Tobias Alistair Patrick Kebbell[2][3] (born 9 July 1982) is an English actor. He is known for his roles in films such as Dead Man's Shoes (2004), Control (2007), RocknRolla (2008), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), War Horse (2011), Wrath of the Titans (2012), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Fantastic Four (2015), Warcraft (2016), A Monster Calls (2016), Ben-Hur (2016), and Gold (2016). He is also known for his work in the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You" (2011) and starred in the second film of the MonsterVerse film series, Kong: Skull Island (2017) and the Apple TV+ series Servant (2019–2023) and For All Mankind (2023–2024).

Toby Kebbell
Kebbell at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Tobias Alistair Patrick Kebbell

(1982-07-09) 9 July 1982 (age 41)
Alma materCentral Junior Television Workshop
Years active2000–present
Arielle Wyatt
(m. 2020)

Early life edit

Kebbell, the fourth of five children, was born in Pontefract, Yorkshire, but grew up in Nottinghamshire where he attended The Grove School (now the Newark Academy) in Balderton. He was brought up by his mother, Michelle (née Mathers), a cook and landscape gardener and his father, Robert Kebbell, an engineer[4] from Zimbabwe.[5] He was raised Catholic and attended a Catholic primary school.[6][1]

Kebbell trained in acting at the Central Junior Television Workshop in Nottingham along with Andrew Shim and Vicky McClure.[7]

Career edit

Kebbell's first movie appearance was as Anthony, a young man with a learning difficulty, in the Shane Meadows directed Dead Man's Shoes. He was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards 2004[8] The same year, Kebbell appeared in Oliver Stone's Alexander and Woody Allen's Match Point.[9]

In 2007, Kebbell played Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division in Anton Corbijn's award-winning biopic of Ian Curtis, Control,[10] for which his performance won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards 2007.[8] He was also nominated for the London Film Critics Circle Awards 2007 Best Supporting British Actor Award.[11]

Kebbell at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in February 2009

In December 2007, Kebbell took the lead in an episode of season 2 of Jimmy McGovern's BBC series The Street,[12] which subsequently won the BAFTA for Best Drama series. His other work for the BBC included a modern retelling of Macbeth[9] alongside James McAvoy, while his theatre roles included spells at the Almeida Theatre in David Hare's reworking of Maxim Gorky's Enemies[9] and at the Playhouse in R.C. Sherriff's classic, Journey's End.

In September 2008, Kebbell was featured in RocknRolla (winner of the Empire Award for Best British Film),[13] written and directed by Guy Ritchie,[13] alongside actors Tom Wilkinson, Gerard Butler and Thandiwe Newton. Kebbell played a heroin-addicted musician, Johnny Quid,[14] for which he was nominated for BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award of the 2009 BAFTA Awards,[15] an award voted for by the public. Kebbell was also nominated for the Empire Award for Best Newcomer,[16] but lost out to his friend Gemma Arterton.[16] 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.[9]

In 2011, Kebbell played a leading role in "The Entire History of You",[9] the finale of the first series of Charlie Brooker's anthology series Black Mirror,[9] which was written by Jesse Armstrong. Robert Downey Jr. has since bought the rights to adapt the script for a forthcoming film.[17]

In 2014, Kebbell took over the role of Koba in the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.[18]

Kebbell played the Marvel antagonist, Doctor Doom, in the 2015 Fantastic Four film,[19] and an orc, Durotan, in the 2016 Warcraft.[20] He played Jack Chapman in the fantasy action film Kong: Skull Island (2017), while also providing guidance for Kong's motion capture sequences.[21]

