Toby Kebbell

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Toby Kebbell
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Toby Kebbell, 15 July 2010
Born Tobias Alistair P. Kebbell
(1982-07-09) 9 July 1982 (age 31)
Pontefract, Yorkshire, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Tobias Alistair P. "Toby" Kebbell[1] (born 9 July 1982) is an English actor, known for his roles in the films Dead Man's Shoes (2004), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (both 2010), War Horse (2011), and Wrath of the Titans (2012).

Life and career[edit]

Kebbell, the fourth of five children, was born in South Elmsall, on the A638 between Doncaster and Wakefield, Yorkshire, but grew up in Nottinghamshire. He was brought up by his mother, Michelle (née Mathers), a cook and landscape gardener, after his parents divorced when he was eighteen months old. His father, Robert Kebbell, is an engineer.[2] He went to a Catholic primary school.[3] Kebbell first came to notice when director Shane Meadows cast him in the role of Anthony in the film Dead Man's Shoes. He was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards and was widely lauded[4] for his sensitive, moving portrayal of a young man with a learning difficulty. Kebbell then appeared in Oliver Stone's Alexander and Match Point, which Woody Allen cast him in without audition after being impressed with his performance in Dead Man's Shoes.[citation needed]

Kebbell's most critically acclaimed role[citation needed] came in 2007 when he played Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division in Anton Corbijn's award-winning biopic of Ian Curtis, Control. He won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards;[5] other nominees for the award included Cate Blanchett, Colin Firth and Control co-star Samantha Morton. He was also nominated for the London Critics' Circle Best Supporting Actor Award alongside Albert Finney and Tom Wilkinson.

In December 2007, Kebbell took the lead in an episode of Jimmy McGovern's BBC series The Street, which subsequently won the BAFTA for Best Drama series. His other work for the BBC included a modern retelling of Macbeth alongside James McAvoy, while his theatre roles included spells at the Almeida Theatre in David Hare's reworking of Maxim Gorky's Enemies and at the Playhouse in R.C. Sherriff's classic, Journey's End.

In September 2008, Kebbell was featured in the film RocknRolla, written and directed by Guy Ritchie, alongside actors Tom Wilkinson, Gerard Butler and Thandie Newton. Kebbell played a crack-addicted musician, Johnny Quid. To play the role Toby Kebbell learned to play the piano and operate a semi automatic. To get into the skin of a crack addicted rocker, Toby abstained from food for 3 days and ate just a single meal for the next 3 weeks. He won The Sun's Best Actor award for this part and was described in the paper as "a star of the future".[citation needed]

In January 2009, Kebbell was nominated in the "Orange Rising Star Award" category of the 2009 BAFTA Awards. This award is voted for by the public. Kebbell appeared in the 2009 film Cheri, directed by Stephen Frears, in which he took a small role alongside Michelle Pfeiffer. He filmed in Morocco and London with Jake Gyllenhaal for Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

In February 2009, it was reported that Kebbell was dating the former Oxford Union president Ruzwana Bashir, whom he met at a party given by the journalist Andrew Neil.[6]

In 2014 Kebbell will take over the role of "Koba" the badly treated experimental ape who has a grudge against "Caesar", Andy Serkis's character from Rise of the Planet of the Apes.[7]

In December 2013, Legendary Pictures announced that Kebbell would be joining the cast of Warcraft film adaptation, set to be released in March of 2016.[8]

In April 2014, it was announced that Kebbell will be appearing as the main antagonist of Doctor Doom in 2015's The Fantastic Four. [9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2000 Peak Practice Graham TV series (1 episode: "Keeping Up the Act")
2004 Dead Man's Shoes Anthony Nominated – British Independents Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
2004 Northern Soul Mark Sherbert Short
2004 Alexander Pausanius
2005 Match Point Policeman
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Malcolm TV series (1 episode: "Macbeth")
2006 Wilderness Callum
2006 Born Equal Beggar 2 TV film
2007 Control Rob Gretton British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – ALFS Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
2007 The Commander: Windows of the Soul Jimmy Bannerman TV film
2007 The Street Paul Billerton TV series (3 episodes)
2008 RocknRolla Johnny Quid
2008 The German Barton Short
2009 Tea and Biscuits Billy Short
2009 Cheri Patron
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Garsiv
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Drake Stone
2010 The Conspirator John Wilkes Booth
2011 The Veteran Miller
2011 Handcuffed Son Short
2011 Black Mirror Liam TV Series (Series 1, Episode 3: "The Entire History of You")
2011 War Horse Colin, the Geordie soldier
2012 Wrath of the Titans Agenor
2013 The East Doc / Thomas Ayres
2013 The Escape Artist Liam Foyle TV series
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Koba
2015 The Fantastic Four Victor von Doom/Doctor Doom
2016 Warcraft

References[edit]

  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/es-magazine-fashion/article-23635239-toby-kebbell-the-new-boy.do
  3. ^ "Online exclusive: Toby Kebbell in control as acting career takes off" heraldscotland.com
  4. ^ "Toby Kebbell biography" bafta.org
  5. ^ "The British Independent Film Awards: Toby Kebbell" BIFA.org.uk
  6. ^ Marianne Macdonald, Toby Kebbell: the new boy dated 09.02.09 at thisislondon.co.uk
  7. ^ http://www.blogs.indiewire.com
  8. ^ Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Toby Kebbell to Play ‘Fantastic Four’ Villain Doctor Doom (EXCLUSIVE)".  Variety . April 1, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ [1]

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