Toby Stephens (born 21 April 1969) is an English actor who has appeared in films in both the UK and US as well as in India. He is known for the roles of Bond villain Gustav Graves in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day (for which he was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor), Edward Fairfax Rochester in a BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre and in his role as Captain Flint in the Starz television series Black Sails. Stephens is a lead in the Netflix science fiction series Lost in Space, which began streaming in 2018.
|Occupation||Actor, Voice Actor|
|Parent(s)||Sir Robert Stephens|
Dame Maggie Smith
|Relatives||Chris Larkin (brother)|
Stephens, the younger son of actors Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Robert Stephens, was born on 21 April 1969 at the Middlesex Hospital in Fitzrovia, London. He was educated at Aldro School and Seaford College. He then trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
He played the title role in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Coriolanus shortly after graduation from LAMDA; that same season he played Claudio in Measure for Measure for the RSC. He also played Stanley Kowalski in a West End production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, and Hamlet in 2004. He has appeared on Broadway in Ring Round the Moon. He played the lead in the film Photographing Fairies and played Orsino in Trevor Nunn's 1996 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. In 2002 he took on the role of Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day. Aged 33 at the time of film's release, he remains the youngest actor to have played a Bond villain.
In 2005 he played the role of a British Army captain in the Indian film, The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey, portraying events in the Indian rebellion of 1857. The following year he returned to India to play a renegade British East India Company officer in Sharpe's Challenge. In late 2006 he starred as Edward Rochester in the highly acclaimed BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (broadcast in the United States on PBS in early 2007) and The Wild West in February 2007 for the BBC in which he played General George Armstrong Custer in Custer's Last Stand.
During mid-2007, Stephens played the role of Jerry in a revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal under the direction of Roger Michell. Later that year, Stephens also starred as Horner in Jonathan Kent's revival of William Wycherley's The Country Wife. The play was the inaugural production of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, which in addition to Stephens includes the actors/actresses Eileen Atkins, Patricia Hodge, David Haig and Ruthie Henshall. Various members of the company are expected to star in upcoming productions at the Haymarket Theatre with various artistic directors. The formation of the company is considered by many London theatre critics to be a bold move for West End theatre.
In February 2008, the Fox Broadcasting Company gave the go-ahead to cast Stephens as the lead in a potential one hour, prime time US television show, Inseparable, to be produced by Shaun Cassidy. Billed as a modern Jekyll and Hyde story, the show was to feature a partially paralysed forensic psychologist whose other personality is a charming criminal. Stephens' casting was highly unusual, because Fox had not yet approved a script nor purchased a pilot for the show. However, in mid-May 2008, The Hollywood Reporter announced that "[b]y the time the network picked up the pilot . . . [the producers'] hold on Stephens had expired . . . ."
In May 2008, Stephens performed the role of James Bond in a BBC Radio 4 production of Ian Fleming's Dr. No, as part of the centenary celebration of Fleming's birth. The production was reportedly the first BBC radio dramatisation of the novel though Moonraker was on South African radio in 1956, with Bob Holness providing the voice of Bond. He has since appeared in a number of adaptations of other James Bond novels.
Also in May 2008, Stock-pot Productions announced that Stephens will have the lead role in a feature-length film entitled Fly Me, co-starring Tim McInnerny. Stock-pot was also the producer of One Day, a short 2006 film shown at international film festivals, in which Stephens played a small part as the boss of McInnerny's character.
On 5 October 2008, Stephens appeared onstage at the London Palladium as part of a benefit entitled "The Story of James Bond, A Tribute to Ian Fleming." The event, organised by Fleming's niece, Lucy Fleming, featured music from various James Bond films and Bond film stars reading from Fleming's Bond novels. Stephens took the part of James Bond himself in the readings.
In early December 2008, Stephens read from Coda, the last book written by his good friend Simon Gray, for BBC Radio 4. The excerpts from which Stephens read included Gray's description of his participation as godfather at the christening of Stephens' son Eli.
Early in 2009, Stephens appeared as Prince John in season 3 of the BBC series Robin Hood. The series also aired on BBC America in the United States. Stephens' more recent television appearances include two episodes of a six-part television series, Strike Back, based on the novel by Chris Ryan. The series aired in May 2010.
In 2010, he starred in the made-for-television film, The Blue Geranium, a further sequel to the television series and films based on Agatha Christie's Miss Marple character. The show was broadcast in the US on PBS in June 2010. Stephens also recently starred as a highly self-centred detective opposite Lucy Punch in a three-part comedy television series for BBC Two entitled Vexed.
