Thomas Turgoose

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Thomas Turgoose
Born (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 23)
Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present

Thomas Turgoose (Thomas Aiden Turgoose, born 11 February 1992)[1] is an English actor, best known for his role as Shaun Field in the film This Is England (2006), a role he reprises in the This Is England TV series This Is England '86 (2010), This Is England '88 (2011) and This Is England '90 (2015).[2]


In his first film role in 2006, aged 13, he played the lead character, Shaun, in This Is England, written and directed by Shane Meadows. On television he played the character Dizzy, a young boy mentored by Adam Solomons (Luke Treadaway), in the 2006 BBC drama series The Innocence Project. The programme was cancelled after eight episodes due to poor ratings and negative reviews.[3] Turgoose's character was in six of the eight episodes. But in 2008, he was again in a Shane Meadows film, Somers Town, where he co-starred in a comedy role with young Polish actor Piotr Jagiello. Both young actors shared the "Best Actor in a Narrative Feature" award at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.[4][5] He was also in The Scouting Book for Boys, and appeared in This Is England '86, a 4-part TV series for Channel 4 looking at characters from This is England three years on.[6] A year later, he appeared in the three-part series This Is England '88, aired just before Christmas 2011, and also appeared in This Is England '90, aired in 2015.[7]

Turgoose is a supporter of both Grimsby Town and Manchester United,[8] and is a season ticket holder at his hometown club.[9] Prior to Grimsby Town's Conference Premier play-off final against Bristol Rovers, he interviewed manager Paul Hurst, club captain Craig Disley and striker Lenell John-Lewis for Football Focus, which was aired on 16 May 2015.[10] Also on the same day, he appeared on Pointless Celebrities, where he was paired with fellow actor Vas Blackwood. On 7 November 2015, he made his second appearance on Pointless Celebrities, where he was paired with Tyger Drew-Honey.


Year Film Role Notes
2006 This Is England Shaun British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated — ALFS Award for British Breakthrough - Acting
Nominated — Empire Award for Best Newcomer
2006 The Innocence Project Dizzy TV series (7 episodes: 2006-2007)
2008 Somers Town Tomo London Film Critics Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year (also for Eden Lake)
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
2008 Eden Lake Cooper
2009 The Scouting Book for Boys David Nominated — ALFS Award for Young British Performer of the Year
2009 Cast Offs Jake TV series (1 episode: "Will")
2010 Dirty Egg The Kid short
2010 This Is England '86 Shaun TV series (4 episodes)
2011 This Is England '88 Shaun TV Series (3 episodes)
2012 Birdsong Private Tipper TV Series (2 episodes)
2015 This Is England '90 Shaun


Year Appearance Role Notes
2007 The Making of 'This is England' Himself TV documentary short
2008 Cinema 3 TV series (1 episode: "29 November 2008)
2009 Celebrity Juice 25 March 2009
2010 BBC Breakfast TV series (1 episode: "18 March 2010")
2012 Vic & Bob's Lucky Sexy Winners Comedy panel show
2012 Maximo Park - Hips and Lips Video Clip
2015 Celebrity Juice 1 October 2015


  • 2006 Won – British Independent Film Awards – "Most Promising Newcomer"[11]
  • 2008 Nominated – British Independent Film Awards – "Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film"[12]
  • 2008 WonTribeca Film Festival, New York – "Best Actor in a Narrative Feature" (with Piotr Jagiello) for Somers Town[4]


  1. ^ "England and Wales births". Genes Reunited. Retrieved 15 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Butterly, Amelia (6 November 2013). "How famous film stars found fame for the first time". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Dowell, Ben (3 December 2006). "Innocence lost on BBC1 viewers". The Observer (London: Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Tribeca Film Festival 2002–2009 Awards History" (PDF). Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca Film Festival. 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  5. ^ McLean, Craig (15 August 2008). "Thomas Turgoose: from troubled kid to young pro". (London: Daily Telegraph). Retrieved 9 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Meadows to produce first TV drama". BBC (BBC Online). 26 August 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "This Is England '88 trailer released by Channel 4 – watch it here - Metro News". Metro. 
  8. ^ "Lights, camera, attitude: The barefaced cheek of Thomas Turgoose, British cinema's hottest teen star". London: The Independent. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Everyone Has A Place They Can Call Home". Grimsby Town F.C. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bristol Rovers v Grimsby Town preview with Thomas Turgoose". BBC Sport. 16 May 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "2006 Winners". BIFA. British Independent Film Awards. 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "2008 Nominations". BIFA. British Independent Film Awards. 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 

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