Acting credits edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Dead Man's Shoes Anthony
Northern Soul Mark Sherbert Short film
Alexander Pausanias of Orestis
2005 Match Point Policeman
2006 Wilderness Callum
2007 Control Rob Gretton
2008 RocknRolla Johnny Quid
The German Barton Short film
Clubbed Man in queue (voice) Uncredited
2009 Cheri Patron
2010 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Prince Garsiv
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Drake Stone
The Conspirator John Wilkes Booth
2011 The Veteran Robert Miller
War Horse Colin
2012 Wrath of the Titans Agenor
2013 The East Doc / Thomas Ayres
The Counselor Tony
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Koba
2015 Fantastic Four Victor Von Doom / Dr. Doom
Buddha's Little Finger Pyotr Voyd
2016 Warcraft Durotan / Antonidas
Ben-Hur Messala Severus
A Monster Calls Dad
Gold Agent Paul Jennings
2017 Kong: Skull Island Jacksford "Jack" Chapman / King Kong Motion capture for King Kong
The Female Brain Kevin
War for the Planet of the Apes Koba
2018 A Wizard's Tale Terry Dexter (voice)
The Hurricane Heist Will
Destroyer Silas Howe
The Angel Danny Aroya
2019 Daniel James Foley
2020 Becoming[10] Alex
Bloodshot Martin Axe

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Peak Practice Graham Episode: "Keeping Up the Act"
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told Malcolm Episode: "Macbeth"
2006 Born Equal Beggar 2 Television film
2007 The Commander: Windows of the Soul Jimmy Bannerman Television film
The Street Paul Billerton 3 episodes
2011 Black Mirror Liam Foxwell Episode: "The Entire History of You"
2013 The Escape Artist Liam Foyle 3 episodes
2018 Dream Corp LLC Patient 101 / Leslie Krux Episode: "The Krux"
2019–2023 Servant Sean Turner Main role
2023–present For All Mankind Miles Dale Main role (season 4)

Video games edit

Year Title Voice role Notes
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Additional voices

Music videos edit

Year Title Artist Role
2020 "Clarity" Saleka

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2004 British Independent Film Awards 2004 Most Promising Newcomer Dead Man's Shoes Nominated [8][22]
2007 British Independent Film Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor/Actress Control Won [8][22]
London Film Critics Circle Awards 2007 British Supporting Actor of the Year Control Nominated [11][22]
2008 62nd British Academy Film Awards Orange Rising Star Award Nominated [14][22]
2009 14th Empire Awards Best Newcomer RocknRolla Nominated [16][22]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Online exclusive: Toby Kebbell in control as acting career takes off". The Herald. 3 October 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
  2. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths: Toby is married to Arielle Wyatt. They got married in 2020 and they have one child together. Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  3. ^ "NorthAmerica importer MR TOBIAS ALISTAIR PATRICK KEBBELL". Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  4. ^ Marianne Macdonald (5 February 2009). "Toby Kebbell: the new boy". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Toby Kebbell and Rupert Grint LOVE working with each other on Apple TV+'s "SERVANT"". YouTube. 19 November 2019. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Toby Kebbell, the reluctant star finally shining". Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ "About: The Television Workshop". Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d "Toby Kebbell - BIFA Awards Won". Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Toby Kebbell actor". Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  10. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (2 May 2018). "'Vampire Diaries' Actress Penelope Mitchell, Jason Patric Join Toby Kebbell in Thriller 'Becoming'". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Control, Atonement lead London Critics' Circle nominations". 14 December 2008.
  12. ^ "The Street - Toby Kebbell plays Paul". 19 October 2007.
  13. ^ a b "Empire Awards 2009 BestBritish Film". Archived from the original on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  14. ^ a b "BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award Nomination Announcement". 14 December 2008.
  15. ^ "The Orange Rising Star Award 2009". BAFTAs. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  16. ^ a b c "Empire Awards 2009 Best Newcomer". Archived from the original on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  17. ^ "Robert Downey Jr to make movie based on Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror'". Digital Spy. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  18. ^ Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub (April 2014). "Toby Kebbell Talks about His Character Koba, The Physicality of His Performance, and More on the Set of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES". Collider. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  19. ^ "Toby Kebbell to Play 'Fantastic Four' Villain Doctor Doom (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  20. ^ Collura, Scott (4 December 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  21. ^ Sullivan, Kevin (11 May 2016). "Toby Kebbell clears up Kong: Skull Island rumors". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  22. ^ a b c d e "Toby Kebbell Awards". IMDB (Index source only). Retrieved 12 September 2022.

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