Meantime, on the London stage in the spring of 2010, Stephens received outstanding reviews for his performance as Henry in a revival of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, directed by Anna Mackmin at the Old Vic Theatre in London. Of debuting at the Old Vic, where his parents performed as part of Laurence Olivier's Royal National Theatre Company, Stephens said: "It's quite moving for me to do something there. It means it has an added fascination. It was an historic place but I never saw anything when [my parents] were there, which is really sad, because I was just born. I'm a huge admirer of Stoppard's work."
Over the years, Stephens has continued to prolifically narrate audiobooks and perform in broadcast radio dramas; in the last three years, he has averaged four or five such performances per year. In January 2011, Stephens joined other stars in narrating portions of the King James Version of the Bible for BBC Radio 4 as part of a celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Bible's publication. Stephens performed the role of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe in a radio serial, which debuted in February 2011. Stephens narrated another audiobook, Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery, released in February 2011.
In 2016, he was cast as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the film The Journey which featured Timothy Spall as firebrand preacher and eventual Northern Ireland First Minister Ian Paisley with Colm Meaney playing Martin McGuinness. John Hurt also starred.
Stephens and New Zealand actress Anna-Louise Plowman were married in 2001. Their first child, son Eli Alistair, was born in May 2007. The British playwright Simon Gray (who penned Japes, a stage play, and Missing Dates, a radio drama, both of which starred Stephens) was reported to be Eli's godfather. Their daughters Tallulah and Kura were born in May 2009 and in September 2010, respectively.
|1996||Twelfth Night||Duke Orsino|
|1997||Photographing Fairies||Charles Castle|
|1998||Cousin Bette||Victorin Hulot|
|1999||Sunset Heights||Luke Bradley|
|2000||Space Cowboys||Young Frank|
|2002||Die Another Day||Gustav Graves|
|2004||Terkel in Trouble||Justin
|2005||Mangal Pandey: The Rising||Captain William Gordon|
|2006||Dark Corners||Dr Woodleigh|
|2013||All Things to All Men||Riley|
|2013||The Machine||Vincent McCarthy|
|2016||13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi||Glen "Bub" Doherty|
|2016||The Journey||Tony Blair|
|2018||Hunter Killer||Lt. Bill Beaman|
|1992||The Camomile Lawn||Oliver|
|1996||The Tenant of Wildfell Hall||Gilbert Markham|
|2000||The Great Gatsby||Jay Gatsby|
|2002||Napoléon||Tsar Alexander I|
|2003||Cambridge Spies||Kim Philby|
|2003||Agatha Christie's Poirot Five Little Pigs||Philip Blake|
|2005||Waking the Dead||Dr Nick Henderson||Episodes: "Subterraneans Part I" and "Subterraneans II"|
|2005||The Queen's Sister||Anthony Armstrong-Jones|
|2006||The Best Man||Peter Tremaine|
|2006||Secrets of the Dead: The Umbrella Assassin||Narrator
|Episode: An account of the murder of Georgi Markov|
|2006||Sharpe's Challenge||William Dodd|
|2006||Jane Eyre||Edward Fairfax Rochester|
|2007||The Wild West – Custer's Last Stand||General George Armstrong Custer|
|2009||The Best Job in the World||Narrator
|2009||Robin Hood||Prince John of England||3 episodes|
|2010||Lost: The Mystery of Flight 447||Narrator
|2010||Agatha Christie's Marple The Blue Geranium||George Pritchard|
|2010, 2012||Vexed||Jack Armstrong|
|2012||Law & Order: UK||Prof. Martin Middlebrook||Episode: "Trial"|
|2012||Lewis||David Connelly||Episode: "Generation of Vipers"|
|2014–2017||Black Sails||James McGraw / Flint||38 episodes|
|2015||And Then There Were None||Dr. Edward Armstrong|
|2018–present||Lost in Space||John Robinson|
|2019||Summer of Rockets||Samuel Petrukhin|
|2021||Alex Rider||Damian Cray||Episode: "Eagle Strike"|
|2012||007 Legends||Gustav Graves||Also likeness|
