Tom Sturridge

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Tom Sturridge
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Sturridge at the 2022 German Comic Con
Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge

(1985-12-05) December 5, 1985 (age 37)[1]
London, England
Years active1996–present

Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge is an English actor. His early films include Being Julia (2004), Like Minds (2006), and The Boat That Rocked (2009). He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performances in Orphans (2013) and Sea Wall/A Life (2020).[2][3] He was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in American Buffalo (2016). Since 2022, Sturridge has starred as Dream in the Netflix fantasy series The Sandman.

Early life[edit]

Sturridge was born in Lambeth, London,[4] one of three children of director Charles Sturridge and actress Phoebe Nicholls.[5][6] His sister, Matilda Sturridge, is also an actress.[7]

Sturridge was educated at The Harrodian School, an independent school in Barnes in South West London, whose pupils included future actors Robert Pattinson, Will Poulter and George MacKay.[8] Between the years 1999 ('Short Half') and 2001, Sturridge attended Winchester College, an independent school for boys in Winchester, Hampshire. He boarded at the College's House E (Morshead's)"Freddie's".[9]


Sturridge began his career working as a child actor and he was in the 1996 television adaptation of Gulliver's Travels, directed by his father and co-starring his mother. He reemerged in 2004 with Vanity Fair and Being Julia. In 2005 he played William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke in BBC4's A Waste of Shame.

In 2006, he played the role of Nigel in the psychological thriller Like Minds, also known by the title of Murderous Intent. It tells the story of two boys, Alex (played by Eddie Redmayne) and Nigel, placed together as room-mates, much to Alex's objections. Alex is horrified and yet fascinated with the ritual-influenced deaths that begin to occur around them, and when Nigel himself is murdered, Alex is blamed.

Sturridge in 2019

He was originally cast as the lead in the sci-fi trilogy Jumper. However in 2006, two months into production, New Regency and 20th Century Fox, fearing the gamble of spending over $100 million on a film starring an unknown actor,[10] replaced him with the "more prominent" Hayden Christensen.[11]

In 2009, he appeared as Carl, one of the lead roles in the Richard Curtis comedy The Boat That Rocked (known as Pirate Radio in the United States), alongside Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans and Philip Seymour Hoffman. In September, 2009, he made his stage debut in Punk Rock, a then newly dramatised play by Simon Stephens at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre,[12] appearing as a character loosely modelled after the teenage killers at Columbine High School. For that performance, he was nominated for Most Outstanding Newcomer in the 2009 Evening Standard Awards, and won the 2009 Critics' Circle Theatre Award in that same category.

He appeared alongside Rachel Bilson in the 2011 indie-romance Waiting for Forever. He also played a role loosely based on poet Allen Ginsberg in Walter Salles's 2012 film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. In the spring of 2013, he starred in the Broadway play Orphans as Phillip, who is developmentally disabled, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his performance. In 2017, he starred as Winston Smith in the Broadway production of 1984. In 2019, Sturridge starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the Broadway play Sea Wall/A Life, for which he received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play.[13]

In January 2021, Sturridge was confirmed to be playing Dream of The Endless / Lord Morpheus in the Netflix adaptation of The Sandman.[14] In a May 2022 interview, The Sandman author Neil Gaiman estimated he had personally seen "about fifteen hundred" actors' auditions for the lead character of Morpheus, but stated that Sturridge had been among the likeliest to be chosen for the role from the time of "the first ten auditions."[15]

Personal life[edit]

From 2011-2015, Sturridge was dating actress Sienna Miller.[16] Their daughter was born in July 2012.[17][18]

