Tom Mison

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Tom Mison
BornThomas James Mison
(1982-07-23) 23 July 1982 (age 32)
London, England
OccupationActor, voice artist, writer
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Charlotte Coy
(2014–present)
 
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Tom Mison
BornThomas James Mison
(1982-07-23) 23 July 1982 (age 32)
London, England
OccupationActor, voice artist, writer
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Charlotte Coy
(2014–present)

Thomas James "Tom" Mison (born 23 July 1982)[1] is an English film, television and theatre actor, voice artist and writer.[2] He has had leading and supporting roles in a variety of British theatre, television and radio productions, as well as independent and mainstream studio films and film shorts. He is best known for his current starring role as Ichabod Crane on the Fox series Sleepy Hollow. Filming for Season 2 began in May 2014 in Wilmington, NC.

Early life[edit]

Born on 23 July 1982, Mison was raised in Woking, Surrey, part of the London commuter belt.[3] He attended Hurtwood House school, a high school which specialises in drama and music. He trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy, where he was awarded the Sir John Gielgud Trust Award in 2004.[4] His speech coach at Webber-Douglas advised him to aim for period pieces.[5][6] A close friend at Webber-Douglas was Rupert Friend, an actor and writer with whom Mison collaborated to create the short film The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers in 2009.[7]

In 2001, while still a drama student, Mison participated in the American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory program. Mison had a role in Time on Fire, a play by Timothy Mason, which the Young Conservatory performed at London's National Theater and San Francisco's Magic Theater.[8]

Career[edit]

Theater[edit]

From 2004 to 2012, Mison found steady work in the theatre, appearing as Fortinbras in a Trevor Nunn-directed production of Hamlet at the Old Vic Theater in 2004; playing Frederick in the simple8 theatre company's adaptation of Les Enfants du Paradis at the Arcola Theatre in 2006 and acting in another simple8 theatre production, The Living Unknown Soldier in 2008; and starring as George Tesman in Hedda at the Gate Theatre in 2008 and as Gabriel in Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida Theatre in 2009.[9][10][11][12][13] The Evening Standard called his turn in Les Enfants du Paradis "memorable" and said "[t]his is an actor we'll be hearing of again."[14] The Guardian called his performance "glowing."[13]

In 2010, he was cast in British playwright Laura Wade's Posh which ran at the Royal Court Theatre. Mison played James Leighton-Masters, the president of a fictional Oxford dining club called the Riot Club.[15] The Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer gave it four stars and called Mison "particularly memorable."[16] In 2012, the play was revived in the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre.[17] Mison next played Prince Hal Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 at the Theatre Royal in Bath in 2011.

Mison has also written several UK stage monologues including Wood, Bounded, and The Life Man of Portland Mews.[citation needed]

Film[edit]

From 2005 to 2008, Mison appeared in a number of movies, mainly in small roles. These early film appearances include roles in the Hallmark Channel movie Mysterious Island;[18] the BBC TV movie A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets; and the Peter O'Toole vehicle Venus.

In 2009, Mison and fellow Webber-Douglas Academy graduate Rupert Friend, Mison's roommate at the time, wrote and acted in a film short, The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers. The Brownlee Brothers[19] directed the film, which Mison described as a "Brothers Grimm style fairy tale."[20] The short film is a dark comic fairy tale about two brothers, played by Mison and Friend, who attempt to kill themselves at the same time every day; Keira Knightley plays a fairy. Fashion designers Poltock & Walsh screened the film at an event, leading to media reports that the film was made to promote the designers' fashion line. Mison has said these reports are inaccurate.[20] The short film screened at a number of festivals, including the 2009 BFI London Film Festival;[21] the 2009 New Hampshire Film Festival, where it won Best Short Comedy;[22] the 2010 Cleveland International Film Festival;[23] the 2010 London Short Film Festival;[24] and the 2010 Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival, where it tied for first place for Best Short.[25][26] In 2012, Mison starred in Friend's directorial debut, Steve, a short film that also starred Knightley and Colin Firth.

