Mr Toby Jones (BA Drama 1989) – Actor
Toby Jones is one of Britain’s most respected actors. Born in 1967, he grew up in Oxford as part of a family already well-established in the acting world. His father, Freddie Jones, is a renowned character actor. One brother, Rupert, is a director and the other Casper, is also an actor.
Toby studied Drama at The University of Manchester, graduating in 1989. Since then he has appeared in more than 20 films in his career to date, demonstrating a unique versatility and ability to master any part that comes his way. He was the voice of Dobby the House Elf in the Harry Potter films and gave a hugely acclaimed performance as Truman Capote in the biopic, Infamous.
He’s worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, from directors Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone, to actors Martin Sheen, Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.
Although Toby continues to enthral audiences on the big screen, his love of the stage is clear. In 2001, his role in the West End comedy The Play What I Wrote received critical acclaim and he won Best Supporting Actor at the 2002 Olivier Awards. His critical success continued when the play moved to Broadway, with a nomination for a Tony Award in 2003.
With more major roles on stage and screen lined up in the months and years to come, Toby is very much a star still in the ascendant. He has surely earned his status as one of Britain’s most talented and memorable actors.
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