|1992||Tamburlaine||Celebinus / King of Argier|
|1992||Antony and Cleopatra||Pompey|
|1992||All's Well That Ends Well||Bertram|
|1994||Unfinished Business||Young Beamish|
|1994||Coriolanus||Caius Marcius Coriolanus|
|1994||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander|
|1994||Measure for Measure||Claudio|
|1996||A Streetcar Named Desire||Stanley Kowalski|
|1999||Ring Round the Moon||Hugo / Frederick|
|2001||The Royal Family||Anthony Cavendish|
|2004||The Pilate Workshop||Jesus|
|2007||The Country Wife||Mr. Horner|
|2009||A Doll's House||Thomas|
|2010||The Real Thing||Henry|
|2010||Danton's Death||Georges Danton|
|2012/13||Private Lives||Elyot Chase|
|2019||A Day in the Death of Joe Egg||Bri|
Radio drama and audio booksEdit
|1994||Time and the Conways||Robin|
|1995||The Prince's Choice||Coriolanus, Hamlet, Henry V, Henry IV and Edward Poins|
|1997||As You Like It||Orlando|
|1997||The Lifted Veil||Latimer|
|1997||The Guns of Navarone||Mallory|
|1997||Anna Karenina||Count Vronsky|
|1999||Tales from the Arabian Nights||Narrator|
|2000||Conversations with Napoleon||Reader|
|2001||On the Road||Narrator|
|2002||The Riddle of the Sands||Narrator|
|2002||The Woman in White||Walter Hartright|
|2003||Dionysos||Pentheus, King of Thebes|
|2004||Will in the World||Reader|
|2005||Much Ado About Nothing||Benedick|
|2007||Heart of Darkness||Narrator|
|2007||Flashman on the March||Narrator|
|2008||Flashman and the Dragon||Narrator|
|2008||Missing Dates||Jason (Japes)|
|2008||The Good Soldier||Narrator|
|2008||Dr. No||James Bond|
|2008||Let's Murder Vivaldi||Ben|
|2008–2009||The Dark Flower||Narrator|
|2009||My Dark Places||James Ellroy|
|2009||Journey into Space: The Host||Jet|
|2009||King Solomon's Mines||Narrator|
|2009||Becket||King Henry II|||
|2010||Dick Barton Special Agent: The Mystery of the Missing Formula||Narrator|
|2010||No Place Like Home||Jonathan|
|2011||King James Version of the Bible||Narrator|
|2011||Paul Temple and the Geneva Mystery||Narrator|
|2011||Paul Temple and the Margo Mystery||Narrator|
|2011||Paul Temple Intervenes||Narrator|
|2011||The Lady in the Lake||Philip Marlowe|
|2011||The Big Sleep||Philip Marlowe|
|2011||Farewell, My Lovely||Philip Marlowe|
|2011||The Long Goodbye||Philip Marlowe|
|2011||The High Window||Philip Marlowe|
|2011||The Little Sister||Philip Marlowe|
|2011||Poodle Springs||Philip Marlowe|
|2012||From Russia, with Love||James Bond|
|2014||On Her Majesty's Secret Service||James Bond|
|2015||Diamonds Are Forever||James Bond|
|2019||Live and Let Die||James Bond|
|2020||The Man with the Golden Gun||James Bond|
- 1992—Ian Charleson Award Second Prize: for Bertram in All's Well That Ends Well (Swan Theatre)
- 1994—Ian Charleson Award (best classical actor under 30): for Coriolanus in Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company)
- 1994—Sir John Gielgud Award (best actor): for Coriolanus in Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company)
- 1999—Theatre World Award (debut performance on Broadway): for Hugo/Frederick in Ring Round the Moon (Lincoln Center Theater)
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
- Anita Singh (7 July 2015). "Dame Maggie Smith's son: 'Stop calling me posh'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- Tim Walker (21 May 2009). "Toby Stephens: Being born into the theatre was a mixed blessing". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
- "2011 : APPEARANCES". toby-stephens.tumblr.com. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
- Ivan-Zadeh, Larushka (20 March 2014). "Black Sails actor Toby Stephens: Most British scripts you get sent are just awful". Metro. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
- David Benedict, "Theatre Royal Haymarket Gambles", Variety, 23 July 2007, online edition. 
- Nellie Andreeva, "Busy Pre-upfront Weekend", The Hollywood Reporter, 10 May 2008, updated 11 May 2008, Online edition. 
- "Pilot Buzz", zap2it, 12 May 2008
- "Bob Holness on Game Shows". Retrieved 14 September 2007.
