Ed Stoppard

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Ed Stoppard
Edmund Stoppard

(1974-09-16) 16 September 1974 (age 48)
London, England
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
SpouseAmie Stoppard
RelativesOona King, Baroness King of Bow (cousin)
Ted Graham, Baron Graham of Edmonton (first cousin, once removed)

Edmund Stoppard (born 16 September 1974) is an English actor. He is the son of playwright Tom Stoppard and doctor Miriam, Lady Hogg.


Stoppard was born on 16 September 1974 in London, England, the son of playwright Tom Stoppard and Miriam Stoppard (née Stern), an author and physician. Both of his parents are Jewish, but he was raised in a secular household.[1] He attended Caldicott School, and Stowe School, a boarding school in Stowe, Buckinghamshire.[2] His parents divorced when he was 18, with his father entering into a long-term relationship with actress Felicity Kendal.[3] He read French at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1997,[3][4] and later trained at LAMDA.[5][6]

He is married to Amie Stoppard, a niece of Terence Stamp, whom he met working behind the scenes on the film Rogue Trader.[7] They have three daughters: Esmé, Maggie, and Evie.[8]

His first cousin is the former politician Oona King, Baroness King of Bow and his first cousin, once removed, was politician Ted Graham, Baron Graham of Edmonton.


Stoppard's film credits include appearing as one of the main characters in The Pianist, Henryk Szpilman.[9] He also starred as the main character, Thomas, in Joy Division and as Lieutenant Addis in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.

In 2007, he played the title role in the BBC's drama-documentary Tchaikovsky: Fortune and Tragedy.[10] In 2008 Stoppard returned to the stage in the Hampstead Theatre production of Amy Rosenthal's D. H. Lawrence biodrama On the Rocks, alongside Nick Caldecott and Charlotte Emmerson.[11][12]

In 2010, he was cast in the role of Sir Hallam Holland in the 2010 BBC sequel to Upstairs, Downstairs.[citation needed] He also appeared in Any Human Heart, the Channel Four mini-series adaptation of William Boyd's critically acclaimed novel of the same name, alongside Matthew Macfadyen.

Stoppard was cast as Adrien Deume, a Swiss diplomat, Ariane's husband, in a screen version of Albert Cohen's novel Belle du Seigneur.[citation needed] He appeared in two television docudramas: playing Hans Litten in The Man Who Crossed Hitler, and Alan Turing in Britain's Greatest Codebreaker.[13][14] Later that year Stoppard starred in British independent feature film Papadopoulos & Sons in which he played banking mogul Rob.[15] The film was released in the UK through Cineworld on 5 April 2013. In 2013 he appeared alongside David Tennant and Emily Watson in the BBC miniseries, The Politician's Husband.[16] From 2017 he played King Philip IV of France in the historical fiction series, Knightfall.[17]

He is in Brave New World, a 2020 American sci-fi dystopian drama series on the streaming service Peacock. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Aldous Huxley.[18]


Stoppard's stage credits include the title role in English Touring Theatre's 2005 Hamlet alongside Anita Dobson (which also ran at the New Ambassadors Theatre) in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Konstantin in Chekhov's The Seagull at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2003. His West End credits include Tom Wingfield in a 2007 revival of The Glass Menagerie at the Apollo Theatre and the British premiere of Wit. He appeared in a revival of Arcadia, written by his father, at the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End in June 2009 alongside Samantha Bond and Neil Pearson. He played Valentine Coverly.[19] In early 2012, he played the role of Peter in the Trafalgar Studios' production of the Francois Archambault play The Leisure Society.

In 2020, Stoppard appears in Leopoldstadt, a new play by his father, Tom Stoppard. The Wyndham's Theatre production is set among the Jewish community of Vienna in the first half of the 20th century and follows the lives of "a prosperous Jewish family who had fled the pogroms in the East".[20][1]


