Rupert Penry-Jones

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Rupert Penry-Jones
Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins in the 2007 movie Persuasion.jpg
Penry-Jones with Sally Hawkins on the set of the 2007 television film Persuasion
Born Rupert William Penry-Jones
(1970-09-22) 22 September 1970 (age 43)
London, England, United Kingdom
Other names Rupert William Penry Jones
Roo
Education Dulwich College
Alma mater Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Dervla Kirwan (m. 2007)
Children 2
Parents Angela Thorne
Peter Penry-Jones
Relatives Laurence Penry-Jones (brother)
Polly Walker (sister-in-law)

Rupert William Penry-Jones (born 22 September 1970) is an English actor, known for his role as Adam Carter in the BBC One spy drama series Spooks, as Clive Reader QC in BBC One legal drama Silk and policeman DI Joseph Chandler in the ITV murder mystery series Whitechapel.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born Rupert William Penry-Jones in London to Welsh actor Peter Penry-Jones and English actress Angela Thorne.[1] His brother Laurence Penry-Jones is an actor turned ambulance driver while his sister-in-law is actress Polly Walker.[1]

He was educated at Dulwich College in south-east London, until age 17 when he was enrolled at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, only to be expelled in his second year for being a bad influence.His bad influence was a result of a broken relationship, which Rupert stated he tried to recover from by "shagging everything in sight".Being dyslexic, he struggled at school, eventually leaving with no A-levels.

Career[edit]

In 1995 he appeared with his mother on television in Cold Comfort Farm.[2]

He made his London stage debut at the Hackney Empire theatre in 1995 playing Fortinbras to Ralph Fiennes's Hamlet in an Almeida production of Hamlet.

He was cast as Richard in the premiere staging of Stephen Poliakoff's Sweet Panic at Hampstead Theatre in 1996. The following year he appeared in both The Paper Husband at Hampstead Theatre and as the upper-class Pip Thompson in a revival of Arnold Wesker's Chips with Everything on the Lyttelton stage at the Royal National Theatre.

In 1998, he created the role of the Boy in Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby at the Almeida Theatre. In 1999, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon, playing the title role in Don Carlos at The Other Place theatre and Alcibiades in Timon of Athens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Both productions transferred to the Barbican Centre in London in 2000, where his performance as Don Carlos won the Ian Charleson Award.

At the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, in 2001 he was cast as Robert Caplan in J.B. Priestley's thriller "time-play" Dangerous Corner opposite Dervla Kirwan, who played Olwen Peel. The production then transferred for a four-month run at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End.

From July to October 2003 at the National's Cottesloe Theatre he played the leading role of Louis XIV in Nick Dear's historical drama Power.

He returned to the theatre at the end of 2009 playing the role of Carl in Michael Wynne's new play The Priory at the Royal Court Theatre, London, from 19 November 2009 to 16 January 2010.

On television, he has played barrister Alex Hay in C4's ten-part serial North Square in 2000; Donald McLean in the BBC's four-part production of Cambridge Spies in 2003; and Grimani in Russell T. Davies' production of Casanova in 2005.

In 2004, he joined the cast in series 3 of the BBC's BAFTA-winning series Spooks. He played the lead role of section leader Adam Carter for four series before leaving the show in 2008. He won ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards for his role in Spooks in 2008.[3] He also went on to play the role of Captain Wentworth in ITV's adaptation of Persuasion.

In 2008, he starred with Bradley Whitford and Neve Campbell in Burn Up playing an oil executive who becomes embroiled in the politics surrounding global warming and oil stocks.

He played Richard Hannay in the BBC adaptation of The 39 Steps which was screened at Christmas 2008.

In 2009, he was cast as the lead in the unaired ABC pilot The Forgotten but was unceremoniously replaced when the pilot was picked up and replaced by Christian Slater. Penry-Jones was apparently devastated and proceeded to give a number of interviews in the UK in which he attacked the US television industry. He has since described American television as a "factory" and the producers as "disgusting".[citation needed]

In February 2009, he took the lead in an ITV drama, Whitechapel, a three-part thriller based on the copycat killings of Jack the Ripper. Whitechapel was the highest-performing new drama in 2009.[4] A second series of the show based around the Kray twins was broadcast in autumn 2010; the third series began in January 2012. A fourth series aired in September 2013. It is unknown whether it will be recommissioned due to poor ratings.

