Toby Jones

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Toby Jones
Toby Jones.jpg
Jones in October 2003.
Born (1966-09-07) 7 September 1966 (age 48)
Hammersmith, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Karen Jones
Children 2

Toby Edward Heslewood Jones[1] (born 7 September 1966)[1] is an English actor.

After appearing in supporting roles in films between 1992 and 2005, Jones made his breakthrough as Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous (2006). Since then, his films have included The Mist (2007), W. (2008), Frost/Nixon (2008), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Berberian Sound Studio (2012), The Hunger Games (2012), and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

Jones has also provided the voice of Dobby in the Harry Potter films, appeared as the Dream Lord in the Doctor Who episode "Amy's Choice", and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl (2012).

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Hammersmith, London,[1] the son of actors Jennifer (née Heslewood) and Freddie Jones. He appeared alongside his father in the film Ladies in Lavender,[2] and has two brothers: Rupert, a director, and Casper, also an actor.[3] He attended Christ Church Cathedral School and Abingdon School in Oxfordshire in the 1980s. He studied drama at the University of Manchester from 1986 to 1989, and at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris from 1989 to 1991.


Film and television[edit]

Jones has appeared in more than 20 films since his first acting role in the 1992 film Orlando.

He voiced Dobby in the Harry Potter films. He played Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury HBO/Channel 4 production Elizabeth I. In 2006, he portrayed Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous. He appeared in the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist in 2007. In 2008, he portrayed Karl Rove in Oliver Stone's W and Hollywood agent Swifty Lazar in Frost/Nixon.

Jones appeared in the 2010 episode "Amy's Choice", of Doctor Who, as the Dream Lord, and in the Big Finish Productions series' Dark Eyes (audio drama) as Kotris. In 2011, he played the role of Arnim Zola in Captain America: The First Avenger and the British spy master Percy Alleline in the adaptation of John Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and as an extra, playing a scientist in The Avengers. In 2012, he had a leading role in the ITV mini-series Titanic, starred as one of the seven dwarves in Snow White and the Huntsman, played Dr. Paul Shackleton in Red Lights, and Max in Virginia.

He appears in the music video for Gomez's song "Whippin' Picadilly".[4]

He played Neil Baldwin in the BBC drama Marvellous in 2014.[5][6][7][8][9][10] Sam Wollaston, in The Guardian, praised Jones's "lovely, very human, performance".[11] In 2014, he also appeared in the BBC Four television series Detectorists.[12]


Jones voiced the title character of the 2005 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Oblomov. He also read the 2009 Radio 4 adaptation of John Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany".


In 2001, he starred in the London West End comedy The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branagh. His comic turn as Arthur earned him the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and when the play moved to Broadway in 2003, he was nominated for a Tony Award.

In 2009, he returned to the stage in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre,[13] Parlour Song at the Almeida Theatre,[14] and The First Domino at Brighton Festival Fringe.[15] In 2011, he played JMW Turner in The Painter at the Arcola Theatre.


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Orlando Valet
1993 Naked Man at tea bar
Dropping the Baby Babyman
1994 Cadfael Griffin
1998 Cousin Bette Man in Café des Artistes
Les Misérables Door keeper
Ever After Royal page
1999 Simon Magus Buchholz
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc English judge
2000 Hotel Splendide Kitchen boy
The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz Civil servant
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Dobby the house elf Voice only
15 Storeys High Obsessive-compulsive man Series one, episode 4 (Ice queen)
2004 Ladies in Lavender Hedley
Finding Neverland Smee
2005 Mrs. Henderson Presents Gordon
2006 A Harlot's Progress William Hogarth
Elizabeth I Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury
Infamous Truman Capote London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actor of the Year
The Sickie Douglas Knott
The Painted Veil Waddington Nominated – London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
2007 Amazing Grace Duke of Clarence
Nightwatching Gerard Dou
The Mist Ollie Weeks
St. Trinian's Bursar
The Old Curiosity Shop Daniel Quilp
2008 City of Ember Bardon Snode
W. Karl Rove
Frost/Nixon Swifty Lazar
2009 Creation Thomas Huxley
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Bursar
2010 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Hargreaves
Mo Dr. Mark Glaser
Doctor Who The Dream Lord Series 5, Episode 7: "Amy's Choice"
Agatha Christie's Poirot Samuel Rachett / Cassetti Series 12, Episode 4: "Murder on the Orient Express"
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Dobby the house elf Voice only
Virginia Max
2011 The Rite Father Matthew
Your Highness Julie
Captain America: The First Avenger Arnim Zola[16]
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Percy Alleline
Christopher and His Kind Gerald Hamilton
My Week with Marilyn Arthur P. Jacobs
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Aristides Silk[17]
2012 The Hunger Games Claudius Templesmith[18]
Titanic John Batley TV miniseries
The Girl Alfred Hitchcock Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Red Lights Dr. Paul Shackleton
Snow White & the Huntsman Coll
Berberian Sound Studio Gilderoy BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film
London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best British Actor of the Year
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Claudius Templesmith
Leave to Remain Mr. Nigel
Words of Everest Jan Morris
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Arnim Zola
Serena Sheriff McDowell
By the Gun Jerry
Marvellous Neil Baldwin Pending – Royal Television Society Programme Award for Best Actor
2015 Dad's Army Captain Mainwaring
Wayward Pines Dr. Jenkins
Agent Carter Arnim Zola Cameo; Season 1 Episode 8: Valediction
The Tale of Tales King of Highhills Post-production
2016 Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass Wilkins Voice; filming
By Our Selves John Clare Pre-production


  1. ^ a b c Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  2. ^ "Toby Jones Biography (1964?-)". Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Braun, Liz (10 October 2006). "'Infamous' shows another look at Capote". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gomez – Whippin' Piccadilly". YouTube. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Toby Jones on playing Neil Baldwin in Marvellous". BBC News. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Simon, Jane (25 September 2014). "Marvellous – Toby Jones is outstanding portraying extraordinary life of Stoke City kit man Neil Baldwin". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Dickson, E Jane (25 September 2014). "Neil Baldwin: "Prince Edward is the best royal I’ve met – I just knocked on his door"". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (21 September 2014). "Toby Jones: totally Stoked". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Collin, Robbie (23 September 2014). "Toby Jones interview: 'Every character has a special need'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Walsh, John (13 September 2014). "Quiet genius of Toby Jones: From The Hunger Games to Truman Capote, Hollywood can't get enough of British acting's most versatile talent". The Independent. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Wollaston, Sam (26 September 2014). "Marvellous; Your Home in their Hands review – two Neil Baldwins meet real Lou Macari and real Gary Lineker". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Rupert Hawksley (2 October 2014). "Detectorists, BBC Four, review: 'first-rate writing'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Cavendish, Dominic (9 January 2009). "Toby Jones takes the lead in Tom Stoppard's classic Every Good Boy Deserves Favour". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Parlour Song - The Cast". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Emily-Ann Elliott (5 May 2009). "Bomb survivor writes Brighton play". The Argus (Brighton). Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Toby Jones to play evil scientist in 'Captain America' (exclusive)". Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  17. ^ Fernandez, Jay A.; Kit, Borys (27 January 2009). "Daniel Craig to star in "Tintin"". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  18. ^ Valby, Karen (24 May 2011). "'The Hunger Games' finds its voice: Toby Jones cast as Claudius Templesmith". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 

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