Thomas Brodie-Sangster

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Thomas Brodie-Sangster
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Brodie-Sangster at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 30)
Southwark, London, England
Other namesThomas Sangster
Years active2001–present

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (born 16 May 1990), also credited as Thomas Sangster, is an English actor known for playing Sam in Love Actually (2003), Simon in Nanny McPhee (2005), Romulus Augustulus in The Last Legion (2007), Ferb in Phineas and Ferb (2007–2015), Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones (2013–2014), and Newt in the Maze Runner film series (2014–2018). [1]


Sangster also grew in popularity for starring in critically acclaimed cult films such as Death of a Superhero (2011), Bright Star (2009), and as Paul McCartney in Nowhere Boy (2009). He also had a cameo appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), a role as Whitey Winn in the Netflix miniseries Godless (2017) and played John Tracy in Thunderbirds Are Go (2015–2020).

Early life

Thomas Sangster was born in Southwark, a district in London, on 16 May 1990 to Mark Sangster and Tasha Bertram. Sangster's father's family is from Banchory, Scotland. [2] His great-grandfather,[ citation needed ] Anthony Bertram, was a novelist, and a maternal ancestor was politician and colonial administrator Sir Evan Nepean,[ citation needed ] through whom he has Cornish and Welsh ancestry. [3] He has one sister, Ava Sangster. Sangster plays bass and guitar, and he learned to play left-handed guitar to portray the left-handed Paul McCartney in the feature film Nowhere Boy . He also learned how to play the drums in the feature film Love Actually (2003).


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Sangster in July 2006

In 2001, Sangster's first acting role was in a BBC television film, Station Jim . He subsequently appeared in a few more television films, including the lead roles in Bobbie's Girl , The Miracle of the Cards (based on the story of Craig Shergold) and Stig of the Dump . He won the "Golden Nymph" award at the 43rd Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival [4] for his role in the miniseries Entrusted . Sangster's first major theatrical film was Love Actually (2003), in which he played Sam. He was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award [5] and a Young Artist Award [6] for his role in the film.

Sangster next appeared in a television adaptation of the novel Feather Boy and played a younger version of James Franco's Tristan in the film version of Tristan & Isolde . Among other things, Sangster takes part in a (child's) sword fight in the film. Sangster next starred in the commercially successful film Nanny McPhee (2005) as the eldest of seven children.

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Sangster promoting Death of a Superhero in 2011

In 2007, he appeared in a two-part story ( Human Nature and The Family of Blood ) in Doctor Who as schoolboy Timothy "Tim" Latimer, [7] and guest-starred in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas The Mind's Eye and The Bride of Peladon . His voice lowered during filming of the Doctor Who episodes. He also starred in the film adaptation of Valerio Massimo Manfredi's historical novel The Last Legion , released in 2007. That same year he voiced the character of Ferb Fletcher in the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb . He appeared in the 2008 miniseries Pinocchio, filmed in Italy, as Lampwick.

In March 2008, [8] it was announced that Sangster would star in Steven Spielberg's CGI motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin as the title character of Hergé's comic books. Sangster left the project after scheduling difficulties when filming was delayed in October 2008 and the role was given to Jamie Bell. [9] [10]

Also in 2008, Sangster had a role in director Jane Campion's film Bright Star , a love story about John Keats and his lover Fanny Brawne. He also starred as Paul McCartney in Nowhere Boy , a film directed by award-winning artist Sam Taylor-Wood, about the teenage years of John Lennon.

Sangster appeared as Casey in the film Some Dogs Bite about a boy who wants to keep his family together. Casey takes his baby brother out of foster care and, with the help of his older brother, goes in search of their father. Sangster appeared in the Irish film Death of a Superhero , based on the novel by Anthony McCarten. [11]

Additionally, Sangster plays Liam in the 2011 film The Last Furlong . In April 2011, he made a guest appearance as Adam Douglas in an episode of British detective drama Lewis . In 2012, he starred in The Baytown Outlaws and in Ella Jones's short film, The Ugly Duckling, the third installment of the Tales trilogy of reworked fairy tales from More Films. [12] From 2013 to 2014, he played the role of Jojen Reed in the HBO series Game of Thrones . [13] In 2015, he began providing the voice of John Tracy in ITV's remake of Gerry Anderson's puppet series Thunderbirds Are Go (2015–present).

