Oliver Tobias

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Oliver Tobias
Oliver Tobias (1969).jpg
Oliver Tobias (1969)
Oliver Tobias Freitag

(1947-08-06) 6 August 1947 (age 71)
Zürich, Switzerland
Years active1968 – present
Spouse(s)Arabella Zamoyska (2001 – present)

Oliver Tobias Freitag (born 6 August 1947), known professionally as Oliver Tobias, is a Swiss-born UK-based film, stage, and television actor and director.[1]


Born in Zürich, Switzerland, he is the son of the Austrian-Swiss actor Robert Freitag and the German actress Maria Becker. He came to the United Kingdom at the age of eight and trained at East 15 Acting School, London. In 1968, he appeared in the original London production of Hair, playing the prime rebel role of Berger.[2] The following year, he starred in, directed, and choreographed the rock opera in Amsterdam and, in 1970, directed a production in Tel Aviv.

Film career[edit]

Tobias's first role was in the feature film Romance of a Horsethief, co-starring with Yul Brynner, Serge Gainsbourg and Eli Wallach.[3] He then co-starred with Charlotte Rampling in the Jacobean tragedy 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, a film directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. He became popular as Arthur in the TV series Arthur of the Britons (1972). Peter Weir then directed him in the TV series Luke's Kingdom.[4]

Many other successful films followed, including The Stud in 1978 in which he co-starred with Joan Collins, helping her to restart her career. In 1981, he starred in the British television series Dick Turpin's Greatest Adventure, where he played the character Noll Bridger, a Colonial North American. Tobias also starred in Smuggler (1981) a children's drama series, set in Cornwall in 1801. Oliver also appeared as The Devil in the promotional video for Ultravox's 1982 hit "Hymn".

In 1991, Tobias starred alongside Charles Gray in the sci-fi movie "Firestar – First Contact" for Ice International Films. In 1996, Tobias played Rebecque, an aide to the Prince of Orange (Paul Bettany), in Sharpe's Waterloo. In 1998, he played Bassa Selim in Mozart in Turkey. In 2000, he starred in the West End musical La Cava. Three years later, he portrayed Percival Brown in the 50th-anniversary production of The Boy Friend and the next year toured in the rock musical Footloose. In 2005, he finished shooting the film An Airfield in England. He has been acting in a variety of roles for German and Swiss TV and has recently reprised the role of Bassa Selim in Mozart's Seraglio at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Italy. Tobias is famous for his voiceover work and was the narrator on the opening track of DJ Shadow's 2006 album The Outsider.

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, he married Arabella Zamoyska, with whom he has two boys.

Film and television[edit]

Year Film Role
1969 Arthur? Arthur! Peter 'Bobo' Jackson
1970 Romance of a Horsethief Zanvill Kradnik
1971 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Giovanni
1973 The God King General Miara
1978 The Stud Tony Blake
1979 Arabian Adventure Prince Hasan
1979 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Foxy
1983 The Wicked Lady Kit Locksby
1986 Operation Nam (Cobra Mission) Richard Wagner
1986 Johann Strauss: The King Without a Crown Johann Strauss
1993 Nexus
1994 Broken Lullaby
1994 Vendetta Colonel de Piemonte
1994 Savage Hearts Country Gent
1997 Breeders Police Lt. Moore
1997 Darkness Falls The Money Dealer
1998 The Brylcreem Boys Hans Jorg Wolff
1998 Mozart in Turkey Bassa Selim
1999 Grizzly Falls Genet
2003 Half-Empty Lead
2003 Method Teddy
2005 An Airfield in England Writer/Director
2015 Dad's Army Wilhelm Canaris
Year Television Series Role
1972–1973 Arthur of the Britons King Arthur
1974 Luke's Kingdom Luke Firbeck
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Joel
1980 Smuggler Jack Vincent
1985 Robin of Sherwood Bertrand de Nivelle
1985 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Captain Croker
1986 Mountain Men: A Dangerous Kind of Love Melchior Anderegg
1986 Adventurer Jack Vincent
1988 Boon
1989 Der Schattenspieler
1992–1993 Flash – Der Fotoreporter Flash
1992 Glückliche Reise Guest Star
1992 Donauprinzessin Rick Reimers
1993 Das Traumschiff Guest Star
1993 Eurocops Crook
1995 The Knock II Alan Montfort
1996 Sharpe's Waterloo Colonel Rebecque
1997 Real Women Guest Star
1998 Klinik unter Palmen Mexican Surgeon
1999 Der Bestseller Miguel Gonzales
2002 Holby City
2005 Unter weißen Segeln Yussuf Arazi
2006 Mord in bester Gesellschaft Comissario Santa Cruz
2006 Abschiedsmorgen Father
2008 Hunkeler macht Sachen Thomas Garzoni


  1. ^ Editorial Staff (4 February 2002). "20 Questions with Oliver Tobias". WhatsOnStage.com, Inc. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  2. ^ Tobias, Oliver (7 January 2011). "Stage". Oliver Tobias – The Official Website. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Romance of a Horsethief (1971)". Turner Classic Movies. Time Warner Company. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  4. ^ Luke's Kingdom. Australian Women's Weekly. 22 May 1974. p. 24. Retrieved 5 August 2014.

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