Tony Curran

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Tony Curran
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Curran at the Defiance Panel at the 2013 SDCC
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active1985present
Mai Nguyen
(m. 2012)

Tony Curran is a Scottish actor who has appeared in Underworld: Evolution , Doctor Who , Roots , and the Netflix historical epic Outlaw King .


Personal life

Curran was born in Glasgow, and is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 2012 he married Mai Nguyen; they had a daughter in September 2013. [1]


Curran appeared in the BBC television series This Life . Since then, he has appeared in a number of major film and television roles, including Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man), an original character in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen . To portray the Invisible Man, he donned a special suit that turned him into a walking bluescreen. (According to his commentary on the DVD, he looked like a "smurf on acid".) He also played vampire roles in Guillermo del Toro's Blade II as Priest and Underworld: Evolution as Markus. In 2006 he appeared in the unrated film Red Road . [2]

Curran participates in marathons to raise money for charity. He is a frequent and popular participant in the annual Dressed to Kilt event in New York City, run by Friends of Scotland in celebration of Tartan Week. He is also a keen fan of Celtic F.C. Curran played the role of Datak Tarr on the Syfy series Defiance and in 2014, he costarred with Diana Vickers in the thriller film Awaiting. [3] In 2016 Curran signed to play 'Callum' in the new E4/Netflix original series Crazyhead.

Curran portrayed Vincent van Gogh in the science fiction television series Doctor Who . The episode, written by Richard Curtis, was rated by Screen Rant as the best of Matt Smith's time as the Doctor. [4] A scene where Curran plays van Gogh, taken into the future to see his work in a modern museum, has been described as one of the most emotional in the entire series. [5] [6] Curran also made a cameo appearance in the Doctor Who episode "The Pandorica Opens".

Curran played Sgt. Pete Twamley in the ITV series Ultimate Force , which was broadcast in over 100 countries.

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1993 Being Human Raider
1994 Shallow Grave Travel Agent
1994 Captives Spider
1995 Go Now Chris Cameron
1999 The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Sean Devine
1999 The 13th Warrior Weath the Musician
2000 Gladiator Assassin No. 1
2001 Pearl Harbor Ian
2002 Blade II Priest
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man)
2004 Flight of the Phoenix Rodney
2005 Beowulf & Grendel Hondscioh
2006 Underworld: Evolution Markus Corvinus
2006 Red Road Clyde Henderson
2006 Miami Vice Aryan BrotherAs Anthony Curran
2006 The Good German Danny
2007 Trust Me Miles Loncrain
2008 Shuttle Driver
2008 The Midnight Meat Train Driver
2008 The Lazarus Project William Reeds
2009 A Day in the Life Dr. Reynolds
2009 Ondine Alex
2009 Corrado Officer Tony
2010 The Presence The Man in Black
2010 Golf in the Kingdom Adam Green
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn Lt. Delcourt
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Chirkoff
2011 Cat Run Sean Moody
2011 The Veteran Chris Turner
2011Two-Legged Rat BastardsDesotoShort
2011CrossmaglenDermot McGarvey
2011The Last Best PlaceFletcher
2011 X-Men: First Class Man in Black Agent
2012 In the Dark Half Filthy
2013 Mary Queen of Scots Knox
2013 Thor: The Dark World Bor Uncredited
2014 Postman Pat: The Movie Paparazzi 2 (voice)
2014 The Seventeenth Kind JamesShort
2016 Race Lawson Robertson
2018 Calibre Logan
2018 Outlaw King Angus Macdonald


1986–1987 Dramarama Archie Campbell / Jason2 episodes
1992 Strathblair IanEpisode #2.6
1994 The Tales of Para Handy Sailor in Pub / Donald2 episodes
1994 Rab C. Nesbitt Young PolicemanEpisode: "Mother"
1995 Soldier Soldier Sgt Ian KellyEpisode: "Leaving"
1995 Screen Two DavidEpisode: "Nervous Energy"
1996 Grange Hill Police Officer #2Episode #19.16
1996 Atletico Partick Dr. Maitland3 episodes
1997 Taggart Ian JardineEpisode: "Apocalypse Part One"
1997 The Bill D.C. Dave McGovernEpisode: "Professional Opinion"
1997 A Touch of Frost Craig HudsonEpisode: "Penny for the Guy"
1997 This Life Lenny7 episodes
1998 Touching Evil EmersonEpisodes: "Scalping Part 1 & 2"
1998 Undercover Heart Jimmy Hatcher5 episodes
1999 Great Expectations OrlickTelevision film
1999Split SecondRonnie BaxterTelevision film
1999 The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Sean Devine2 episodes
2000 Perfect World SpencerEpisode: "Charity"
2001 The Mists of Avalon Uther's Captain2 episodes
2002MenaceDet. Sgt. Skinner2 episodes
2002–2003 Ultimate Force Sergeant Pete Twamley11 episodes
2005 Night Stalker Damon CaylorEpisode: "The Five People You Meet in Hell"
2007 A.M.P.E.D. Mark JacocksTelevision film
2008 Gemini Division Walken5 episodes
2008 Numb3rs Victor ToonerEpisode: "Frienemies"
2009 Medium Lucas HarveyEpisodes: "The Devil Inside Part 1 & 2"
2009 Primeval Sir William de MornayEpisode #3.7
2010 24 Lugo Elson3 episodes
2010 The Mentalist C.D.C.A Agent Dean HarkenEpisode: "Code Red"
2010 Doctor Who Vincent van Gogh Episodes: "Vincent and the Doctor," "The Pandorica Opens"
2010 Pillars of the Earth King Stephen 8 episodes
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Tyrell NethEpisode: "Unleashed"
2011 The Hunt for Tony Blair Robin Cook Television film
2011 Boardwalk Empire Eaominn RohanEpisode: "Peg of Old"
2011 Hawaii Five-0 John O'TooleEpisode: "Ike Maka"
2011 Covert Affairs MI6 "Janitor" Kenneth MartinEpisode: "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"
2011 Luck Steward's AssistantEpisode: "Pilot"
2011 Young James Herriot Prof. Donald Richie3 episodes
2012 Labyrinth Guy d'Évreux2 episodes
2013–2015 Defiance Datak Tarr
Datak Tarr's father
36 episodes
2014 Sons of Anarchy Gaines3 episodes
2014 Marvellous Lou Macari Television film
2016 Daredevil Finn CooleyEpisode: "Penny and Dime"
2016 Elementary Joshua Vikner2 episodes
2016 Roots Connelly2 episodes
2016 Crazyhead Callum6 episodes
2017–2018 Voltron: Legendary Defender Commander Throk / various (voice)5 episodes
2018 The Looming Tower Inspector Barry James2 episodes
2018–2019 Ray Donovan Michael "Red" Radulovic7 episodes
2019 SEAL Team Brett "Swanny" Swann5 episodes
2019 Deadwood: The Movie James SmithTelevision film
2020 Your Honor Frankie

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