Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey was born in Essex in 1981 where he began acting at aged 11. At the age of 13 he had stated his television career, appearing in the children’s series Mud on CBBC.

His first London theatre roles started at the National Theatre in plays such as Howard Katz in 2001, His Girl Friday and His Dark Materials in 2003 alongside Dominic Cooper. He received acclaim for his role in Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys, which he originally performed at the Royal National Theatre before touring on Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong. He also reprised the role for television and film adaptions. Other notable roles include his role of Hollarcut in The Sea at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2008, Sex With a Stranger at Trafalgar Studios and Plasticine, A Miracle and The Pass, all at the Royal Court Theatre. More recently Tovey has played at the Lyceum Theatre, New York in A View from the Bridge as Rodolpho in 2014. He also performed in His Girl Friday at the National Theatre, Olivier alongside Zoe Wanamaker and Alex Jennings in 2003.

Outside the theatre Tovey has established himself as a television and film actor. He is perhaps most famously known as the werewolf, George Sands in BBC’s Being Human. He has also appeared in Doctor Who, HBO’s Looking, Gavin & Stacey, Banished and the BBC hit drama series, Sherlock. His film credits include Effie (2013), Tower Block (2012), Grabbers (2012) and Pride (2014).

In 2017 Tovey returns to London theatre in Angels in America, playing the role of Joe Pitt alongside Denise Gough, Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield at The National Theatre, Lyttleton. The show is set to run from 17 April 2017.

Selected London & West End Appearances

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Angels in America Joe Pitt Lyttleton 2017

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The Pass Jason Royal Court 2014  
A Miracle Gary Trudgill Royal Court 2009  
Sex With a Stranger Billy Hallercut Trafalgar Studios 2008  
The Sea Hollarcut Haymarket 2008 Review
A Respectable Wedding Groom Young Vic 2007  
History Boys Rudge Lyttleton 2005  
Herge's Adventures of Tintin Tintin Barbican 2005 Review
His Dark Materials Part 1 & 2 Roger Parslow/ Officer  Olivier 2003 Review
His Girl Friday Ralph Sweeney Olivier 2003 Review
Henry V Boy Olivier 2003 Review
Plasticine Spira Boy Having Sex Royal Court 2002 Review
Howard Katz   Cottesloe 2001 Review

 

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