Toby Kebbell

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Toby Kebbell
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Kebbell at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Tobias Alistair Patrick Kebbell

(1982-07-09) 9 July 1982 (age 39)
Alma materCentral Junior Television Workshop
Years active2000–present

Tobias Alistair Patrick Kebbell[2][3] (born 9 July 1982) is an English film, television and stage actor. He is known for his roles in films such as Dead Man's Shoes (2004), RocknRolla (2008), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), War Horse (2011), Wrath of the Titans (2012), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Fantastic Four (2015), Warcraft (2016), A Monster Calls (2016), Ben-Hur (2016), and Gold (2016). He is also known for his work in the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You". He also starred in the second film of the MonsterVerse film series, Kong: Skull Island, which was released in March 2017, and the Apple TV+ series Servant in 2019. Toby is married to Arielle Wyatt. They have been married since 2020 and have one child together.

Early life[edit]

Kebbell, the fourth of five children, was born in Pontefract, Yorkshire, but grew up in Nottinghamshire where he attended The Grove School (now the Newark Academy) in Balderton. He was brought up by his mother, Michelle (née Mathers), a cook and landscape gardener and his father, Robert Kebbell, an engineer[4] from Zimbabwe.[5] He was raised Catholic, and went to a Catholic primary school.[6][1]


Kebbell trained in acting at the Central Junior Television Workshop in Nottingham along with Andrew Shim and Vicky McClure.[7] He first came to notice when director Shane Meadows cast him in the role of Anthony in the film Dead Man's Shoes. He was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards and was widely lauded for his sensitive, moving portrayal of a young man with a learning difficulty. Kebbell then appeared in Oliver Stone's Alexander and Match Point, which Woody Allen cast him in without audition after being impressed with his performance in Dead Man's Shoes.[citation needed]

Kebbell's most critically acclaimed role[citation needed] came in 2007 when he played Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division in Anton Corbijn's award-winning biopic of Ian Curtis, Control. He won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards;[8] other nominees for the award included Cate Blanchett, Colin Firth and Control co-star Samantha Morton. He was also nominated for the London Critics' Circle Best Supporting Actor Award alongside Albert Finney and Tom Wilkinson.

In December 2007, Kebbell took the lead in an episode of Jimmy McGovern's BBC series The Street, which subsequently won the BAFTA for Best Drama series. His other work for the BBC included a modern retelling of Macbeth alongside James McAvoy, while his theatre roles included spells at the Almeida Theatre in David Hare's reworking of Maxim Gorky's Enemies and at the Playhouse in R.C. Sherriff's classic, Journey's End.

In September 2008, Kebbell was featured in the film RocknRolla, written and directed by Guy Ritchie, alongside actors Tom Wilkinson, Gerard Butler and Thandiwe Newton. Kebbell played a heroin-addicted musician, Johnny Quid. To play the role Toby Kebbell learned to play the piano and operate a semi automatic.

In January 2009, Kebbell was nominated in the "Orange Rising Star Award" category of the 2009 BAFTA Awards.[9] This award is voted for by the public. Kebbell appeared in the 2009 film Cheri, directed by Stephen Frears, in which he took a small role alongside Michelle Pfeiffer. He filmed in Morocco and London with Jake Gyllenhaal for Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

Toby Kebbell at the 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards on 8 February 2009.

In 2011, Kebbell played a leading role in "The Entire History of You", the finale of the first series of Charlie Brooker's critically acclaimed anthology series Black Mirror, which was written by Jesse Armstrong. Robert Downey Jr. has since bought the rights to adapt the script for a forthcoming film.[10]

In 2014, Kebbell took over the role of Koba in the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.[11]

Kebbell played the Marvel antagonist, Doctor Doom, in the 2015 Fantastic Four film,[12] and an orc, Durotan, in the 2016 Warcraft.[13] He played Jack Chapman in the fantasy action film Kong: Skull Island (2017), while also providing guidance for Kong's motion capture sequences.[14]



Year Film Role Notes
2004 Dead Man's Shoes Anthony Nominated – British Independents Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
2004 Northern Soul Mark Sherbert Short film
2004 Alexander Pausanias of Orestis
2005 Match Point Policeman
2006 Wilderness Callum
2007 Control Rob Gretton British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – ALFS Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
2008 RocknRolla Johnny Quid
2008 The German Barton Short film
2008 Clubbed Man in queue (voice) Uncredited
2009 Cheri Patron
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Prince Garsiv
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Drake Stone
2010 The Conspirator John Wilkes Booth
2011 The Veteran Robert Miller
2011 War Horse Colin
2012 Wrath of the Titans Agenor
2013 The East Doc / Thomas Ayres
2013 The Counselor Tony
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Koba
2015 Fantastic Four Victor Von Doom / Dr. Doom
2015 Buddha's Little Finger Pyotr Voyd
2016 Warcraft Durotan / Antonidas
2016 Ben-Hur Messala Severus
2016 A Monster Calls Dad
2016 Gold Agent Paul Jennings
2017 Kong: Skull Island Jack Chapman / King Kong Motion capture for King Kong
2017 The Female Brain Kevin
2017 War for the Planet of the Apes Koba
2018 A Wizard's Tale Terry Dexter (voice)
2018 The Hurricane Heist Will
2018 Destroyer Silas Howe
2018 The Angel Danny Aroya
2019 Daniel James Foley
2019 Becoming[15] Alex
2020 Bloodshot Martin Axe


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Peak Practice Graham Episode: "Keeping Up the Act"
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Malcolm Episode: "Macbeth"
2006 Born Equal Beggar 2 TV film
2007 The Commander: Windows of the Soul Jimmy Bannerman TV film
2007 The Street Paul Billerton 3 episodes
2011 Black Mirror Liam Foxwell Episode: "The Entire History of You"
2013 The Escape Artist Liam Foyle 3 episodes
2018 Dream Corp LLC Patient 101 / Leslie Krux Episode: "The Krux"
2019–present Servant Sean Turner Main role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional voices

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Role Notes
2020 "Clarity" Saleka Directed by Ishana Night Shyamalan


  1. ^ a b "Online exclusive: Toby Kebbell in control as acting career takes off". The Herald. 3 October 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  2. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths: Toby is married to Arielle Wyatt. They got married in 2020 and they have one child together. Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Marianne Macdonald (5 February 2009). "Toby Kebbell: the new boy". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Toby Kebbell and Rupert Grint LOVE working with each other on Apple TV+'s "SERVANT"". YouTube. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  6. ^ Limited, Bangkok Post Public Company. "Toby Kebbell, the reluctant star finally shining". Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ "About: The Television Workshop". Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  8. ^ "The British Independent Film Awards: Toby Kebbell" Archived 7 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "The Orange Rising Star Award 2009". BAFTAs. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Robert Downey Jr to make movie based on Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror'". Digital Spy. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  11. ^ Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub (April 2014). "Toby Kebbell Talks about His Character Koba, The Physicality of His Performance, and More on the Set of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES". Collider. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Toby Kebbell to Play 'Fantastic Four' Villain Doctor Doom (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  13. ^ Collura, Scott (4 December 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  14. ^ Sullivan, Kevin (11 May 2016). "Toby Kebbell clears up Kong: Skull Island rumors". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  15. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (2 May 2018). "'Vampire Diaries' Actress Penelope Mitchell, Jason Patric Join Toby Kebbell in Thriller 'Becoming'". Retrieved 30 May 2018.

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