Toby Jones

Biography

Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, Toby Edward Heslewood Jones was born on September 7, 1966 in Hammersmith, London. His parents, Freddie Jones and Jennie Heslewood, are actors as well. Toby has two brothers: Rupert, a director, and Casper, a fellow actor. He studied Drama at the University of Manchester from 1986 to 1989, and at L'École Internationale de Théâtre in Paris under Jacques Lecoq in Paris from 1989 to 1991. Naturally, his career began on the stage (and continues there), but film and television roles came soon after his studies. Toby made his film debut with a small role in Sally Potter's experimental take on Virginia Woolf's novel, Orlando (1992), starring Tilda Swinton. Other small film roles included the doorkeeper in I miserabili (1998) and a memorable turn as the Royal Page in La leggenda di un amore - Cinderella (1998) with Drew Barrymore. Roles in the acclaimed Victoria et Albert (2001) and the Helen Mirren-starring Elizabeth I (2005) were balanced with film work, from his voice role as Dobby the House Elf in Harry Potter e la camera dei segreti (2002) to supporting appearances in Les dames de Cornouailles (2004) (co-starring his father, Freddie), Neverland - Un sogno per la vita (2004), and Lady Henderson presenta (2005). He continued stage work during this period, appearing on Broadway in The Play What I Wrote in 2003, a year after winning the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the London production. Infamous - Una pessima reputazione (2006), directed by Douglas McGrath and released in 2006, was Toby's first starring role. His acclaimed portrayal of Truman Capote remained mostly in the shadow of Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winning performance of the author in 2005's Truman Capote - A sangue freddo (2005). A steady stream of film roles followed with appearances in Amazing Grace (2006), Il velo dipinto (2006), La ronde de nuit (2007), The Mist (2007), and St. Trinian's (2007). Toby then appeared in three successive films that could have been commercial breakthroughs: kid-lit flop Ember - Il mistero della città di luce (2008), the Oscar-nominated Frost/Nixon - Il duello (2008), and Oliver Stone's W., l'improbable président (2008). He reprised the voice-role of Dobby in Harry Potter e i Doni della Morte - Parte 1 (2010), appeared in the St. Trinian's sequel, as well as the Charles Darwin biopic Création (2009) and Dustin Lance Black's post-Harvey Milk (2008) directorial outing, Virginia (2010). More Hollywood roles followed with appearances in Il rito (2011), Sua Maestà (2011), and his first big live-action breakthrough as Red Skull's biochemist Dr. Arnim Zola in Captain America - Il primo Vendicatore (2011). Even before Toby was announced as Cladius Templesmith in the adaptation of the novel Hunger Games (2012), his star was on the rise after Captain America, with roles in three Oscar-nominated films: La talpa (2011), Marilyn (2011), and Le avventure di Tintin - Il segreto dell'Unicorno (2011). Though chances are he will forever be known by many as Cladius, the announcer for The Hunger Games with the booming voice and penchant for ending his statements with the phrase, "And may the odds be ever in your favor!" Toby followed up this massive success with roles in Red Lights (2012) for Buried director Rodrigo Cortés and a memorable turn as one of the dwarves in worldwide hit Biancaneve e il cacciatore (2012). He will next be seen in The Girl - La diva di Hitchcock (2012), a BBC/HBO co-production in which he stars as Alfred Hitchcock, in the miniseries Titanic (2012), Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio (2012), Susanne Bier's Una folle passione (2014), and he will reprise his role as Cladius Templesmith in Hunger Games: La ragazza di fuoco (2013). Toby lives in London with his family.

Filmography

Movie Name Release Date
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom June 22, 2018
Atomic Blonde July 28, 2017
Captain America: The Winter Soldier March 26, 2014
Captain America – The First Avenger July 22, 2011
Happy End November 30, 2017
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets December 6, 2002
The Snowman – L’uomo di neve October 12, 2017