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Tony Curran
Curran at the Defiance Panel at the 2013 SDCC
Glasgow, Scotland
Alma materRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
Years active1985–present
Mai Nguyen
(m. 2012)

Tony Curran is a Scottish actor who has appeared in Underworld: Evolution, Doctor Who, Roots, and the Netflix historical epic Outlaw King. He appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: The Dark World (2013) as Bor and the second season of Daredevil (2016) as Finn Cooley. In late 2022, Curran starred in the BBC drama Mayflies.

Early life and education[edit]

Curran was born in Glasgow, and is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.[1]


Curran appeared in the BBC television series This Life. Since then, he has appeared in a number of major film and television roles, including Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man), an original character in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. To portray the Invisible Man, he donned a special suit that turned him into a walking bluescreen. (According to his commentary on the DVD, he looked like a "smurf on acid".) He also played vampire roles in Guillermo del Toro's Blade II as Priest and Underworld: Evolution as Markus. In 2006 he appeared in the unrated film Red Road.[2]

Curran played the role of Datak Tarr on the Syfy series Defiance and in 2014, he costarred with Diana Vickers in the thriller film Awaiting.[3] In 2016 Curran signed to play 'Callum' in the new E4/Netflix original series Crazyhead.

Curran portrayed Vincent van Gogh in the science fiction television series Doctor Who. The episode, written by Richard Curtis, was rated by Screen Rant as the best of Matt Smith's time as the Doctor.[4] A scene where Curran plays van Gogh, taken into the future to see his work in a modern museum, has been described as one of the most emotional in the entire series.[5][6] Curran also made a cameo appearance in the Doctor Who episode "The Pandorica Opens".

In 2002, Curran played Sgt. Pete Twamley in the ITV series Ultimate Force, which was broadcast in over 100 countries. Curran later worked in season 8 of The Flash where he portrayed Despero in his human form and voiced him in his true alien form starting in the five-part episode "Armageddon". He starred in the 2018 film Outlaw King, alongside Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Florence Pugh.

His lead performance in the poignant 2022 BBC drama Mayflies was described by The Guardian as "devastating".[7] In 2023, he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing a Skrull infiltrator who had assumed the identity of Derrik Weatherby, "C" of the British Secret Intelligence Service (a.k.a. MI6) in the series Secret Invasion.

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, he married Mai Nguyen; the couple have a daughter.[1] Curran has campaigned for charities and was named as an official ambassador of the Celtic F.C. Foundation.[8]




Year Title Role Notes
1993 Being Human Raider
1994 Shallow Grave Travel Agent
1994 Captives Spider
1995 Go Now Chris Cameron
1999 The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Sean Devine
1999 The 13th Warrior Weath the Musician
2000 Gladiator Assassin No. 1
2001 Pearl Harbor Ian
2002 Blade II Priest
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man)
2004 Flight of the Phoenix Rodney
2005 Beowulf & Grendel Hondscioh
2006 Underworld: Evolution Markus Corvinus
2006 Red Road Clyde Henderson
2006 Miami Vice Aryan Brother As Anthony Curran
2006 The Good German Danny
2007 Trust Me Miles Loncrain
2008 Shuttle Driver
2008 The Midnight Meat Train Driver
2008 The Lazarus Project William Reeds
2009 A Day in the Life Dr. Reynolds
2009 Ondine Alex
2009 Corrado Officer Tony
2010 The Presence The Man in Black
2010 Golf in the Kingdom Adam Green
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Lt. Delcourt
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Chirkoff
2011 Cat Run Sean Moody
2011 The Veteran Chris Turner
2011 Two-Legged Rat Bastards Desoto Short
2011 Crossmaglen Dermot McGarvey
2011 The Last Best Place Fletcher
2011 X-Men: First Class Man in Black Agent
2012 In the Dark Half Filthy
2013 Mary Queen of Scots Knox
2013 Thor: The Dark World Bor Uncredited
2014 Postman Pat: The Movie Paparazzi 2 (voice)
2014 The Seventeenth Kind James Short
2015 Awaiting Morris
2016 Race Lawson Robertson
2017 Eat Locals Peter Boniface
2018 Calibre Logan
2018 Outlaw King Angus Macdonald


