Tony Curran is a Scottish actor who has appeared in Underworld: Evolution, Doctor Who, Roots, and the Netflix historical epic Outlaw King. He appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Thor: The Dark World (2013) as Bor and the second season of Daredevil (2016) as Finn Cooley. In late 2022, Curran starred in the BBC drama Mayflies.
Early life and educationEdit
Curran appeared in the BBC television series This Life. Since then, he has appeared in a number of major film and television roles, including Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man), an original character in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. To portray the Invisible Man, he donned a special suit that turned him into a walking bluescreen. (According to his commentary on the DVD, he looked like a "smurf on acid".) He also played vampire roles in Guillermo del Toro's Blade II as Priest and Underworld: Evolution as Markus. In 2006 he appeared in the unrated film Red Road.
Curran participates in marathons to raise money for charity. He is a frequent and popular participant in the annual Dressed to Kilt event in New York City, run by Friends of Scotland in celebration of Tartan Week. He is also a keen fan of Celtic F.C. Curran played the role of Datak Tarr on the Syfy series Defiance and in 2014, he costarred with Diana Vickers in the thriller film Awaiting. In 2016 Curran signed to play 'Callum' in the new E4/Netflix original series Crazyhead.
Curran portrayed Vincent van Gogh in the science fiction television series Doctor Who. The episode, written by Richard Curtis, was rated by Screen Rant as the best of Matt Smith's time as the Doctor. A scene where Curran plays van Gogh, taken into the future to see his work in a modern museum, has been described as one of the most emotional in the entire series. Curran also made a cameo appearance in the Doctor Who episode "The Pandorica Opens".
Curran later worked in season 8 of The Flash where he portrayed Despero in his human form and voiced him in his true alien form starting in the five-part episode "Armageddon". His lead performance in the poignant 2022 BBC drama Mayflies was described by The Guardian as "devastating".
In 2012, he married Mai Nguyen; the couple have a daughter. Curran has campaigned for numerous charities throughout his career and in 2021 was named as an official ambassador of the Celtic F.C. Foundation. 
|1994||Shallow Grave||Travel Agent|
|1995||Go Now||Chris Cameron|
|1999||The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns||Sean Devine|
|1999||The 13th Warrior||Weath the Musician|
|2000||Gladiator||Assassin No. 1|
|2003||The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen||Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man)|
|2004||Flight of the Phoenix||Rodney|
|2005||Beowulf & Grendel||Hondscioh|
|2006||Underworld: Evolution||Markus Corvinus|
|2006||Red Road||Clyde Henderson|
|2006||Miami Vice||Aryan Brother||As Anthony Curran|
|2006||The Good German||Danny|
|2007||Trust Me||Miles Loncrain|
|2008||The Midnight Meat Train||Driver|
|2008||The Lazarus Project||William Reeds|
|2009||A Day in the Life||Dr. Reynolds|
|2010||The Presence||The Man in Black|
|2010||Golf in the Kingdom||Adam Green|
|2011||The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn||Lt. Delcourt|
|2011||Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son||Chirkoff|
|2011||Cat Run||Sean Moody|
|2011||The Veteran||Chris Turner|
|2011||Two-Legged Rat Bastards||Desoto||Short|
|2011||The Last Best Place||Fletcher|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Man in Black Agent|
|2012||In the Dark Half||Filthy|
|2013||Mary Queen of Scots||Knox|
|2013||Thor: The Dark World||Bor||Uncredited|
