Tobias Menzies

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Tobias Menzies
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Menzies at the Outlander premiere in New York
Hanan Tobias Simpson Menzies

(1974-03-07) March 7, 1974 (age 45)
London, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art (BA, 1998)
Years active1998–present

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.

Early years[edit]

Tobias Menzies was born in North London, England, the son of Gillian (née Simpson), a teacher, and Peter Menzies, a BBC radio producer.[1] He has one younger brother, Luke, who is a solicitor.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]


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 is best known to international audiences for his starring role as Marcus Junius Brutus, Julius Caesar's friend and later co-assassin, in the HBO/BBC historical drama series Rome (2005–07).[5]

Menzies had a major role in The Low Down with Aidan Gillen, and was featured in the 2006 reboot of the James Bond film franchise, Casino Royale, as M's aide, Villiers.

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.

Menzies played the title role in Rupert Goold's production of Hamlet, at the Royal Theatre, Northampton to an appreciative critical reception:

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.[6]

In 2009 he guest-starred in 2 episodes of the long-running television drama Spooks.

Menzies plays Edmure Tully, the heir to House Tully of Riverrun in HBO's Game of Thrones.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9][10][11]

In 2016 Menzies was cast to play a lead role in AMC's anthology series The Terror, which started airing in 2018.[12][13]

In August 2017 it was announced that Menzies was cast to play a family doctor in an adaptation of Carmilla, a Gothic novella by Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu.[14]

In 2018 Menzies appeared as Duke of Cornwall in a BBC2 adaptation of King Lear starring Anthony Hopkins.[15]

In March 2018 it was announced that Menzies was cast to play Prince Philip in seasons 3 and 4 of The Crown TV series, opposite Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
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


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Audition short film
2000 The Low Down John
2002 The Knowledge David short film
2004 Piccadilly Jim Reg
2004 Finding Neverland Theatre Patron
2005 Pierrepoint Lt. Llewelyn Titled Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman in the US
2006 Casino Royale Villiers M's assistant
2007 Atonement Naval Officer
2009 Jackboots on Whitehall Captain English (voice) Spoof war film using puppets.
2009 The Genius of Christopher Marlowe Mephistophilis Rose Theatre Bankside film[17]
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
2011 Hysteria Mr. Squyers
2012 Nora Richard short film
2014 The Birthday Gift David short film
2014 Black Sea Lewis
2014 Off the Page: Groove Is in the Heart Mark short film
London Film Festival 2015 official selection
2016 Una Mark
2016 The Velvet Abstract Narrator short film
2016 Underworld: Blood Wars Marius
2018 Carmilla Family doctor


Year Title Role Notes
1998–2000 Casualty Frank Gallagher 11 episodes
2000 Longitude Halleys Secretary
2000 Summer in the Suburbs School Psychologist
2000 Midsomer Murders Jack Dorset
2002 The Escapist Policeman
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 Persuasion William Elliot
2007 The Relief of Belsen Derrick Sington
2008 Fairy Tales Aidee Episode "The Empress's New Clothes"
2008 Bonekickers Scott Wilson
2009 Kingdom David Morston
2009 Pulling Stephan
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
2016 The Circuit Sasha
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


Year Title Role Venue Ref(s)
1999 The Colonel Bird Deaf Actor Gate Theatre [18]
2000 The Way of the World Witwoud Royal Exchange Theatre [19]
Light Complicite theatre company [20]
2001 Over the Rainbow Donmar Warehouse
Platonov Sergei Voynitzev Almeida Theatre [21]
2002 Arcadia Valentine Coverly Royal Theatre
2003 Three Sisters Tusenbach Playhouse Theatre
Serjeant Musgrave's Dance Hurst Oxford Stage Company
2005 Hamlet Hamlet Royal Theatre
The History Boys Irwin Royal National Theatre
Touring cast
2006 As You Desire Me Playhouse Theatre [22]
2007 The Cherry Orchard Peter Trofimov Crucible Theatre
Cloud Nine Harry Bagley/Martin Almeida Theatre
Get Tested Daniel Old Vic
2009 King Lear Edgar Young Vic Theatre
Liverpool Playhouse
2011 The Children's Hour Dr Joseph Cardin Comedy Theatre
Decade Scott Forbes Headlong [23]
2012 The Recruiting Officer Captain Plume Donmar Warehouse [24]
2013 Rough Cuts: Searched Royal Court Theatre [25]
The Hush Shed for the Royal National Theatre [26][27]
2015 The Fever Man Almeida Theatre (performances at the May Fair Hotel) [28]
The Iliad Almeida Theatre [29]
2016 Uncle Vanya Dr. Michael Astrov Almeida Theatre [30]
The Dark Lady and the Tender Churl Middle Temple Hall [31]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 Ian Charleson Awards Commendation for the best classical stage performance in Britain by actor under age 30 Three Sisters Nominated[32][33]
2015 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Outlander Nominated[34]
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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  30. ^ "Uncle Vanya Cast Announcement". 10 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
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  34. ^ "The 41st Annual Saturn Awards Nominations 2015". 3 March 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.

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