Toby Jones is an English actor widely considered as one of the most popular performers in the country. He appeared mainly in supporting roles during the early years of his career. Following his breakthrough performance as Truman Capote in the 2006 biopic ‘Infamous,’ he went on to act in a number of other big screen projects. Also a voice artist, Jones has provided the voices of Aristides in ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ and Dobby in the ‘Harry Potter’ film series. On television, he is known for his role in the comedy series ‘Detectorists’ for which he earned a BAFTA award. The son of actors Freddie and Jennifer Jones, Toby Jones grew up in London with his two brothers, Casper, also an actor, and Rupert, a director. Following his graduation from Abingdon School and Christ Church Cathedral School, he took drama classes at University of Manchester. He later continued his education from L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq before beginning his career.
Childhood & Early Life
Toby Jones was born on 7 September 1966 in Hammersmith, London, England to actors Freddie Jones and Jennifer Jones. He has two brothers who are also active in the entertainment industry.
He studied at Christ Church Cathedral School and later went to Abingdon School in Oxfordshire. From 1986 to 1989, he attended University of Manchester where he studied drama. After this, Jones attended L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq.
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Toby Jones’ first film role was as a valet in the 1992 period drama ‘Orlando’. In the ensuing years, he appeared in several films, such as ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Ever After’, 'Numbertime Time' and 'Naked'.
From 1999 to 2000, he featured in four episodes of the detective drama ‘Midsomer Murders’. Soon after this, he starred in Kenneth Branagh’s stage production of ‘The Play What I Wrote.’
In 2002, the actor began voicing Dobby in the Harry Porter movies. A year later, he played Lord Brideshead in ‘Brideshead Revisited,’ a BBC Radio production.
He had a role in the film ‘Ladies in Lavender’ in 2004. In 2005, he voiced the lead character in the radio program ‘Oblomov’ and also featured in two episodes of ‘Elizabeth’.
Jones played the role of Truman Capote in the drama film ‘Infamous’ in 2006 and earned a London Film Critics' Circle Award for his performance.
He was featured in the play ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’ which premiered at the National Theatre in 2009.
Following a role in Dustin Lance Black’s 2010 film ‘Virginia,’ he lent his voice to the character of Arnim Zola in the 2011 superhero movie ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’. That year, Jones also had a voice role in ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’.
In the year 2012, he joined the cast of the sci-fi adventure flick ‘The Hunger Games’ as Claudius Templesmith. He also featured in the TV series ‘Titanic’ the same year. Since 2013, the actor has been voicing Joey Oldman, the lead character in BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Corrupted’.
From 2014 to 2017, he played Lance Stater in the comedy drama series ‘Detectorists’ for which he won a British Academy Television Award. During this time period, he also had a role in the television film ‘Marvellous’ which earned him the British Academy Television Award for Best Actor.
Jones starred in the 2018 revival of Harold Pinter’s play ‘The Birthday Party’. That year, he also provided his voice to the character of Owl in the fantasy comedy movie ‘Christopher Robin’.
In 2012, Toby Jones starred as Alfred Hitchcock alongside Sienna Miller in ‘The Girl’, a drama telefilm about a man who develops an obsession for an actress and subjects her to trauma when she rebuffs his advances. Jones’ performance earned him multiple award nominations such as a British Academy Television Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Family & Personal Life
In 2014, Toby Jones married criminal lawyer Karen Jones. They have two daughters: Holly and Madeleine.