Born in Essex in 1981, Russell Tovey began acting at 11. At the age of 13, he had started 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, His Girl Friday and His Dark Materials. He received acclaim for his role in Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys, which he originally performed at the National Theatre before touring in Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong.
Tovey has also starred in Hollarcut in The Sea at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Sex With a Stranger at Trafalgar Studios and Plasticine, A Miracle and The Pass, the latter trio at the Royal Court. He also performed in His Girl Friday at the National Theatre alongside Zoe Wanamaker.
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, Gavin and Stacey and Sherlock.
In 2017, Tovey starred in Angels in America, playing the role of Joe Pitt alongside Denise Gough, Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield at the National Theatre. He has also been involved in the Pinter at the Pinter season at the Harold Pinter Theatre and Constellations at the Vaudeville Theatre, starring with Omari Douglas.