Sturridge's maternal grandparents are actors Anthony Nicholls and Faith Kent,[19] and his great-grandfather is photojournalist Horace Nicholls.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 FairyTale: A True Story Hob
2004 Vanity Fair Young George Cameo
Being Julia Roger Gosselyn
2005 Brothers of the Head
2006 Like Minds Nigel Colby AKA Murderous Intent
2009 The Boat That Rocked Carl AKA Pirate Radio
2010 Waiting for Forever Will Donner
2011 Junkhearts Danny
2012 On the Road Carlo Marx
2014 Effie Gray John Everett Millais
2015 Far from the Madding Crowd Sergeant Francis Troy
2015 Remainder Tom
2017 Song to Song BV's Brother Cameo
Mary Shelley Lord Byron
Journey's End Second Lieutenant Hibbert
Double Date Cameo
2018 Three Way Junction Carl
Hello Apartment Short Film
2019 Velvet Buzzsaw Jon Dondon
Skin Nathan Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Gulliver's Travels Tom Gulliver Miniseries
2004 A Waste of Shame William Herbert Television film
2016 The Hollow Crown Henry VI 3 episodes
2018–2019 Sweetbitter Jake Main role
2022 Irma Vep Eamonn 3 episodes
2022–present The Sandman Dream of The Endless / Lord Morpheus Main role


Year Title Role Location
2010 Punk Rock William Lyric Hammersmith
2011 Wastwater Harry Royal Court Theatre
2013 No Quarter Robin Royal Court Theatre
Orphans Phillip Schoenfeld Theatre
2015 The Trial God Young Vic Theatre
American Buffalo Bobby Wyndham's Theatre
2017 1984 Winston Smith Hudson Theatre
2019 Sea Wall/A Life Alex The Public Theater
Hudson Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2009 Evening Standard Theatre Award Outstanding Newcomer Punk Rock Nominated
Critics' Circle Theatre Award Most Promising Newcomer Won
2013 Tony Award Best Actor in a Play Orphans Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Won
Theatre World Award Honouree
2016 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role American Buffalo Nominated
2019 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play Sea Wall/A Life Nominated
2020 Tony Award Best Actor in a Play Nominated


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  2. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Nominations Announced for 67th Annual Tony Awards; 'Kinky Boots' Earns 13 Nominations" Archived 21 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, 30 April 2013
  3. ^ McPhee, Ryan. "2020 Tony Award Nominations: Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge!, Slave Play Lead the Pack" Playbill, October 15, 2020
  4. ^ "Tom Sturridge: Performer". Playbill. Archived from the original on 14 August 2022. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Charles Sturridge Biography (1951-)". Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
  6. ^ Ellen, Barbara (3 July 2016). "Tom Sturridge: 'If I'd been a parent to myself, I would have been scared'". The Guardian. UK. Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Matilda Sturridge". 1883 Magazine. n.d. Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  8. ^ Natalie Gil (16 January 2014). "Old Harrodians going head-to-head for Bafta". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  9. ^ Winchester College: A Register. Edited by P.S.W.K. McClure and R.P. Stevens, on behalf of the Wardens and Fellows of Winchester College. 7th edition, 2014. pp. 896 (Short Half 1999 list heading) & 903 (entry for Thomas Sturridge). Published by Winchester College, Hampshire.
  10. ^ Sampson, Mike (11 August 2006). "Hayden in on Jumper". Retrieved 26 April 2007.
  11. ^ "Christensen Teleports To Jumper". SCI FI Wire. 11 August 2006. Archived from the original on 25 March 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007.
  12. ^ Stecker, Joshua (23 January 2013). "Tom Sturridge Joins Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf in Broadway's 'Orphans'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  13. ^ Libbey, Peter (15 October 2020). "Full List of the 2020 Tony Award Nominees". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  14. ^ Ramon, Dino-Ray (28 January 2021). "Neil Gaiman's 'The Sandman' Casts Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry And Sanjeev Bhaskar". Deadline. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Neil Gaiman and Tom Sturridge On What to Expect For 'The Sandman'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  16. ^ Nessif, Bruna (14 September 2011). "Celeb PDA of the Day: Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge". E! Online. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
  17. ^ Finlayson, Ariana (9 July 2012). "Sienna Miller Gives Birth to Baby Girl!". Us Weekly. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  18. ^ "Sienna Miller names daughter Marlowe Ottoline Layng". The Arizona Republic. Bang Showbiz. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  19. ^ McFarlane, Brian, ed. (2016). "Nicholls, Anthony". The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. UK: Manchester University Press. p. 1,975. ISBN 9781526111968.
  20. ^ Buckland, Gail; Horace Walter Nicholls (1989). The golden summer: the Edwardian photographs of Horace W. Nicholls. Pavilion. p. 114.

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