Year Title Role Notes
1986–1987 Dramarama Archie Campbell / Jason 2 episodes
1992 Strathblair Ian Episode #2.6
1994 The Tales of Para Handy Sailor in Pub / Donald 2 episodes
1994 Rab C. Nesbitt Young Policeman Episode: "Mother"
1995 Soldier Soldier Sgt Ian Kelly Episode: "Leaving"
1995 Screen Two David Episode: "Nervous Energy"
1996 Grange Hill Police Officer #2 Episode #19.16
1996 Atletico Partick Dr. Maitland 3 episodes
1997 Taggart Ian Jardine Episode: "Apocalypse Part One"
1997 The Bill D.C. Dave McGovern Episode: "Professional Opinion"
1997 A Touch of Frost Craig Hudson Episode: "Penny for the Guy"
1997 This Life Lenny 7 episodes
1998 Touching Evil Emerson Episodes: "Scalping Part 1 & 2"
1998 Undercover Heart Jimmy Hatcher 5 episodes
1999 Great Expectations Orlick Television film
1999 Split Second Ronnie Baxter Television film
1999 The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Sean Devine 2 episodes
2000 Perfect World Spencer Episode: "Charity"
2001 The Mists of Avalon Uther's Captain 2 episodes
2002 Menace Det. Sgt. Skinner 2 episodes
2002–2003 Ultimate Force Sergeant Pete Twamley 12 episodes
2005 Night Stalker Damon Caylor Episode: "The Five People You Meet in Hell"
2007 A.M.P.E.D. Mark Jacocks Television film
2008 Gemini Division Walken 5 episodes
2008 Numb3rs Victor Tooner Episode: "Frienemies"
2009 Medium Lucas Harvey Episodes: "The Devil Inside Part 1 & 2"
2009 Primeval Sir William de Mornay Episode #3.7
2010 24 Lugo Elson 3 episodes
2010 The Mentalist C.D.C.A Agent Dean Harken Episode: "Code Red"
2010 Doctor Who Vincent van Gogh Episodes: "Vincent and the Doctor," "The Pandorica Opens"
2010 Pillars of the Earth King Stephen 8 episodes
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Tyrell Neth Episode: "Unleashed"
2011 The Hunt for Tony Blair Robin Cook Television film
2011 Boardwalk Empire Eaominn Rohan Episode: "Peg of Old"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 John O'Toole Episode: "Ike Maka"
2011 Covert Affairs MI6 "Janitor" Kenneth Martin Episode: "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"
2011 Luck Steward's Assistant Episode: "Pilot"
2011 Young James Herriot Prof. Donald Richie 3 episodes
2012 Labyrinth Guy d'Évreux 2 episodes
2013–2015 Defiance Datak Tarr
Datak Tarr's father
36 episodes
2014 Sons of Anarchy Gaines 3 episodes
2014 Marvellous Lou Macari Television film
2016 Daredevil Finn Cooley Episode: "Penny and Dime"
2016 Elementary Joshua Vikner 2 episodes
2016 Roots Connelly 2 episodes
2016 Crazyhead Callum 6 episodes
2017–2018 Voltron: Legendary Defender Commander Throk / various (voice) 5 episodes
2018 The Looming Tower Inspector Barry James 2 episodes
2018–2019 Ray Donovan Michael "Red" Radulovic 7 episodes
2019 SEAL Team Brett "Swanny" Swann 5 episodes
2019 Deadwood: The Movie James Smith Television film
2020–2023 Your Honor Frankie 15 episodes
2021 The Flash Despero 5 episodes
2021 Summer Camp Island Ryan (voice) Episode: "The Babies Chapter 2: Teacup Giant"
2022 For All Mankind Clarke Halladay Episode: "Happy Valley"
2022 The Calling John Wentworth 6 episodes
2022 Mayflies Tully Two-part drama[9]
2023 Secret Invasion Derrik Weatherby 2 episodes
2024 Mary & George King James I 7 episodes
TBA Rhona Who Lives by the River Narrator Upcoming series
TBA Lockerbie Filming[10]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 MacMillan / Baseplate, Yuri
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive SAS soldier voices


  1. ^ a b Didcock, Barry. "From Red Road to Hollywood Boulevard: Scottish actor Tony Curran on making a good life as a bad guy". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Making it in Hollywood". Future Movies.
  3. ^ "Awaiting Tony Curran and Diana Vickers". bullz-eye.com. Retrieved 2 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Doctor Who: Each Doctor's Best Episode". ScreenRant. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  5. ^ DWTV (6 May 2015). "The 10 Most Emotional Episodes of New Who (Part 1)". Doctor Who TV. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  6. ^ McEwan, Cameron K. (10 February 2018). "8 of Doctor Who's saddest moments EVER". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Tony Curran is devastating in deeply moving drama Mayflies". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2022.
  8. ^ "Foundation ambassador roles for three Scottish actors". Celtic F.C. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  9. ^ "Mayflies – Meet the cast and creatives behind the drama that 'discovers the joy and the costs of love'". BBC/mediacentre. 19 December 2022. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  10. ^ Szalai, Georg (5 March 2024). "'Suits' Star Patrick J. Adams, Connor Swindells, Merritt Wever Cast in Netflix, BBC Series 'Lockerbie'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 March 2024.

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