Menzies at the Outlander premiere in New York
Hanan Tobias Simpson Menzies
March 7, 1974
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (BA, 1998)|
Hanan Tobias Simpson Menzies (born 7 March, 1974) is an English stage, television and film actor. While working in theatre, he starred in television shows such as Rome (2005–2007), wherein he played Brutus, and Game of Thrones (2013–2016, 2019), wherein he played Edmure Tully. He is probably best known for his dual role as Frank Randall and Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall in Outlander (2014–2018), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination. His film work includes Casino Royale and Underworld: Blood Wars. Menzies will portray Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in the third and fourth seasons of the original Netflix series The Crown.
Menzies attended the Perry Court Rudolf Steiner School in Canterbury, Kent, where he was trained in the Steiner System, which includes movement, singing and instrumental music. Next he attended the Frensham Heights School near Farnham in Surrey at the same time as Hattie Morahan and Jim Sturgess. He went on to attend Deborah Moody's Year Out Drama Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 1993–94. He studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 1998 with a BA degree in Acting.
Menzies worked with the Spontaneity Shop, a British improv comedy company. He began his TV and film career in some of British television's most popular series, including Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders and Casualty. He also appeared in A Very Social Secretary directed by Jon Jones, which launched UK Channel 4's spin-off station, More4.
He has worked extensively on the stage, with credits including the young teacher Irwin in Alan Bennett's The History Boys (which Nicholas Hytner directed at the Royal National Theatre), and Michael Blakemore's West End production of Three Sisters for which he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award. Of his role in The History Boys, one reviewer wrote:
There is a remarkable performance, too, from Tobias Menzies as the slick supply-teacher historian, who believes academic success is merely a matter of tricks and spin. But Menzies also discovers a surprisingly attractive vulnerability in the character I missed the first time around.
One of Shakespeare's greatest innovations was to dramatise people's thought processes: the articulation of the mind's search for meaning and identity. This is where Menzies' performance is most thrilling. He shows how language strives to express the self and to pin down the truth. Who am I? What do I think and feel? Menzies' delivery of the "To be or not to be..." speech burns with intelligence. This is one of the finest and most exciting Hamlets I’ve seen. Observe his face: it seems to mature, grow softer, more observant and expressive, and his death becomes a fulfilment as well as a failure
The Independent noted that Menzies, "enjoying his antic disposition ... plays the fool dazzlingly: a stage natural.... He gives it everything, even the fight."
In April 2007 Menzies appeared as William Elliot in ITV's production of Jane Austen's classic, Persuasion, and also played Peter Trifimov in The Cherry Orchard with Joanna Lumley (at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield). The Yorkshire Post said, "The one who burns the brightest is Tobias Menzies as the idealistic perpetual student Trofimov. His performance is breathtaking."
He appeared as Derrick Sington in Channel 4's dramatisation of The Relief of Belsen broadcast 15 October 2007 and then he filmed Forget Me Not, a Quicksilver Films production, in which he starred alongside Genevieve O'Reilly.
In 2009 he guest-starred in 2 episodes of the long-running television drama Spooks.
In 2012, he appeared in the political satire series The Thick of It during series 4 as Simon Weir, as part of the Goolding Inquiry.
In 2014, Menzies played Maggie Gyllenhaal's bodyguard, Nathaniel Bloom, in the TV mini-series The Honourable Woman. The same year, Menzies also began co-starring in the Starz period TV series, Outlander as two characters: Frank Randall, a 20th-century historian, and Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, his brutal 18th-century ancestor.
