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Philip Dean Torrens

(1960-06-02) 2 June 1960 (age 61)
Bromley, Kent, England
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge Drama Studio London
Years active1984–present

Philip Dean Torrens (born 2 June 1960) is an English actor.


Known for playing urbane, authoritarian figures, Torrens portrayed courtier Tommy Lascelles in the Netflix drama The Crown , aristocrat Lord Massen in the HBO Max series The Nevers and held leading roles in Poldark and Versailles . His film appearances include The Danish Girl , The Iron Lady , War Horse and Star Wars: The Force Awakens . In 2017, he joined the main cast of AMC's Preacher , portraying the antagonist Herr Starr. He also provided his voice to Lofty Thaddeus Worthington in the 2005 film Valiant .

Early life and education

Torrens was born in Bromley, Kent, and educated at Bloxham School. He studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge and subsequently studied acting at Drama Studio London. [1]


Torrens's television appearances include Consenting Adults , two episodes of Jeeves and Wooster , two episodes of Doctor Who ("Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood"), [2] The Brittas Empire , Green Wing , Silk , The Government Inspector (as John Scarlett), The Last Detective and DI Spencer for a few episodes in The Bill in 2001. He has also appeared in a 2008 series of British television advertisements for First Direct, with Matthew King. He appeared also in 1992 episode of Maigret with Michael Gambon.

In 2011, Torrens appeared in both episodes of an Outnumbered two-part special. In 2012 he appeared in the first episode of series 8 of Hustle as Heinz Zimmermann and also presented new gameshow The Devil's Dinner Party . Torrens briefly appeared in an episode of Death in Paradise in 2013, as a museum guide. His film appearances include Tomorrow Never Dies as the captain of HMS Bedford, the 2001 film To End All Wars and voicework for Valiant .

In 2013, Torrens appeared in "The Waldo Moment", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror . In November 2014, Torrens played the part of Richard Grenville in the BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers . In 2017 he began a starring role on American television series Preacher , on which he appeared in 33 episodes.



1984 Oxford Blues Ian
1986 Lady Jane Thomas
1987 Little Dorrit Henry Gowan
1988 A Handful of Dust Jock
1989 How to Get Ahead in Advertising Jonathan
1989Bearskin: An Urban FairytaleGold-cufflinks
1990 Mountains of the Moon Lt. Hesketh
1990 Eminent Domain Anton
1991 The Object of Beauty Art Evaluator
1992 Patriot Games Lord North's 1st Aide
1993 The Remains of the Day Doctor Carlisle
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Captain (HMS Bedford)
1997 Incognito White (defense attorney)
1999 Rogue Trader Simon Jones
2001 To End All Wars Lt. Foxworth
2001 Revelation Professor Claxton
2001 The Mystic Masseur Governor
2001 All the Queen's Men British Major
2005 Pride & Prejudice Netherfield Butler
2005 Valiant Lofty (voice)
2007 The Mark of Cain Colonel Hampton
2007 Flood Army Liaison Officer Richardson
2008 Easy Virtue Lord Hurst
2009 Dorian Gray Victor
2009 St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Heathcoat Parker
2011 My Week with Marilyn Sir Kenneth Clark
2011 War Horse Major Tompkins
2011 Love's Kitchen Health & Safety Official
2011 The Iron Lady Ian Gilmour
2011 Largo Winch II Invité Plateau CNBC
2012 Anna Karenina Prince Shcherbatsky
2012 Gambit Savoy Desk Clerk
2012 Bel Ami Paul the Butler
2012 The Scapegoat George
2013The GuestFrankShort film
2013Drone StrikeWing Commander Ellis
2014 Gemma Bovery Rankin
2014 Effie Gray Royal Academy / Times Journalist
2015 The Danish Girl Dr Hexler
2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Colonel Kaplan
2016 Kids in Love Graham
2017 Darkest Hour BBC Producer
2018 Down a Dark Hall Professor Farley
2019 The Aftermath General Brook


