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 33)
Coalville, Leicestershire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Laura Higgins (m. 2014)
Children 2

Thomas Edward Hopper (born 28 January 1985) is an English actor who has appeared in several television programmes and films including Merlin, Doctor Who, Casualty, Game of Thrones and Tormented. He starred in the 2016 film Kill Ratio.

He also starred 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. He went to Ashby School in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire. 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[1][2] 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.[3] 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 became the first actor to join the Starz series Black Sails, in which he portrayed Billy Bones. The pirate drama – exec produced by Michael Bay – serves as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.[4] He joined the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones in season 7 as Dickon Tarly (replacing Freddie Stroma who had previously appeared in the role in season 6).[5]

Charity work[edit]

Hopper 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]


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 7 June 2014. The couple have two children together; a son[7] and a daughter.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Saxon Fishmonger
2009 Tormented Marcus [9]
2013 Cold Tom
2014 Northmen: A Viking Saga Asbjörn
2016 Kill Ratio James Henderson
2018 I Feel Pretty Grant LeClair


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Casualty Hugh "Chewy" Mullen Episode: "Stitch"
2008 Kingdom Soldier 1 episode[10]
2008 Doctors Josh Mullen Episode: "Don't Try This at Home"
2010 Doctor Who Jeff Episode: "The Eleventh Hour"
2010–12 Merlin Sir Percival Recurring role, 26 episodes
2012 Good Cop Andy Stockwell 2 episodes
2014–17 Black Sails William "Billy Bones" Manderly Main role,[4] 34 episodes
2016 Barbarians Rising Arminius Episode: "Rebellion"
2017 Game of Thrones Dickon Tarly Season 7, 4 episodes
2018 The Umbrella Academy Luther Hargreeves


  1. ^ As You Like It – Watford Palace Theatre "Main Cast List", Watford#Watford Palace Theatre, Retrieved on 13 May 2009.
  2. ^ As You Like It – VocalEyes Introduction "Introduction Transcript", Retrieved on 13 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Agent Website"
  4. ^ a b Morgan Jeffery (11 September 2012). "'Merlin' star Tom Hopper joins Starz pirate drama 'Black Sails'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Game of Thrones season 7: release date, cast, trailers, spoilers & more". NME. 2017-01-17. Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  6. ^ "Tom Hopper Strips For Male Cancer Awareness", Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  7. ^ @Tomhopperhops (4 June 2015). "Myself & @laurahopperhops would like to introduce our baby boy, Freddie Douglas Hopper. Born June 1st, weighing 6lb15" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  8. ^ Fernandez, Alexia (9 July 2018). "GoT's Tom Hopper Welcomes a Daughter, Posts Poignant Photo Sharing Skin-to-Skin Contact with Baby". Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  9. ^ Tormented Cast Pages. "Tom's Cast List Page", Tormented, Retrieved on 13 May 2009.
  10. ^ Tom Hopper in Kingdom.

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