Toby Jones

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Toby Jones

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Jones in 2022
Tobias Edward Heslewood Jones

(1966-09-07) 7 September 1966 (age 56)
Hammersmith, London, England
EducationAbingdon School
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq
Years active1992–present
Karen Jones
(m. 2015)

Tobias Edward Heslewood Jones[1] OBE (born 7 September 1966)[1] is an English actor. Jones is known for his extensive character actor roles on stage and screen. From 1989 to 1991 he trained at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. He made his stage debut in 2001 in the comedy play The Play What I Wrote which played in the West End and on Broadway, earning him a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2020 he was nominated for his second Olivier Award, for Best Actor for his performance in a revival of Anton Chekov's Uncle Vanya.

Jones made his film debut in Sally Potter's period drama Orlando in 1992. He appeared in minor roles in films such as Naked (1993), Les Misérables (1998), Ever After (1998), Finding Neverland (2005), and Mrs Henderson Presents (2005). He won critical acclaim for his leading role as Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous (2006). He's since acted in Amazing Grace (2006), The Painted Veil (2006), W. (2008), Frost/Nixon (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Berberian Sound Studio (2012), Dad's Army (2016), and Empire of Light (2022).

He is also known for his voice roles as Dobby the House elf in the Harry Potter films (2002–2011), Aristides Silk in The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and Owl in Disney's Christopher Robin (2018). He is also known for his blockbuster roles as Claudius Templesmith in The Hunger Games franchise (2012-2013), Arnim Zola in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and the Disney+ television series What If...? (2021), and as Mr. Eversoll in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).

Jones's television credits include Doctor Who (2010), Julian Fellowes's Titanic miniseries (2012), the MCU's Agent Carter (2015), and Wayward Pines (2015–2016). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Alfred Hitchcock in the HBO television film The Girl (2012) and won a Best Male Comedy BAFTA for his role in Detectorists (2018). In 2017, he portrayed Culverton Smith in "The Lying Detective", an episode of the BBC crime drama Sherlock.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Hammersmith, London[1] to actors Jennifer Jones (née Heslewood) and Freddie Jones. He has two brothers: Rupert, a director, and Casper, also an actor.[2] He attended Christ Church Cathedral School and Abingdon School in Oxfordshire in the 1980s. He studied drama at the University of Manchester from 1986 to 1989, and at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris from 1989 to 1991.


Jones in 2003

Film and television[edit]

Jones has appeared in more than 20 films since his first acting role in the 1992 film Orlando. He voiced Dobby in two Harry Potter films: Chamber of Secrets (2002) and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010). He played Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury in the HBO/Channel 4 production Elizabeth I. In 2006, he portrayed Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous. He appeared in the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist in 2007. In 2008, he portrayed Karl Rove in Oliver Stone's W and Hollywood agent Swifty Lazar in Frost/Nixon. He appeared alongside his father in the 2004 film Ladies in Lavender.[3]

Jones appeared in the 2010 episode "Amy's Choice", of Doctor Who, as the Dream Lord, and in the Big Finish Productions series' Dark Eyes (audio drama) as Kotris. He also played the role of Samuel Ratchett in Agatha Christie's Poirot TV Series 12 episode "Murder on the Orient Express". In 2011, he played the role of the British spy master Percy Alleline in the adaptation of John Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Arnim Zola in Captain America: The First Avenger, a role which he reprised in the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier three years later as well as in a cameo in the TV series Agent Carter the following year. In 2012, he had a leading role in the ITV mini-series Titanic, starred as one of the seven dwarves in Snow White and the Huntsman, played Dr. Paul Shackleton in Red Lights, and Max in Virginia. He also portrayed film director Alfred Hitchcock in the HBO television film The Girl, a role that earned him his first Golden Globe Award nomination, as well as his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

In 1998, he appeared as a City businessman in the music video for Gomez's song "Whippin' Piccadilly", from their album Bring It On.[4]

He played Neil Baldwin in the BBC drama Marvellous in 2014.[5][6][7][8][9][10] Sam Wollaston, in The Guardian, praised Jones's "lovely, very human, performance",[11] one that earned him his second British Academy Television Award nomination. From 2014, he appeared in the BBC Four television series Detectorists,[12] for which he received a nomination for the British Academy Television Award for Best Male Comedy Performance in 2016 before winning the award in 2018.