- Stock-pot Productions Limited, Blog, 27 May 2008 Archived 21 April 2006 at the Wayback Machine
- Dan French, "Richard Armitage for Sky1's 'Strike Back'", "Digital Spy", 24 August 2009 
- Spencer, Charles (20 May 2009). "A Doll's House, at the Donmar Warehouse – review". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 12 April 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
- "Julia McKenzie returns as the fictional sleuth Miss Marple, in her seventh film The Blue Geranium for ITV1", ITV.com, 21 January 2010 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Katherine Rushton, "Greenlit Gets First BBC Order with Cop Comedy", "Broadcast", 23 July 2009 
- "Sam Elliott Connor, "The Lost Explorer," "Dazed & Confused," May 2010". Archived from the original on 4 March 2012.
- Leo Benedictus, "What to say about...The Real Thing", "The Guardian", 23 April 2010 
- Louise Jury, "Toby's emotional debut for classic Stoppard play", London Evening Standard, 7 December 2009. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Slumdog's Danny Boyle Returns to the Stage as Frankenstein," Theatre News, London Evening Standard, 21 January 2010. 
- Terri Paddock, "20 Questions with... Toby Stephens," whatsonstage.com 19 November 2001. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Andreeva, Nellie (13 September 2012). "Toby Stephens Set As The Lead In Starz's Michael Bay-Produced Series 'Black Sails'". Deadline. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
- McNary, Dave (10 September 2015). "Toronto: John Hurt, Toby Stephens, Freddie Highmore Join 'The Journey'". Variety. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
- Andreeva, Nellie (20 September 2016). "Toby Stephens To Topline 'Lost in Space' Netflix Remake, Maxwell Jenkins To Co-Star". deadline.com. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- Lawson, Mark (31 May 2007), "Prodigal Son", The Guardian (online ed.).
- Janice Turner, "Simon Gray Has Lung Cancer But Won't Stop Smoking", The Times, 24 April 2008, Online edition.
- Tim Walker, "Toby Stephens: Being born into the theatre was a mixed blessing," The Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2009, Online edition.
- Michael Billington (30 September 2012). "Private Lives – Minerva, Chichester". The Guardian.
- Louise Jury and Josh Pettitt (4 July 2013). "It's odd kissing Toby Stephens with his wife in the cast, says Private Lives actress Anna Chancellor". Evening Standard.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- Paul Taylor (4 July 2013). "Theatre review: Private Lives". The Independent.
- BBC Press Office (28 August 2009). "Classic stage plays and adaptations of major works of fiction at the heart of new drama season on Radio 3". Press release. Retrieved on 28 August 2009.
- "Prized Performances". Sunday Times. 21 February 1993.
- Fowler, Rebecca. "Ribands in the cap of youth". Sunday Times. 12 March 1995.
Interviews and articlesEdit
- The Independent – It'll Be All Right on the Night (27 March 1994)
- The New York Times – It's Not Romantic or Oedipal: It's Just the Family Business (24 April 1999)
- The Times – My Cultural Life (23 November 2002)
- The Sunday Telegraph – Villain with a Past (16 December 2002)
- San Francisco Chronicle – Traitor? It's No Easy Gig (19 October 2003)
- Stephens on Hamlet, Essay for RSC Website (2004)
- The Times – Interview: Toby Stephens (4 July 2004)
- The Telegraph – The Perils of Being Posh on TV (16 March 2006)
- The Independent – Toby Stephens: My Life in Travel (18 March 2006)
- The Times – Every Woman Has Her Own Idea of Mr. Rochester (29 August 2006)
- The Guardian – Prodigal Son (31 May 2007)
- The Times – Mr. Rochester Takes His Bow (3 September 2007)
- The Evening Standard – Restoring His Humour (2 October 2007)
- Angel & North – Charming Chameleon (2007)
- SFX – Meet the New James Bond (20 May 2008)
- BBC Press Office – Robin Hood returns to BBC One (27 March 2009)
- The Daily Telegraph – Being Born into the Theatre was a Mixed Blessing (21 May 2009)
- The Times – Diary: Toby Stephens (20 June 2009)
- London Evening Standard – Toby Stephens to Face Family History at Old Vic (23 March 2010)
- The Times – Toby Stephens: Of course I’d act with my mother (1 April 2010)
- The Spectator – Silencing the Voices (17 July 2010)
- The Guardian – This much I know: Toby Stephens (18 July 2010)
- OfficialLondonTheatre.com – The Big Interview: Toby Stephens (28 July 2010)