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Rory Kinnear was born in London in 1978. After reading English at Balliol College, Oxford, he studied acting at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).
Kinnear has performed many acclaimed roles in theatre, such as his role of Laeres in Phyllida Lloyd’s Hamlet. He was also highly revered for his performance as the National Theatre’s The Man of Mode, playing Sir Fopling Flutter, a role which saw him win a Laurence Olivier Award and an Ian Charleson Award. He also won best actor at the Evening Standard drama awards in 2010 for his portrayal as title character in Hamlet at the National Theatre and for playing Angelo in Measure For Measure. Other notable performances at the National Theatre include his lead role in The Revenger’s Tragedy, his role as Pyotr in Gorky’s Philistines and also in the theatre adaption of Nikita Mikhalkov’s film Burnt By the Sun, playing Mitia. In 2013 Kinnear won the Evening Standards drama award’s Best Actor Award for the second time for his title role in Othello at the National Theatre. He also won his second Laurence Olivier Award for this role.
Kinnear is also well known for his portrayal of Bill Tanner in the James Bond film series alongside Daniel Craig, in Quantam of Solace (2008), Skyfal (2012) and Spectre (2015), being the fourth person to play this role. He has also appeared in blockbusters such as The Imitation Game (2014), Cuban Fury (2014) and The First Men in the Moon (2010). In television, Kinnear has been nominated for a BAFTA TV Award and a Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor for his role in Southcliffe in 2013, he also won the Satellite Award and received nominations for his performance in Penny Dreadful as The Creature from 2014 until 2016. Other notable television roles include his appearance as Prime Minister Michael Callow in Charlie Brooker’s dark drama Black Mirror, in Silent Witness (2005), Walking the Dead (2009) and Ashes to Ashes (2009).
Selected London & West End Stage Appearances
|The Threepenny Opera||Mcheath||Olivier||2016|
|The Last of the Haussmans||Nick||Lyttelton||2012||Review|
|Burnt By The Sun||Mitia||Lyttelton||2009||Review|
|Man of Mode||Sir Fopling Flutter||Olivier||2007|
|Mary Stuart||Donmar Warehouse||2005||Review|