Stephen Campbell Moore

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Stephen Campbell Moore
Stephen Campbell Moore at the Noël Coward Theatre in Photograph 51.jpg
Stephen Campbell Moore at the Noël Coward Theatre in Photograph 51
Born Stephen Moore Thorpe
(1977-11-30) 30 November 1977 (age 39)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Claire Foy (m. 2014)
Children 1[1]

Stephen Campbell Moore (born Stephen Moore Thorpe; 30 November 1977) is an English actor, best known for his roles in the Alan Bennett play The History Boys and its subsequent film.


Stephen Campbell Moore was educated at Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire (appearing locally in the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival) and trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, alongside Orlando Bloom, where he was awarded the prestigious 'Gold Medal' in his final year.[2] He made his screen debut in Stephen Fry's Bright Young Things. He is primarily a screen actor. On stage he has performed with the RSC and the Royal National Theatre.

Campbell Moore created the role of Irwin in the original West End stage production of Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, and also played the character in the Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong productions and in the film version of the play.[3][4][5][6] Alan Bennett, participating in a question and answer session with the play's director, Nicholas Hytner, said: "I think, of the three teachers, Stephen Campbell Moore, who plays Irwin, has the hardest job because he doesn't have the audience's sympathy until two thirds of the way through the second act. Both Hector and Mrs Lintott have the audience on their side whereas he – who is teaching and getting results, which, in the ordinary way, parents would approve of – is not thought to be sympathetic until he reveals himself as quite vulnerable. That came as a surprise to me when I saw it rehearsed. In a sense, it takes the actors to show you what you've written".[7] Reviewing the play for The Guardian in May 2004, Michael Billington wrote: "Stephen Campbell Moore makes Irwin both meretricious in his methods, yet effective in his results".[8]

In 2004, he starred as Lord Darlington alongside Scarlett Johansson in A Good Woman, based on Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde, shot on location in Italy. In the same year, Campbell Moore played the part of Hugh Stanbury in Andrew DaviesBBC adaptation of Anthony Trollope's novel He Knew He Was Right.[9][10]

In 2005, Campbell Moore starred as Edward VIII alongside Joely Richardson as Wallis Simpson in the British television drama Wallis and Edward.

In 2008 Campbell Moore starred in one episode of the television series Lark Rise to Candleford as headteacher Mr James Delafield, co-starring alongside Julia Sawalha, and had a regular role in the BBC series Ashes to Ashes.

In 2009 worked on the ABC miniseries Ben-Hur. He appears in the 2011 film Season of the Witch.

In 2012, he starred as Titus alongside Anne-Marie Duff as title role Berenice by Jean Racine at the Donmar Warehouse in London.

Campbell Moore played the role of Viscount Hugh Trimingham in the BBC’s 2015 adaptation of L. P. Hartley’s novel The Go-Between.[11] Also in 2015, he played the role of Maurice Wilkins in Anna Ziegler’s play Photograph 51, with Michael Billington writing, "The play is also anything but a one-person show. Stephen Campbell Moore catches perfectly the obduracy and awkwardness of Maurice Wilkins, forever tugging at his slightly too-long sleeves".[12]

Recognition and awards[edit]

Campbell Moore was nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for his work on the Broadway production of The History Boys.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Moore was born in London, England. He is married to actress Claire Foy.[14] They met while working together on the film Season of the Witch.[15] They have one child, a daughter born in March 2015.

List of credits[edit]


Year Title Role Venue
2004–06 The History Boys Irwin Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, South Bank (2004–5)
Lyric Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2006)
St. James Theatre, Wellington (2006)
Sydney Theatre, Sydney (2006)
Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway (2006)
2010 All My Sons[16] Chris Keller Apollo Theatre, West End, London
2011 Clybourne Park[17] Wyndham's Theatre, West End, London
2012 Berenice[18] Donmar Warehouse, West End, London
2013 Chimerica Joe Schofield Almeida Theatre, London
2015 Photograph 51 Maurice Wilkins Noel Coward Theatre, London


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bright Young Things Adam Fenwick-Symes
2004 A Good Woman Lord Darlington
2006 Normal for Norfolk Man Short (10 minutes)
2006 Amazing Grace James Stephen
2006 The History Boys Irwin
2008 The Bank Job Kevin Swain
2008 Burlesque Fairytales Peter Blythe-Smith
2008 Official Selection Walt Short (10 minutes)
2008 The Children Jonah
2011 Season of the Witch Debelzaq
2011 Johnny English Reborn The Prime Minister
2015 Man Up Ed
2015 The Lady in the Van Doctor
2015 The Ones Below Justin
2015 Burnt Jack


Year Title Role Network Notes
2003 Byron John Cam Hobhouse BBC Two Two-part drama
2005 He Knew He Was Right Hugh Stanbury BBC One Mini-series
2005 Wallis & Edward Edward VIII
2006 Hustle Quenton Cornfoot BBC One Series 3, Episode 3 "Ties That Bind Us"
2007 Rough Crossings John Clarkson
2008 The Sea Wolf Humphrey Van Weyden Mini-series
2008 Lark Rise to Candleford James Delafield BBC One Series 1, Episode 8
2008 Ashes to Ashes Evan White BBC One Series 1
2009 A Short Stay in Switzerland Edward BBC One
2010 Ben Hur Messala CBC
2010 Pulse Nick BBC Three Pilot
2011 Just Henry Joseph Dodge ITV TV film
2012 Titanic Thomas Andrews ITV Mini-series
2012 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony Chariots of fire scene BBC One Televised Event
2012 Hunted Stephen Turner BBC One Mini Series
2013 Complicit Tony Coveney Channel 4 TV film
2013 The Wrong Mans Smoke BBC Two Series 1
2013 Words of Everest George Mallory BBC
2014 Our Zoo Reverend Aaron Webb BBC One
2015 The Go-Between Viscount Hugh Trimingham BBC One TV film
2016 Stag Johnners BBC Two


  1. ^ "Who is Claire Foy? The Crown star and TV Bafta nominee - here's what we know". 2 November 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Davies, Serena (24 May 2004). "Stephen Campbell Moore, actor". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: Stephen Campbell Moore Credits on Broadway". Retrieved 12 November 2006. 
  4. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  5. ^ "The History Boys – Arts Reviews – Arts – Entertainment –". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 March 2006. Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  6. ^ "John Smythe: theatre reviews: NZIAF-THE HISTORY BOYS: More is more". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2006. 
  7. ^ "The truth behind the History Boys". The Daily Telegraph. London. 21 June 2004. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Billington, Michael (19 May 2004). "The History Boys". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "He Knew He Was Right (2004 TV Mini-Series): Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Press Office: He Knew He Was Right – new Andrew Davies adaptation of Anthony Trollope novel for BBC ONE". BBC Online. 12 July 2003. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "BBC One: The Go-Between – Credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 23 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Billington, Michael (14 September 2015). "Photograph 51 review – Nicole Kidman captures the ecstasy of scientific discovery". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "2006 – Drama Desk Awards – Nominations". Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  14. ^ Radio Times, 29 January 2015, p.16
  15. ^, 12 February 2012,[1]
  16. ^ Bennett, Ray (31 May 2010). "All My Sons – Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  17. ^ Clybourne Park in the West End
  18. ^ Berenice

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