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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
|Angels in America||Joe Pitt||Lyttleton||2017|
|The Pass||Jason||Royal Court||2014|
|A Miracle||Gary Trudgill||Royal Court||2009|
|Sex With a Stranger||Billy Hallercut||Trafalgar Studios||2008|
|A Respectable Wedding||Groom||Young Vic||2007|
|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|
|Plasticine||Spira Boy Having Sex||Royal Court||2002||Review|