Thomas Turgoose

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Thomas Turgoose
BornThomas Aiden Turgoose
(1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 26)
Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England
OccupationActor
Years active2006–present

Thomas Aiden Turgoose (born 11 February 1992)[1] is an English actor, best known for his role as Shaun Fields 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]

Career[edit]

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 Grimsby Town, although he admits that as a boy he supported 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. In 2017, Turgoose appeared in the Season 7 premiere of the HBO series Game of Thrones as a Lannister soldier.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2006 This Is England Shaun Fields British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated – ALFS Award for British Breakthrough – Acting
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Newcomer
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
Eden Lake Cooper Film
2009 The Scouting Book for Boys David Nominated – ALFS Award for Young British Performer of the Year
Cast Offs Jake TV series (1 episode: "Will")
2010 Dirty Egg The Kid 'Short'
This Is England '86 Shaun Fields TV series (4 episodes)
2011 This Is England '88 Shaun Fields TV series (3 episodes)
2012 Birdsong Private Tipper TV series (2 episodes)
Coming Up Lump TV series (1 episode)
Kiss Sean Short Film
2013 Post Jump Tom Short Film
2014 This Is England '90 Shaun Fields TV series (4 episodes)
2015 Jacked Waylen Short Film
George Misses the Train George Short Film
2016 The Hatching Caesar Film
2017 Game of Thrones Lannister Soldier Episode: "Dragonstone"
Butterfly Kisses Shrek Film
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Liam Film
2018 Terminal Raymond Film
2018 Swimming with Men Tom
2018 Hymn of Hate Private Billy Booth Short Film
2019 Avengement Tune filming

Appearances[edit]

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
2017 ”Kingsman:The Golden Circle” Liam
2018 Black Horse Monkseaton DJ Set

Honours[edit]

  • 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]

References[edit]

  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. 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. 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ McLean, Craig (15 August 2008). "Thomas Turgoose: from troubled kid to young pro". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Meadows to produce first TV drama". BBC News. 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". The Independent. London. 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. Archived from the original on 11 November 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  12. ^ "2008 Nominations". BIFA. British Independent Film Awards. 2008. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2010.

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