List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Fiancée Boy on motorbike Short film
2000 The Little Vampire Von Sackville-Bagg
2002 The Pianist Henryk
2002 Summer Things Rick Original title: Embrassez qui vous voudrez
2003 Ferrari Ferrari's alter ego
2003 JD Pilot Thomas Short film
2005 Animal Sebastien Delnick
2005 The Somme Captain Charlie May TV film
2006 Joy Division Thomas (older)
2006 Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Josephus Docudrama
2007 Tchaikovsky: 'The Creation of Genius' Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Docudrama
2007 Tchaikovsky: 'Fortune and Tragedy' Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Docudrama
2007 Marple: At Bertram's Hotel Ladislaus Malinowski TV film
2007 Fugitive Pieces Ben
2008 Brideshead Revisited Bridey Flyte
2009 Terror! Robespierre and the French Revolution Herault Documentary
2010 The Last Temptation of Chris Chris Short film
2010 Scooterman Scooterman aka Gerald Jones Short film
2011 The Man Who Crossed Hitler Hans Litten TV film
2011 Britain's Greatest Codebreaker Alan Turing Docudrama
2012 Papadopoulos & Sons Rob Feature Film
2012 Branded Misha Galkin
2012 Belle du Seigneur Adrien Deume
2014 Blackwood Ben Marshall
2014 Cryptic Steve Stevens
2015 Youth Julian
2015 Angelica Dr. Joseph Barton
2015 Ruby Strangelove Young Witch Ted
2018 Genesis President James T. Pope
2019 Judy Interviewer
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2000–2001 Relic Hunter Laurent Halezan 2 episodes: M.I.A., A Good Year
2001 Queen of Swords Ambassador Ramirez Episode: The Emissary
2001 Murder in Mind James Hillier Episode: Sleeper
2003 In Search of the Brontës Monsieur Heger Mini-series
2005 Empire Sebastianus 2 episodes
2007 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Conrad McCaffrey Episode: Limbo
2010–2012 Upstairs, Downstairs Sir Hallam Holland Mini-series sequel
2011 Zen Vincenzo Fabri Mini-series
2013 Silent Witness James Embleton Episode: "Legacy"
2013 The Politician's Husband Bruce Babbish Mini-series
2014 Cilla Brian Epstein Mini-series
2015 The Musketeers Doctor Lemay Episodes 2.3 – 2.7
2015 Home Fires Will Campbell 12 episodes (2 series)
2015–2017 The Frankenstein Chronicles Lord Daniel Hervey 9 episodes (2 series)
2016 The Crown Tony Longdon Episode 1.6
2017 Genius Hans Albert Einstein Anthology series
2017 1066: A Year to Conquer England William the Conqueror Docudrama
2017–2019 Knightfall Philip IV of France 18 episodes (2 seasons)
2020 Brave New World Actor
List of video game credits
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Benjamin Hornigold


  1. ^ a b 'My surname was an albatross': Ed Stoppard on starring in his dad's new play The Guardian. 28 January 2020
  2. ^ Ed Stoppard: A testing inheritance The Independent. 15 September 2005
  3. ^ a b A Stoppard Takes the Stage on the Other Side of the Script The New York Times. 29 July 2009
  4. ^ Ed Stoppard University of Edinburgh. Accessed on 2 February 2020
  5. ^ Ed Stoppard interview: Arcadia The Daily Telegraph. 19 May 2009
  6. ^ "Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard's stairway to heaven". Evening Standard. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  7. ^ Ed Stoppard: A testing inheritance The Independent. 15 September 2005
  8. ^ Ed Stoppard: Why I fell in love with Italy's stunning Venice The Express. 23 September 2017
  9. ^ "Ed Stoppard". IMDb. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  10. ^ Tchaikovsky on the BBC TimeOut. 24 January 2007
  11. ^ Billington, Michael (2 July 2008), "On the Rocks Review", The Guardian, retrieved 2 March 2009
  12. ^ Bassett, Kate (6 July 2008), "On the Rocks, Hampstead Theatre, London", The Independent, archived from the original on 26 October 2012, retrieved 2 March 2009
  13. ^ "Britain's Greatest Codebreaker". Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  14. ^ "BBC - Press Office - The Man Who Crossed Hitler: character profiles". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  15. ^ Screen Daily (29 March 2013). "Papadopoulos & Sons". Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  16. ^ The Politician's Husband – TV review The Guardian. 26 April 2013
  17. ^ Why 'Knightfall' Star Ed Stoppard Was 'Happy' to See His Character Kill [SPOILER in Season Finale (Exclusive)] Entertainment Tonight. 7 February 2018
  18. ^ Ed Stoppard United Agents] Accessed on 2 February 2020
  19. ^ Ed Stoppard interview: Arcadia The Telegraph. 19 May 2009
  20. ^ Leopoldstadt, Tom Stoppard’s new play The Times. 29 June 2019

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