Sangster played Newt in the 20th Century Fox Maze Runner trilogy, including The Maze Runner (2014), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), and Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018). In BBC2's 6-part television adaptation of Wolf Hall (on BBC2 from 21 January 2015), Sangster portrayed Rafe Sadler, the ward of Thomas Cromwell. [14]

On 24 May 2017, a 15-minute sequel to Love Actually was released with Sangster as part of the cast. It was shown on the BBC as part of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day and titled Red Nose Day Actually and brought back a large number of characters from the first film. [15]

In 2017, Sangster began portraying Whitey Winn in the Netflix western drama miniseries Godless (2017).

Brodie Films and Winnet music

Sangster established Brodie Films in 2006 with his mother, Tasha Bertram, "to create opportunities in the film industry for new British talent; innovative writers, actors and directors." [16] The company was dissolved in May 2013. [17]

Sangster plays bass guitar, and in January 2010 joined the band Winnet, in which his mother provides vocals. [1]



2002Mrs. MeitlemeihrBoy 1Short film
2003 Love Actually Sam
2005 Nanny McPhee Simon Brown
2006 Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front Boy in Spelling Bee
Tristan & Isolde Young Tristan
2007 The Last Legion Romulus Augustus
2009 Bright Star Samuel Brawne
Nowhere Boy Paul McCartney
The Alchemistic SuitcaseBoyShort film
2011My Left Hand ManSamuel EmersonShort film
Hideaways Liam
Death of a Superhero Donald Clarke
Albatross Mark
2012 The Baytown Outlaws Rob
2013The Ugly DucklingThe Ugly DucklingShort film
Orbit Ever AfterNigelShort film
2014 The Maze Runner Newt
Phantom Halo Samuel Emerson
2015 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Newt
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Petty Officer ThanissonCameo
2018 Maze Runner: The Death Cure Newt
2020 Dragon Rider Voice role, in production


2001Station JimHenryTelevision film
The Miracle of the Cards Craig Shergold Television film
2002 Stig of the Dump BarneyTelevision miniseries
Bobbie's Girl AlanTelevision film
London's Burning StephenEpisode #14.6
2003 Hitler: The Rise of Evil Young Hitler Television film
Entrusted Thomas von GallTelevision film
Ultimate Force GabrielEpisode: "What in the Name of God"
2004 Feather Boy Robert NobelTelevision miniseries
2005 Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder John DuffEpisode: "The Case of the Croydon Poisonings"
2007–2015 Phineas and Ferb Ferb Fletcher Voice role; lead role; 222 episodes
2007 Doctor Who Timothy "Tim" LatimerEpisodes: "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood"
2008 Pinocchio Lampwick Television film
2010Some Dogs BiteCaseyTelevision film
2011 Lewis Adam DouglasEpisode: "The Mind Has Mountains"
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension Ferb Fletcher Television film; voice role
2012 Accused Jake MurrayEpisodes: "Tina's Story" and "Mo and Sue's Story"
2013–2014 Game of Thrones Jojen Reed Recurring role; 10 episodes
2014 American Dad! N/AVoice role; episode: "I Ain't No Holodeck Boy"
2015 Wolf Hall Rafe Sadler Television miniseries
2015–2020 Thunderbirds Are Go John Tracy / Pirate DobbsVoice role; main role; 55 episodes [18]
2017 Red Nose Day Actually SamTelevision short film
2017 Godless Whitey WinnMiniseries; 7 episodes

Music videos

201430 Minute Break The Luka State Boyfriend [19] [20]
2016Tired of LyingKioko [21]

Audio plays

2007Country LifeBorisFirst broadcast on 22 March 2007, BBC Radio 4 [22]
The Mind's Eye KyleRecorded: 25, 27 July 2007; Released: November 2007 [23]
2008 The Bride of Peladon MinerRecorded: 26, 27 July 2007; Released: January 2008 [24]

Awards and nominations

YearNominated WorkCategoryResult
2003Entrusted [4] Golden Nymph at Monte Carlo Television Festival: Best Actor in a mini-seriesWon
2004 Love Actually Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – MaleNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Best Ensemble Acting for Love ActuallyNominated
Satellite Awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or MusicalNominated
Young Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young ActorNominated
2007 Nanny McPhee Young Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble CastNominated
Young Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young ActorNominated
2008 The Last Legion Young Artist Award: Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young PerformerNominated
2015 The Maze Runner Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout StarNominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (Shared with Dylan O'Brien)Nominated
2016 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (Shared with Dylan O'Brien)Won

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