Thomas Brodie-Sangster

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Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Brodie-Sangster at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 34)
London, England
Other namesThomas Sangster
Years active2001–present
Partner(s)Talulah Riley (2022–present; engaged)

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (born 16 May 1990)[1] is an English actor. He is known for playing Sam in Love Actually (2003), Simon in Nanny McPhee (2005), Ferb in Phineas and Ferb (2007–2015), Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones (2013–2014), Newt in the Maze Runner film series (2014–2018), and Benny Watts in the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit (2020), for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.[2][3]

Brodie-Sangster also grew in popularity for starring in critically acclaimed cult films such as Death of a Superhero (2011), Bright Star (2009), and as Paul McCartney in Nowhere Boy (2009). He played Jake Murray in the series Accused (2010–2012). He also had a cameo as an officer of the First Order in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), a role as Whitey Winn in the Netflix miniseries Godless (2017) and voiced John Tracy in Thunderbirds Are Go (2015–2020). He played the eponymous role in the Disney+ miniseries The Artful Dodger (2023).

Early life[edit]

Thomas Brodie-Sangster was born on 16 May 1990 in Southwark, London, to Mark Sangster and Tasha Bertram. Brodie-Sangster's father's family is from Banchory, Scotland.[4] He has a sister. Brodie-Sangster plays bass and guitar, and he learned to play left-handed guitar to portray the left-handed Paul McCartney in the feature film Nowhere Boy. He also learned to play the drums for his role in Love Actually (2003).


Brodie-Sangster in July 2006

In 2001, Brodie-Sangster's first acting role was in a BBC television film, Station Jim. He subsequently appeared in a few more television films, including the lead roles in Bobbie's Girl, The Miracle of the Cards (based on the story of Craig Shergold) and Stig of the Dump. He won the "Golden Nymph" award at the 43rd Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival[5] for his role in the miniseries Entrusted. Brodie-Sangster's first major theatrical film was Love Actually (2003), in which he played Sam. He was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award[6] and a Young Artist Award[7] for his role in the film.

Brodie-Sangster next appeared in a television adaptation of the novel Feather Boy and played a younger version of James Franco's Tristan in the film version of Tristan & Isolde. Among other things, Brodie-Sangster takes part in a (child's) sword fight in the film. Brodie-Sangster next starred in the commercially successful film Nanny McPhee (2005) as the eldest of seven children.

Brodie-Sangster promoting Death of a Superhero in 2011

In 2007, he appeared in a two-part story ("Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood") in Doctor Who as schoolboy Tim Latimer,[8] and guest-starred in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas The Mind's Eye[9] and The Bride of Peladon. He also starred in the film adaptation of Valerio Massimo Manfredi's historical novel The Last Legion, released in 2007. That same year he voiced the character of Ferb Fletcher in the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb. He appeared in the 2008 miniseries Pinocchio, filmed in Italy, as Lampwick.

In 2008, Brodie-Sangster had a role in director Jane Campion's film Bright Star, a love story about John Keats and his lover Fanny Brawne. He also starred as Paul McCartney in Nowhere Boy, a film directed by award-winning artist Sam Taylor-Wood, about the teenage years of John Lennon.

Brodie-Sangster appeared as Casey in the film Some Dogs Bite about a boy who wants to keep his family together. Casey takes his baby brother out of foster care and, with the help of his older brother, goes in search of their father. Brodie-Sangster appeared in the Irish film Death of a Superhero, based on the novel by Anthony McCarten.[10]

Additionally, Brodie-Sangster plays Liam in the 2011 film The Last Furlong. In April 2011, he made a guest appearance as Adam Douglas in an episode of British detective drama Lewis. In 2012, he starred in The Baytown Outlaws, in which he plays a young disabled man in a wheelchair, and in Ella Jones's short film, The Ugly Duckling, the third instalment of the Tales trilogy of reworked fairy tales from More Films.[11] From 2013 to 2014, he played the role of Jojen Reed in the HBO series Game of Thrones.[12] In 2015, he began providing the voice of John Tracy in ITV's remake of Gerry Anderson's puppet series Thunderbirds Are Go (2015–2020).

Brodie-Sangster played Newt in the 20th Century Fox Maze Runner trilogy, including The Maze Runner (2014), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), and Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018).[13] In BBC2's 6-part television adaptation of Wolf Hall (on BBC2 from 21 January 2015), Brodie-Sangster portrayed Rafe Sadler, the ward of Thomas Cromwell.[14]

On 24 May 2017, a 15-minute sequel to Love Actually was released with Brodie-Sangster as part of the cast. It was shown on the BBC as part of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day and titled Red Nose Day Actually and brought back a large number of characters from the first film.[15]

In 2017, Brodie-Sangster began portraying Whitey Winn in the 2017 Netflix western drama miniseries Godless, created by Scott Frank. He went on to star in Frank's subsequent Netflix miniseries, The Queen's Gambit (2020), as chess player Benny Watts. Both series were critically acclaimed, and the latter went on to become Netflix's most-watched scripted miniseries.[16] In 2023, Brodie-Sangster played Jack "Artful Dodger" Dawkins, originally featured in Charles Dickens' 1898 novel Oliver Twist, in the Disney+ miniseries The Artful Dodger, which follows the character after the novel's events.[17]

