.

Personal life[edit]

Sangster was born in London. He lives with his sister, Ava, and his parents, actors Anastasia "Tasha" (Bertram) and Mark Ernest Sangster, in South London.[3][4] His father is a musician and film editor.[4] Sangster is the second cousin once removed of actor Hugh Grant, alongside whom he appeared in Love Actually; his great-grandmother, Barbara Bertram,[5] and Grant's grandmother were sisters.[4] Sangster's great-grandfather, Anthony Bertram, was a novelist, and one of Sangster's maternal ancestors was politician and colonial administrator Sir Evan Nepean.[6]

Sangster plays the guitar, and he learned to play left-handed in order to portray the left-handed Paul McCartney in the feature film Nowhere Boy.


Sangster's first acting role was in a BBC television film, Station Jim. He subsequently appeared in a few more television films, including the lead roles in Bobbie's Girl, The Miracle of the Cards (based on the story of Craig Shergold) and Stig of the Dump. He won the "Golden Nymph" award at the 43rd Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival[7] for his role in the miniseries Entrusted. Love Actually, in which he played Liam Neeson's stepson, was Sangster's first major theatrical film.[4] He was nominated for a "Golden Satellite Award"[8] and a "Young Artist Award"[9] for his role in the film.

Sangster next appeared in a television adaptation of the novel Feather Boy and played a younger version of James Franco's role in the film version of Tristan and Isolde. Among other things, Sangster takes part in a (child's) swordfight in the film. Sangster next starred in the commercially successful film Nanny McPhee, as the eldest of seven children.[4]

In 2007 he appeared in a two-part story ("Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood") in Doctor Who as schoolboy Timothy "Tim" Latimer,[10] and guest-starred in the Doctor Who audio dramas The Mind's Eye and The Bride of Peladon. His voice lowered during filming of the Doctor Who episodes. He also starred alongside Love Actually and Nanny McPhee co-star Colin Firth in the film adaptation of Valerio Massimo Manfredi's historical novel The Last Legion, released in 2007.[4] That same year he voiced the character of Ferb Fletcher in the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb alongside Love Actually co-star Olivia Olson. As of December 2007, he was also working on the filming of a television series of the story of Pinocchio, filmed in Italy.

In March 2008[11] it was announced that Sangster would star in Steven Spielberg's CGI motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin as the title character of Hergé's comic books. Sangster left the project after scheduling difficulties when filming was delayed in October 2008 and the role was given to Jamie Bell.[12][13] At the end of March 2008, he began working with Oscar-winning director Jane Campion on her film Bright Star, a love story with Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish portraying John Keats and his lover Fanny Brawne.

In March 2009 Sangster joined Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff in Nowhere Boy, a film directed by award-winning artist Sam Taylor-Wood, about the teenage years of John Lennon and the two women who shaped his early life: his mother Julia (Duff) and his aunt Mimi (Scott Thomas).[3] This would be his second time acting with Johnson, the first being in 2004's Feather Boy.

Sangster appeared in the film Some Dogs Bite in the role of Casey. The story involves a boy who wants to keep his family together. Casey (Sangster) takes his baby brother out of care, and with the help of his older brother, goes in search of their father.

He also appears together with Andy Serkis in an Irish film, Death of a Superhero, based on the novel, Death of Superhero by Anthony McCarten.[14]

Additionally, Sangster plays Liam in the 2011 film, The Last Furlong. In April 2011, Sangster made his guest appearance as Adam Douglas in an episode of British detective drama Lewis. In 2012 he starred in The Baytown Outlaws alongside Billy Bob Thornton, Natalie Martinez and Eva Longoria, and Ella Jones's short film The Ugly Duckling, the third instalment of the Tales trilogy of reworked fairy tales from More Films.[15] He also plays the role of Jojen Reed in the HBO series Game of Thrones.[16]

Brodie Films and Winnet music[edit]

Sangster established Brodie Films in 2006 with his mother Tasha Bertram "to create opportunities in the film industry for new British talent; innovative writers, actors and directors."[17]

Sangster plays bass guitar, and in January 2010 joined the band Winnet, where his mother, Tasha, takes the vocals.[2]

Sangster has been cast to play Newt in the upcoming 20th Century Fox film The Maze Runner.

