|Born||Luke Antony N. Treadaway
10 September 1984
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, England
|Residence||North London, England|
|Education||Queen Elizabeth's Community College|
|Alma mater||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
|Home town||Sandford, Devon, England|
|Partner(s)||Ruta Gedmintas (2011-present)|
|Relatives||Sam (Brother, artist); Harry (Twin-brother, actor)|
|Awards||Laurence Olivier Award for best actor inThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time|
Early and personal life
Born at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Treadaway was brought up in Sandford, near Crediton, Devon. His father is an architect, his mother a primary school teacher, and he has two brothers: older brother Sam, an artist; and Luke's slightly younger twin Harry.
His first acting role was in the village Christmas pantomime Little Red Riding Hood, starring as a daffodil while his father was the Big Bad Wolf. Luke and his twin-brother Harry attended Queen Elizabeth's Community College in Crediton, where he played scrum half in the twice Devon Cup winning Rugby Union team. Inspired by a love of Eddie Vedder and with support from their secondary school drama teacher Phil Gasson, the twins formed a band called Lizardsun with Matt Conyngham and Seth Campbell. They also both joined the National Youth Theatre, for whom Luke played Prince Ivan in The Firebird. He was also in the ensemble for a production of Murder in the Cathedral.
While still at drama school, he and his twin brother recorded roles in their first feature film: Brothers of the Head, in which they played conjoined twins. Luke played Barry Howe, the band's singer, and his brother Harry played Tom Howe, the guitarist and song-writer. During rehearsals and throughout the shoot, Luke and Harry were connected to each other for fifteen hours a day, wearing sewn-together wetsuits or a harness. They also slept in one bed to simulate the conjoined nature of their characters. The Treadaways performed all tracks featured in the film themselves live on stage, as well as recording nine tracks for the sound-track album.
After graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2006, he played a series lead in the Innocence Project for BBC television. He also appeared as a 14 year old Theo in the hard-hitting Channel 4 drama Clapham Junction.
He made his stage debut in Saint Joan at the Royal National Theatre, followed by playing Albert in the original production of War Horse at the same venue. In 2008 he appeared in Piranha Heights, a new play by Philip Ridley, at the Soho Theatre, and in Cradle Me, a new play by Simon Vinnicombe, at the Finborough Theatre. He also played Albert in John Tams' adaptation of War Horse for BBC Radio 2 on 8 November 2008.
In 2009, he appeared in the play Over There at the Royal Court Theatre alongside his twin brother from 25 February to 21 March. He spent November 2009 in Romania filming The Whistleblower with Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave and Monica Bellucci.
He played Prokopion in the 2010 film Clash of the Titans. He plays Lee in Philip Ridley's Heartless, also starring Jim Sturgess and Noel Clarke, released in May 2010. He appeared in Killing Bono, starring Ben Barnes and Pete Postlethwaite. He also had a leading role in the independent Scottish film You Instead, which was filmed at T in the Park 2010.
In 2011, he played the eponymous hero of The History of Titus Groan, a cycle of six BBC Radio 4 dramas based on the books of Mervyn Peake dramatised by Brian Sibley. He also filmed Late Bloomers with William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini. He also starred in Attack the Block, a Film Four production, alongside Nick Frost and Jodie Whittaker. He also directed a music video for girl band Boxettes, whose lead singer Bellatrix comes from Sandford.
In 2012, Treadway starred in Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, the ITV adaptation of the Ruth Rendell thriller Thirteen Steps Down, and the National Theatre's acclaimed adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. On 28 April 2013, Treadway won the Laurence Olivier Award for best actor for his performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which by winning seven-Olivier's equalled Matilda the Musical's record win in 2012.
In popular culture
- Treadaway appears in the music video for the Script's song "For the First Time".
- He also appears in music video for Crystal Fighters' song "Champion Sound".
|2005||Brothers of the Head||Barry Howe|
|2006–2007||The Innocence Project||Adam / Adam Solomons||TV series; 8 episodes|
|2007||Clapham Junction||Theo||TV film|
|2007||God's Wounds||Mark||Short film|
|2008–2009||Mist: Sheepdog Tales||Eddie/Piggy Patrick||TV series; 10 episodes|
|2009||Dogging: A Love Story||Dan|
|2010||For the First Time (The Script song)||James||Short film|
|2010||Clash of the Titans||Prokopion|
|2010||Alice||White Rabbit||Short film|
|2010||The Whistleblower||Jim Higgins|
|2011||Attack the Block||Brewis|
|2011||Man in Fear||Anthony Fox||Short film|
|2012||Cheerful Weather for the Wedding||Joseph Patten|
|2012||Thirteen Steps Down||Mix Cellini||TV series; 2 episodes|
|2012||St George's Day||William Bishop|
- 2007: Saint Joan (Royal National Theatre)
- 2007: War Horse as Albert (Royal National Theatre)
- 2008: Piranha Heights by Philip Ridley (Soho Theatre)
- 2008: Cradle Me by Simon Vinnicombe (Finborough Theatre)
- 2008: War Horse by John Tams (BBC Radio 2)
- 2009: Over There (Royal Court Theatre)
- 2011: The History of Titus Groan (Radio 4 Drama)
- 2012: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Royal National Theatre)
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005.; at ancestry.com
- "Curious Incident wins seven". BBC News. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Patrick Brakham (11 May 2011). "Luke Treadaway: Hello aliens, fancy a spliff?". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- "Luke Treadaway". ShortList.com. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- "Luke Treadaway". Royal National Theatre. Retrieved 28 April 2013.