Tom Cullen

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Tom Cullen
Born (1985-07-17) 17 July 1985 (age 28)
Aberystwyth, Wales, UK
Occupation Actor, Writer
Years active 2010–present

Tom Cullen (born 17 July 1985) is a Welsh stage and screen actor.


Early life[edit]

Born in Aberystwyth, he was brought up in Llandrindod Wells and Cardiff. He attended Llanishen High School.[1] Cullen is the son of two writers and he was involved in music before deciding to pursue a career in acting. He has a brother named Joseph and a sister named Ruth.

Early career[edit]

Cullen spent a year at the Central School of Speech and Drama before completing his training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.[2] Whilst still in training, Cullen was taken out of Drama school to star in Daddy's Girl (BAFTA Cymru Best Film)[3] alongside Jaime Winstone and Watch Me (BAFTA Cymru Best Short).[4]

Acting career[edit]

Since graduating with a First-Class Honours degree in Acting, Cullen has worked extensively in film, television and the stage. In 2011 Cullen was named on the Screen International Stars of Tomorrow list alongside Alexandra Roach and Douglas Booth.[5] Notably he starred in BBC Television short 20 Questions, for which he won Best Actor at the IMS Awards[6] and his stage work included the Bristol Old Vic, National Theatre Wales.

Cullen's performance in the 2011 film Weekend,[7] directed by Andrew Haigh, won him critical acclaim.[8] Cullen and Weekend collected numerous awards including Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards, Best Actor and Grand Jury award for Cullen at the Nashville Film Festival,[9] the Audience Award at SXSW[10] and the Grand Jury at Outfest.[11] He was nominated alongside Michael Fassbender, Gary Oldman, Brendan Gleeson and Peter Mullan for British Actor of the Year by the London Film Critics' Circle.

Cullen's performances as Jonas in Black Mirror (alongside Toby Kebbell and Jodie Whittaker), and Wulfric in the Ridley Scott produced World Without End (Scott Free Productions/Tandem Communications) (alongside Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Charlotte Riley and Peter Firth[12]) garnered him further critical acclaim.

He has recently wrapped filming on Desert Dancer starring alongside Freida Pinto and Reece Ritchie, the inspirational true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked his life for his dream to become a dancer despite a nationwide dancing ban, and the science fiction piece The Last Days on Mars, directed by Academy Award nominated director Ruairí Robinson, starring alongside Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas and Olivia Williams, based around the first manned mission to Mars.

Cullen has a recurring role as Lord Anthony (Foyle) Gillingham on Downton Abbey.[13]

Upcoming films include Tiger House, No Compass in the Wilderness, and It's All Her.[14]

Cullen is also a writer and he is Artistic Director of Undeb Theatre with actor Alexander Vlahos.[15]

Cullen's editorial work includes L'Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair and 10 Magazine.

Personal life[edit]

Cullen is dating Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Cravings Jason
2008 Watch Me Tom Short film
Nominated for BAFTA Cymru Best Short Film
2009 20 Questions Adam Short film
2010 Balance Nico Short film
2011 Weekend Russell British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer
2012 Henry Henry Short film
2013 Room 8 Ives Short Film
BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film
2013 The Last Days on Mars Richard Harrington
2014 Desert Dancer Ardavan Post-production
2014 Tiger House Post-production
2015 If You See Her Colin Post-production
2015 No Compass in the Wilderness Post-production
2015 It's All Her Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Banged Up Abroad Yoram Episode:"Tokyo"
2010 Pen Talar Richard 2 episodes
2011 Black Mirror Jonas Episode: "The Entire History of You"
2012 World Without End Wulfric Miniseries
8 episodes
2013–present Downton Abbey Anthony Foyle/Lord Gillingham Recurring Character

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 IMS Awards Best Actor 20 Questions Won
2011 London Film Critics Circle Awards British Actor of the Year Weekend Nominated
2011 BFI London Film Festival Best Newcomer Weekend Nominated
2011 Nashville Film Festival Best Actor Weekend Won
2011 British Independent Film Award Best Newcomer Weekend Won


  1. ^ "Tom Cullen: Love At First Sight". Out. Retrieved 10.8.2011. 
  2. ^ "Weekend - Actors Profile". Weekend Film. Retrieved 2011. 
  3. ^ "BAFTA Award for Daddy's Girl". Dragon Di. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  4. ^ "BAFTA Nomination: Ieuan Morris 'Watch Me'". Glamorgan. Retrieved 8.4.2008. 
  5. ^ "Screen International Stars of Tomorrow 2011". Screen Daily 30.06.2011. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Tom Cullen - Resume IMDB". IMDB Resume. Retrieved 2011. 
  7. ^ Tom Cullen: Love at First One-Night Stand | Out Magazine
  8. ^ "Weekend". Weekend Film 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  9. ^ "Weekend Captures Top Prizes". Retrieved 2011-04-20. [dead link]
  10. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (15 March 2011). "Hollywood Reporter SXSW: Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  11. ^ Kellogg, Jane (17 July 2011). "Hollywood Reporter Oufest: Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  12. ^ "FUTURES: Star Tom Cullen Turns a One Night Stand Into Art". IndieWire. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  13. ^ "Downton Abbey: the dashing aristocrats lining up to lift Lady Mary out of despair". TheTelegraph. Retrieved 03.01.2013. 
  14. ^ "Graduate Profile: Tom Cullen". Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  15. ^ "Actors Unite for Theatre". WalesOnline. Retrieved 09.28.09. 
  16. ^ "Why Patton Oswalt Thinks "Orphan Black’s" Tatiana Maslany Is The "Best Actress Alive"". Retrieved June 21, 2013. 

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