Tom Mison

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Tom Mison
Tom Mison at Paleyfest 2014-07-11 08-44.jpg
Mison in March 2014
Born Thomas James Mison
(1982-07-23) 23 July 1982 (age 31)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor, voice artist, writer

Thomas James "Tom" Mison (born 23 July 1982)[1] is an English film, television and theater actor, voice artist and writer.[2] He has had leading and supporting roles in a variety of British theater, television and radio productions, as well as independent and mainstream studio films and film shorts. He is best known for his current starring role as Ichabod Crane on the Fox series Sleepy Hollow. Filming for Season 2 began in May 2014 in Wilmington, NC.

Early life[edit]

Born on 23 July 1982, Mison was raised in Woking, Surrey, part of the London commuter belt.[3] He trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy, where he was awarded the Sir John Gielgud Trust Award in 2004.[4] His speech coach at Webber-Douglas advised him to aim for period pieces.[5][6] A close friend at Webber-Douglas was Rupert Friend, an actor and writer with whom Mison collaborated to create the short film The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers in 2009.[7]

In 2001, while still a drama student, Mison participated in the American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory program. Mison had a role in Time on Fire, a play by Timothy Mason, which the Young Conservatory performed at London's National Theater and San Francisco's Magic Theater.[8]

Career[edit]

Theater[edit]

From 2004 to 2012, Mison found steady work in the theater, appearing as Fortinbras in a Trevor Nunn-directed production of Hamlet at the Old Vic Theater in 2004; playing Frederick in the simple8 theatre company's adaptation of Les Enfants du Paradis at the Arcola Theatre in 2006 and acting in another simple8 theatre production, The Living Unknown Soldier in 2008; and starring as George Tesman in Hedda at the Gate Theatre in 2008 and as Gabriel in Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida Theatre in 2009.[9][10][11][12][13] The Evening Standard called his turn in Les Enfants du Paradis "memorable" and said "[t]his is an actor we'll be hearing of again."[14] The Guardian called his performance "glowing."[13]

In 2010, he was cast in British playwright Laura Wade's Posh which ran at the Royal Court Theatre. Mison played James Leighton-Masters, the president of a fictional Oxford dining club called the Riot Club.[15] The Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer gave it four stars and called Mison "particularly memorable."[16] In 2012, the play was revived in the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre.[17] Mison next played Prince Hal Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 at the Theatre Royal in Bath in 2011.

Mison has also written several UK stage monologues including Wood, Bounded, and The Life Man of Portland Mews.[citation needed]

Film[edit]

From 2005 to 2008, Mison appeared in a number of movies, mainly in small roles. These early film appearances include roles in the Hallmark Channel movie Mysterious Island;[18] the BBC TV movie A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets; and the Peter O'Toole vehicle Venus.

In 2009, Mison and fellow Webber-Douglas Academy graduate Rupert Friend, Mison's roommate at the time, wrote and acted in a film short, The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers. The Brownlee Brothers[19] directed the film, which Mison described as a "Brothers Grimm style fairy tale."[20] The short film is a dark comic fairy tale about two brothers, played by Mison and Friend, who attempt to kill themselves at the same time every day; Keira Knightley plays a fairy. Fashion designers Poltock & Walsh screened the film at an event, leading to media reports that the film was made to promote the designers' fashion line. Mison has said these reports are inaccurate.[20] The short film screened at a number of festivals, including the 2009 BFI London Film Festival;[21] the 2009 New Hampshire Film Festival, where it won Best Short Comedy;[22] the 2010 Cleveland International Film Festival;[23] the 2010 London Short Film Festival;[24] and the 2010 Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival, where it tied for first place for Best Short.[25][26] In 2012, Mison starred in Friend's directorial debut, Steve, a short film that also starred Knightley and Colin Firth.

In 2011, Mison played Callum in the film adaptation of David Nicholls' novel One Day. One Day starred Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess; Lone Scherfig directed. His most notable film role to date came in 2012 in the romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Lasse Halstrom directed this film adaptation of Paul Torday's novel, and Ewan MacGregor and Emily Blunt starred. Mison played Capt. Robert Mayers, the military boyfriend of Emily Blunt's character Harriet. The movie was generally well-received critically and did well at the box office. In the U.S., it reached the box office top ten, peaking at #7.[27] The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 67% positive rating among critics, based on 139 reviews.[28]

Mison appeared in two independent British films released in 2013. In Jadoo, written and directed by Amit Gupta, Mison plays Mark, the fiance of the daughter of the two feuding brothers at the heart of the story. Jadoo's world premiere was at the 2013 Berlin film festival, the Berlinale, in a special section on "Culinary Cinema."[29] It was released in the U.K. in September, 2013 and played at over 20 festivals.[30] Mison also had a supporting role in Dead Cat, a romantic comedy written by Sam Bern and Stefan Georgiou; Georgiou also directed. Mison plays Tim, part of a group of four friends, one of whom has just reconnected with his childhood sweetheart. The four actors playing the friends are friends in real life, and the roles were written for them.[31] Although Dead Cat was filmed in 2009,[32] it was not released until 2013. It was featured in a number of festivals in 2013, including the Cambridge Film Festival in the U.K.; the Indie Spirit Film Festival in Colorado;[31] the British Independent Film Festival, where it won the British Lion Award for Achievement in Film on a Low Budget;[33] and the Southampton International Film Festival, where it won Best Film of the Festival and Best Feature Film. Mison won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Performance.[34] Dead Cat also won Best of Show at Indie Fest in July 2013.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Tom married Charlotte Coy in spring 2014.[36]