He was scheduled to appear alongside other celebrities in Soccer Aid 2010, but broke a bone in his knee during training, putting him in a plaster cast and ruling him out of the final match on 6 June 2010.[citation needed]

Penry-Jones was also cast opposite Maxine Peake in a legal drama Silk created by Peter Moffat. The show revolves around two barristers, played by Penry-Jones and Peake who are competing to become QCs. Series 2 aired in 2012 and Series 3 premiered on 24 February 2014.

He also joined the cast of the film A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet. The film is directed by Alan Rickman.

Penry-Jones is known to be very critical of the British television and film industry. He stated that Doctor Who is a "very good children's show... but has low production values...and is a pantomime" He also said the Harry Potter films are "shit". He admitted walking out of the first three films.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He married actress Dervla Kirwan in August 2007, following a three-year engagement. They met in a theatre production, Dangerous Corner, in 2001.[1] Both appeared in Casanova in 2005, although they did not share any scenes. They have two children: a daughter, Florence (born 2004), and a son, Peter (born 2006). On BBC 1's Who Do You Think You Are?, broadcast in August 2010, it was revealed that Penry-Jones's maternal grandfather, William, had fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino.[6]

Rupert's personal views include loathing award ceremonies, claiming 'there's nothing worse than sitting in a room..having to applaud everyone else's success'.[7] He also states that kissing other men in his career is a 'tough call'.[8]

Filmography and television work[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1994 Black Beauty wild-looking young man
1994 Fatherland SS Cadet Hermann Jost TV film
1995 Cold Comfort Farm Dick Hawk-Monitor TV film
1995 Absolutely Fabulous boy at party TV series (1 episode: "The End")
1996 Kavanagh QC Lt. Ralph Kinross TV series (1 episode: "The Burning Deck")
1996 Cold Lazarus militiaman/policeman TV mini-series (2 episodes)
1996 The Ring Gerhard von Gotthard TV film
1996 Faith in the Future Sam TV series (2 episodes)
1997 The Moth Stanley Thorman TV film
1997 Jane Eyre St John Rivers TV film
1997 Bent guard on road
1997 Food of Love head office staff
1998 The Tribe Dietrich
1998 Hilary and Jackie Piers
1998 Still Crazy young Ray
1998 The Student Prince The Prince TV film
1999 Virtual Sexuality Jake
2000 North Square Alex Hay TV series (10 episodes)
2001 Charlotte Gray Peter Gregory
2002 The Four Feathers Tom Willoughby
2002 A Family Man Tarquin
2003 Cambridge Spies Donald Maclean TV mini-series (4 episodes)
2003 Agatha Christie's Poirot Roddy Winter TV series (1 episode: "Sad Cypress")
2004–2008 Spooks Adam Carter TV series (41 episodes: 2004–2008)
2005 Casanova Grimani TV mini-series (3 episodes)
2005 Match Point Henry
2006 Krakatoa: The Last Days Willem Beijerinck TV film
2007 Persuasion Captain Wentworth TV film
2007 Joe's Palace Richard Reece TV film
2008 Burn Up Tom TV mini-series (2 episodes)
2008 The 39 Steps Richard Hannay TV film
2011- 2014 Silk Clive Reader TV series (3 series, 18 episodes, 2011, 2012, 2014)
2011 Manor Hunt Ball Laurence pre-production (2010/11)
2012 Treasure Island Squire Trelawney TV mini-series (2 episodes)
2012 The Last Weekend Ollie TV film
2012 Red Tails Campbell
2009–2013 Whitechapel DI Joseph Chandler TV series (4 series, 18 episodes, 2009–2013)
2015 Black Sails Season II of Starz Network's pirate drama

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jones, Alice (13 November 2009). "Rupert Penry-Jones: 'It's nice not to be chasing a bad guy'". The Independent. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Casanova". Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Allen, Katie (6 October 2008). "Rankin and P. D. James pick up ITV3 awards". The Bookseller. Retrieved 16 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Most-watched TV shows of 2009". The Guardian. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  5. ^ [full citation needed] Red Magazine article, 2010.
  6. ^ "Who Do You Think You Are, Series 7, Rupert Penry-Jones".
  7. ^ [Times Interview, 2008].
  8. ^ Radio Times interview, 2012

Sources[edit]

  • Theatre Record and its annual Indexes
  • 1996 Jane Eyre-St. John Rivers

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