Iddo Goldberg (Hebrew: עדו גולדברג; born 5 August 1975) is a British actor, known for his roles as Ben in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Freddie Thorne in Peaky Blinders, Isaac Walton in Salem, and Bennett Knox in Snowpiercer.

Iddo Goldberg
Goldberg in 2016
Born (1975-08-05) 5 August 1975 (age 48)
  • Israel
  • United Kingdom
Years active1995–present
(m. 2012)

Early life


Goldberg was born in Haifa, Israel, to a family of Jewish descent. He moved to London with his family at the age of 10.[1] His father hails from Riga, Latvia, and emigrated to Northern Rhodesia (present-day Zambia) during the 1930s, obtaining a degree in architecture from a British university. Goldberg's mother's family is based in Jerusalem, Israel.[2] His parents first met when his father arrived in Israel for a vacation. They raised Iddo in Israel and later he went to secondary school at JFS in North London[3] along with his siblings. He also has relatives in Haifa, Israel.[1]



Goldberg has had several notable roles, including Brandon in the two series of Attachments and Ben on Secret Diary of a Call Girl; where his then girlfriend Ashley Madekwe also had a regular role. He appeared as semi-regular 15Peter20 in Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker's short-lived comedy Nathan Barley. He also appeared in the 2008 war film Defiance.[4]

In 2013, Goldberg starred as Freddie Thorne in the first series of the BBC Two crime drama Peaky Blinders. He co-starred in the 2012 film And While We Were Here.[2][5]

In addition to a Tumblr account that features his photographs, Goldberg makes short films that are posted there.[6] He directed the short Supper (2012) with Joey Slotnick and Lauren Katz and music videos by James Rousseau, Anyone (Acoustic/Live) (2012) and Hair of the Dog (2012). Goldberg made a film, about his maternal grandmother, called Luba (2010).

In 2015, he appeared in the music video for the Disclosure song "Magnets" alongside Lorde.

Goldberg played villain T. O. Morrow and his android Red Tornado in the CBS series Supergirl in 2015.[7] Between 2014 and 2017 he starred in Salem, alongside his wife, Ashley Madekwe.

Personal life


He married English actress Ashley Madekwe in June 2012.[8] They have worked together on Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and he also had a role alongside her on the TV series Salem. In April 2023, Madekwe announced that they are expecting their first child.[9]

Goldberg stated his support for Israel in the 2023 Gaza–Israel conflict. [10]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Fast Food Junkie
2002 L'Auberge Espagnole Alistair
2004 Suzie Gold Anthony Silver
2004 The Defender Scripts
2005 A Little Trip to Heaven Russle
2005 Dead Fish Thief
2006 Bye Bye Harry! Ian
2006 Withdrawal Freddie Short film
2006 Are You Ready for Love? Benjamin
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Director
2007 Run Fatboy Run News reporter
2008 Defiance Yitzhak Shulman
2009 Unmade Beds Mike
2009 Fused Danny Short film
2009 The Tournament Tech Rob
2010 The Tourist Jones' assistant Whitfield
2012 And While We Were Here Leonard
2013 Last Passenger Jan Klimowski
2017 The Zookeeper's Wife Maurycy Fraenkel
2018 Driven Roy
2023 Fear Michael


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Bill Kevin Baxter Episode: "Bad Chemistry"
1999 Jesus Seth Television film
2000 Holby City Simon Martin Episode: "Letting Go"
2000 The Bill Wayne Stevens Episode: "Beyond Conviction"
2000–2001 Attachments Brandon 13 episodes
2001 Uprising Zygmunt Frydrych Television film
2004 Little Britain Tennis partner Episode: "#2.5"
2005 Nathan Barley 15Peter20 3 episodes
2005 Last Rights Sol 3 episodes
2007 Skins William Episode: "Jal"
2007 The Relief of Belsen Emmanuel Fisher Television film
2007–2011 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Ben 31 episodes
2009 The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler Jakub Rozenfeld Television film
2011 Waking the Dead Tom Harding 2 episodes
2011 Christopher and His Kind Wilfred Landauer Television film
2012 Jan Hugh Episode: "Wine Bar"
2012 The Mentalist Tony Redgrave Episode: "Red Is the New Black"
2013 NCIS Yaniv Bodnar Episode: "Berlin"
2013 Peaky Blinders Freddie Thorne 6 episodes
2013 Mob City Leslie Shermer 5 episodes
2014–2017 Salem Isaac Walton 34 episodes
2015 Tut Lagus 3 episodes
2015 Bar Rescue Himself Episode: "Brokedown Palace"
2015 Supergirl T.O. Morrow / Red Tornado Episode: "Red Faced"
2017 The Last Tycoon Fritz Lang 5 episodes
2020–2022 Snowpiercer Bennett Knox Main role
2020 Westworld Sebastian 3 episodes
2023 Ghosts of Beirut Teddy Series for Showtime[11]
Year Title Artist Notes
2017 Freedom Fighters: The Ray Earth-X Red Tornado Recurring (voice role); 3 episodes

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
1999 "Secretly" Skunk Anansie
2003 "Under the Thumb" Amy Studt
2015 "Magnets" Disclosure feat. Lorde


  1. ^ a b Morag, Aaron (19 February 2003). הקשר הישראלי [The Israeli Connection] (in Hebrew). Ynet. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b Schleier, Curt (11 September 2013). "Iddo Goldberg Gets His Big Break". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  3. ^ [user-generated source]
  4. ^ "Defiance (2008)". Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2009..
  5. ^ Toro, Gabe (11 September 2013). "Review: 'And While We Were Here' Delivers The Sensuality Of The Sun-Kissed Shores Of Naples". Indiewire. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  6. ^ Radish, Christina (13 September 2013). "Iddo Goldberg Talks AND WHILE WE WERE HERE, Intimate Scenes with Kate Bosworth, MOB CITY, and PEAKY BLINDERS". Retrieved 8 October 2013. I love photography and I always like making little short films as well, so (cinematographer) Doug Chamberlain was kind enough to let me pick up his camera once in awhile and shoot some stuff to get some more footage.
  7. ^ Supergirl: Everything we know (so far)
  8. ^ Wightman, Catriona (18 June 2012). "'Revenge' star Ashley Madekwe marries Iddo Goldberg". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  9. ^ Sullivan, Marisa (24 April 2023). "Ashley Madekwe Is Pregnant, Expecting First Baby with Husband Iddo Goldberg". People Magazine. Retrieved 24 July 2023.
  10. ^ @Iddophoto (9 October 2023). "I stand with Israel" – via Instagram.
  11. ^ Vlessing, Etan (19 April 2023). "Showtime's 'Ghosts of Beirut' Trailer Recounts CIA Manhunt for Deadly Terrorist (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 April 2023.