Toby Regbo

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Toby Regbo
Toby Regbo SDCC 2014 (cropped).jpg
BornToby Finn Regbo
(1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 23)
London, England, UK
OccupationActor, Musician
Years active2006–present
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Toby Regbo
Toby Regbo SDCC 2014 (cropped).jpg
BornToby Finn Regbo
(1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 23)
London, England, UK
OccupationActor, Musician
Years active2006–present

Toby Finn Regbo (born 18 October 1991) is an English actor and musician who has appeared in film, television and theatre. He is best known for his role as young Nemo Nobody in the science fiction drama Mr. Nobody and King Francis II of France on the The CW series Reign.

Early life[edit]

Regbo was born in London, England.[1] His father's family is of Norwegian origin. Regbo is a made-up name chosen by an ancestor to replace the common Norwegian name of Hanson, and Toby is related to all of the twenty or so Regbos that there are in the world, as of 2011. His maternal grandfather was an Italian cruise ship captain, and his maternal grandmother was an Australian ballerina; his mother was brought up in London.[2]

He attended Latymer Upper School in West London.[3]

His interest in acting started with plays at school; later on, he attended Young Blood Theatre Company.[4]


Regbo at the premiere of Mr. Nobody at the 2009 Venice Film Festival

Regbo started his acting career with a small role in 2006 ITV television film Sharpe's Challenge.[5] In 2007, he played American teen spy Chad Turner in an episode of CBBC children's spy-fi adventure series M.I. High.[6] He continued to persue his acting career in 2009, when he played Michael Walton in Stephen Poliakoff's period drama Glorious 39.[7] Once of his most notable roles was in a science fiction drama Mr. Nobody, premiered in 2009. He played eponymous character Nemo Nobody (in his teenage years).[8] He also played young Albus Dumbledore in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.[9] He made his stage début as Eliot in Tusk Tusk, a 2009 play by Polly Stenham, at the Royal Court Theatre in London.[10][11][12][13] Regbo played James Sveck in the film version of Peter Cameron's novel Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You, shot in the summer 2010 in New York.[14] In 2013, Regbo played John in drama-thriller film uwantme2killhim? directed by Andrew Douglas and produced by Bryan Singer.

He is currently on The CW's original show "Reign" as Francis II of France.

Critical reception[edit]

Mr. Nobody[edit]

Film critic Eric Lavallée listed Regbo as one of his "Top 10 New Faces & Voices" of 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. He notes that "newbie Toby Regbo might easily be Mr.Nobody's most "alive" character. Playing Nemo at age 16, the actor is mostly paired with Juno Temple - their unique love story is the film's heart pumping portions and plays a lot better than the artery clogging other brushes of romance."[15] Variety '​s Boyd van Hoeij praises Regbo and Temple as well, saying "Regbo, as the teenage Nemo, and Juno Temple, as the teenage Anna, are impressive, bringing the hormonal battles of adolescence vividly to life".[16]

Tusk Tusk[edit]

His portrayal of Eliot in Tusk Tusk received praise from a broad spectrum of theatre critics.[17] Michael Billington from The Guardian called him an "astonishing actor".[10] Robert Tanitch from Morning Star praised both his and co-star Bel Powley's "impressive performances" and predicted that "Tusk Tusk should, all things being equal, play to full houses because of them".[12] Matt Wolf, writing for The New York Times, was also very complimentary about the pair, concluding: "... these newfound talents inhabit every mercurial point on a spectrum that makes them one another's protectors and their destroyers, enemies and allies. Will you be more shaken by Ms. Powley ..., or Mr. Regbo, whose face is chillingly capable of shutting down? It's difficult to say, though one thing is clear: Tusk Tusk is beyond tears in a production beyond praise."[13]

Uwantme2killhim? (Also known as U Want Me 2 Kill Him?)[edit]

Critical reception for uwantme2killhim? produced by Bryan Singer, typically centered upon Regbo and his co-star Jamie Blackley's acting,[18] with the Screen Daily commenting that the two delivered "strong performances". Variety praised his performance commenting "The impressive Regbo is on surer footing as a meek geek with some surreptitious social skills".[19] Maitland McDonagh, from Film Journal International, also complimented the duo noting "Stars Blackley and Regbo are the film's core strength, despite long scenes in which they speak aloud what they're typing into their computers that would tax the skills of many older and more experienced actors".[20]

The film premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where the two actors won the Best performance in a British feature film award.[21]


2009Mr. Nobody[8]Nemo age 15
Glorious 39[7]Michael Walton
2010Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1[9]Young Dumbledore
2011One DaySamuel Cope
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You[14]James Sveck
2006Sharpe's Challenge[5]EnsignTelevision film
2007M.I. High[6]Chad TurnerSeries 1, episode 6 "Super Blane"
2011Treasure IslandJim HawkinsTwo-part mini-series
2012The TownHarryThree part series
2013–presentReignKing Francis II of FranceMain cast
2009Tusk Tusk[10]EliotRoyal Court Theatre, London

Awards and nominations[edit]

2013Edinburgh International Film FestivalBest performance in a British feature film Awarduwantme2killhim?Won
2014Teen Choice AwardsChoice TV Breakout Performance – MaleReignNominated


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  3. ^ "The trickle-down effect has dried up | News". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  4. ^ Natalie Ibu and Lynne Gagliano (April 2009). "Interview with Toby Regbo". Tusk, Tusk Background Pack. Royal Court Theatre. Retrieved 9 June 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Full cast and crew for Sharpe's Challenge". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "MI High - Series 1 - Super Blane". BBC Online. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Cline, Rich. "Glorious 39 Movie Review". Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Young, Deborah (25 September 2009). "Mr. Nobody -- Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 June 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Deathly Hallows Casting Updates: Teen Dumbledore Cast, Chris Rankin Returns and More". The Leaky Cauldron. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c Billington, Michael (2 April 2009). "Tusk Tusk — Royal Court, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Loveridge, Lizzie. "A CurtainUp London Review - Tusk Tusk". Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  12. ^ a b Tanitch, Robert (8 April 2009). "Tusk Tusk - Royal Court Theatre, London SW1". Morning Star. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Wolf, Matt (21 April 2009). "Playing Grown-Up, but Not Always Well". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Peter Cameron's official web site". Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  15. ^ Lavallée, Eric (24 September 2009). "TIFF: Top 10 New Faces & Voices: #6. Toby Regbo". Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  16. ^ van Hoeij, Boyd (16 September 2009). "Mr. Nobody Movie Review". Variety. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "Tusk Tusk at The Royal Court Theatre". Royal Court Theatre. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  18. ^ McConnachie, Garry. "EIFF 2013 review: Uwantme2killhim?". Daily Record. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Edinburgh Film Review: ‘Uwantme2killhim?". Variety. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Edinburgh Film Review: ‘Uwantme2killhim?". Filmjournal. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  21. ^ Pulver, Andrew (28 June 2013). "Edinburgh gives top award to experimental documentary Leviathan". London: Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 

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