In 2015, Jones played the part of Roger Yount, a banker, in the three-part BBC series Capital based on John Lanchester's novel of the same name.[13] Discussing working with Jones on Capital, writer Peter Bowker said, "I think Toby is a genius and thought that long before I worked with him. He always wants to know a character's needs, and what's beneath those needs. Then he takes all that material and somehow embeds it into the character and physically inhabits the character, so that you never think he's playing the character. It's fascinating to watch him close up. He carries the emotional complexities in every tiny gesture that his character makes so that you immediately can see what his character is like. A character like Roger is full of contradictions, a city banker with an air of entitlement but also a little insecurity picking away at him. Toby can portray that in his walk alone. That's what's great about him, he can portray cold he can portray warm and he can portray both of those things at once."[14]

He plays Captain Mainwaring in the film Dad's Army, released in February 2016. In July the same year he starred as the eponymous agent Verloc in the BBC's The Secret Agent, a 3-part television adaptation of Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel.[15]

In 2017, he portrayed Culverton Smith in "The Lying Detective", an episode of the BBC crime drama Sherlock. In 2018, he played the dinosaur auctioneer Mr. Eversoll in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth instalment of the Jurassic Park series.[16] In the same year, Jones voiced Owl in Disney's live-action Christopher Robin.

In 2018, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford Brookes University.[17]

Radio and audiobooks[edit]

In 2003 Jones played the part of Lord Brideshead in a BBC Radio adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. Jones voiced the title character of the 2005 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Oblomov. He also read the 2009 Radio 4 adaptation of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. He played Inspector Goole in 2010 BBC Radio adaptation of An Inspector Calls. Since 2013 Jones has been the voice of the lead character, Joey Oldman in the BBC Radio 4 series The Corrupted, an adaptation of the G. F. Newman novel Crime and Punishment. On 2 December 2012 he played Napoleon Bonaparte in Anthony Burgess's Napoleon Rising on Radio 3. In 2013 he played Kotris in the award-winning Doctor Who audio play, Dark Eyes, and read an abridged version of "The Manual of Detection" by Jedediah Berry for the BBC.[18] In 2020 he portrayed Falstaff in BBC Radio 3's Henry IV, Part 1.[19]

In 2021, Jones recorded the audiobook version of John Le Carre's final novel Silverview for Penguin Audio.


In 2001, he starred in the London West End comedy The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branagh. His comic turn as Arthur earned him the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and the play moved to Broadway in 2003.

In 2009, he returned to the stage in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre,[20] Parlour Song at the Almeida Theatre,[21] and The First Domino at Brighton Festival Fringe.[22] In 2011, he played J. M. W. Turner in The Painter at the Arcola Theatre. Jones starred as Stanley in the 2018 revival of The Birthday Party at The Harold Pinter Theatre.[23] In 2020, he starred as the title role in the Conor McPherson adaptation of Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Personal life[edit]

On The Graham Norton Show, Jones said that he and his wife Karen were together for 25 years before they married in 2015. They have two daughters.[24]

Jones was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to drama.[25]



Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Orlando Valet
1993 Naked Man at tea bar
Dropping the Baby Babyman Short film
1994 Triphony Man at Fire
1997 Numbertime Time Tim
1998 Cousin Bette Man in Café des Artistes
Les Misérables Door keeper
Ever After Royal page
1999 Simon Magus Buchholz
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc English judge
2000 Hotel Splendide Kitchen boy
The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz Civil servant
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Dobby the house elf Voice
2004 Ladies in Lavender Hedley
Finding Neverland Smee
2005 Mrs Henderson Presents Gordon
2006 Infamous Truman Capote
The Sickie Douglas Knott
The Painted Veil Waddington
2007 Amazing Grace Duke of Clarence
Nightwatching Gerard Dou
The Mist Ollie Weeks
St Trinian's Bursar
2008 City of Ember Bardon Snode
W. Karl Rove
Frost/Nixon Swifty Lazar
2009 Creation Thomas Huxley
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Bursar
2010 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Hargreaves
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Dobby the house elf Voice
Virginia Max
2011 The Rite Father Matthew
Your Highness Julie
Captain America: The First Avenger Arnim Zola[26]
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Percy Alleline
My Week with Marilyn Arthur P. Jacobs
The Adventures of Tintin:
The Secret of the Unicorn
Aristides Silk[27] Motion capture
2012 The Hunger Games Claudius Templesmith[28]
Red Lights Paul Shackleton
Snow White and the Huntsman Coll
Berberian Sound Studio Gilderoy
2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Claudius Templesmith
Leave to Remain Mr Nigel
Hardwire Max Short film
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Arnim Zola
Muppets Most Wanted Museo del Prado Guard No. 2 Cameo
Serena Sheriff McDowell
By the Gun Jerry
2015 Tale of Tales King of Highhills
By Our Selves John Clare
The Man Who Knew Infinity John Littlewood
2016 Dad's Army Captain Mainwaring
Anthropoid Jan Zelenka-Hajský
Morgan Simon Ziegler
Kaleidoscope Carl
2017 Atomic Blonde Eric Gray
Happy End Lawrence Bradshaw
The Entertainer Paul Limp Short film
Journey's End Private Mason
The Snowman Investigator Svenson
Zoo Security Guard Charlie
2018 Normandie nue Newman
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Mr. Eversoll
Christopher Robin Owl Voice
Out of Blue Professor Ian Strammi
2019 First Cow Chief Factor
2020 The Last Thing He Wanted Paul Schuster
Archive Vincent Sinclair
2021 Infinite Bryan Porter
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Sir William Ingram
A Boy Called Christmas Father Topo
2022 A Moral Man Philip Short film
The Wonder Dr. McBrearty
Empire of Light Norman
The Pale Blue Eye Dr. Daniel Marquis
2023 Tetris Not yet released Robert Stein Post-production
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Not yet released Basil Post-production[29]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Lovejoy Sgt. Protheroe Episode: "Pig in a Poke"
1994 Cadfael Griffin Episode: "The Sanctuary Sparrow"
1995 Performance Wart Episode: "Henry IV"
1996 Death of a Salesman Waiter Television film
1998 Out of Hours Martin Styles 6 episodes
1999 Underground Beast Television film
Aristocrats Ste Fox 4 episodes
1999–00 Midsomer Murders Dan Peterson 4 episodes
2001 The Way We Live Now Squercum Episode #1.4
Victoria & Albert Edward Oxford 2 episodes
In Love and War Bolo Television film
Love or Money Phil Television film
2002 15 Storeys High Obsessive-compulsive man Episode: "Ice Queen"
2005 Coming Up Simon Episode: "Loving Ludmilla"
2005 Elizabeth I Robert Cecil 2 episodes
2006 A Harlot's Progress William Hogarth Television film
2007 The Old Curiosity Shop Daniel Quilp Television film
The Last Detective Bennett Episode: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Willesden"
2010 Mo Dr Mark Glaser Television film
Doctor Who The Dream Lord Episode: "Amy's Choice"
Agatha Christie's Poirot Samuel Ratchett / Lanfranco Cassetti Episode: "Murder on the Orient Express"
2011 Christopher and His Kind Gerald Hamilton Television film
2012 Titanic John Batley 4 episodes
The Girl Alfred Hitchcock HBO/BBC Television film
2013 Murder on the Victorian Railway Narrator Voice; Television film
Words of Everest Jan Morris Television documentary
2014 Marvellous Neil Baldwin Television film
Detectorists Lance Stater 20 episodes
2015–16 Wayward Pines David Pilcher/Dr. Jenkins 15 episodes
2015 Agent Carter Arnim Zola Episode: "Valediction"
Capital Roger Yount 3 episodes
The Last Days Of... Narrator Voice; 4 episodes
2016 The Secret Agent Anton Verloc 3 episodes
The Witness for the Prosecution John Mayhew 2 episodes
Civil Otis O'Dell Pilot
2017 Sherlock Culverton Smith[30] Episode: "The Lying Detective"
2019 Don't Forget the Driver Pete Green 6 episodes; also co-creator and writer
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance The Librarian Voice; 6 episodes
2021 What If...? Arnim Zola Voice; 3 episodes
Danny Boy Phil Shiner Television film[31]
Worzel Gummidge The Bonfire Night Committee Episode: "Guy Forks"[32]
2022 Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts Himself HBO Max Special
My Grandparents' War Himself / presenter Series 2 - Episode 4[33]
The English Sebold Cusk Episode: "What You Want & What You Need"[34]


Year Title Role Venue
2003 The Play What I Wrote Arthur Lyceum Theatre, Broadway
2009 Every Good Boy Deserves a Favor Performer Royal National Theatre, London
2013 Circle Mirror Transformation Schultz Rose Lipman Building, London
2014 Parlor Song Ned Almeida Theatre, London
2018 The Birthday Party Stanley Webber Harold Pinter Theatre, West End
2019 Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. N/A Royal Court Theatre, London
2020 Uncle Vanya Uncle Vanya Harold Pinter Theatre, West End

Theme park attractions[edit]

Year Title Role Venue
2019 Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle! Arnim Zola Hong Kong Disneyland

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Award Category Work Result
2007 London Film Critics' Circle Award British Actor of the Year Infamous Won
2008 London Film Critics' Circle Award British Supporting Actor of the Year The Painted Veil Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Frost/Nixon Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Award British Supporting Actor of the Year Frost/Nixon and W. Nominated
2013 London Film Critics' Circle Award British Actor of the Year Berberian Sound Studio Won


Year Award Category Work Result
2013 Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Miniseries or TV Movie The Girl Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Nominated
British Academy Television Award Best Actor Nominated
2015 Best Actor Marvellous Nominated
2016 Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme Detectorists Nominated
2018 Won


Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 Laurence Olivier Award[35] Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Play What I Wrote Won
2020 Laurence Olivier Award[36] Best Actor Uncle Vanya Nominated

See also[edit]


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