Tom Hopper

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Tom Hopper
Tom Hopper 2013.jpg
Hopper at the 2013 MCMComicCon
Born Thomas Edward Hopper
(1985-01-28) 28 January 1985 (age 30)
Coalville, Leicestershire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Laura Higgins (m. 2014)
Children 1

Thomas Edward "Tom" Hopper (born 28 January 1985) is an English actor who has appeared in several television programmes and films including Merlin, Doctor Who, Casualty and Tormented. He is best known for playing Sir Percival in the BBC series Merlin.

His current screen role is in the Neil Marshall drama series Black Sails. Set twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, Tom plays the role of Billy Bones.

Early life[edit]

Hopper was born in Coalville, Leicestershire.[1] He studied acting at Rose Bruford College, graduating with an honours degree in 2006. His theatre roles while at Rose Bruford included The Tempest, The Way of the World, Colliers Friday Night, and Festen. Since graduating, he gained roles in which he was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature and Initiation (Max Q Film) in 2007.[citation needed]


Hopper was cast in As You Like It at the Watford Palace Theatre[2][3] and has appeared in various television programmes and films such as Saxon, Casualty, Kingdom and Doctors. Hopper portrayed Marcus in a comedy-horror film, Tormented about a bullied teenager who comes back from the dead to take revenge on his classmates. The film was made by BBC Films, Slingshot & Forward Films and was released internationally by Pathe, on 22 May 2009 in the UK. Hopper played Sir Percival in the BBC series Merlin.[4] On 3 June 2012, he appeared as himself on the game show Deal or No Deal, opening a box for a celebrity special involving his friends, pop band McFly. He stars in the feature film "Cold". [1] filmed in Ireland in 2012 and due to be released at festivals in 2013. Hopper has become the first actor to join new Starz series Black Sails. The pirate drama – exec produced by Michael Bay – serves as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.[5]

Charity work[edit]

Tom has provided his image to causes supporting awareness of colon cancer screenings and treatment, as well as other cancers that are male specific such as testicular and penile cancer.[6] At the same time he affirms his heterosexuality but embraces his gay friends and fan base.[7][8]


Hopper was voted Expert Choice by The Stage at the Rose Bruford Acting Showcase June 2006.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Hopper married British actress Laura Hopper (née Higgins) on 8 June 2014. On 1 June 2015, the couple had their first child, their son Freddie Douglas Hopper.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Saxon Fishmonger
2009 Tormented Marcus[10]
2013 Cold Tom
2014 Northmen: A Viking Saga Asbjörn


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Casualty Hugh "Chewy" Mullen[11] Episode: "Stitch"
2008 Kingdom Soldier[12] 1 episode
2008 Doctors Josh Mullen[13] Episode: "Don't Try This at Home"
2010 Doctor Who Jeff Episode: "The Eleventh Hour"
2010–2012 Merlin Sir Percival 27 episodes
2012 Good Cop Andy Stockwell 2 episodes
2014–present Black Sails William "Billy Bones" Manderly[14]


  1. ^ Template:Cite He went to Ashby Grammar School (Ashby-de-la-zouch) where he was a keen drama student. he played the singing, dancing, roller skating robot in "the return to the forbidden planet" where his talents for the stage shone through. web
  2. ^ As You Like It – Watford Palace Theatre "Main Cast List", Watford#Watford Palace Theatre, Retrieved on 13 May 2009.
  3. ^ As You Like It – VocalEyes Introduction "Introduction Transcript", Retrieved on 13 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Agent Website"
  5. ^ IMDB Celebrity News, "Tom Hopper joins Starz pirate drama Black Sails", Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Tom Hopper Strips For Male Cancer Awareness", Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  7. ^ "" "Tom Hopper Strips For Male Cancer Awareness", Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Tom Hopper marriage proposal to Eoin Macken – ColdCon", Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  9. ^ Tom Hopper on Twitter, retrieved 5 June 2015 
  10. ^ Tormented Cast Pages. "Tom's Cast List Page", 'Tormented', Retrieved on 13 May 2009.
  11. ^ Casualty – Stitch (2007). "Main Cast List", The Internet Movie Database, Retrieved on 14 May 2009.
  12. ^ Tom Hopper in Kingdom.
  13. ^ Doctors – Don't Try This at Home (2008). "Main Cast List", The Internet Movie Database, Retrieved on 14 May 2009.
  14. ^ Merlin star Tom Hopper joins Starz pirate drama Black Sails. "Digitalspy", Retrieved on 22 February 2013.

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