Toby Kebbell

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Toby Kebbell
Toby Kebbell by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kebbell at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International promoting Fantastic Four.
Born Tobias Alistair Patrick Kebbell
(1982-07-09) 9 July 1982 (age 34)
Pontefract, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Alma mater Central Junior Television Workshop
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Home town Nottingham, England

Tobias Alistair Patrick "Toby" Kebbell[1][2] (born 9 July 1982) is a British stage and film actor, he is known for his roles in films such as Dead Man's Shoes (2004), RocknRolla (2008), War Horse (2011), Wrath of the Titans (2012), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Fantastic Four (2015), Warcraft and A Monster Calls (both 2016). He is also known for his work in the Black Mirror episode, "The Entire History of You". His upcoming films include Gold (2016) and the second film of the MonsterVerse film series, Kong: Skull Island, set for release in 2017.

Early life[edit]

Kebbell, the fourth of five children, was born in South Elmsall, on the A638 between Doncaster and Wakefield, Yorkshire, but grew up in Nottingham. He was brought up by his mother, Michelle (née Mathers), a cook and landscape gardener, after his parents divorced. His father, Robert Kebbell, is an engineer.[3] He was raised Catholic, and went to a Catholic primary school.[4][5]


Kebbell trained in acting at the Central Junior Television Workshop in Nottingham along with Andrew Shim and Vicky McClure.[6] 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;[7] 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 Thandie Newton. Kebbell played a crack-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.[8] 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, 15 July 2010.

In 2011, Kebbell played a leading role in "The Entire History of You", the finale of the first season 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.[9]

In 2014, Kebbell took over the role of Koba in the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Koba was a badly treated experimental bonobo whose grudge against humans leads to conflict with Caesar, Andy Serkis's character from Rise of the Planet of the Apes.[10]

Kebbell played the Marvel antagonist, Doctor Doom, in the 2015 Fantastic Four film,[11] and an orc, Durotan, in the 2016 Warcraft.[12] He has been cast as Chapman for the upcoming film Kong: Skull Island while also providing guidance for Kong's motion capture sequences.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Kebbell was linked to British entrepreneur Ruzwana Bashir after they met at a Christmas party given by director Andrew Neil. Kebbell has stated that he is not in a hurry to marry and wishes to be established, and even own a home before settling down.[14] He has since been reported to be single.[15]



Year Film Role Director Notes
2004 Dead Man's Shoes Anthony Shane Meadows Nominated – British Independents Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
2004 Northern Soul Mark Sherbert Short
2004 Alexander Pausanius Oliver Stone
2005 Match Point Policeman Woody Allen
2006 Wilderness Callum Michael J. Bassett
2006 Born Equal Beggar 2 Dominic Savage TV film
2007 Control Rob Gretton Anton Corbijn British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – ALFS Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
2007 The Commander: Windows of the Soul Jimmy Bannerman TV film
2008 RocknRolla Johnny Quid Guy Ritchie
2008 The German Barton Nick Ryan Short
2009 Tea and Biscuits Billy Short
2009 Cheri Patron Stephen Frears
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Garsiv Mike Newell
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Drake Stone Jon Turteltaub
2010 The Conspirator John Wilkes Booth Robert Redford
2011 The Veteran Miller Matthew Hope
2011 Handcuffed Son Short
2011 War Horse Colin, the Geordie soldier Steven Spielberg
2012 Wrath of the Titans Agenor Jonathan Liebesman
2013 The East Doc / Thomas Ayres Zal Batmanglij
2013 The Counselor Tony Ridley Scott
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Koba Matt Reeves
2015 Fantastic Four Victor von Doom / Doctor Doom Josh Trank
2015 Buddha's Little Finger Petr Void Tony Pemberton
2016 Warcraft Durotan, Antonidas Duncan Jones
2016 Ben-Hur Messala Timur Bekmambetov
2016 A Monster Calls Dad Juan Antonio Bayona
2016 Gold FBI Agent Paul Jennings Stephen Gaghan
2017 Kong: Skull Island Maj. Jack Chapman[13] Jordan Vogt-Roberts Post-production
2017 The Death of Stalin TBA Armando Iannucci Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Peak Practice Graham 1 episode: "Keeping Up the Act"
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Malcolm 1 episode: "Macbeth"
2007 The Street Paul Billerton 3 episodes
2011 Black Mirror Liam Series 1, Episode 3: "The Entire History of You"
2013 The Escape Artist Liam Foyle

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional Voices Voice


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  3. ^ Marianne Macdonald (5 February 2009). "Toby Kebbell: the new boy". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
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  5. ^ "Online exclusive: Toby Kebbell in control as acting career takes off" The Herald (Glasgow)
  6. ^ "About: The Television Workshop". 
  7. ^ "The British Independent Film Awards: Toby Kebbell"
  8. ^ "The Orange Rising Star Award 2009". BAFTAs. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Robert Downey Jr to make movie based on Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror'". Digital Spy. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Toby Kebbell to Play 'Fantastic Four' Villain Doctor Doom (EXCLUSIVE)".  Variety . April 1, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Sullivan, Kevin (May 11, 2016). "Toby Kebbell clears up Kong: Skull Island rumors". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Is Toby Kebbell married? Who is he dating?". Hubmesh;. 2016. 
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