Tobias Menzies

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Tobias Menzies
Born(1974-03-07) 7 March 1974 (age 40)
London, England
United Kingdom
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active2000–present
 
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Tobias Menzies
Born(1974-03-07) 7 March 1974 (age 40)
London, England
United Kingdom
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active2000–present

Tobias Menzies (born 7 March 1974) is an English stage, television and film actor. He is best known for his TV roles as Brutus on Rome (2005–2007) and as Edmure Tully on Game of Thrones (2013).

Early years[edit]

Menzies was born in North London, England the son of a teacher and a BBC producer.[1]

Menzies attended the liberal Frensham Heights School near Farnham in Surrey at the same time as Hattie Morahan and Jim Sturgess. He went on to attend Stratford-upon-Avon College's "Year-out" drama course in 1993–94. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (1998) and was trained in the Steiner System, which includes movement, singing and musical instrumentation.

Career[edit]

Menzies worked with the Spontaneity Shop, a British improv comedy company. He began his TV and film career in some of British television's most popular series, including Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders and Casualty. He also appeared in A Very Social Secretary directed by Jon Jones, which launched UK Channel 4's spin-off station, More4.

He is best known to international audiences for his starring role as Marcus Junius Brutus, Julius Caesar's friend and later co-assassin, in the award-winning HBO/BBC epic series Rome (2005–07).[2]

Menzies had a major role in The Low Down with Aidan Gillen, and was featured in the 2006 "reboot" of the James Bond film franchise, Casino Royale, as M's aide, Villiers.

He has worked extensively on the stage, with credits including the young teacher Irwin in Alan Bennett's The History Boys (which Nicholas Hytner directed at the Royal National Theatre), and Michael Blakemore's West End production of Three Sisters for which he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award. Of his role in The History Boys, one reviewer wrote:

There is a remarkable performance, too, from Tobias Menzies as the slick supply-teacher historian, who believes academic success is merely a matter of tricks and spin. But Menzies also discovers a surprisingly attractive vulnerability in the character I missed the first time around.

Menzies played the title role in Rupert Goold's production of Hamlet, at the Royal Theatre, Northampton to an appreciative critical reception:

One of Shakespeare's greatest innovations was to dramatise people's thought processes: the articulation of the mind's search for meaning and identity. This is where Menzies' performance is most thrilling. He shows how language strives to express the self and to pin down the truth. Who am I? What do I think and feel? Menzies' delivery of the "To be or not to be..." speech burns with intelligence. This is one of the finest and most exciting Hamlets I’ve seen. Observe his face: it seems to mature, grow softer, more observant and expressive, and his death becomes a fulfilment as well as a failure

The Independent noted that Menzies, "enjoying his antic disposition ... plays the fool dazzlingly: a stage natural.... He gives it everything, even the fight."

In April 2007 Menzies appeared as William Elliot in ITV's production of Jane Austen's classic, Persuasion, and also played Peter Trifimov in The Cherry Orchard with Joanna Lumley (at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield). The Yorkshire Post said, "The one who burns the brightest is Tobias Menzies as the idealistic perpetual student Trofimov. His performance is breathtaking."

He appeared as Derrick Sington in Channel 4's dramatisation of The Relief of Belsen broadcast 15 October 2007 and then he filmed Forget Me Not, a Quicksilver Films production, in which he starred alongside Genevieve O'Reilly.[3]

He also was the Home Secretary in the long-running television drama Spooks, since December 2009.

Menzies plays Edmure Tully, the heir to the House of Tully of Riverrun on HBO's Game of Thrones.

In 2012, he appeared in the political satire series The Thick of It during series 4 as Simon Weir, as part of the Goolding Inquiry.

