Thomas Brodie-Sangster

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Thomas Brodie-Sangster
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Brodie-Sangster at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Thomas Brodie-Sangster
(1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 27)
Southwark, London, England
Other names Thomas Sangster
Occupation Actor, model, musician[1]
Years active 2001–present

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (born 16 May 1990), also credited as Thomas Sangster, is an English actor and musician, known for his roles as Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones, his voice as Ferb Fletcher in Phineas and Ferb, as John Tracy in the ITV series Thunderbirds Are Go, as well as his roles as Sam in Richard Curtis' Love Actually and Simon in Nanny McPhee, and Newt in the Maze Runner film series. Sangster also grew in popularity for starring in critically acclaimed cult films such as Death of a Superhero, Bright Star and as Paul McCartney in Nowhere Boy. He also had a cameo appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a role in the Netflix mini series Godless as Whitey Winn.

Early life[edit]

Thomas Sangster was born in Southwark, London on 16 May 1990 to Mark Sangster and Tasha Bertram.[2] Sangster's father's family is from Banchory, Scotland.[3] His great-grandfather, Anthony Bertram, was a novelist, and a maternal ancestor was politician and colonial administrator Sir Evan Nepean, through whom he has Cornish and Welsh ancestry.[4] He has one sibling, Ava.[2] 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.


Sangster promoting Death of a Superhero in 2011.

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. Love Actually, in which he played Liam Neeson's stepson, was Sangster's first major theatrical film. He was nominated for a "Golden Satellite Award"[6] and a "Young Artist Award"[7] for his role in the film.

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

Sangster in July 2006.

In 2007 he appeared in a two-part story (Human Nature and The Family of Blood) in Doctor Who as schoolboy Timothy "Tim" Latimer,[8] and guest-starred in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas The Mind's Eye and The Bride of Peladon. His voice lowered during filming of the Doctor Who episodes. He also starred alongside Love Actually and Nanny McPhee co-star Colin Firth 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 alongside Love Actually co-star Olivia Olson. As of December 2007, he was also working on the filming of a television series of the story of Pinocchio, filmed in Italy.

In March 2008[9] it was announced that Sangster would star in Steven Spielberg's CGI motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin as the title character of Hergé's comic books. Sangster left the project after scheduling difficulties when filming was delayed in October 2008 and the role was given to Jamie Bell.[10][11]

At the end of March 2008, he began working with director Jane Campion on her film Bright Star, a love story with Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish portraying John Keats and his lover Fanny Brawne. In March 2009 Sangster joined Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff in Nowhere Boy, a film directed by award-winning artist Sam Taylor-Wood, about the teenage years of John Lennon and the two women who shaped his early life: his mother Julia (Duff) and his aunt Mimi (Scott Thomas). This would be his second time acting with Johnson, the first being in 2004's Feather Boy.

Sangster appeared in the film Some Dogs Bite about a boy who wants to keep his family together. Casey (Sangster) takes his baby brother out of care, and with the help of his older brother, goes in search of their father. Sangster appeared with Andy Serkis in an Irish film, Death of a Superhero, based on the novel, Death of Superhero by Anthony McCarten.[12]

Additionally, 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 and in Ella Jones's short film, The Ugly Duckling, the third installment of the Tales trilogy of reworked fairy tales from More Films.[13] He also plays the role of Jojen Reed in the HBO series Game of Thrones.[14] In 2015, he provided the voice of John Tracy in ITV's remake of Gerry Anderson's puppet series Thunderbirds.

Sangster played Newt in the 20th Century Fox films The Maze Runner (2014) and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), as well as The Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018). In BBC2's 6-part television adaptation of Wolf Hall (on BBC2 from 21 January 2015), Sangster portrays Rafe Sadler, the ward of Thomas Cromwell.[15]

Brodie Films and Winnet music[edit]

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."[16] The company was dissolved in May 2013.[17]

Sangster plays bass guitar, and in January 2010 joined the band Winnet, in which his mother sings the vocals.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Mrs. Meitlemeihr Boy 1 Short film
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
The Alchemistic Suitcase Boy Short film
2011 My Left Hand Man Samuel Emerson Short film
Hideaways Liam
Death of a Superhero Donald Clarke
Albatross Mark
2012 The Baytown Outlaws Rob
2013 The Ugly Duckling The Ugly Duckling Short film
Orbit Ever After Nigel Short film
2014 The Maze Runner Newt
Phantom Halo Samuel Emerson
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Newt
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Petty Officer Thanisson Cameo
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Newt


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; lead role; 222 episodes
2007 Doctor Who Timothy "Tim" Latimer Episodes: "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood"
2008 Pinocchio Lampwick Television film
2010 Some Dogs Bite Casey Television film
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; 10 episodes
2014 American Dad! N/A Voice role; episode: "I Ain't No Holodeck Boy"
2015 Wolf Hall Rafe Sadler Television miniseries
2015–present Thunderbirds Are Go John Tracy / Pirate Dobbs Voice role; main role; 35 episodes[18]
2017 Red Nose Day Actually Sam Television short film
2017 Godless Whitey Winn Television miniseries
2018 Milo Murphy's Law Ferb Fletcher Television Series; Voice Role

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Notes
2014 30 Minute Break The Luka State Boyfriend [19][20]
2016 Tired of Lying Kioko [21]

Audio plays[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Country Life Boris First broadcast on 22 March 2007, BBC Radio 4[22]
The Mind's Eye Kyle Recorded: 25, 27 July 2007; Released: November 2007[23]
2008 The Bride of Peladon Miner Recorded: 26, 27 July 2007; Released: January 2008[24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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


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  2. ^ a b "Thomas Brodie-Sangster Biography". ArticleBio. 
  3. ^ Death of Ernest Sangster, BEM winner, aged 83,; accessed 3 October 2015.
  4. ^ Sparrow, Elizabeth (n.d.). "Nepean, Sir Evan", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online, (subscription only), accessed 14 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Biosstars Database – The 43rd Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  6. ^ The International Press Academy's SATELLITE Awards Archived 18 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Annual Young Artist Awards for Hollywood's Teen & Child Stars". Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Series Three Update". Outpost Gallifrey. 29 December 2006. Retrieved 30 December 2006. 
  9. ^ Brown, Mark (28 March 2008). "Blistering barnacles! It's Spielberg's new Tintin". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  10. ^ Anne Thompson (31 October 2008). "Sony/Paramount financing "Tintin"". Variety. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  11. ^ Singh, Anita (27 January 2009). "Tintin: Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell to star in new Steven Spielberg film". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Independent Woman (22 October 2010). "Hobbit of a lifetime: Serkis act returns". The Irish Independent. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Tales – About". Archived from the original on 14 January 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Ryan, Maureen (13 July 2012). "'Game of Thrones' Season 3 Casting News: 'Office,' 'Avengers' Actors Join The HBO Series". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Alice Vincent, "Wolf Hall cast to include Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance", Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2014; accessed 30 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Brodie Films". Brodie Films. 18 July 2009. 
  17. ^ "Company Check: Brodie Films Limited". Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "News | Thunderbirds Are Go". 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  19. ^ 'Game of Thrones' Actor Thomas Sangster to Appear in Brit Rock Music Video. Hollywood Reporter (24 February 2014). Retrieved on 30 October 2015.
  20. ^ The Luka State – 30 Minute Break on YouTube
  21. ^ KIOKO – Tired Of Lying on YouTube
  22. ^ "Radio Listings – Country Life". 16 December 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Big Finish Productions – The Mind's Eye". 27 July 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "Big Finish Productions – The Bride of Peladon". 27 July 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 

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