Tom Hopper

Thomas Edward Hopper (born 28 January 1985) is an English actor. He has appeared as Sir Percival in Merlin, Billy Bones in Black Sails, Dickon Tarly in Game of Thrones, and Luther Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy.

Tom Hopper
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Hopper in May 2013
Thomas Edward Hopper

(1985-01-28) 28 January 1985 (age 36)
Years active2007–present
Laura Higgins
(m. 2014)

Early lifeEdit

Thomas Edward Hopper was born on 28 January 1985 in Coalville, Leicestershire. He attended Ashby School, where he first developed an interest in acting. He enrolled in a drama class and appeared in a production of the musical Return to the Forbidden Planet.[1][2] He studied acting at Rose Bruford College.[3]


Hopper was cast in As You Like It at the Watford Palace Theatre[4][5] and has appeared in various television programmes and films including Saxon, Casualty, Kingdom and Doctors. Hopper portrayed Marcus in the comedy-horror film, Tormented about a bullied teenager who comes back from the dead to take revenge on his classmates; the film was released in May 2009.

In 2010, he was in an episode of Doctor Who.[6] Hopper played Sir Percival in the BBC series Merlin. He joined the series in the third season in 2010, and was a regular for the next two seasons.[6] After Merlin ended in 2012, he featured in Good Cop in 2012.[7] In 2013, Hopper starred in Cold, directed and written by his Merlin co-star Eoin Macken. The film was later released in the United States as Leopard.[8] In 2014, Hopper starred as Asbjörn in Northmen: A Viking Saga.[9]

Hopper became the first actor to join the Starz series Black Sails, in which he portrayed Billy Bones. The pirate drama serves as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.[10] Hopper deliberately chose to play Bones as a "selfless person, looking out for his crew", believing that the character would have changed dramatically in the time period between Black Sails and Treasure Island.[11] The show was filmed on location in South Africa.[12]

In 2016, Hopper appeared in thriller Kill Ratio and an episode of Barbarians Rising.[13][14] The following year, he joined the cast of the HBO series Game of Thrones in season 7 as Dickon Tarly, replacing Freddie Stroma who had previously appeared in the role in season 6.[15] In 2018, Hopper appeared alongside Amy Schumer in I Feel Pretty.[16] In 2019, Hopper appeared as Luther Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy.[17] For the role, Hopper wore a muscle suit to achieve the correct look and underwent martial arts training.[18]

Hopper appeared in the 2020 film SAS: Red Notice. In March 2019, he joined the cast of Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Hopper married actress Laura Higgins in 2014.[14][20] They have a son and daughter.[20]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2007 Saxon Fishmonger
2009 Tormented Marcus [21]
2013 Cold Tom Also known as Leopard [8]
2014 Northmen: A Viking Saga Asbjörn
2016 Kill Ratio James Henderson
2018 I Feel Pretty Grant LeClair
2019 Terminator: Dark Fate Hadrell
2021 SAS: Red Notice Declan
2021 Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Magnusson Post-production
2021 Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Albert Wesker Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Casualty Hugh "Chewy" Mullen Episode: "Stitch"
2008 Doctors Josh Mullen Episode: "Don't Try This at Home"
2008 Kingdom Soldier 1 episode
2010 Doctor Who Jeff Episode: "The Eleventh Hour"
2010–2012 Merlin Sir Percival Guest role (series 3); recurring role (series 4–5)
2012 Good Cop Andy Stockwell 2 episodes
2014–2017 Black Sails William "Billy Bones" Manderly Main role
2016 Barbarians Rising Arminius Episode: "Rebellion"
2017 Game of Thrones Dickon Tarly 4 episodes
2019–present The Umbrella Academy Luther Hargreeves / Number One Main role
2020 Robot Chicken John Rolfe, Solid Snake (voice) Episode: "Gracie Purgatory in: That's How You Get Hemorrhoids"


  1. ^ Jarvis, Jacob (26 July 2017). "New Game of Thrones actor is . . . Tom from Coalville". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. ^ Schrodt, Paul (15 February 2019). "Tom Hopper From Netflix's Umbrella Academy Shares His Superhero Workout Tips". Men's Health. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Notable alumni". Rose Bruford College. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ As You Like It – Watford Palace Theatre "Main Cast List", Watford#Watford Palace Theatre, Retrieved on 13 May 2009. Archived 16 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ As You Like It – VocalEyes Introduction "Introduction Transcript", Retrieved on 13 May 2009.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b Dodd, Kate (5 November 2012). "BBC role a dream come true for Tom Hopper". The Toowoomba Chronicle. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  7. ^ Smith, Neil (30 August 2012). "BBC police drama tries not to be uniform". BBC. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b Fuamoli, Sosefina (15 October 2016). "Interview: Eoin Macken talks The Night Shift & the challenges of indie filmmaking". The Iris. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  9. ^ McCormack, Kirsty (6 February 2014). "Exclusive: First look at Tom Hopper in upcoming film 'Northmen: A Viking Saga'". Daily Express. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  10. ^ Morgan Jeffery (11 September 2012). "'Merlin' star Tom Hopper joins Starz pirate drama 'Black Sails'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  11. ^ Perigard, Mark (9 February 2014). "Star Tom Hopper shows a different side to 'Treasure Island' character in Starz drama". Boston Herald. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  12. ^ Telling, Gillian (21 January 2016). "Black Sails season 3: Tom Hopper talks surviving a hurricane in Scene Breakdown". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  13. ^ Rechtstaffen, Michael (8 December 2016). "Ridiculous political thriller 'Kill Ratio' does Eastern Europe on the cheap". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  14. ^ a b Zeeman, Kyle (26 February 2016). "We had a chat with that smokin' hot pirate from Black Sails!". Channel 24. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Game of Thrones season 7: release date, cast, trailers, spoilers & more". NME. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  16. ^ Busch, Anita (30 August 2017). "Lauren Hutton, Tom Hopper Join 'I Feel Pretty' With Amy Schumer". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  17. ^ Deckelmeier, Joe (14 February 2019). "Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman & David Castaneda: Umbrella Academy". Screen Rant. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  18. ^ Dibdin, Emma (19 February 2019). "Tom Hopper's arm have their own instagram account". Elle. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  19. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (26 March 2019). "'The Umbrella Academy's Tom Hopper Joins 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' Sequel At Lionsgate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  20. ^ a b Fernandez, Alexia (9 July 2018). "GoT's Tom Hopper Welcomes a Daughter, Posts Poignant Photo Sharing Skin-to-Skin Contact with Baby". People. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  21. ^ Tormented Cast Pages. "Tom's Cast List Page"[permanent dead link], Tormented, Retrieved on 13 May 2009.

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