Toby Kebbell, 15 July 2010
|Born||Tobias Alistair P. Kebbell |
9 July 1982
Pontefract, Yorkshire, England, UK
Tobias Alistair P. "Toby" Kebbell (born 9 July 1982) is an English actor, known for his roles in the films Dead Man's Shoes (2004), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (both 2010), War Horse (2011), and Wrath of the Titans (2012).
Life and career 
Kebbell, the fourth of five children, was born in South Elmsall, on the A638 between Doncaster and Wakefield, Yorkshire, but grew up in Nottinghamshire. He was brought up by his mother, Michelle (née Mathers), a cook and landscape gardener, after his parents divorced when he was eighteen months old. His father, Robert Kebbell, is an engineer. He went to a Catholic primary school. Kebbell first came to notice when director Shane Meadows cast him in the role of Anthony in the film Dead Man's Shoes. He was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards and was widely lauded for his sensitive, moving portrayal of a young man with a learning difficulty. Kebbell then appeared in Oliver Stone's Alexander and Match Point, which Woody Allen cast him in without audition after being impressed with his performance in Dead Man's Shoes.
Kebbell's most critically acclaimed role came in 2007 when he played Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division in Anton Corbijn's award-winning biopic of Ian Curtis, Control. He won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards; other nominees for the award included Cate Blanchett, Colin Firth and Control co-star Samantha Morton. He was also nominated for the London Critics' Circle Best Supporting Actor Award alongside Albert Finney and Tom Wilkinson.
In December 2007, Kebbell took the lead in an episode of Jimmy McGovern's BBC series The Street, which subsequently won the BAFTA for Best Drama series. His other work for the BBC included a modern retelling of Macbeth alongside James McAvoy, while his theatre roles included spells at the Almeida Theatre in David Hare's reworking of Maxim Gorky's Enemies and at the Playhouse in R.C. Sherriff's classic, Journey's End.
In September 2008, Kebbell was featured in the film RocknRolla, written and directed by Guy Ritchie, alongside actors Tom Wilkinson, Gerard Butler and Thandie Newton. Kebbell played a crack-addicted musician, Johnny Quid. To play the role Toby Kebbell learned to play the piano and operate a semi automatic. To get into the skin of a crack addicted rocker, Toby abstained from food for 3 days and ate just a single meal for the next 3 weeks. He won The Sun's Best Actor award for this part and was described in the paper as "a star of the future".
In January 2009, Kebbell was nominated in the "Orange Rising Star Award" category of the 2009 BAFTA Awards. This award is voted for by the public. 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.
|2000||Peak Practice||Graham||TV series (1 episode: "Keeping Up the Act")|
|2004||Dead Man's Shoes||Anthony||Nominated – British Independents enema Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer|
|2004||Northern Soul||Mark Sherbert||Short|
|2005||ShakespeaRe-Told||Malcolm||TV series (1 episode: "Macbeth")|
|2006||Born Equal||Beggar 2||TV film|
|2007||Control||Rob Gretton||British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor |
Nominated – ALFS Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
|2007||The Commander: Windows of the Soul||Jimmy Bannerman||TV film|
|2007||The Street||Paul Billerton||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2009||Tea and Biscuits||Billy||Short|
|2010||Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time||Garsiv|
|2010||The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Drake Stone|
|2010||The Conspirator||John Wilkes Booth|
|2011||Black Mirror||Liam||TV Series (3 Episode: "The Entire History of You")|
|2011||War Horse||Colin, the Geordie soldier|
|2012||Wrath of the Titans||Agenor|
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
- "Online exclusive: Toby Kebbell in control as acting career takes off" heraldscotland.com
- "Toby Kebbell biography" bafta.org
- "The British Independent Film Awards: Toby Kebbell" BIFA.org.uk
- Marianne Macdonald, Toby Kebbell: the new boy dated 09.02.09 at thisislondon.co.uk
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