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7 March 1974 |
Menzies attended the liberal Frensham Heights School near Farnham in Surrey at the same time as Hattie Morahan and Jim Sturgess. He went on to attend Stratford-upon-Avon College's "Year-out" drama course in 1993–94. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (1998) and was trained in the Steiner System, which includes movement, singing and musical instrumentation.
Menzies worked with the Spontaneity Shop, a British improv comedy company. He began his TV and film career in some of British television's most popular series, including Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders and Casualty. He also appeared in A Very Social Secretary directed by Jon Jones, which launched UK Channel 4's spin-off station, More4.
He is best known to international audiences for his starring role as Marcus Junius Brutus, Julius Caesar's friend and later co-assassin, in the award-winning but short-lived HBO/BBC epic series Rome (2005–07).
He has worked extensively on the stage, with credits including the young teacher Irwin in Alan Bennett's The History Boys (which Nicholas Hytner directed at the Royal National Theatre), and Michael Blakemore's West End production of Three Sisters for which he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award. Of his role in The History Boys, one reviewer wrote:
There is a remarkable performance, too, from Tobias Menzies as the slick supply-teacher historian, who believes academic success is merely a matter of tricks and spin. But Menzies also discovers a surprisingly attractive vulnerability in the character I missed the first time around.
One of Shakespeare's greatest innovations was to dramatise people's thought processes: the articulation of the mind's search for meaning and identity. This is where Menzies' performance is most thrilling. He shows how language strives to express the self and to pin down the truth. Who am I? What do I think and feel? Menzies' delivery of the "To be or not to be..." speech burns with intelligence. This is one of the finest and most exciting Hamlets I’ve seen. Observe his face: it seems to mature, grow softer, more observant and expressive, and his death becomes a fulfilment as well as a failure— John Peter The Sunday Times
The Independent noted that Menzies, "enjoying his antic disposition ... plays the fool dazzlingly: a stage natural.... He gives it everything, even the fight."
In April 2007 Menzies appeared as William Elliot in ITV's production of Jane Austen's classic, Persuasion, and also played Peter Trifimov in The Cherry Orchard with Joanna Lumley (at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield). The Yorkshire Post said, "The one who burns the brightest is Tobias Menzies as the idealistic perpetual student Trofimov. His performance is breathtaking."
He appeared as Derrick Sington in Channel 4's dramatisation of The Relief of Belsen broadcast 15 October 2007. and then he filmed Forget Me Not, a Quicksilver Films production, in which he starred alongside Genevieve O'Reilly.
|2000||The Low Down||John|
|2002||The Knowledge||David||short film|
|2004||Finding Neverland||Theatre Patron|
|2005||Pierrepoint||Lt. Llewelyn||Known as The Last Hangman in the US|
|2006||Casino Royale||Villiers||M's assistant|
|2009||Jackboots on Whitehall||Captain English (voice)||Spoof war film using puppets.|
|2010||Anton Chekhov's The Duel||Von Koren||adaptation of a 1891 novella by Anton Chekhov, The Duel|
|2010||Forget Me Not||Will|
|2000||Summer in the Suburbs||School Psychologist|
|2000||Midsomer Murders||Jack Dorset|
|2002||I Saw You||Vince|
|2002||Ultimate Force||Box 500|
|2002||Foyle's War||Stanley Ellis|
|2005||A Very Social Secretary||Keith|
|2007||Rome||Marcus Junius Brutus|
|2007||The Relief of Belsen||Derrick Sington|
|2011||The Shadow Line||Ross McGovern|
|2012||Eternal Law||Richard Pembroke|
|2012||The Thick of It||Simon Weir|
|2013||Black Mirror||Liam Monroe|
|2013||Game of Thrones||Edmure Tully|
|2013||Doctor Who||Lieutenant Stepashin|
|2014||The Honourable Woman|
|2000||Light||Directed by Simon McBurney, Complicite,|
|2000||The Way of the World||Witwoud||Directed by Matthew Lloyd at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.|
|2001||Platonov||Sergei Voynitzev||Directed by Jonathan Kent at the Almeida.|
|2002||Arcadia||Valentine Coverly||Directed by Rupert Goold at the Northampton Royal.|
|2003||Three Sisters||Tusenbach||Directed by Michael Blakemore at the Playhouse Theatre, London. Filmed by BBC Four and aired in 2004|
|2003||Serjeant Musgrave's Dance||Hurst||Directed by Sean Holmes. Oxford Stage Company|
|2005||Hamlet||Hamlet||Directed by Rupert Goold at the Royal Theatre, Northampton.|
|2005||The History Boys||Irwin||Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Touring cast and Royal National Theatre, London|
|2007||The Cherry Orchard||Peter Trofimov||Directed by Jonathan Miller at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield|
|2007||Cloud Nine||Harry Bagley/Martin||Directed by Thea Sharrock at the Almeida Theatre, London|
|2009||King Lear||Edgar||Directed by Rupert Goold at the Young Vic Theatre, London|
|2011||The Children's Hour||Dr Joseph Cardin||Directed by Ian Rickson at the Comedy Theatre, London|
|2012||The Recruiting Officer||Captain Plume||Directed by Josie Rourke at the Donmar Warehouse, London|
Awards and nominations
- Nominated for the Sunday Times-Royal National Theatre 2003 Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Tusenbach in Michael Blakemore's production of Three Sisters.
- Telegraph – The History Boys Review (6 January 2006)
- Broadway.com – The History Boys Review (5 November 2005)
- Guardian – College Days article (22 November 2005)
- Sunday Times – Hamlet Review (27 March 2005)
- The Independent – Hamlet Review (25 March 2005)
- HBO's official Rome website
- BBC's official Casualty website