|2010||A Nice Little Holiday||Tony Richardson||BBC Radio 4|
|2011||Now All Roads Lead to France||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2012||John Charrington's Wedding||Narrator||BBC Radio 4 Extra|
|2013||Plays inspired by James Lees-Milne diaries:
Sometimes into the Arms of God
The Unending Battle
What England Owes
|James Lees-Milne||BBC Radio 4|
|2013||Serious Money||Zak Zackerman||BBC Radio 3|
|2013||Every Duchess In England||Oswald Mosley||BBC Radio 4|
|2014||As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2015||Landmarks||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|2015||Fifteen Minutes||Andy Warhol||BBC Radio 4|
|2016||Trapped||Narrator||BBC Radio 3|
|2016||Comment Is Free||Ben||BBC Radio 4|
|2017||RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR||Narrator||BBC Radio 4|
|1998||The Audition||short film|
|2000||The Low Down||John|
|2002||The Knowledge||David||short film|
|2004||Finding Neverland||Theatre Patron|
|2005||Pierrepoint||Lt. Llewelyn||Titled Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman in the US|
|2006||Casino Royale||Villiers||M's assistant|
|2009||Jackboots on Whitehall||Captain English (voice)||Spoof war film using puppets.|
|2009||The Genius of Christopher Marlowe||Mephistophilis||Rose Theatre Bankside film|
|2010||The Duel||Von Koren||adaptation of an 1891 novella by Anton Chekhov, The Duel|
|2010||Forget Me Not||Will|
|2011||The Door||Man with the Wings of a Swan||short film|
|2014||The Birthday Gift||David||short film|
|2014||Off the Page: Groove Is in the Heart||Mark||short film|
London Film Festival 2015 official selection
|2016||The Velvet Abstract||Narrator||short film|
|2016||Underworld: Blood Wars||Marius|
|1998–2000||Casualty||Frank Gallagher||11 episodes|
|2000||Summer in the Suburbs||School Psychologist|
|2000||Midsomer Murders||Jack Dorset|
|2002||I Saw You||Vince|
|2002||Ultimate Force||Box 500||3 episodes|
|2002||Foyle's War||Stanley Ellis|
|2005||A Very Social Secretary||Keith|
|2005–2007||Rome||Marcus Junius Brutus||Main cast, 17 episodes|
|2007||The Relief of Belsen||Derrick Sington|
|2008||Fairy Tales||Aidee||Episode "The Empress's New Clothes"|
|2009||Spooks||Andrew Lawrence||2 episodes|
|2010||The Deep||Raymond||5 episodes|
|2010||Any Human Heart||Ian Fleming||2 episodes|
|2011||The Shadow Line||Ross McGovern||5 episodes|
|2012||Eternal Law||Richard Pembroke||Main cast, 6 episodes|
|2012||Simon Schama's Shakespeare||Henry V||Miniseries|
|2012||Secret State||Charles Flyte||1 episode|
|2012||The Thick of It||Simon Weir||1 episode|
|2012||Getting On||Dr. Tom Kersley||3 episodes|
|2013||Black Mirror||Liam Monroe||Episode "The Waldo Moment"|
|2013||Doctor Who||Lieutenant Stepashin||Episode: "Cold War"|
|2013||Up All Night||Narrator (voice)||TV Series documentary, episode The Nightclub Toilet|
|2013||Imagine||Narrator (voice)||TV Series documentary, episode Edmund De Waal: Make Pots or Die|
|2013–2019||Game of Thrones||Edmure Tully||8 episodes|
|2014||Silent Witness||Greg Walker||2 episodes|
|2014||Puppy Love||Alexander||1 episode|
|2014||The Honourable Woman||Nathaniel Bloom||Miniseries, 3 episodes|
|2014–2018||Outlander||Frank Randall/Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall||Main cast, 24 episodes|
|2015–present||Catastrophe||Dr Kenneth Harries||4 episodes|
|2016||The Night Manager||Geoffrey Dromgoole||miniseries, 5 episodes|
|2017||Star Wars Rebels||Tiber Saxon (voice)||2 episodes|
|2018||The Terror||James Fitzjames||Miniseries, main cast|
|2018||King Lear||Duke of Cornwall||Television film|
|2019||The Crown||Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh||Lead role|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Ian Charleson Awards||Commendation for the best classical stage performance in Britain by actor under age 30||Three Sisters||Nominated|
|2015||Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||Outlander||Nominated|
|2015||EWwy Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Outlander||Won|
|2016||Golden Globe Award||Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Outlander||Nominated|
|2016||Satellite Awards||Best Television Ensemble||Outlander||Won|
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