Filmography and TV roles[edit]

2001Station JimHenryTV
The Miracle of the CardsCraig ShergoldTV
2002Bobbie's GirlAlanTV
Mrs MeitlemeihrBoy 1Short film
Stig of the DumpBarneyTV; mini-series
London's BurningStephenTV; series 14, episode 6
2003Love ActuallySamFirst film with Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Olivia Olson
EntrustedThomas von GallTV
Hitler: The Rise of EvilYoung HitlerTV
Ultimate ForceGabrielTV; episode "What in the Name of God"
2004Feather BoyRobert NobelTV; mini-series. First time acting with Aaron Johnson
2005Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious MurderJohn DuffTV; episode "The Case of the Croydon Poisonings"
Nanny McPheeSimon BrownHis second film acting with Emma Thompson and Colin Firth
2006Tristan and IsoldeYoung TristanFirst role as an Arthurian character
2007The Last LegionRomulus AugustusSecond role as Arthurian character; third film with Colin Firth
Doctor WhoTimothy "Tim" LatimerTV; episodes "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood"
2007–presentPhineas and FerbFerb Fletcher (Voice)TV, second time working with Olivia Olson
2009Bright StarSamuel BrawnePremiere was at the Cannes Film Festival on 15 May 2009[18]
Nowhere BoyPaul McCartney[3]Second time acting with Aaron Johnson
The Alchemistic SuitcaseBoyBy Brodie Films[19]
2010Some Dogs BiteCasey
2011Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd DimensionFerb FletcherThird time working with Olivia Olson
The Last FurlongLiam
Lewis[20]Adam DouglasGuest appearance
Death of a SuperheroDonald Clarke
2012The Baytown Outlaws[21]RobYoung disabled man
Accused[22]Jake MurrayTV
The Ugly Ducking (Tales)The Ugly DucklingBy More Films[23]
2013–presentGame of ThronesJojen ReedTV
2014The Maze RunnerNewtPost-production

Audio plays[edit]

2007Country LifeBorisFirst broadcasted on 22 March 2007, BBC Radio 4[24]
The Mind's EyeKyleRecorded: 25, 27 July 2007; Released: November 2007[25]
2008The Bride of PeladonMinerRecorded: 26, 27 July 2007; Released: January 2008[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated WorkCategoryResult
2003Entrusted[7]Golden Nymph at Monte Carlo Television Festival: Best Actor in a mini-seriesWon
2004Love ActuallyPhoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – MaleNominated
2004Love ActuallyPhoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Best Ensemble Acting for Love ActuallyNominated
2004Love ActuallySatellite Awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or MusicalNominated
2004Love ActuallyYoung Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young ActorNominated
2007Nanny McPheeYoung Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble CastNominated
2007Nanny McPheeYoung Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young ActorNominated
2008The Last LegionYoung Artist Award: Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young PerformerNominated


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  2. ^ a b "Winnet has recently been joined by Thomas Sangster on Bass and Leo Ferdorcio on Drums". 19 May 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Baz Bamigboye (13 February 2009). "When it comes to the young Beatles, all you need is Thomas". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "I'm little Caesar, actually". Daily Mail (London). 5 October 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Byers, David (5 February 2004). "Barbara Bertram". The Times (London). Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Tasha Bertram Official Website[dead link]
  7. ^ a b "Biosstars Database – The 43rd Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  8. ^ The International Press Academy's SATELLITE Awards[dead link]
  9. ^ "Annual Young Artist Awards for Hollywood's Teen & Child Stars". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Series Three Update". Outpost Gallifrey. 29 December 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2006. 
  11. ^ Brown, Mark (28 March 2008). "Blistering barnacles! It's Spielberg's new Tintin". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Anne Thompson (31 October 2008). "Sony/Paramount financing "Tintin"". Variety. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  13. ^ Singh, Anita (27 January 2009). "Tintin: Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell to star in new Steven Spielberg film". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  14. ^ Independent Woman (22 October 2010). "Hobbit of a lifetime: Serkis act returns". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  15. ^ March 2013 "Tales - About". 
  16. ^ Ryan, Maureen (13 July 2012). "'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Casting News: 'Office,' 'Avengers' Actors Join The HBO Series". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Brodie Films". Brodie Films. 18 July 2009. 
  18. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (15 May 2009). "Cannes film festival review: Bright Star is Jane Campion at her best". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  19. ^ "Brodie Films, film production company: news". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  20. ^ Inspector Lewis: Season 5, Episode 3: The Mind Has Mountains at the Internet Movie Database
  21. ^ "Fimmel, Cudmore Visit A "Baytown Disco"". Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  22. ^ "BBC One - Accused, Series 2, Mo's Story". 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 
  23. ^ "The Ugly Duckling". Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  24. ^ "Radio Listings – Country Life". 16 December 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "Big Finish Productions – The Mind's Eye". 27 July 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  26. ^ "Big Finish Productions – The Bride of Peladon". 27 July 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 

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