Production Credits[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets Young Blood Television movie
2005 Mysterious Island Blake Television movie
2006 L'Entente cordiale Niels
2006 Venus Period Film Lover
2006 Heroes and Villains Nathan
2008 Out There Jean-Luc Short film
2009 The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers Barath Short film; 1st Place Winner for Best Short Film at the 2010 RI International Horror Film Festival in Providence, RI[37]
2010 Steve Man Short film
2011 One Day Callum
2012 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Capt. Robert Mayers
2013 Jadoo Mark[38] Film voted as the 2014 RAGS Audience Award Winner at the Silk Screen Film Festival held in Pittsburgh, PA [39]
2013 Dead Cat Tim

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Amazing Mrs Pritchard Ben Sixsmith 4 episodes
2007 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Daniel Episode: "1.1"
2008 Lost in Austen Charles Bingley 4 episodes
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot David Baker Episode: "Third Girl"
2009 Inspector Lewis Dorian Crane Episode: "Allegory of Love"
2010 New Tricks Tim Mortimer Episode: "It Smells of Books"
2012 Parade's End Potty Perowne 4 episodes
2013–present Sleepy Hollow Ichabod Crane Lead role

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Hamlet Fortinbras Old Vic Theatre
2006 Les Enfants du Paradis Frederick Arcola Theatre
2008 The Living Unknown Soldier Arcola Theatre
2008 Hedda George Tesman Gate Theatre
2009 When the Rain Stops Falling Gabriel Almeida Theatre
2010 Posh James Leighton-Masters Royal Court Theatre
2010 Elektra Orestes Young Vic Theatre
2011 Henry IV Parts I and II Prince Hal Theatre Royal Bath
2012 Posh James Leighton-Masters Duke of York's Theatre

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Deep Blue Sea Freddie Page BBC
2010 Arms and the Man Major Sergius Saranoff BBC
2013 Hamlet Laertes BBC
2013 The Stuarts: It Came in with a Lass Darnley BBC
2013 The Cazalets Gerald BBC
2013 The Unending Battle Tom Mitford BBC

References[edit]

  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005. Ancestry.com; accessed 6 February 2014.
  2. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Wolf, Matt. "Rising London Star Tom Mison on Juggling Movies, TV and the Timely West End Comedy Posh". www.broadway.com. 
  4. ^ "Tom Mison (Visiting Theatre Staff)". Hurtwood House Performing Arts. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Five Ways to Wear: Spring Cardigans". www.mrporter.com. Mr Porter. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Sleepy Hollow': Tom Mison on becoming Ichabod Crane and season 1's hair-raising finale". www.ew.com/. Entertainment Weekly. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Discovery: Tom Mison". www.interviewmagazine.com. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Winn, Steven (15 August 2001). "Acting up: ACT's Young Conservatory students have the passion and talent to make it". SFGate. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Billington, Michael (28 April 2004). "Hamlet". www.theguardian.com. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Evening Standard Review of Les Enfants du Paradis". www.simple8.co.uk. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Living Unknown Soldier". simple8 theatre company. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "A "Curtain Up" London Review: Hedda". www.curtainup.com. August 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Billington, Michael (21 May 2009). "Theatre Review: When the Rain Stops Falling". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Evening Standard Review of Les Enfants du Paradis". 
  15. ^ "Posh: Original 2010 Production". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Posh: Royal Court, review". 16 April 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Posh (at the Duke of York's Theatre)". Royal Court Theatre. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  18. ^ Lowry, Brian (15 September 2005). "Review: Jules Vernes' Mysterious Island". www.variety.com. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  19. ^ http://brownleebrothers.com/projects.html. Retrieved 21 June 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ a b Morosini, Daniela (20 March 2012). "Film: Tom Mison". www.1883magazine.com. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "BFI 53rd London Film Festival". 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "NH Film Festival Announces 2009 Granny Winners". NH Film Festival. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  23. ^ www.clevelandfilm.org http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2010/the-continuing-and-lamentable-saga-of-the-suicide-brothers |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "The short of it: London Short Film Festival Highlights". BFI Film Forever. 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  25. ^ Brown, Emma. "Discovery: Tom Mison". www.interviewmagazine.com. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "2010 Rhode Island International Film Festival Announces the Winners for the 11th Annual Event". www.film-festival.org. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  27. ^ Susman, Gary (2 April 2012). "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen: Why You Should Take the Ewan McGregor-Emily Blunt Film Seriously". MovieFone. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Programme 2013". The Berlinale. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  30. ^ Gupta, Amit (9 October 2013). "Jadoo: The Road to Distribution". MovieScope. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  31. ^ a b Randall, Amanda (18 September 2013). "Dead Cat". Take One. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  32. ^ Bern, Sam (25 November 2009). "Dead Cat". Sam Bern. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "British Independent Film Festival 2013". Film Festival Guild. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "3rd Annual Southampton International Film Festival". Southampton Film Fest. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  35. ^ "Indie Winners: July 2013". The Indie: Best of Show. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  36. ^ "He's off the market!". dailymail.co.uk. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  37. ^ RI International Horror Film Festival
  38. ^ Jadoo (2013) - IMDb
  39. ^ 2014 RAGS Audience Award Winner Announced | Silk Screen

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