Toby Stephens Actor Bio
Date/Place of Birth: April 21st, 1969; London, England, UK
Brief Bio: Born to the late Robert Stephens and Maggie Smith, Toby Stephens was a part of the acting world from the get-go. In 1973, his parents divorced; he and his brother Chris Larkin spent their early days traveling across the Atlantic for their mother’s many acting engagements. At 25, he won the Sir John Gielgud Prize for Best Actor, as well as the Ian Charleson Award for his performance in the title role of “Coriolanus” at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Toby has and is still known to turn down Hollywood in favor of the theatre, though he does take part in a number of mini television series and television movies. During his time with the RSC, he also acted in “All’s Well That Ends Well”, “Antony and Cleopatra”, “Measure for Measure”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Unfinished Business”, and”Wallenstein”. In 2001, he married actress Anna-Louise Plowman, and has had three children with her.
Among his many roles, Toby is known for playing supervillain Gustav Graves in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day. He also voice acted the same character in the 2012 video game, 007 Legends. His uncanny ability to speak in an American accent, coupled with his visage and charming smile, earned him the role of Jay Gatsby in the 2000 TV movie The Great Gatsby. In the 2013 sci-fi film The Machine, he dabbled in the development of advanced A.I. alongside Caity Lotz, a dancer for the pop star Lady Gaga. His versatility as an actor and charming demeanor make him a real treat to watch, whether in film or in the theatre.
Fun Facts: Toby Stephen’s mother, Maggie Smith, played Professor Minerva McGonagall in the very popular Harry Potter movies. Toby and Maggie have both worked with esteemed actor Ian McKellen, known for his roles in the Lords of the Rings and Hobbit movies. He starred with Maggie in the 1995 war drama Richard III, and worked with Toby in a BBC radio adaptation of “Goldfinger,” in which Toby played James Bond.
Photographing Fairies (1997) – Charles Castle
Jane Eyre (2006 TV Miniseries) – Rochester
Robin Hood (2009 TV Series) – Prince John
Law & Order: UK (2011) – Martin Middlebrook