10 September 1984 |
Exeter, Devon, England
|Partner(s)||Ruta Gedmintas (2011–present)|
Luke Antony Newman Treadaway (born 10 September 1984) is a British actor and singer. He has won an Olivier Award for Best Leading Actor for his performance as Christopher in the National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2013. He has also been nominated for an Evening Standard Theatre Award.
Born at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in Exeter, Devon, Treadaway was brought up in Sandford, Devon. His father is an architect and his mother a primary school teacher; he has two brothers, older brother Sam (an artist) and a slightly younger twin, actor Harry. His first acting role was in the village Christmas pantomime Little Red Riding Hood, starring as a daffodil while his father was the Big Bad Wolf. Luke and his twin-brother Harry attended Queen Elizabeth's Community College in Crediton, where he played scrum half in the twice Devon Cup winning Rugby Union team.
Inspired by a love of Eddie Vedder and with support from their secondary school drama teacher Phil Gasson, the twins formed a band called Lizardsun with Matt Conyngham and Seth Campbell. They also both joined the National Youth Theatre, for whom Luke played Prince Ivan in The Firebird. He was also in the ensemble for a production of Murder in the Cathedral.
While still at drama school, he and his twin brother recorded roles in their first feature film: Brothers of the Head, in which they played conjoined twins. Luke played Barry Howe, the band's singer, and his brother Harry played Tom Howe, the guitarist and song-writer. During rehearsals and throughout the shoot, Luke and Harry were connected to each other for fifteen hours a day, wearing sewn-together wet suits or a harness. They also slept in one bed to simulate the conjoined nature of their characters. The Treadaways performed all tracks featured in the film themselves live on stage, as well as recording nine tracks for the sound-track album.
After graduating from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2006, he played a series lead in the Innocence Project for BBC television. He also appeared as a 14-year-old Theo in the hard-hitting Channel 4 drama Clapham Junction.
He made his stage debut in Saint Joan at the Royal National Theatre, followed by playing Albert in the original production of War Horse at the same venue. In 2008 he appeared in Piranha Heights, a new play by Philip Ridley, at the Soho Theatre, and in Cradle Me, a new play by Simon Vinnicombe, at the Finborough Theatre. He also played Albert in John Tams' adaptation of War Horse for BBC Radio 2 on 8 November 2008.
In 2009, he appeared in the play Over There at the Royal Court Theatre alongside his twin brother from 25 February to 21 March. He spent November 2009 in Romania filming The Whistleblower with Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave and Monica Bellucci.
He played Prokopion in the 2010 film Clash of the Titans. He plays Lee in Philip Ridley's Heartless, also starring Jim Sturgess and Noel Clarke, released in May 2010. He appeared in Killing Bono, starring Ben Barnes and Pete Postlethwaite. He also had a leading role in the independent Scottish film You Instead, which was filmed at T in the Park 2010.
In 2011, he played the eponymous hero of The History of Titus Groan, a cycle of six BBC Radio 4 dramas based on the books of Mervyn Peake dramatised by Brian Sibley. He also filmed Late Bloomers with William Hurt and Isabella Rossellini. He also starred in Attack the Block, a Film Four production, alongside Nick Frost and Jodie Whittaker. He also directed a music video for girl band Boxettes, whose lead singer Bellatrix comes from Sandford.
In 2012, Treadway starred in Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, the ITV adaptation of the Ruth Rendell thriller Thirteen Steps Down, and the National Theatre's acclaimed adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. On 28 April 2013, Treadaway won the Laurence Olivier Award for best actor for his performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which by winning seven Oliviers equalled Matilda the Musical's record win in 2012.
|2005||Brothers of the Head||Barry Howe|
|2006–2007||The Innocence Project||Adam / Adam Solomons||TV series; 8 episodes|
|2007||Clapham Junction||Theo||TV film|
|2007||God's Wounds||Mark||Short film|
|2008–2009||Mist: Sheepdog Tales||Eddie/Piggy Patrick||TV series; 10 episodes|
|2009||Dogging: A Love Story||Dan|
|2010||For the First Time (The Script song)||James||Music Video|
|2010||Clash of the Titans||Prokopion|
|2010||Alice||White Rabbit||Short film|
|2010||The Whistleblower||Jim Higgins|
|2011||You Instead / Tonight You're Mine||Adam|
|2011||Attack the Block||Brewis|
|2011||Man in Fear||Anthony Fox||Short film|
|2012||Cheerful Weather for the Wedding||Joseph Patten|
|2012||Thirteen Steps Down||Mix Cellini||TV series; 2 episodes|
|2012||St George's Day||William Bishop|
|2013||Wasteland (also known as The Rise)||Harvey|
|2015||Fortitude||Vincent Rattrey||TV series|
|2015||The Rack Pack||Alex Higgins||Original BBC iPlayer drama|
|2015||Vicious||Young Freddie||TV series|
|2016||Ethel and Ernest||Raymond Briggs (voice)||Feature Film|
|2016||A Street Cat Named Bob||James Bowen|
- 2007: Saint Joan (Royal National Theatre)
- 2007: War Horse as Albert (Royal National Theatre)
- 2008: Piranha Heights by Philip Ridley as Garth (Soho Theatre)
- 2008: Cradle Me by Simon Vinnicombe (Finborough Theatre)
- 2008: War Horse by John Tams (BBC Radio 2)
- 2009: Over There (Royal Court Theatre)
- 2011: The History of Titus Groan (Radio 4 Drama)
- 2012: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Simon Stephens (Royal National Theatre)
- Treadaway appears in the music video for the Script's song "For the First Time".
- He also appears in music video for Crystal Fighters' song "Champion Sound".
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916-2005.; at ancestry.com
- "> Homepage". Sam Treadaway. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
- Patrick Brakham (11 May 2011). "Luke Treadaway: Hello aliens, fancy a spliff?". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- "Luke Treadaway". ShortList.com. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- "Luke Treadaway". Royal National Theatre. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- "Curious Incident wins seven". BBC News. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- "A Street Car Named Bob movie casts Luke Treadaway as James". Digital Spy.