Tom Burke (actor)
Tom Liam Benedict Burke
30 June 1981
London, England, United Kingdom
|Relatives||Arthur Calder-Marshall (grandfather)|
Tom Liam Benedict Burke (born 30 June 1981) is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Athos in the BBC series The Musketeers (2014–2016), as Dolokhov in the BBC literary-adaptation miniseries War & Peace and most recently for his role as the title character Cormoran Strike in the BBC series Strike (2017).
Tom Burke was born in London and grew up in Kent. His parents, David Burke and Anna Calder-Marshall, are also actors, as were his godparents, Alan Rickman and Bridget Turner. His grandfather was the writer Arthur Calder-Marshall. Burke was born with a cleft lip.
Burke always wanted to become an actor and attended the National Youth Theatre and the Young Arden Theatre in Faversham as well as Box Clever Theatre Company performing at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, besides participating in the plays his parents staged in their hometown.
As a child, Burke was diagnosed with dyslexia and struggled academically. He left school before his A-levels because he "couldn't stand the idea of that" and thought he "wouldn't survive it". As soon as he left school at 17, he wrote to an acting agency and got the first role he ever auditioned for. He attended dance school before being accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London when he was 18.
Burke's first role was as Roland in 1999's Dragonheart: A New Beginning, a direct-to-video sequel of the 1996 film Dragonheart. In that year he appeared in an episode of the series Dangerfield and the television movie All the King's Men. After graduating from RADA, he started working steadily in television, film and theatre.
His first television part after drama school was Syd in the Paul Abbott thriller series State of Play, starring John Simm, Bill Nighy and James McAvoy. In 2004 he played Lee in TV film Bella and the Boys. In 2005 he played the 20-year-old version of Giacomo Casanova's son, Giac, in the television adaptation of Casanova, starring David Tennant and Peter O'Toole.
In 2006 he played Dr. John Seward in the TV film Dracula. In 2007 he played Napoleon Bonaparte in an episode of BBC's docudrama Heroes and Villains and had a small part as a book publisher in the satirical drama The Trial of Tony Blair. In 2009 he played Colonel Race in an episode of the 12th series of Agatha Christie's Poirot. In 2011 he played Bentley Drummle in two episodes of BBC's adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. In 2012 he became a regular cast member in the second series of BBC Two's The Hour playing the part of journalist Bill Kendall. Since January 2014 he has played Athos on the BBC One series, The Musketeers, an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers. He also plays Cormoran Strike in the BBC miniseries Strike based on J.K. Rowling's detective novels.
In 2004 he had his first cinema part in The Libertine. In 2007 he played an aspiring filmmaker who ends up directing a porn film in the comedy I Want Candy. In 2008 he played Bluey in Donkey Punch, a horror thriller film which debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. In 2009 he played Geoff Goddard in Telstar: The Joe Meek Story. In the same year he had a small part in Stephen Frears' Chéri. In 2010 he played Davy in Third Star, a drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild and Adam Robertson which follows a trip four friends, one of them terminally ill, make to Barafundle Bay in Wales.
In 2012 he played Mark in Cleanskin. In 2013 he played Billy, the older brother of Ryan Gosling's character in Only God Forgives, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. In the same year he had a supporting role in the Ralph Fiennes-directed film The Invisible Woman.
As a theatre actor, Burke has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in plays at Shakespeare's Globe, playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in 2004; at the Old Vic in Noël Coward's Design for Living opposite Andrew Scott and Lisa Dillon in 2010; and at the Almeida Theatre playing Greg in reasons to be pretty in 2011. In 2002 he played Hamlet in Howard Barker's Gertrude – The Cry, a reworking of Shakespeare's Hamlet which focuses on the character of Gertrude, the protagonist's mother.
In 2006 he worked with Ian McKellen in the play The Cut. In 2008 he played Adolph in Creditors at the Donmar Warehouse. Actor Alan Rickman, Burke's godfather, staged the play which earned Burke an Ian Charleston Award. The play subsequently premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 2010. In 2012 he played Louis Dubedat in The Doctor's Dilemma at the National Theatre.
|2000||Dragonheart: A New Beginning||Roland|
|2006||The Enlightenment||Daniel Clay|
|2007||I Want Candy||John 'Baggy' Bagley|
|Death in Charge||Uncle Sean|
|2010||The Kid||Mr. Hayes|
|2012||An Enemy to Die For||Terrence|
|2013||Only God Forgives||Billy|
|The Invisible Woman||Mr. George Wharton Robinson|
|2014||The Hooligan Factory||Bullet|
|1999||Dangerfield||Gavin Kirkdale||Episode #6.11 "Something Personal"|
|All the King's Men||Private Chad Batterbee||Television film|
|2003||State of Play||Syd||Episodes #1.3–1.6|
|The Young Visiters||Horace|
|POW||Robbie Crane||Episode #1.3|
|2004||Bella and the Boys||Lee|
|The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Julian Britton||Episode #3.1 "In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner"|
|2005||Casanova||Giac, aged 20||Episode #1.3|
|The Brief||Dan Ottway||Episode #2.2|
|Jericho||Edward Wellesley||Episode #1.1 "A Pair of Ragged Claws"|
|All About George||Paul||Episodes #1.2–1.6|
|2006||Number 13||Edward Jenkins||Short|
|Dracula||Dr. John Seward||Television film|
|2007||The Trial of Tony Blair||Book Publisher|
|Heroes and Villains||Napoleon Bonaparte||Episode #1.1 "Napoleon"|
|2008||In Love with Barbara||Ronald Cartland||Television film|
|2009||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Lieutenant Colin Race||Episode #12.1 "The Clocks"|
|2011||Great Expectations||Bentley Drummle||Episodes #1.2–1.3|
|2012||The Hour||Bill Kendall||Episodes #2.1–2.6|
|2013||Heading Out||Ben||Episode #1.6|
|2013–2014||Utopia||Philip Carvel||Episode #2.1, 2.5|
|2014–2016||The Musketeers||Athos||Main role|
|2016||War & Peace||Fedor Dolokhov||Television miniseries|
|2017-present||Strike||Cormoran Strike||Main role|
Awards and nominations
|2008||Ian Charleson Award||Creditors at Donmar Warehouse||Royal National Theatre||Won|
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