Tom Sturridge

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Tom Sturridge
Born Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge
(1985-12-21) 21 December 1985 (age 31)
Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom
Education The Harrodian School
Winchester College
(independent boarding school)
Years active 1996–present
Partner(s) Sienna Miller (2011–2015)
Children 1
Parent(s) Charles Sturridge
Phoebe Nicholls
Relatives Matilda Sturridge (sister)
Arthur Sturridge (brother)
Anthony Nicholls (grandfather)
Faith Kent (grandmother)
Horace Nicholls (great-grandfather)

Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge (born 21 December 1985)[1] is an English actor best known for his work in Being Julia, Like Minds, and The Boat That Rocked. He was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his performance in the Broadway play Orphans.[2] He played the role of Carlo Marx in Walter Salles's film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel On the Road.

Early life[edit]

Tom Sturridge was born in Lambeth, London.[1] the son of director Charles Sturridge and actress Phoebe Nicholls, and a grandson of actor Anthony Nicholls and actress Faith Kent (née Heaslip).[3] His maternal great-grandfather was photographer Horace Nicholls.

Sturridge was educated at the Harrodian School and at Winchester College, but he left before sitting his A levels. The eldest of three children, he has two younger siblings, brother Arthur and sister Matilda, both of whom followed him into theatre arts. Matilda Sturridge is an actress, and Arthur was an original cast member of School of Comedy, which has aired on E4 after finding success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.[citation needed]


Sturridge began 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.

He was originally cast as the lead in the sci-fi trilogy Jumper. However, 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,[4] replaced him with the "more prominent" Hayden Christensen.[5]

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,[6] 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 spring 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. As of May 2017, he stars as Winston Smith in the Broadway production of 1984.

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Sturridge began dating actress Sienna Miller.[7] Their daughter, Marlowe Ottoline Layng Sturridge, was born in July 2012.[8][9]


Year Title Role Format Notes
Trial, TheThe Trial God Theatre Young Vic
1996 Gulliver's Travels Tom Gulliver Television
1997 FairyTale: A True Story Hab Film
2004 Vanity Fair Young Georgy Film
2004 Being Julia Roger Gosselyn Film
2004 Waste of Shame, AA Waste of Shame William Herbert Television
2005 Brothers of the Head Barry Howe Film
2006 Like Minds Nigel Colby Film
2009 Boat That Rocked, TheThe Boat That Rocked Carl Film Pirate Radio off the coast of the UK
2010 Punk Rock William Theatre Lyric Hammersmith
2011 Waiting for Forever Will Donner Film
2011 Junkhearts Danny Film Completed
2011 Wastwater Harry Theatre Royal Court
2012 On the Road Carlo Marx Film
2013 Effie Gray John Everett Millais Film
2013 No Quarter Robin Theatre Royal Court
2013 Orphans Phillip Theatre Schoenfeld Theatre
2014 Far from the Madding Crowd Sergeant Troy Film
2015 Remainder Tom Film
2015 American Buffalo Bobby Theatre Wyndham's Theatre
2016 The Hollow Crown Henry VI Television
2017 Song to Song BV's Brother Film
2017 Mary Shelley Lord Byron Film In post-production
2017 Journey's End Hibbert Film
2017 1984 Winston Smith Theatre Hudson Theatre


  1. ^ a b "Tom Sturridge: Performer". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Nominations Announced for 67th Annual Tony Awards; 'Kinky Boots' Earns 13 Nominations", 30 April 2013
  3. ^ "Film and TV Database NICHOLLS, Phoebe". British Film Institute. Retrieved 26 April 2007. 
  4. ^ Sampson, Mike (11 August 2006). "Hayden in on Jumper". Retrieved 26 April 2007. 
  5. ^ "Christensen Teleports To Jumper". SCI FI Wire. 11 August 2006. Archived from the original on 25 March 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2007. 
  6. ^ Stecker, Joshua (23 January 2013). "Tom Sturridge Joins Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf in Broadway's 'Orphans'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Nessif, Bruna (2011-09-14). "Celeb PDA of the Day: Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge". E! Online. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  8. ^ Finlayson, Ariana (9 July 2012). "Sienna Miller Gives Birth to Baby Girl!". Us Weekly. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sienna Miller names daughter Marlowe Ottoline Layng". The Arizona Republic. Bang Showbiz. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 

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