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Menzies at the Outlander premiere in New York
7 March 1974 |
|Education||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
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 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
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.
In 2012, he appeared in the political satire series The Thick of It during series 4 as Simon Weir, as part of the Goolding Inquiry.
In 2014, Menzies played Maggie Gyllenhaal's bodyguard, Nathaniel Bloom, in the TV mini-series The Honourable Woman. The same year, Menzies also began co-starring in the Starz period TV series, Outlander as two characters: Frank Randall / Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall.
|2000||The Low Down||John|
|2002||The Knowledge||David||short film|
|2004||Finding Neverland||Theatre Patron|
|2005||Pierrepoint||Lt. Llewelyn||Titled Pierrepoint: 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 an 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|
|2005–2007||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||Episode "The Waldo Moment"|
|2013||Game of Thrones||Edmure Tully|
|2013||Doctor Who||Lieutenant Stepashin|
|2014||Silent Witness||Greg Walker|
|2014||The Honourable Woman||Nathaniel Bloom|
|2000||Light||Directed by Simon McBurney for the Complicite theatre company|
|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
- 2003: Nominated for the Sunday Times / Royal National Theatre Ian Charleson Awards for his performance as Tusenbach in Michael Blakemore's production of Three Sisters
- Roberts, Alison (16 February 2011). "The man who kisses Keira, nightly". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- Friedlander, Noam (16 June 2007). "No place like Rome: Tobias Menzies tells Noam Friedlander why he hails the return of the BBC's lavish and lusty Roman series". Telegraph. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- Quinn, Anthony (6 May 2011). "Forget Me Not (15)". Independent. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
- Debnath, Neela (11 July 2013). "Q&A interview with 'Game of Thrones' star Tobias Menzies". Independent. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- Goldberg, Lesley (8 August 2013). "'Game of Thrones' Alum Nabs Dual Role in Starz's 'Outlander' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- Abrams, Natalie (8 August 2013). "Game of Thrones' Tobias Menzies Joins Ron Moore's Outlander". TV Guide. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- Merriam, Allie (1 August 2014). "Outlander Star Tobias Menzies Promises Plenty of Bodice-Ripping" (Video interview). PopSugar. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- Wilson, Benji (16 April 2011). "In a taxi with... actor Tobias Menzies". Daily Mail. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- Nicol, Patricia (4 April 2004). "Do put your daughter on the stage". The Sunday Times.
- Paddock, Terri (29 March 2004). "Dillon Wins Ian Charleson Award for Master Builder". WhatsOnStage. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
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