Tom Burke (actor)

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Tom Burke
Tom Burke, 2019
Tom Liam Benedict Burke

(1981-06-30) 30 June 1981 (age 42)
London, England
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1999–present
Relatives Arthur Calder-Marshall (grandfather)

Tom Burke (born 30 June 1981) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Athos in the 2014–2016 BBC series The Musketeers , Dolokhov in the 2016 BBC literary-adaptation miniseries War & Peace , the eponymous character Cormoran Strike in the BBC series Strike and Orson Welles in the 2020 film Mank .


Early life

Burke was born in London and grew up in Kent. [1] His parents, David Burke and Anna Calder-Marshall, are also actors, as were his godparents, Alan Rickman and Bridget Turner. [2] His maternal grandparents were writers Arthur Calder-Marshall and Ara Calder-Marshall. Burke was born with a cleft lip and had reconstructive surgery. [3]

Burke always wanted to become an actor. He attended the National Youth Theatre, the Young Arden Theatre in Faversham, and the Box Clever Theatre Company performing at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, [1] and participated in the plays his parents staged in their hometown. [2]

As a child, Burke was diagnosed with dyslexia [2] and struggled academically. He left school before his A-levels because he "couldn't stand the idea of that" and thought he "wouldn't survive it". [4] As soon as he left school at 17, he wrote to an acting agency and got the first role he auditioned for. [4] He attended dance school before being accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London when he was 18. [5]


Burke's first role was as Roland in 1999's Dragonheart: A New Beginning , a direct-to-video sequel of the 1996 film Dragonheart . That year he appeared in an episode of the series Dangerfield and the television movie All the King's Men . After graduating from RADA, he started working steadily in television, film and theatre.[ citation needed ]


His first television part after drama school was Syd in the Paul Abbott thriller series State of Play , starring John Simm, Bill Nighy and James McAvoy. In 2004 he played Lee in TV film Bella and the Boys. In 2005 he played the 20-year-old version of Giacomo Casanova's son, Giac, in the television adaptation of Casanova , starring David Tennant and Peter O'Toole. [6]

In 2006, he played Dr. John Seward in the TV film Dracula . In 2007 he played Napoleon Bonaparte in an episode of BBC's docudrama Heroes and Villains and had a small part as a book publisher in the satirical drama The Trial of Tony Blair . In 2009 he played Lieutenant Race in an episode of the 12th series of Agatha Christie's Poirot . In 2011 he played Bentley Drummle in two episodes of BBC's adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations . In 2012 he became a regular cast member in the second series of BBC Two's The Hour as journalist Bill Kendall. From 2014 to 2016, he played Athos on the BBC One series The Musketeers , an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers . [6] He also plays Cormoran Strike in the BBC miniseries Strike, based on the detective novels of Robert Galbraith; [7] [8] [9] and Rebrov in Sky TV's The Lazarus Project which will air in the U.S. on the TNT cable network.


In 2004 Burke had his first cinema part in The Libertine . In 2007 he played an aspiring filmmaker who ends up directing a porn film in the comedy I Want Candy . In 2008 he played Bluey in Donkey Punch , a horror thriller that debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. In 2009 he played Geoff Goddard in Telstar: The Joe Meek Story, and had a small part in Stephen Frears' Chéri . In 2010 he played Davy in Third Star , a drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild and Adam Robertson which follows a trip four friends, one of them terminally ill, make to Barafundle Bay in Wales. [6]

In 2012 he played Mark in Cleanskin . In 2013 he played Billy, the older brother of Ryan Gosling's character in Only God Forgives , directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. That year he had a supporting role in the Ralph Fiennes-directed film The Invisible Woman . [6]

In 2020, he played American filmmaker Orson Welles in David Fincher's Netflix original film Mank , opposite Gary Oldman as Herman J. Mankiewicz. He will also star in English director and photographer Mitch Jenkins's film The Show (written by Alan Moore) as private investigator Fletcher Dennis. In November 2021, Burke joined Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth in the Mad Max: Fury Road spinoff film Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga , replacing Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. [10]


As a theatre actor, Burke has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in plays at Shakespeare's Globe, playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in 2004; at the Old Vic in Noël Coward's Design for Living opposite Andrew Scott and Lisa Dillon in 2010; and at the Almeida Theatre playing Greg in reasons to be pretty in 2011. In 2002 he played Hamlet in Howard Barker's Gertrude – The Cry , a reworking of Shakespeare's Hamlet which focuses on the character of Gertrude, the protagonist's mother. [11]

