Thomas James Longley

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Thomas James Longley
Thomas James Longley REISS.jpg
Longley at a fashion show for Reiss, July 2011
Born Thomas James Longley
(1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 25)
Canterbury, Kent, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004-present

Thomas James Longley (born 22 April 1989)[1] is a British actor and model.[2] In 2004, he achieved some prominence after garnering critical acclaim from The Times for his performance as the Archangel Gabriel in a revival of The Mystery Plays at Canterbury Cathedral.[3] He went on to gain wider notice appearing in the independent British films Sparrow (2010), Day and Night (2012)[4] and Island (2013).[5][6][7][8] In 2011, he modelled for Reiss.[9]

Early life[edit]

Longley was born 22 April 1989 in Canterbury, Kent. The son of former Canterbury City F.C. chairman Keith and reflexologist Jill Longley, he grew up playing piano and attending drama classes.[4] From 2008-09 he attended the National Youth Theatre.[5]


Prior to joining the National Youth Theatre, Longley had received critical acclaim for his work in fringe theatre. In 2004, he was cast out of hundreds to feature as the Archangel Gabriel opposite Edward Woodward and Joseph McManners in a revival of The Mystery Plays at Canterbury Cathedral.[3] For his performance, Longley achieved critical acclaim from The Times.[10]

After graduating from the National Youth Theatre, Longley was considered for a role in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but ultimately lost out to Frank Dillane.[11]

In 2010, Longley appeared in the horror film Sparrow, which was filmed on location in Poland.[6][12] In February 2011, Longley was attached to appear as the lead character in the found footage film HAYZE.[13] In March, production slowed down and he ultimately left the project.[14] In August 2011, it was reported that Longley would appear in the apocalyptic thriller Island.[15][16][17]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Sparrow Matt limited release
2012 Day and Night unknown
2013 Island Craig


  1. ^ England & Wales, Birth Index: 1984-2005
  2. ^ "5 questions with Thomas James Longley". Portis Wasp. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Revival of Medieval Mystery Plays". BBC News. 2004-08-05. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Thomas James Longley Biography". Internet Movie Database. 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  5. ^ a b "Sparrow's Thomas James Longley - A Badass Interview". Mediasaurs. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  6. ^ a b "An interview with Thomas James Longley". Cinema Assassin. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  7. ^ "Guy Candy: Thomas James Longley". Any Post For Me. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  8. ^ "Hottie Of The Week: Thomas James Longley". 081978. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "New British Film ‘Island’ – a new take on Lord of the Flies with a very HOT cast member!". Popledge. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  10. ^ Kingston, Jeremy (2004-08-09). "The Mystery Plays: The Creation". The Times (iss.68149) (London). p. 31. 
  11. ^ "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trivia". Dark Horizons. 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  12. ^ "Preview: Indie Horror Film Sparrow". The Athletic Nerd. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  13. ^ "Longley to explore Poltergeist Folklore in new found footage flick". THEIAPOLIS. 2011-02-02. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  14. ^ "Actor Thomas James Longley drops out of new British Indie Thriller "Hayze"". 2011-03-25. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  15. ^ "Thomas James Longley to star in the movie Island, a Lord of the Flies homage". In Rumor. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Thomas James Longley is destined for the 'Island'". Pluz Media. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "The Island of Dr. HELLO!". Boy Culture. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 

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