Tom Ward Biography

(British Actor Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Harry Cunningham’ in the TV Series ‘Silent Witness’)

Birthday: January 11, 1971 (Capricorn)

Born In: Swansea, Wales

Tom Ward is a British actor who has garnered fame for portraying Dr. Harry Cunningham in the BBC One crime-drama series ‘Silent Witness’ and Sir Robert Peel in the ITV Encore series ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’. A versatile thespian, he has appeared on all three mediums of performing arts in his nearly three-decade-long acting career. A native of Wales, Ward was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and The King's School, Canterbury. He studied philosophy, politics, and economics at Lincoln College, Oxford. In 1991, he made his screen debut in an episode of the television miniseries ‘The Storyteller: Greek Myths’. Later that year, he had his cinematic debut in the crime thriller film ‘Lethal Justice’. In 1996, he delivered his breakout performance as Dominic in the British series ‘Island’. In the ensuing years, he has established himself as a prominent character actor in the industry. He often accepts roles of prolific literary characters and figures.
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British Celebrities Born In January

Age: 53 Years, 53 Year Old Males


father: John Powell Ward

mother: Sarah Ward

siblings: Tristan

children: Jack Ward, Jimmy Ward, Tabitha Ward

Born Country: Wales

Actors British Men

Notable Alumni: Lincoln College, Oxford, Lincoln College, Dragon School

City: Swansea, Wales

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education: Dragon School, Lincoln College, Lincoln College, Oxford

In 1991, Tom Ward was cast as an Athenian in the episode ‘Theseus & the Minotaur’ of TVS Television’s live-action/puppet television series ‘The Storyteller: Greek Myths’. This was his first screen appearance. A short time later, he debuted on the big screen in writer-director Christopher Reynolds’ crime thriller movie ‘Lethal Justice’, portraying the character of Bartel.
His first Jane Austen project was the 1995 TV miniseries ‘Pride and Prejudice’, in which he played Lt. Chamberlayne. A year later, he essayed the role of Dominic in the British series ‘Island’. Later that year, he starred in the TV movie ‘The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders’, which was based on the 1722 novel ‘Moll Flanders’ by Daniel Defoe. He was cast as the selfish, vain, and profligate spender George Osbourne in the 1998 television (miniseries) adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's 1847 novel ‘Vanity Fair’. In 1999, he appeared in the historical action comedy film ‘Plunkett & Macleane’. In the 2000 miniseries ‘Anna Karenina’, which was based on Leo Tolstoy’s 1878 novel of the same name, Ward was cast as Yashvin.
He shared screen space with Alan Bates, Celia Imrie, Anthony Andrews, and Rosamund Pike in the 2001 miniseries ‘Love in a Cold Climate’. That year, he portrayed the legendary English writer H.G. Wells in the miniseries ‘The Infinite Worlds of H. G. Wells’. He also starred as Lord John Phillip Roxton in the 2001 telefilm ‘The Lost World’, which was adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel of the same name. In 2002, he played Jack, Rickie’s (Paul Bettany) friend, in the romance drama ‘The Heart of Me’.
Between 2002 and 2012, Ward portrayed Dr. Harry Cunningham in the BBC One crime-drama series ‘Silent Witness’. The character begins his tenure as an apprentice but becomes a pathologist not long after. Ward was associated with the show from season six to season 15 and his departure was not shown on screen.
While he continued to act in ‘Silent Witness’, he appeared in four back-to-back telefilms, ‘Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill’ (2003), ‘Hawking’ (2004), ‘Instinct’ (2007), and ‘Maple: The Pale Horse’ (2010). In 2012, he was cast as Captain Latimer in the 2012 Christmas Special episode, ‘The Snowmen’, of BBC’s long-running sci-fi adventure series ‘Doctor Who’. In 2013, he returned to the world of Jane Austen when he was cast as Colonel Fitzwilliam in the BBC One miniseries ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’, which was adapted from P.D. James’ 2011 novel of the same name, which in turn, was based on ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
Ward starred opposite Sean Bean in the period crime-drama series ‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’, which originally ran on ITV Encore for two seasons from November 11, 2015, to December 6, 2017. Ward was cast as the Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel, who was a real-life political figure who went on to serve twice as the Prime Minister of UK. Several other historical figures, including Mary Shelley, William Blake, and Charles Dickens, were also featured on the show.
In 2015, he worked with Rafe Spall, Cara Theobold, Richie Campbell in Alex Pillai’s TV movie ‘’Harry Price: Ghost Hunter’.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on January 11, 1971, in Swansea, Wales, UK, Tom Ward is the son of John Powell Ward and Sarah Ward. He has a brother named Tristan. His father is a renowned English poet and academic while his mother is a farmer, who was awarded the OBE. Ward attended the Dragon School in Oxford and later The King's School, Canterbury. He was taught philosophy, politics, and economics at Lincoln College, Oxford.
Since 2001, Ward has been married to journalist Emily Hohler. They have three children together, two sons Jack (born 2002) and Jimmy (2006), and one daughter, Tabitha (2004). In his free time, Ward sings, dances, and plays the saxophone. He is also an avid horse-rider. Furthermore, he has some experience as a stage fighter and has represented UK as a fencer.

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