In 2011, Mison played Callum in the film adaptation of David Nicholls' novel One Day. One Day starred Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess; Lone Scherfig directed. His most notable film role to date came in 2012 in the romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Lasse Halstrom directed this film adaptation of Paul Torday's novel, and Ewan MacGregor and Emily Blunt starred. Mison played Capt. Robert Mayers, the military boyfriend of Emily Blunt's character Harriet. The movie was generally well-received critically and did well at the box office. In the US, it reached the box office top ten, peaking at No. 7.[27] The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 67% positive rating among critics, based on 139 reviews.[28]

Mison appeared in two independent British films released in 2013. In Jadoo, written and directed by Amit Gupta, Mison plays Mark, the fiance of the daughter of the two feuding brothers at the heart of the story. Jadoo's world premiere was at the 2013 Berlin film festival, the Berlinale, in a special section on "Culinary Cinema."[29] It was released in the UK in September 2013 and played at over 20 festivals.[30]

Mison also had a supporting role in Dead Cat, a romantic comedy written by Sam Bern and Stefan Georgiou; Georgiou also directed. Mison plays Tim, part of a group of four friends, one of whom has just reconnected with his childhood sweetheart. The four actors playing the friends are friends in real life, and the roles were written for them.[31] Although Dead Cat was filmed in 2009,[32] it was not released until 2013. It was featured in a number of festivals in 2013, including the Cambridge Film Festival in the UK; the Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado;[31] the British Independent Film Festival, where it won the British Lion Award for Achievement in Film on a Low Budget;[33] and the Southampton International Film Festival, where it won Best Film of the Festival and Best Feature Film. Mison won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Performance.[34] Dead Cat also won Best of Show at Indie Fest in July 2013.[35]

Television[edit]

Mison appeared in several British television productions from 2006 to 2012. He played Ben Sexsmith in The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard, a six-episode series on BBC One.[36] It was broadcast on Masterpiece Theater on PBS in 2007.[37] He played Daniel in the premiere episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, broadcast on ITV2 in 2007. It premiered in the US on Showtime in 2008.[38]

In 2008 he played Mr. Bingley in Lost in Austen, a fanciful adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The four-part mini-series, written by Guy Andrews and broadcast on ITV, imagines a modern day woman who is is transported to the world of Pride and Prejudice, her favourite novel. The series was generally well-received by critics.[39]

Personal life[edit]

Tom married Charlotte Coy in spring 2014.[40]

Production Credits[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His SonnetsYoung BloodTelevision movie
2005Mysterious IslandBlakeTelevision movie
2006L'Entente cordialeNiels
2006VenusPeriod Film Lover
2006Heroes and VillainsNathan
2008Out ThereJean-LucShort film
2009The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide BrothersBarathShort film; 1st Place Winner for Best Short Film at the 2010 RI International Horror Film Festival in Providence, RI[41]
2010SteveManShort film
2011One DayCallum
2012Salmon Fishing in the YemenCapt. Robert Mayers
2013JadooMark[42]Film voted as the 2014 RAGS Audience Award Winner at the Silk Screen Film Festival held in Pittsburgh, PA[43]
2013Dead CatTim

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006The Amazing Mrs PritchardBen Sixsmith4 episodes
2007Secret Diary of a Call GirlDanielEpisode: "1.1"
2008Lost in AustenCharles Bingley4 episodes
2008Agatha Christie's PoirotDavid BakerEpisode: "Third Girl"
2009Inspector LewisDorian CraneEpisode: "Allegory of Love"
2010New TricksTim MortimerEpisode: "It Smells of Books"
2012Parade's EndPotty Perowne4 episodes
2013–presentSleepy HollowIchabod CraneLead role
Pending—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Male Breakout Star

Stage[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004HamletFortinbrasOld Vic Theatre
2006Les Enfants du ParadisFrederickArcola Theatre
2008The Living Unknown SoldierArcola Theatre
2008HeddaGeorge TesmanGate Theatre
2009When the Rain Stops FallingGabrielAlmeida Theatre
2010PoshJames Leighton-MastersRoyal Court Theatre
2010ElektraOrestesYoung Vic Theatre
2011Henry IV Parts I and IIPrince HalTheatre Royal Bath
2012PoshJames Leighton-MastersDuke of York's Theatre

Radio[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009Deep Blue SeaFreddie PageBBC
2010Arms and the ManMajor Sergius SaranoffBBC
2013HamletLaertesBBC
2013The Stuarts: It Came in with a LassDarnleyBBC
2013The CazaletsGeraldBBC
2013The Unending BattleTom MitfordBBC

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. 
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  4. ^ "Tom Mison (Visiting Theatre Staff)". Hurtwood House Performing Arts. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
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  6. ^ "'Sleepy Hollow': Tom Mison on becoming Ichabod Crane and season 1's hair-raising finale". www.ew.com/. Entertainment Weekly. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
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  11. ^ "The Living Unknown Soldier". simple8 theatre company. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "A "Curtain Up" London Review: Hedda". www.curtainup.com. August 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
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  41. ^ RI International Horror Film Festival
  42. ^ Jadoo (2013) – IMDb
  43. ^ 2014 RAGS Audience Award Winner Announced | Silk Screen

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