1987 The Lenny Henry Show PC Monkhouse6 episodes
1989 The Nightmare Years Major Radford4 episodes
1989Voice of the HeartKim CunninghamTelevision film
1989Arms and the ManBluntschliBBC television play
1991 Chimera Windeler3 episodes
1991 Performance Nigel ChildsEpisode: "Absolute Hell"
1991, 2006 Agatha Christie's Poirot Major Rich/Jeremy Cloade"The Mystery of the Spanish Chest" (1991), "Taken at the Flood" (2006)
1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Howard Carter Episodes: Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal and Treasure of the Peacock's Eye
1992 Van der Valk Michael de GrootEpisode: "Still Waters"
1992 Medics Jonathan WitleyEpisode: "#2.1"
1992–1993 Jeeves and Wooster Bingo LittleEpisodes: "Comrade Bingo" and "Bridegroom Wanted"
1993 Lovejoy Christian ShotleyEpisode: "Fly the Flag"
1993 To Play the King Andrew Harding3 episodes
1993 Minder MuldierEpisode: "The Great Trilby"
1993 Maigret Chief CommissionerEpisode: "Maigret on the Defensive"
1994 A Dark-Adapted Eye Chad2 episodes
1994 The Brittas Empire John RawlinsonEpisode: "Brussels Calling"
1995 Kavanagh QC Miles PetershamEpisode: "Nothing But the Truth"
1995The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Treasure of the Peacock's EyeHoward CarterTelevision film
1995 Hamish Macbeth Miles PetershamEpisode: "Nothing But the Truth"
1995–2007 The Bill Various5 episodes
1996 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Michael Quin2 episodes
1996 Tales from the Crypt GordonEpisode: "About Face"
1997 Crime Traveller CarterEpisode: "A Death in the Family"
1997 Bodyguards Robert Ferguson6 episodes
1997 Soldier Soldier Major Lawrence Brownham2 episodes
1998The Unknown SoldierMajor Stephen PhelpsTelevision film
1999 Murder Most Horrid News PresenterEpisode: "Elvis, Jesus and Zack"
1999 Big Bad World HughEpisode: "Be Nice to Posh People"
1999Pure WickednessDr. Phil Gold3 episodes
1999 Peak Practice Harry Kenyon2 episodes
2000 Longitude Captain LindsayTV Series
2000 Lorna Doone Colonel KirkeTelevision film
2000Black CabJamesEpisode: "Busy Body"
2001 Office Gossip Mark SpenserEpisode: "Moving On"
2001 Shackleton James McIlroy Television film
2002 Sunday Inquiry lawyerTelevision film
2002Ted and AliceDr. Handford3 episodes
2002 Believe Nothing Le FanuEpisode: "Get Rich Quick"
2002Dead GorgeousRex BallardTelevision film
2002 The Project MoD OfficialTelevision film
2002 TLC Mr. CopperfieldEpisode: "Staying Awake"
2002Darwin's Daughter Charles Darwin Television film
2002The Many Lives of Albert WalkeSamTelevision film
2003 At Home with the Braithwaites Mr. BrondbyEpisode: "#4.6"
2003 Where the Heart Is Peter Viner - CardiologistEpisode: "My Way"
2003 Trial & Retribution DCS Richard LawsonEpisode: "Suspicion: Part 2"
2003 Second Nature FrankTelevision film
2003 Seven Wonders of the Industrial World Dr. John SnowEpisode: "The Sewer King"
2003 Charles II: The Power and The Passion Charles HartEpisode: "Episode #1.3"
2003 Gifted Richard NeilsonTelevision film
2004 Red Cap Major Tim GarveyEpisode: "Betrayed"
2004 Casualty Tom PriceEpisode: "World Gone Wrong: Part 1"
2004 Messiah: The Promise DCI Warmseley2 episodes
2004 Rosemary & Thyme Donald WestwardEpisode: "Up the Garden Path"
2004 When I'm 64 HeadmasterTelevision film
2004 My Dad's the Prime Minister PublisherEpisode: "Diaries"
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple Noël Coward Episode: "4:50 from Paddington"
2004–2008 Wire in the Blood DI Brennan / Harrison3 episodes
2005 Rome Lucius Tillius Cimber Episode: "Kalends of February"
2005 Broken News Sam French, Bullet Points Presenter6 episodes
2005 The Commander DCS Les Branton2 episodes
2005 A View from a Hill Squire RichardsTelevision film
2005 The Rotters' Club English MasterEpisode: "The Chick and the Hairy Guy"
