Tom Cullen

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Tom Cullen
Born(1985-07-17) 17 July 1985 (age 29)
Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
OccupationActor, Writer
Years active2010–present
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Tom Cullen
Born(1985-07-17) 17 July 1985 (age 29)
Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
OccupationActor, Writer
Years active2010–present

Tom Cullen (born 17 July 1985) is a Welsh stage and screen actor.


Born in Aberystwyth, Cullen was brought up in Llandrindod Wells and Cardiff. He attended Llanishen High School.[1] Cullen is the son of two writers and he was involved in music before deciding to pursue a career in acting. He has a brother named Joseph and a sister named Ruth. Cullen is dating Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany.[2]


Cullen spent a year at the Central School of Speech and Drama before completing his training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.[3] Whilst still in training, Cullen was taken out of Drama school to star in Daddy's Girl (BAFTA Cymru Best Film)[4] alongside Jaime Winstone and Watch Me (BAFTA Cymru Best Short).[5]

Since graduating with a First-Class Honours degree in Acting, Cullen has worked extensively in film, television and the stage. In 2011 Cullen was named on the Screen International Stars of Tomorrow list alongside Alexandra Roach and Douglas Booth.[6] Notably he starred in BBC Television short 20 Questions, for which he won Best Actor at the IMS Awards[7] and his stage work included the Bristol Old Vic, National Theatre Wales.

Cullen's performance in the 2011 film Weekend,[8] directed by Andrew Haigh, won him critical acclaim.[9] Cullen and Weekend collected numerous awards including Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards, Best Actor and Grand Jury award for Cullen at the Nashville Film Festival,[10] the Audience Award at SXSW[11] and the Grand Jury at Outfest.[12] He was nominated alongside Michael Fassbender, Gary Oldman, Brendan Gleeson and Peter Mullan for British Actor of the Year by the London Film Critics' Circle.

Cullen's performances as Jonas in Black Mirror (alongside Toby Kebbell and Jodie Whittaker), and Wulfric in the Ridley Scott produced World Without End (Scott Free Productions/Tandem Communications) (alongside Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Charlotte Riley and Peter Firth[13]) garnered him further critical acclaim.

He has recently wrapped filming on Desert Dancer starring alongside Freida Pinto and Reece Ritchie, the inspirational true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban, and the science fiction piece The Last Days on Mars, directed by Academy Award nominated director Ruairí Robinson, starring alongside Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas and Olivia Williams, based around the first manned mission to Mars.

Cullen has a recurring role as Lord Anthony (Foyle) Gillingham on Downton Abbey.[14]

Upcoming films include Tiger House, No Compass in the Wilderness, and It's All Her.[15]

Cullen is also a writer and he is Artistic Director of Undeb Theatre with actor Alexander Vlahos.[16]

Cullen's editorial work includes L'Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair and 10 Magazine.


2008Watch MeTomShort film
Nominated for BAFTA Cymru Best Short Film
200920 QuestionsAdamShort film
2010BalanceNicoShort film
2011WeekendRussellBritish Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer
2012HenryHenryShort film
2013Room 8IvesShort Film
BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film
2013The Last Days on MarsRichard Harrington
2014Desert DancerArdavan
2015Happily Ever AfterColinPost-production
2015No Compass in the WildernessPost-production
2015It's All HerPost-production
2015A Hundred StreetsJakeFilming


2010Banged Up AbroadYoramEpisode:"Tokyo"
2010Pen TalarRichard2 episodes
2011Black MirrorJonasEpisode: "The Entire History of You"
2012World Without EndWulfricMiniseries
8 episodes
2013–presentDownton AbbeyLord Anthony (Foyle) GillinghamRecurring Character

Awards and Nominations[edit]

2009IMS AwardsBest Actor20 QuestionsWon
2011London Film Critics Circle AwardsBritish Actor of the YearWeekendNominated
2011BFI London Film FestivalBest NewcomerWeekendNominated
2011Nashville Film FestivalBest ActorWeekendWon
2011British Independent Film AwardBest NewcomerWeekendWon


  1. ^ "Tom Cullen: Love At First Sight". Out. Retrieved 10.8.2011. 
  2. ^ "Why Patton Oswalt Thinks "Orphan Black’s" Tatiana Maslany Is The "Best Actress Alive"". Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Weekend - Actors Profile". Weekend Film. Retrieved 2011. 
  4. ^ "BAFTA Award for Daddy's Girl". Dragon Di. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  5. ^ "BAFTA Nomination: Ieuan Morris 'Watch Me'". Glamorgan. Retrieved 8.4.2008. 
  6. ^ "Screen International Stars of Tomorrow 2011". Screen Daily 30.06.2011. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  7. ^ "Tom Cullen - Resume IMDB". IMDB Resume. Retrieved 2011. 
  8. ^ Tom Cullen: Love at First One-Night Stand | Out Magazine
  9. ^ "Weekend". Weekend Film 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  10. ^ "Weekend Captures Top Prizes". Retrieved 2011-04-20. [dead link]
  11. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (15 March 2011). "Hollywood Reporter SXSW: Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  12. ^ Kellogg, Jane (17 July 2011). "Hollywood Reporter Oufest: Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  13. ^ "FUTURES: Star Tom Cullen Turns a One Night Stand Into Art". IndieWire. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  14. ^ "Downton Abbey: the dashing aristocrats lining up to lift Lady Mary out of despair". TheTelegraph. Retrieved 03.01.2013. 
  15. ^ "Graduate Profile: Tom Cullen". Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  16. ^ "Actors Unite for Theatre". WalesOnline. Retrieved 09.28.09. 

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