Thomas Brodie-Sangster (born 16 May 1990), also credited as Thomas Sangster, is an English actor, best known for playing Sam in Love Actually (2003), Simon in Nanny McPhee (2005), Romulus Augustulus in The Last Legion (2007), Ferb in Phineas and Ferb (2007–2015), Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones (2013–2014) and Newt in the Maze Runner film series (2014–2018).
Brodie-Sangster at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
16 May 1990
Southwark, London, England
|Other names||Thomas Sangster|
Sangster also grew in popularity for starring in critically acclaimed cult films such as Death of a Superhero (2011), Bright Star (2009) and as Paul McCartney in Nowhere Boy (2009). He also had a cameo appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and a role as Whitey Winn in the Netflix miniseries Godless (2017) and John Tracy in Thunderbirds Are Go (2015–present).
Thomas Sangster was born in Southwark, a district in London on 16 May 1990 to Mark Sangster and Tasha Bertram. Sangster's father's family is from Banchory, Scotland. His great-grandfather, Anthony Bertram, was a novelist, and a maternal ancestor was politician and colonial administrator Sir Evan Nepean, through whom he has Cornish and Welsh ancestry. He has one sister, Ava Sangster. Sangster plays bass and guitar, and he learned to play left-handed guitar to portray the left-handed Paul McCartney in the feature film Nowhere Boy. He also learned how to play the drums in the feature film Love Actually (2003).
In 2001, Sangster's first acting role was in a BBC television film, Station Jim. He subsequently appeared in a few more television films, including the lead roles in Bobbie's Girl, The Miracle of the Cards (based on the story of Craig Shergold) and Stig of the Dump. He won the "Golden Nymph" award at the 43rd Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival for his role in the miniseries Entrusted. Sangster's first major theatrical film was Love Actually (2003), in which he played Liam Neeson's stepson, Sam. He was nominated for a "Golden Satellite Award" and a "Young Artist Award" for his role in the film.
Sangster next appeared in a television adaptation of the novel Feather Boy and played a younger version of James Franco's role in the film version of Tristan & Isolde. Among other things, Sangster takes part in a (child's) sword fight in the film. Sangster next starred in the commercially successful film Nanny McPhee (2005), as the eldest of seven children.
In 2007, he appeared in a two-part story (Human Nature and The Family of Blood) in Doctor Who as schoolboy Timothy "Tim" Latimer, and guest-starred in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas The Mind's Eye and The Bride of Peladon. His voice lowered during filming of the Doctor Who episodes. He also starred alongside Love Actually and Nanny McPhee co-star Colin Firth in the film adaptation of Valerio Massimo Manfredi's historical novel The Last Legion, released in 2007. That same year he voiced the character of Ferb Fletcher in the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb alongside Love Actually co-star Olivia Olson. As of December 2007, he was also working on the filming of the mini series Pinocchio, filmed in Italy.
In March 2008 it was announced that Sangster would star in Steven Spielberg's CGI motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin as the title character of Hergé's comic books. Sangster left the project after scheduling difficulties when filming was delayed in October 2008 and the role was given to Jamie Bell.
At the end of March 2008, he began working with director Jane Campion on her film Bright Star, a love story with Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish portraying John Keats and his lover Fanny Brawne. Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff in Nowhere Boy, a film directed by award-winning artist Sam Taylor-Wood, about the teenage years of John Lennon and the two women who shaped his early life: his mother Julia (Duff) and his aunt Mimi (Scott Thomas). This would be his second time acting with Johnson, the first being in 2004's Feather Boy.
Sangster appeared in the film Some Dogs Bite about a boy who wants to keep his family together. Casey (Sangster) takes his baby brother out of care, and with the help of his older brother, goes in search of their father. Sangster appeared with Andy Serkis in an Irish film, Death of a Superhero, based on the novel, Death of Superhero by Anthony McCarten.
Additionally, Sangster plays Liam in the 2011 film, The Last Furlong. In April 2011, he made a guest appearance as Adam Douglas in an episode of British detective drama Lewis. In 2012 he starred in The Baytown Outlaws and in Ella Jones's short film, The Ugly Duckling, the third installment of the Tales trilogy of reworked fairy tales from More Films. He also plays the role of Jojen Reed in the HBO series Game of Thrones. In 2015, he provided the voice of John Tracy in ITV's remake of Gerry Anderson's puppet series Thunderbirds Are Go (2015-2018).
