Tom Payne (actor)

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Tom Payne
Tom Payne 2016.jpg
Tom Payne at the 2016 Walker Stalker Con
Born (1982-12-21) 21 December 1982 (age 34)
Chelmsford, Essex, England
Education Central School of Speech and Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present
Relatives Will Payne (brother)
Jeremy Payne (father)

Thomas Payne (born 21 December 1982) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Brett Aspinall in television drama series Waterloo Road from January 2007 to March 2008 (throughout series 2 and series 3).[1] He is currently on the hit AMC's The Walking Dead as Paul "Jesus" Rovia.

Early life[edit]

Payne was born in Chelmsford, Essex, and grew up in Bath, Somerset where he attended King Edward's School and was a prolific contributor to the school's Drama Department. He attended the Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in June 2005. He then appeared in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.


In January 2007, he first appeared in Waterloo Road for the BBC, playing sixth former Brett Aspinall. Despite being 24 at the time, Payne portrayed a 17-year-old character. He remained in the series until the end of the following season in March 2008. It was revealed afterwards that he would not be returning for the new season, beginning in January 2009.

In 2009, Payne played George Best in Best: His Mother's Son, a BBC 2 film about the legendary footballer.[2] In the same year he appeared in Marple: They Do It With Mirrors and Wuthering Heights for ITV.

Payne was named as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2007.[3]

On 8 March 2010, it was announced that Tom had joined the cast of Luck a new pilot for HBO directed by Michael Mann, written by David Milch, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte.[4] He plays the role of a Cajun jockey.

In 2012, he was cast in the title role of The Physician (based on the book of the same name) alongside Stellan Skarsgard and Ben Kingsley.

Payne was cast with a recurring role in Season 6 of The Walking Dead, as Paul "Jesus" Rovia,[5][6] and promoted to series regular for season 7.[7]

Personal life[edit]

His younger brother Will Payne is also an actor. Payne has been dating singer Jennifer Åkerman since late 2013.

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Journey's End - New Ambassadors Theatre, London (2005–06) Raleigh
  • Shrieks of Laughter - Soho Theatre, London (2006) Henry


  1. ^ "Payne: Luck no different from UK TV - Showbiz". Kirkintilloch Herald. 2012-01-27. Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Simon (27 November 2008). "Payne to star as George Best in BBC drama". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  3. ^ Dobson, Patricia (2007-07-12). "UK Stars Of Tomorrow 2007: The Actors (3)". Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Four trying their 'Luck' in HBO pilot". The Hollywood Reporter. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Jesus Speaks! The Walking Dead's Tom Payne Talks His Big Arrival and Surprising Connection to Andrew Lincoln". E! News. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Jesus speaks! New 'Walking Dead' cast addition Tom Payne gives first interview". Entertainment Weekly's Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 7, 2016). "'Walking Dead' Promotes 4 to Series Regular for Season 7 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Spotlight: TOM PAYNE". Retrieved 2011-12-08. 

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