Rupert William Penry-Jones (born 22 September 1970) is a British actor, known for his performances as Adam Carter in Spooks, Clive Reader in Silk, DI Joseph Chandler in Whitechapel, and Mr Quinlan in the American horror series The Strain.
Penry-Jones in October 2006
Rupert William Penry-Jones
22 September 1970
Dervla Kirwan (m. 2007)
Penry-Jones was born in London, the son of Welsh actor Peter Penry-Jones and English actress Angela Thorne. His brother, Laurence Penry-Jones, is an actor turned ambulance driver who is married to actress Polly Walker.
On BBC One's Who Do You Think You Are?, broadcast in August 2010, it was revealed that Penry-Jones' maternal grandfather, William, had served with the Indian Army Medical Corps at the Battle of Monte Cassino and that his earlier ancestors had a long-standing connection with the Indian Army. Penry-Jones also discovered that he had Anglo-Indian ancestry from the early 19th century.
He was cast as Richard in the premiere staging of Stephen Poliakoff's Sweet Panic at Hampstead Theatre in 1996. The following year he appeared in both The Paper Husband at Hampstead Theatre and as the upper-class Pip Thompson in a revival of Arnold Wesker's Chips with Everything on the Lyttelton stage at the Royal National Theatre.
In 1998, he created the role of the Boy in Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby at the Almeida Theatre. In 1999, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon, playing the title role in Don Carlos at The Other Place theatre and Alcibiades in Timon of Athens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Both productions transferred to the Barbican Centre in London in 2000, where his performance as Don Carlos won the Ian Charleson Award.
At the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, in 2001 he was cast as Robert Caplan in J.B. Priestley's thriller "time-play" Dangerous Corner opposite Dervla Kirwan, who played Olwen Peel. The production then transferred for a four-month run at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End.
On television, he has played barrister Alex Hay in C4's ten-part serial North Square in 2000; Donald McLean in the BBC's four-part production of Cambridge Spies in 2003; and Grimani in Russell T. Davies' production of Casanova in 2005.
In 2004, he joined the cast in series 3 of the BBC's BAFTA-winning series Spooks. He played the lead role of section leader Adam Carter for four series before leaving the show in 2008. He won ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards for his role in Spooks in 2008. He also went on to play the role of Captain Wentworth in ITV's adaptation of Persuasion.
In February 2009, he took the lead in an ITV drama, Whitechapel, a three-part thriller based on the copycat killings of Jack the Ripper. Whitechapel was the highest-performing new drama in 2009. A second series of the show based around the Kray twins was broadcast in autumn 2010; the third series began in January 2012. The fourth and last series aired in September 2013.
He was scheduled to appear alongside other celebrities in Soccer Aid 2010, but broke a bone in his knee during training, putting him in a plaster cast and ruling him out of the final match on 6 June 2010.
Penry-Jones was also cast opposite Maxine Peake in a legal drama Silk created by Peter Moffat. The show revolves around two barristers, played by Penry-Jones and Peake who are competing to become QCs. Series 2 aired in 2012 and Series 3 premiered on 24 February 2014.
He recently finished filming the highly anticipated Stan/Playmaker Media's new series, The Commons, which will air in 2020.
|1994||Black Beauty||Wild-Looking Young Man|
|1997||Bent||Guard on road|
|1997||Food of Love||Head office staff|
|1998||Hilary and Jackie||Piers|
|1998||Still Crazy||Young Ray|
|2001||Charlotte Gray||Peter Gregory|
|2002||The Four Feathers||Tom Willoughby|
|2002||A Family Man||Tarquin|
|2011||Manor Hunt Ball||Laurence|
|2014||A Little Chaos||Antoine Nompar de Caumont|
|2017||Pegasus Bridge||Richard Geoffrey Pine-Coffin|
|2018||Vita and Virginia||Harold Nicolson|
|2020||Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears||Jonathon Lofthouse|
|1994||Fatherland||SS Cadet Hermann Jost|
|1995||Cold Comfort Farm||Dick Hawk-Monitor|
|1995||Absolutely Fabulous||Boy at Party||1 episode: "The End"|
|1996||Kavanagh QC||Lt. Ralph Kinross||1 episode: "The Burning Deck"|
|1996||Cold Lazarus||Militiaman/Policeman||2 episodes|
|1996||The Ring||Gerhard von Gotthard|
|1996||Faith in the Future||Sam||2 episodes|
|1997||The Moth||Stanley Thorman|
|1997||Jane Eyre||St. John Rivers|
|1998||The Student Prince||The Prince|
|2000||North Square||Alex Hay||10 episodes|
|2003||Cambridge Spies||Donald Maclean||4 episodes|
|2003||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Roddy Winter||1 episode: "Sad Cypress"|
|2004–2008||Spooks||Adam Carter||41 episodes|
|2006||Krakatoa: The Last Days||Willem Beijerinck|
|2007||Joe's Palace||Richard Reece|
|2008||Burn Up||Tom||2 episodes|
|2008||The 39 Steps||Richard Hannay|
|2009–2013||Whitechapel||D.I. Joseph Chandler||18 episodes|
|2011–2014||Silk||Clive Reader||18 episodes|
|2012||Treasure Island||Squire Trelawney||2 episodes|
|2012||The Last Weekend||Ollie|
|2014–2017||The Strain||Quintus Sertorius/Mr. Quinlan||29 episodes|
|2015, 2017||Black Sails||Lord Thomas Hamilton||6 episodes|
|2015||Life in Squares||Duncan Grant (older)|
|2015||Crown for Christmas||King Maximillian|
|2018||Stan Lee's Lucky Man||Samuel Blake||8 episodes|
- Jones, Alice (13 November 2009). "Rupert Penry-Jones: 'It's nice not to be chasing a bad guy'". The Independent. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "Who Do You Think You Are, Series 7, Rupert Penry-Jones".
- Red Magazine,2010
- "Casanova". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- Allen, Katie (6 October 2008). "Rankin and P. D. James pick up ITV3 awards". The Bookseller. Archived from the original on 9 April 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2008.
- "Most-watched TV shows of 2009". The Guardian. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
- "A LITTLE CHAOS".
- McGrath, Nick (8 July 2012). "Dervla Kirwan: 'Who hasn't argued with their mother-in-law?'". The Daily Telegraph.
- Theatre Record and its annual Indexes
- 1996 Jane Eyre-St. John Rivers