Tobias Alistair Patrick Kebbell
9 July 1982
|Alma mater||Central Junior Television Workshop|
Tobias Alistair Patrick Kebbell (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), Control (2007), 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" (2011) and starred in the second film of the MonsterVerse film series, Kong: Skull Island (2017) and the Apple TV+ series Servant (2019–present).
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 from Zimbabwe. He was raised Catholic, and went to a Catholic primary school. Kebbell trained in acting at the Central Junior Television Workshop in Nottingham along with Andrew Shim and Vicky McClure.
Kebbell's first movie appearance was as Anthony, a young man with a learning difficulty, in the Shane Meadows directed Dead Man's Shoes. He was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards 2004 The same year, Kebbell appeared in Oliver Stone's Alexander and Woody Allen's Match Point.
In 2007, Kebbell played Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division in Anton Corbijn's award-winning biopic of Ian Curtis, Control, for which his performance won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards 2007. He was also nominated for the London Film Critics Circle Awards 2007 Best Supporting British Actor Award.
In December 2007, Kebbell took the lead in an episode of season 2 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 RocknRolla (winner of the Empire Award for Best British Film), written and directed by Guy Ritchie, alongside actors Tom Wilkinson, Gerard Butler and Thandiwe Newton. Kebbell played a heroin-addicted musician, Johnny Quid, for which he was nominated for BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award of the 2009 BAFTA Awards, an award voted for by the public. Kebbell was also nominated for the Empire Award for Best Newcomer, but lost out to his friend Gemma Arterton. 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.
In 2011, Kebbell played a leading role in "The Entire History of You", the finale of the first series of Charlie Brooker's 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.
Kebbell played the Marvel antagonist, Doctor Doom, in the 2015 Fantastic Four film, and an orc, Durotan, in the 2016 Warcraft. He played Jack Chapman in the fantasy action film Kong: Skull Island (2017), while also providing guidance for Kong's motion capture sequences.
Toby has been married to Arielle Wyatt since 2020 and they have one child together.
|2000||Peak Practice||Graham||Episode: "Keeping Up the Act"|
|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|
|2011||Star Wars: The Old Republic||Additional voices|
|2020||"Clarity"||Saleka||Directed by Ishana Night Shyamalan|
Awards and nominations
|2004||British Independent Film Awards 2004||Most Promising Newcomer||Dead Man's Shoes||Nominated|||
|2007||British Independent Film Awards 2007||Best Supporting Actor/Actress||Control||Won|||
|2007||London Film Critics Circle Awards 2007||British Supporting Actor of the Year||Control||Nominated|||
|2008||62nd British Academy Film Awards||BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award||RocknRolla||Nominated|||
|2009||Empire Awards||Empire Award for Best Newcomer||RocknRolla||Nominated|||
- "Online exclusive: Toby Kebbell in control as acting career takes off". The Herald. 3 October 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
- 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 ancestry.com
- "NorthAmerica importer MR TOBIAS ALISTAIR PATRICK KEBBELL". Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
- Marianne Macdonald (5 February 2009). "Toby Kebbell: the new boy". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "Toby Kebbell and Rupert Grint LOVE working with each other on Apple TV+'s "SERVANT"". YouTube. 19 November 2019. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
- Limited, Bangkok Post Public Company. "Toby Kebbell, the reluctant star finally shining". Bangkokpost.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "About: The Television Workshop". Thetelevisionworkshop.co.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Toby Kebbell - BIFA Awards Won". bifa.org.uk. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
- "Toby Kebbell actor". independenttalent.com. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
- Wiseman, Andreas (2 May 2018). "'Vampire Diaries' Actress Penelope Mitchell, Jason Patric Join Toby Kebbell in Thriller 'Becoming'". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
- "Control, Atonement lead London Critics' Circle nominations". screendaily.com/. 14 December 2008.
- "The Street - Toby Kebbell plays Paul". bbc.co.uk. 19 October 2007.
- "Empire Awards 2009 BestBritish Film". empireonline.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
- "BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award Nomination Announcement". gettyimages.fi. 14 December 2008.
- "The Orange Rising Star Award 2009". BAFTAs. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
- "Empire Awards 2009 Best Newcomer". empireonline.com. Archived from the original on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
- "Robert Downey Jr to make movie based on Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror'". Digital Spy. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- 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.
- "Toby Kebbell to Play 'Fantastic Four' Villain Doctor Doom (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- Collura, Scott (4 December 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- Sullivan, Kevin (11 May 2016). "Toby Kebbell clears up Kong: Skull Island rumors". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
- "Toby Kebbell Awards". IMDB (Index source only). Retrieved 12 September 2022.