In 2006 he worked with Ian McKellen in the play The Cut. In 2008 he played Adolph in Creditors at the Donmar Warehouse. Actor Alan Rickman, Burke's godfather, staged the play which earned Burke an Ian Charleson Award. The play subsequently premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in 2010. In 2012 he played Louis Dubedat in The Doctor's Dilemma at the National Theatre. [12]



Denotes works that have not yet been released
2000 Dragonheart: A New Beginning RolandDirect-to-video
2003The BurlConnor
2005 The Libertine Vaughan
2006The EnlightenmentDaniel Clay
2007 I Want Candy John 'Baggy' Bagley
Supermarket SamSam
The CollectorsEdgar
2008 Donkey Punch Bluey
2009 Telstar Geoff Goddard
Chéri Vicomte Desmond
2010 The Kid Mr. Hayes
Third Star Davy
Look, Stranger
2012An Enemy to Die ForTerrence
Cleanskin Mark
2013 Only God Forgives Billy
The Invisible Woman Mr. George Wharton Robinson
2014 The Hooligan Factory Bullet
2019 The Souvenir Anthony
2020 The Show Fletcher Dennis
Mank Orson Welles
2021 The Souvenir Part II Anthony
True Things Blond
2022 Living Sutherland
The Wonder William Byrne
Klokkenluider Chris (aka Kevin)
2024 Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Post-production [13]


1999 Dangerfield Gavin KirkdaleEpisode #6.11 "Something Personal"
All the King's Men Private Chad BatterbeeTelevision film
2003 State of Play SydEpisodes #1.3–1.6
The Young VisitersHorace
POW Robbie CraneEpisode #1.3
2004Bella and the BoysLee
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Julian BrittonEpisode #3.1 "In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner"
2005 Casanova Giac, aged 20Episode #1.3
The Brief Dan OttwayEpisode #2.2
Jericho Edward WellesleyEpisode #1.1 "A Pair of Ragged Claws"
All About GeorgePaulEpisodes #1.2–1.6
2006 Number 13 Edward JenkinsShort
Dracula Dr. John SewardTelevision film
2007 The Trial of Tony Blair Book Publisher
Heroes and Villains Napoleon Bonaparte Episode #1.1 "Napoleon"
2008 In Love with Barbara Ronald Cartland Television film
2009 Agatha Christie's Poirot Lieutenant Colin RaceEpisode #12.1 "The Clocks"
2011 Great Expectations Bentley DrummleEpisodes #1.2–1.3
2012 The Hour Bill KendallEpisodes #2.1–2.6
2013 Heading Out BenEpisode #1.6
2013–2014 Utopia Philip CarvelEpisode #2.1
2014–2016 The Musketeers Athos Main role
2016 War & Peace Fedya DolokhovTelevision miniseries
2017–present Strike Cormoran Strike Main role
2020 The Crown Derek 'Dazzle' JenningsEpisode: "The Hereditary Principle"
2022/2023 The Lazarus Project Denis RebrovMain role


2002 Gertrude – The Cry Hamlet Riverside Studios
2003The Wax King ( Henry VI, Part 3 ) Lord Clifford The Dreaming Will Initiativepart of the documentary film How do You Know My Daughter?
Fragile LandFidel Hampstead Theatre
The MonumentStetko Finborough Theatre
2004 Romeo and Juliet Romeo Shakespeare's Globe [14]
2005 Macbeth Malcolm Almeida Theatre
The IncarceratorLiddle Old Red Lion Theatre
2006 The Cut Stephen Donmar Warehouse [15]
2007 Scenes from an Execution Carpeta Hackney Empire [16]
Glass Eels Kenneth Hampstead Theatre [17] [18]
Don Juan Comes Back From the War Don Juan Belgrade Theatre
2008 I'll Be The Devil Dermot Tricycle Theatre
Excerpt from The Poisoned Atmosphere Soho Studio Director
Creditors Adolph Donmar Warehouse
2009 Restoration Robert Merivel Salisbury Playhouse
2010 Design for Living Otto The Old Vic [19]
2011 reasons to be pretty Greg Almeida Theatre [20] [21] [22]
2012 The Doctor's Dilemma Louis Dubedat National Theatre [23] [24] [25]
2016 Reasons to be Happy Greg Hampstead Theatre
The Deep Blue Sea Freddie Page National Theatre [26]
2018 Don Carlos Posa / The Grand Inquisitor Northcott Theatre [27]
2019 Rosmersholm Johannes Rosmer Duke of York's Theatre [28]

Awards and nominations

2008 Ian Charleson Award Creditors at Donmar Warehouse Won [29]
2019 British Independent Film Award for Best Actor The Souvenir Nominated [30]

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