Tom Hughes (actor)

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Tom Hughes
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Hughes in 2022
Born (1985-04-18) 18 April 1985 (age 37)
Chester, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active2008–present

Tom Hughes (born 18 April 1985) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Prince Albert in the ITV drama Victoria (2016–2019) and Joe Lambe in the BBC drama The Game (2014), as well as Thomas Trafford in the BBC and Amazon Prime Video’s miniseries The English (2022). His film roles include Cemetery Junction (2011), Red Joan (2018), The Laureate (2021), and Shepherd (2021).

Early life[edit]

Hughes was born and brought up in Upton-by-Chester, Cheshire, the younger of two boys.[1] He attended the Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre group. He was a member of the Cheshire Youth Theatre and the Jigsaw Music Theatre Company. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting.[2] Hughes is the former guitarist of indie band Quaintways.[3] His father Roy is a musician.[citation needed]


Hughes began his career in 2009 as Dr Harry Ingrams in the BBC spin-off series Casualty 1909 and Jonty Millingden in the ITV drama Trinity. He made his feature film debut the following year as Chaz Jankel in the Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll[2] and Bruce Pearson in the comedy-drama Cemetery Junction,[4][5] the latter of which earned him a BIFA nomination for Most Promising Newcomer.[6] He also appeared in the Young Vic production of David Harrower's Sweet Nothings directed by Luc Bondy.[7]

In 2011, Hughes was named one of BAFTA's 42 Brits to Watch.[8] He played pupil barrister Nick Slade in series 1 of the BBC One legal drama Silk,[9][10] and appeared in the BBC television film Page Eight alongside Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. Hughes then appeared in the Richard II installment of the television anthology The Hollow Crown as Aumerle.

In 2013, he starred in the BFI/BBC film, based on the award-winning novel, 8 Minutes Idle as the lead role Dan Thomas. He made a guest appearance as Michael Rogers in an episode of Agatha Christie's Marple.

From 2016 to 2019, Hughes starred as Prince Albert opposite Jenna Coleman as the titular character of the ITV period drama Victoria.[11] He starred in the 2019 film Red Joan alongside Judi Dench.[12] In 2019, it was announced Hughes would play the recurring role of Christopher Marlowe in the second series of A Discovery of Witches.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Tortoise Charlie Short film
Storage Jason Short film
2010 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Chaz Jankel
Cemetery Junction Bruce Pearson
2013 About Time Jimmy Kincade
8 Minutes Idle Dan Thomas
Columbite Tantalite Mark Short film
2014 I Am Soldier Sergeant / Trooper Mickey Tomlinson
2015 Dare to Be Wild Christy Collard
The Incident Joe
2016 London Town Johnny
Realive Marc Jarvis
2017 Madame Steven Fredericks
2018 Red Joan Leo Galich
2021 Infinite Abel
Shepherd Eric Black
The Laureate Robert Graves


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Casualty 1909 Dr Harry Ingrams 6 episodes
Trinity Jonty Millington 8 episodes
2011 Page Eight Ralph Wilson Television film
Silk Nick Slade 6 episodes
2012 Richard II Aumerle Television film
2013 The Lady Vanishes Max Television film
Dancing on the Edge Julian Main role
Agatha Christie's Marple Michael Rogers Episode: Endless Night
2014 Derek Andy 'The Fit Guy' 1 episode
The Game Joe Lambe Main role
2016 Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories Eddie Barrow Episode: "Feeders and Eaters"
2016–2019 Victoria Prince Albert Main role
2017 Paula James Morecroft Main role
2020 A Discovery of Witches Kit Marlowe Recurring role
2022 The English Thomas Trafford 5 episodes[14]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2010 British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer Cemetery Junction Nominated
2021 Oxford International Film Festival Best Actor The Laureate Won


  1. ^ Hughes, Tom (23 May 2015). "Soccer AM - Tom Hughes". Soccer AM. Sky Sports. Retrieved 20 July 2017. It was 1997. My birthday's 18th April. I was 12.
  2. ^ a b "Chester actor Tom Hughes stars in BAFTA-nominated film". Chester Chronicle. 28 January 2010.
  3. ^ "The Game's Tom Hughes on leg-shaving and rock star roles". ShortList. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Cemetery Junction – Official Sony Pictures United Kingdom Movie Site". Sony Pictures.
  5. ^ "Cemetery Junction – Tom Hughes and Jack Doolan interview". Indie London.
  6. ^ "2010 Nominations – British Independent Film Awards". British Independent Film Awards. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Sweet Nothings – Young Vic". Young Vic. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Discover More About Our 42 Brits". BAFTA. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  9. ^ "BBC One Programmes – Silk". BBC.
  10. ^ "BBC One Programmes – Silk – Nick Slade – actor Tom Hughes". BBC.
  11. ^ "'Victoria' stars Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes 'secretly dating in real life'". The Telegraph. 18 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Tom Hughes on 'Red Joan', What Drew Him to the Story, and the Future of 'Victoria'". Collider. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Tom Hughes joins the cast of Sky's A Discovery of Witches". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
  14. ^ Kanter, Jake (11 May 2021). "'The English': Chaske Spencer, Rafe Spall Among Cast Joining Emily Blunt In BBC/Amazon Western Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 11 May 2021.

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