Toby Jones

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Toby Jones
Toby Jones.jpg
Toby Jones, 5 October 2003
BornToby Edward Heslewood Jones
(1966-09-07) 7 September 1966 (age 48)
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Years active1992–present
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Toby Jones
Toby Jones.jpg
Toby Jones, 5 October 2003
BornToby Edward Heslewood Jones
(1966-09-07) 7 September 1966 (age 48)
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Years active1992–present

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, he made his breakthrough when he played 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) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). He has also provided the voice of Dobby the house elf in the Harry Potter films, appeared as the Dream Lord in the Doctor Who episode "Amy's Choice" and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl (2012).

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Hammersmith, London,[1] in 1966, the son of actors Jennifer (née Heslewood) and Freddie Jones. He appeared alongside his father in the film Ladies in Lavender.[2] Jones has two brothers: Rupert, a director, and Casper, also an actor.[3] He attended Abingdon School in Oxfordshire in the early 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, television and video[edit]

Jones has appeared in more than twenty films since his first acting role in 1992 in 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.

Jones appeared in the 2010 episode "Amy's Choice", of Doctor Who, as the Dream Lord, as Kotris in the Big Finish Productions series Dark Eyes (audio drama). In 2011, he played the role of Arnim Zola in Captain America: The First Avenger and the British spy master Percy Alleline in the adaptation of John Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and as an extra, playing a scientist in The Avengers. 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 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] Is currently starring, 2014, in Detectorists on BBC4 with MacKenzie Crook.


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".


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, he was nominated for a Tony Award.

In 2009, he returned to the stage in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre,[12] Parlour Song at the Almeida Theatre,[citation needed] and The First Domino at Brighton Festival Fringe.[13] In 2011, he played JMW Turner in The Painter at the Arcola Theatre.


1993NakedMan at tea bar
Dropping the BabyBabyman
1998Cousin BetteMan in Café des Artistes
Les MisérablesDoor keeper
Ever AfterRoyal page
1999Simon MagusBuchholz
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of ArcEnglish judge
2000Hotel SplendideKitchen boy
The Nine Lives of Tomas KatzCivil servant
2002Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsDobby the house elfVoice only
15 Storeys HighObsessive-compulsive manSeries one, episode 4 (Ice queen)
2004Ladies in LavenderHedley
Finding NeverlandSmee
2005Mrs. Henderson PresentsGordon
2006A Harlot's ProgressWilliam Hogarth
Elizabeth IRobert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury
InfamousTruman CapoteLondon Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actor of the Year
The SickieDouglas Knott
The Painted VeilWaddingtonNominated – London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
2007Amazing GraceDuke of Clarence
NightwatchingGerard Dou
The MistOllie Weeks
St. Trinian'sBursar
The Old Curiosity ShopDaniel Quilp
2008City of EmberBardon Snode
W.Karl Rove
Frost/NixonSwifty Lazar
2009CreationThomas Huxley
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's GoldBursar
2010Sex & Drugs & Rock & RollHargreaves
MoDr. Mark Glaser
Doctor WhoThe Dream LordSeries 5, Episode 7: "Amy's Choice"
Agatha Christie's PoirotSamuel Rachett / CassettiSeries 12, Episode 4: "Murder on the Orient Express"
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1Dobby the house elfVoice only
2011The RiteFather Matthew
Your HighnessJulie
Captain America: The First AvengerArnim Zola[14]
Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyPercy Alleline
Christopher and His KindGerald Hamilton
My Week with MarilynArthur P. Jacobs
The Adventures of TintinAristides Silk[15]
2012The Hunger GamesClaudius Templesmith[16]
TitanicJohn BatleyTV Miniseries
The GirlAlfred HitchcockNominated – 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 LightsDr. Paul Shackleton
Snow White & the HuntsmanColl
Berberian Sound StudioGilderoyBIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor of the Year
2013The Hunger Games: Catching FireClaudius Templesmith
Leave To RemainMr. Nigel
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierArnim Zola
SerenaSheriff McDowellCompleted
God Only KnowsJerryCompleted
MarvellousNeil Baldwin
2016Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking GlassWilkinsVoice/Filming
By Our SelvesJohn ClarePre-production
Dad's ArmyCaptain Mainwaring2016


  1. ^ a b c Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  2. ^ "Toby Jones Biography (1964?-)". Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Braun, Liz (10 October 2006). "'Infamous' shows another look at Capote". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  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. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ Emily-Ann Elliott (5 May 2009). "Bomb survivor writes Brighton play". The Argus (Brighton). Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Toby Jones to play evil scientist in 'Captain America' (exclusive)". Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ 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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