2005 The Government Inspector John Scarlett Television film
2005 No Angels Dr. TemplarEpisode: "#2.8"
2005 The Last Detective Captain BoydenEpisode: "Towpaths of Glory"
2005 Ian Fleming: Bondmaker Noël Coward Television film
2005 Class of '76 Supt FloodTelevision film
2006 Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Olympius Episode: "The Fall of Rome"
2006 Green Wing Neurosurgeon2 episodes
2006 The Chatterley Affair Mervyn Griffith-Jones Television film
2006 The Path to 9/11 Paul Kessler2 episodes
2006 Rebus Andrew HammillEpisode: "Let It Bleed"
2006 Spooks Charles LeeEpisode: "5.8"
2006 Missing Derek Mailer2 episodes
2006 Dresden SaundbyTelevision film
2006 Pinochet in Suburbia Michael Caplan Television film
2007 Waking the Dead Dennis Holland2 episodes
2007 Doctor Who Rocastle2 episodes
2007 Lewis Malcolm CroftEpisode: "Expiation"
2007 The Bad Mother's Handbook Doctor GaleTelevision film
2007 The Chase Hubert Bryce-JonesEpisode: "2.10"
2007 Consenting Adults Frances Graham HarrisonTelevision film
2007 Silent Witness Richard Tate2 episodes
2007 Miss Austen Regrets Edward Austen Knight Television film
2008Queen Victoria's Men Charles Greville Television film
2009 Heartbeat James MoncrieffEpisode: "Sweet Sorrow"
2009Breaking the MouldRadio Announcer (voice)Television film
2009 U Be Dead Peter HigginsonTelevision film
2009 Collision Deputy Commissioner FraserEpisode: "Episode 1"
2010 Secret Diary of a Call Girl EdwardEpisode: "Episode 3.1""
2010, 2016 Midsomer Murders Group Captain Jeremy Ford / Fergal Jenner“The Incident at Cooper Hill” (2016), “Blood on the Saddle” (2010)
2011 The Promise Major John Arbuthnot4 episodes
2011 Outnumbered Armitage2 episodes
2011–2014 Silk HHJ Maikin4 episodes
2011–2014 Law & Order: UK Philip Nevins5 episodes
2012 Hustle Heinz ZimmermannEpisode: "Gold Finger"
2012 Whitechapel Travis UnderwoodEpisode: "Case Two (Part 2)"
2012 The Hollow Crown Thomas de Mowbray Episode: "Henry IV, Part 2"
2012The Fall of Singapore: The Great BetrayalMI5 OfficerTelevision film
2012 One Night Mr. Lerner3 episodes
2012 Switch Lord PiermontEpisode: "Summer Solstice Showdown"
2012 Spy CrispinEpisode: "Codename: Double Oh"
2013 Yes, Prime Minister Jeremy BurnahmEpisode: "The Poisoned Chalice"
2013 Death in Paradise GuideEpisode: “A Deadly Curse”
2013 Black Mirror Philip CraneEpisode: "The Waldo Moment"
2013 The Lady Vanishes Reverend Kenneth BarnesTelevision film
2013 Father Brown Geoffrey BennettEpisode: "The Devil's Dust"
2013 Breathless Eric SmallwoodEpisode: "#2.1"
2014 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond Esmond Rothermere 4 episodes
2014 Inspector George Gently Brigadier PhillipsEpisode: "Gently with Honour"
2014 Salting the Battlefield Jock CalderonTelevision film
2014 Playhouse Presents: MarkedSteve BrashTelevision film
2014–2016 Grantchester Sir Edward Kendall2 episodes (2014), Christmas Special (2016)
2015 The Heavy Water War John Skinner Wilson 6 episodes
2015 Up the Women Lawrence“Vote”, “Train”, “Bowls”
2015–2019 Poldark Cary Warleggan29 episodes
2015–2017 Versailles The Duke of Cassel17 episodes
2016War & PeacePrince Bagration2 episodes
2016 Hetty Feather Reverend CranbourneEpisode: "Changes"
2016–2019 The Crown Tommy Lascelles 16 episodes
2017–2019 Preacher Herr Starr 33 episodes
2018 Patrick Melrose Nicholas PrattMiniseries
2018 Death and Nightingales Maurice FairbrotherEpisode: "Episode #1.2"
2018-2019 Deep State William Kingsley6 episodes
2020 Des Ivan Lawrence QC1 episode
2020 Roadkill Joe Lapidus1 episode
2021 The Nevers Lord MassenMain cast


2019 The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan The CuratorVoice and motion capture
2020 The Dark Pictures: Little Hope

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