Jacob Fortune-Lloyd

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Jacob Fortune-Lloyd
Jacob Fortune Lloyd

Alma materUniversity of Oxford
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Years active2015–present

Jacob Fortune Lloyd is an English actor known for his role as Francis Weston in BBC's Wolf Hall in 2015, as Francesco Salviati in Medici in 2018, and as Townes for four episodes of the Netflix chess prodigy drama The Queen's Gambit in 2020.

Early life[edit]

Fortune-Lloyd was born in the West London Borough of Hillingdon. He studied at Oxford University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.[1] He then went on to train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2014.[2][3] As a student, he performed in various plays such as Agamemnon, The Man of Mode, Guys & Dolls, and Medieval Mystery Plays.[1]


As a theatre actor, Fortune-Lloyd starred in a number of Royal Shakespeare Company theatre and other productions, including The Importance of Being Earnest,[4] The Merchant of Venice[5] The Moderate Soprano, Macbeth and Othello.[6][1]

Fortune-Lloyd starred as Archbishop Francesco Salviati in the medieval drama series Medici in 2018,[7] and has appeared as a Sith fleet officer in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Episode IX).[8] Fortune-Lloyd starred as Francis Weston for five episodes of the BAFTA-winning series Wolf Hall alongside Mark Rylance, Claire Foy, and Jonathan Pryce.[9]

Fortune-Lloyd starred as DL Townes for four episodes of the Netflix chess miniseries The Queen's Gambit alongside Anya Taylor-Joy.[10][11]



Year Title Role
2017 Crooked House Brent
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker[8] Sith Fleet Officer

Live Streaming Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role
2015 Royal Shakespeare Company: The Merchant of Venice[5] Bassanio
2015 Royal Shakespeare Company: Othello[6] Cassio
2018 Oscar Wilde Season: The Importance of Being Earnest[4] John Worthing


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Wolf Hall Francis Weston 5 episodes
2016 The Living and the Dead 1920's Man Episode 6
2017 The Collection Cesar 3 episodes - The Weekend - The Afterglow - The Launch
2018 Medici Francesco Salviati Season 2 - 7 episodes
2018 Endeavour Don Mercer Series 5 episode 3 – Passenger
2020 Strike Back Spiegel 2 episodes –Vendetta: Part 3 and 4
2020 The Queen's Gambit Townes 4 episodes - End Game - Middle Game - Doubled Pawns - Exchanges


  1. ^ a b c "4 Fast Facts About The Queen's Gambit Star Jacob Fortune-Lloyd". popsugar.co.uk. October 25, 2020.
  2. ^ "GSMD Final Year Actor Graduates 2013-14". gsmd.ac.uk. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "GSMD Actor Graduates 2013-14 - Jacob Fortune-Lloyd". gsmd.ac.uk. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde" (PDF). empirecinemas.co.uk. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Act 3 Scene 2 The Merchant of Venice 2015". Royal Shakespeare Company. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Three Tragedies Bluray". amazon.com.au. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  7. ^ "Jacob Fortune-Lloyd is Francesco Salviati in "#MediciTheMagnificent"". twitter.com. January 22, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Star Wars 9 - The Rise of Skywalker". film-tv.at. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  9. ^ "Who Is Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Who Plays D.L. Townes in 'The Queen's Gambit'?". marieclaire.com. October 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "What To Know About The Actor Who Plays Beth's Crush On The Queen's Gambit". bustle.com. October 23, 2020.
  11. ^ "Who Is Townes In 'The Queen's Gambit'? Jacob Fortune-Lloyd's Character Is Intriguing". elitedaily.com. October 26, 2020.

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