Brodie Films and Winnet music[edit]

Brodie-Sangster established Brodie Films in 2006 with his mother, Tasha Bertram, "to create opportunities in the film industry for new British talent; innovative writers, actors and directors."[18] The company was dissolved in May 2013.[19]

Brodie-Sangster plays bass guitar, and in January 2010 joined the band Winnet, in which his mother provides vocals.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Since July 2022, it had been reported that Brodie-Sangster was dating actress Talulah Riley after meeting while working together on Pistol.[20] It was announced in July 2023 that Brodie-Sangster and Riley were engaged.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Love Actually Sam
2005 Nanny McPhee Simon Brown
2006 Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front Boy in spelling bee
Tristan & Isolde Young Tristan
2007 The Last Legion Romulus Augustus
2009 Bright Star Samuel Brawne
Nowhere Boy Paul McCartney
2011 Hideaways Liam
Death of a Superhero Donald Clarke
Albatross Mark
2012 The Baytown Outlaws Rob
2014 The Maze Runner Newt
Phantom Halo Samuel Emerson
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Newt
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Petty Officer Thanisson Cameo
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Newt
2020 Dragon Rider Firedrake Voice role


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Station Jim Henry Television film
The Miracle of the Cards Craig Shergold Television film
2002 Stig of the Dump Barney Television miniseries
Bobbie's Girl Alan Television film
London's Burning Stephen Episode #14.6
2003 Hitler: The Rise of Evil Young Hitler Television film
Entrusted Thomas von Gall Television film
Ultimate Force Gabriel Episode: "What in the Name of God"
2004 Feather Boy Robert Nobel Television miniseries
2005 Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder John Duff Episode: "The Case of the Croydon Poisonings"
2007–2015 Phineas and Ferb Ferb Fletcher Voice role; main role (seasons 1–4)
2007 Doctor Who Tim Latimer Episodes: "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood"
2008 Pinocchio Lampwick Television film
2010 Some Dogs Bite Casey Television film
2010–2011 Take Two with Phineas and Ferb Ferb Fletcher Voice role; main role
2011 Lewis Adam Douglas Episode: "The Mind Has Mountains"
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension Ferb Fletcher Television film; voice role
2012 Accused Jake Murray Episodes: "Tina's Story" and "Mo and Sue's Story"
2013–2014 Game of Thrones Jojen Reed Recurring role (season 3–4)
2014 American Dad! Avery's Roommate Voice role; episode: "I Ain't No Holodeck Boy"
2015 Wolf Hall Rafe Sadler Television miniseries
2015–2020 Thunderbirds Are Go John Tracy / Pirate Dobbs Voice role; main role[22]
2017 Red Nose Day Actually Sam Television short film
Godless Whitey Winn Miniseries
2020 The Queen's Gambit Benny Watts Miniseries
2022 Pistol Malcolm McLaren Miniseries
Interrupting Chicken Apprentice Voice role; episode: "Dr. Chickenstein / The Sorcerer's Thesaurus"
2023 The Artful Dodger Jack Dawkins Miniseries
2024 Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light Rafe Sadler Miniseries

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Notes
2014 30 Minute Break The Luka State Boyfriend [23][24]
2016 Tired of Lying Kioko [25]
2020 Ballad of You & I Hotel Lux [26]

Audio plays[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Country Life Boris First broadcast on 22 March 2007, BBC Radio 4[27]
The Mind's Eye Kyle Recorded: 25, 27 July 2007; Released: November 2007[28]
2008 The Bride of Peladon Miner Recorded: 26, 27 July 2007; Released: January 2008[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2003 Golden Nymph at Monte Carlo Television Festival Best Actor in a Mini-series Entrusted Won [5]
2004 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Love Actually Nominated
Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Male Love Actually Nominated
2004 Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical Love Actually Nominated
2004 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor Love Actually Nominated
2007 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Nanny McPhee Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast Nanny McPhee Nominated
2008 Young Artist Award Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Performer The Last Legion Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star The Maze Runner Nominated
Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Dylan O'Brien) The Maze Runner Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Dylan O'Brien) Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Won
2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie The Queen's Gambit Nominated [3]


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  21. ^ "Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Talulah Riley Are Engaged: 'Love Is All Around".
  22. ^ "News | Thunderbirds Are Go". 22 August 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  23. ^ 'Game of Thrones' Actor Thomas Sangster to Appear in Brit Rock Music Video. Hollywood Reporter (24 February 2014). Retrieved on 30 October 2015.
  24. ^ The Luka State – 30 Minute Break on YouTube
  25. ^ KIOKO – Tired Of Lying on YouTube
  26. ^ Hotel Lux – Ballad Of You & I on YouTube
  27. ^ "Radio Listings – Country Life". 16 December 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  28. ^ "Big Finish Productions – The Mind's Eye". 27 July 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  29. ^ "Big Finish Productions – The Bride of Peladon". 27 July 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2012.

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