Toby Kebbell

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Kebbell at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Tobias Alistair Patrick Kebbell

(1982-07-09) 9 July 1982 (age 41)
Alma mater Central Junior Television Workshop
OccupationActor
Years active2000–present
Spouse
Arielle Wyatt
(m. 2020)
Children1

Tobias Alistair Patrick Kebbell [2] [3] (born 9 July 1982) is an English actor. He is known for his roles in films such as Dead Man's Shoes (2004), Control (2007), RocknRolla (2008), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), War Horse (2011), Wrath of the Titans (2012), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Fantastic Four (2015), Warcraft (2016), A Monster Calls (2016), Ben-Hur (2016), and Gold (2016). He is also known for his work in the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You" (2011) and starred in the second film of the MonsterVerse film series, Kong: Skull Island (2017) and the Apple TV+ series Servant (2019–2023) and For All Mankind (2023–2024).

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Early life

Kebbell, the fourth of five children, was born in Pontefract, Yorkshire, but grew up in Nottinghamshire where he attended The Grove School (now the Newark Academy) in Balderton. He was brought up by his mother, Michelle (née Mathers), a cook and landscape gardener and his father, Robert Kebbell, an engineer [4] from Zimbabwe. [5] He was raised Catholic, and attended a Catholic primary school. [6] [1]

Kebbell trained in acting at the Central Junior Television Workshop in Nottingham along with Andrew Shim and Vicky McClure. [7]

Career

Kebbell's first movie appearance was as Anthony, a young man with a learning difficulty, in the Shane Meadows directed Dead Man's Shoes . He was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards 2004 [8] The same year, Kebbell appeared in Oliver Stone's Alexander and Woody Allen's Match Point . [9]

In 2007, Kebbell played Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division in Anton Corbijn's award-winning biopic of Ian Curtis, Control , [10] for which his performance won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards 2007. [8] He was also nominated for the London Film Critics Circle Awards 2007 Best Supporting British Actor Award. [11]

Kebbell at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in February 2009 Toby Kebbell crop.jpg
Kebbell at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in February 2009

In December 2007, Kebbell took the lead in an episode of season 2 of Jimmy McGovern's BBC series The Street , [12] which subsequently won the BAFTA for Best Drama series. His other work for the BBC included a modern retelling of Macbeth [9] alongside James McAvoy, while his theatre roles included spells at the Almeida Theatre in David Hare's reworking of Maxim Gorky's Enemies [9] and at the Playhouse in R.C. Sherriff's classic, Journey's End.

In September 2008, Kebbell was featured in RocknRolla (winner of the Empire Award for Best British Film), [13] written and directed by Guy Ritchie, [13] alongside actors Tom Wilkinson, Gerard Butler and Thandiwe Newton. Kebbell played a heroin-addicted musician, Johnny Quid, [14] for which he was nominated for BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award of the 2009 BAFTA Awards, [15] an award voted for by the public. Kebbell was also nominated for the Empire Award for Best Newcomer, [16] but lost out to his friend Gemma Arterton. [16] Kebbell appeared in the 2009 film Cheri , directed by Stephen Frears, in which he took a small role alongside Michelle Pfeiffer. He filmed in Morocco and London with Jake Gyllenhaal for Prince of Persia: Sands of Time . [9]

In 2011, Kebbell played a leading role in "The Entire History of You", [9] the finale of the first series of Charlie Brooker's anthology series Black Mirror , [9] which was written by Jesse Armstrong. Robert Downey Jr. has since bought the rights to adapt the script for a forthcoming film. [17]

In 2014, Kebbell took over the role of Koba in the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes . [18]

Kebbell played the Marvel antagonist, Doctor Doom, in the 2015 Fantastic Four film, [19] and an orc, Durotan, in the 2016 Warcraft . [20] He played Jack Chapman in the fantasy action film Kong: Skull Island (2017), while also providing guidance for Kong's motion capture sequences. [21]

Personal life

Toby has been married to Arielle Wyatt since 2020 and they have one child together.[ citation needed ]

Acting credits

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004 Dead Man's Shoes Anthony
2004Northern SoulMark SherbertShort film
2004 Alexander Pausanias of Orestis
2005 Match Point Policeman
2006 Wilderness Callum
2007 Control Rob Gretton
2008 RocknRolla Johnny Quid
2008 The German BartonShort film
2008 Clubbed Man in queue (voice)Uncredited
2009 Cheri Patron
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Prince Garsiv
2010 The Sorcerer's Apprentice Drake Stone
2010 The Conspirator John Wilkes Booth
2011 The Veteran Robert Miller
2011 War Horse Colin
2012 Wrath of the Titans Agenor
2013 The East Doc / Thomas Ayres
2013 The Counselor Tony
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Koba
2015 Fantastic Four Victor Von Doom / Dr. Doom
2015 Buddha's Little Finger Pyotr Voyd
2016 Warcraft Durotan / Antonidas
2016 Ben-Hur Messala Severus
2016 A Monster Calls Dad
2016 Gold Agent Paul Jennings
2017 Kong: Skull Island Jacksford "Jack" Chapman / King Kong Motion capture for King Kong
2017 The Female Brain Kevin
2017 War for the Planet of the Apes Koba
2018 A Wizard's Tale Terry Dexter (voice)
2018 The Hurricane Heist Will
2018 Destroyer Silas Howe
2018 The Angel Danny Aroya
2019 Daniel James Foley
2020 Becoming [10] Alex
2020 Bloodshot Martin Axe

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000 Peak Practice GrahamEpisode: "Keeping Up the Act"
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Malcolm Episode: "Macbeth"
2006 Born Equal Beggar 2Television film
2007The Commander: Windows of the SoulJimmy BannermanTelevision film
2007 The Street Paul Billerton3 episodes
2011 Black Mirror Liam FoxwellEpisode: "The Entire History of You"
2013 The Escape Artist Liam Foyle3 episodes
2018 Dream Corp LLC Patient 101 / Leslie KruxEpisode: "The Krux"
2019–2023 Servant Sean TurnerMain role
2023–present For All Mankind Miles DaleMain role (season 4)

Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional voices

Music videos

YearTitleArtistRole
2020"Clarity" Saleka

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResultRef
2004 British Independent Film Awards 2004 Most Promising Newcomer Dead Man's Shoes Nominated [8] [22]
2007 British Independent Film Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor/Actress Control Won [8] [22]
2007 London Film Critics Circle Awards 2007 British Supporting Actor of the Year Control Nominated [11] [22]
2008 62nd British Academy Film Awards BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award RocknRolla Nominated [14] [22]
2009 Empire Awards Empire Award for Best Newcomer RocknRolla Nominated [16] [22]

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