Sangster played Newt in the 20th Century Fox films The Maze Runner (2014) and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), as well as Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018). In BBC2's 6-part television adaptation of Wolf Hall (on BBC2 from 21 January 2015), Sangster portrays Rafe Sadler, the ward of Thomas Cromwell.
On 24 May 2017 a 15 minute sequel to Love Actually was released with Sangster as part of the cast. It was shown on the BBC as part of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day and titled Red Nose Day Actually and brought back a large number of scenes from the first film.
Brodie Films and Winnet musicEdit
Sangster established Brodie Films in 2006 with his mother, Tasha Bertram, "to create opportunities in the film industry for new British talent; innovative writers, actors and directors." The company was dissolved in May 2013.
Sangster plays bass guitar, and in January 2010 joined the band Winnet, in which his mother sings the vocals.
|2002||Mrs. Meitlemeihr||Boy 1||Short film|
|2005||Nanny McPhee||Simon Brown|
|2006||Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front||Boy in Spelling Bee|
|Tristan & Isolde||Young Tristan|
|2007||The Last Legion||Romulus Augustus|
|2009||Bright Star||Samuel Brawne|
|Nowhere Boy||Paul McCartney|
|The Alchemistic Suitcase||Boy||Short film|
|2011||My Left Hand Man||Samuel Emerson||Short film|
|Death of a Superhero||Donald Clarke|
|2012||The Baytown Outlaws||Rob|
|2013||The Ugly Duckling||The Ugly Duckling||Short film|
|Orbit Ever After||Nigel||Short film|
|2014||The Maze Runner||Newt|
|Phantom Halo||Samuel Emerson|
|2015||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||Newt|
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Petty Officer Thanisson||Cameo|
|2018||Maze Runner: The Death Cure||Newt|
|TBA||Dragon Rider||Voice role, in production|
|2001||Station Jim||Henry||Television film|
|The Miracle of the Cards||Craig Shergold||Television film|
|2002||Stig of the Dump||Barney||Television miniseries|
|Bobbie's Girl||Alan||Television film|
|London's Burning||Stephen||Episode #14.6|
|2003||Hitler: The Rise of Evil||Young Hitler||Television film|
|Entrusted||Thomas von Gall||Television film|
|Ultimate Force||Gabriel||Episode: "What in the Name of God"|
|2004||Feather Boy||Robert Nobel||Television miniseries|
|2005||Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder||John Duff||Episode: "The Case of the Croydon Poisonings"|
|2007–2015||Phineas and Ferb||Ferb Fletcher||Voice role; lead role; 222 episodes|
|2007||Doctor Who||Timothy "Tim" Latimer||Episodes: "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood"|
|2010||Some Dogs Bite||Casey||Television film|
|2011||Lewis||Adam Douglas||Episode: "The Mind Has Mountains"|
|Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension||Ferb Fletcher||Television film; voice role|
|2012||Accused||Jake Murray||Episodes: "Tina's Story" and "Mo and Sue's Story"|
|2013–2014||Game of Thrones||Jojen Reed||Recurring role; 10 episodes|
|2014||American Dad!||N/A||Voice role; episode: "I Ain't No Holodeck Boy"|
|2015||Wolf Hall||Rafe Sadler||Television miniseries|
|2015–present||Thunderbirds Are Go||John Tracy / Pirate Dobbs||Voice role; main role; 55 episodes|
|2017||Red Nose Day Actually||Sam||Television short film|
|2017||Godless||Whitey Winn||Miniseries; 7 episodes|
|2014||30 Minute Break||The Luka State||Boyfriend|||
|2016||Tired of Lying||Kioko||–|||
|2007||Country Life||Boris||First broadcast on 22 March 2007, BBC Radio 4|
|The Mind's Eye||Kyle||Recorded: 25, 27 July 2007; Released: November 2007|
|2008||The Bride of Peladon||Miner||Recorded: 26, 27 July 2007; Released: January 2008|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2003||Entrusted||Golden Nymph at Monte Carlo Television Festival: Best Actor in a mini-series||Won|
|2004||Love Actually||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Male||Nominated|
|Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Best Ensemble Acting for Love Actually||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor||Nominated|
|2007||Nanny McPhee||Young Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor||Nominated|
|2008||The Last Legion||Young Artist Award: Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Performer||Nominated|
|2015||The Maze Runner||Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (Shared with Dylan O'Brien)||Nominated|
|2016||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (Shared with Dylan O'Brien)||Won|
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