In 2014, Menzies played Maggie Gyllenhaal's bodyguard, Nathaniel Bloom, in the TV mini-series The Honourable Woman.[4]

In 2014, Menzies will co-star in the Starz period TV series, Outlander as two characters: Frank Randall / Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall.[5][6][7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000The Low DownJohn
2002The KnowledgeDavidshort film
2004Piccadilly JimReg
2004Finding NeverlandTheatre Patron
2005PierrepointLt. LlewelynTitled Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman in the US
2006Casino RoyaleVilliersM's assistant
2007AtonementNaval Officer
2009Jackboots on WhitehallCaptain English (voice)Spoof war film using puppets.
2010Anton Chekhov's The DuelVon Korenadaptation of an 1891 novella by Anton Chekhov, The Duel
2010Forget Me NotWill
2011HysteriaMr. Squyers

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000LongitudeHalleys Secretary
2000Summer in the SuburbsSchool Psychologist
2000Midsomer MurdersJack Dorset
2000CasualtyFrank Gallagher
2002The EscapistPoliceman
2002I Saw YouVince
2002Ultimate ForceBox 500
2002Foyle's WarStanley Ellis
2005A Very Social SecretaryKeith
2005–2007RomeMarcus Junius Brutus
2007PersuasionWilliam Elliot
2007The Relief of BelsenDerrick Sington
2009PullingStephan
2009SpooksAndrew Lawrence
2010The DeepRaymond
2011The Shadow LineRoss McGovern
2012Eternal LawRichard Pembroke
2012The Thick of ItSimon Weir
2013Black MirrorLiam Monroe
2013Game of ThronesEdmure Tully
2013Doctor WhoLieutenant Stepashin
2014Silent WitnessGreg Walker
2014The Honourable WomanNathaniel Bloom
2014OutlanderFrank/Jonathan Randall

Theatre[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000LightDirected by Simon McBurney for the Complicite theatre company
2000The Way of the WorldWitwoudDirected by Matthew Lloyd at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
2001PlatonovSergei VoynitzevDirected by Jonathan Kent at the Almeida
2002ArcadiaValentine CoverlyDirected by Rupert Goold at the Northampton Royal
2003Three SistersTusenbachDirected by Michael Blakemore at the Playhouse Theatre, London. Filmed by BBC Four and aired in 2004
2003Serjeant Musgrave's DanceHurstDirected by Sean Holmes. Oxford Stage Company
2005HamletHamletDirected by Rupert Goold at the Royal Theatre, Northampton
2005The History BoysIrwinDirected by Nicholas Hytner. Touring cast and Royal National Theatre, London
2007The Cherry OrchardPeter TrofimovDirected by Jonathan Miller at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
2007Cloud NineHarry Bagley/MartinDirected by Thea Sharrock at the Almeida Theatre, London
2009King LearEdgarDirected by Rupert Goold at the Young Vic Theatre, London
2011The Children's HourDr Joseph CardinDirected by Ian Rickson at the Comedy Theatre, London[8]
2012The Recruiting OfficerCaptain PlumeDirected by Josie Rourke at the Donmar Warehouse, London

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, Alison (16 February 2011). "The man who kisses Keira, nightly". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Friedlander, Noam (16 June 2007). "No place like Rome: Tobias Menzies tells Noam Friedlander why he hails the return of the BBC's lavish and lusty Roman series". Telegraph. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Quinn, Anthony (6 May 2011). "Forget Me Not (15)". Independent. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Debnath, Neela (11 July 2013). "Q&A interview with 'Game of Thrones' star Tobias Menzies". Independent. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (8 August 2013). "'Game of Thrones' Alum Nabs Dual Role in Starz's 'Outlander' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Abrams, Natalie (8 August 2013). "Game of Thrones' Tobias Menzies Joins Ron Moore's Outlander". TV Guide. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Merriam, Allie (1 August 2014). "Outlander Star Tobias Menzies Promises Plenty of Bodice-Ripping" (Video interview). PopSugar. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Benji (16 April 2011). "In a taxi with... actor Tobias Menzies". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ian Charleson Awards 2003". Ian Charleson Awards. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

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