|2014||Postman Pat: The Movie||Paparazzi 2 (voice)|
|2014||The Seventeenth Kind||James||Short|
|2018||Outlaw King||Angus Macdonald|
|1986–1987||Dramarama||Archie Campbell / Jason||2 episodes|
|1994||The Tales of Para Handy||Sailor in Pub / Donald||2 episodes|
|1994||Rab C. Nesbitt||Young Policeman||Episode: "Mother"|
|1995||Soldier Soldier||Sgt Ian Kelly||Episode: "Leaving"|
|1995||Screen Two||David||Episode: "Nervous Energy"|
|1996||Grange Hill||Police Officer #2||Episode #19.16|
|1996||Atletico Partick||Dr. Maitland||3 episodes|
|1997||Taggart||Ian Jardine||Episode: "Apocalypse Part One"|
|1997||The Bill||D.C. Dave McGovern||Episode: "Professional Opinion"|
|1997||A Touch of Frost||Craig Hudson||Episode: "Penny for the Guy"|
|1997||This Life||Lenny||7 episodes|
|1998||Touching Evil||Emerson||Episodes: "Scalping Part 1 & 2"|
|1998||Undercover Heart||Jimmy Hatcher||5 episodes|
|1999||Great Expectations||Orlick||Television film|
|1999||Split Second||Ronnie Baxter||Television film|
|1999||The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns||Sean Devine||2 episodes|
|2000||Perfect World||Spencer||Episode: "Charity"|
|2001||The Mists of Avalon||Uther's Captain||2 episodes|
|2002||Menace||Det. Sgt. Skinner||2 episodes|
|2002–2003||Ultimate Force||Sergeant Pete Twamley||11 episodes|
|2005||Night Stalker||Damon Caylor||Episode: "The Five People You Meet in Hell"|
|2007||A.M.P.E.D.||Mark Jacocks||Television film|
|2008||Gemini Division||Walken||5 episodes|
|2008||Numb3rs||Victor Tooner||Episode: "Frienemies"|
|2009||Medium||Lucas Harvey||Episodes: "The Devil Inside Part 1 & 2"|
|2009||Primeval||Sir William de Mornay||Episode #3.7|
|2010||24||Lugo Elson||3 episodes|
|2010||The Mentalist||C.D.C.A Agent Dean Harken||Episode: "Code Red"|
|2010||Doctor Who||Vincent van Gogh||Episodes: "Vincent and the Doctor," "The Pandorica Opens"|
|2010||Pillars of the Earth||King Stephen||8 episodes|
|2011||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Dr. Tyrell Neth||Episode: "Unleashed"|
|2011||The Hunt for Tony Blair||Robin Cook||Television film|
|2011||Boardwalk Empire||Eaominn Rohan||Episode: "Peg of Old"|
|2011||Hawaii Five-0||John O'Toole||Episode: "Ike Maka"|
|2011||Covert Affairs||MI6 "Janitor" Kenneth Martin||Episode: "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"|
|2011||Luck||Steward's Assistant||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2011||Young James Herriot||Prof. Donald Richie||3 episodes|
|2012||Labyrinth||Guy d'Évreux||2 episodes|
Datak Tarr's father
|2014||Sons of Anarchy||Gaines||3 episodes|
|2014||Marvellous||Lou Macari||Television film|
|2016||Daredevil||Finn Cooley||Episode: "Penny and Dime"|
|2016||Elementary||Joshua Vikner||2 episodes|
|2017–2018||Voltron: Legendary Defender||Commander Throk / various (voice)||5 episodes|
|2018||The Looming Tower||Inspector Barry James||2 episodes|
|2018–2019||Ray Donovan||Michael "Red" Radulovic||7 episodes|
|2019||SEAL Team||Brett "Swanny" Swann||5 episodes|
|2019||Deadwood: The Movie||James Smith||Television film|
|2020–2021||Your Honor||Frankie||10 episodes|
|2021||The Flash||Despero||5 episodes|
|2021||Summer Camp Island||Ryan||Episode: "The Babies Chapter 2: Teacup Giant"|
|2022||For All Mankind||Clarke Halladay||Episode: "Happy Valley"|
|2011||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||MacMillan / Baseplate|
|2012||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||SAS soldier voices|
- Didcock, Barry. "From Red Road to Hollywood Boulevard: Scottish actor Tony Curran on making a good life as a bad guy". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
- "Making it in Hollywood". Future Movies.
- "Awaiting Tony Curran and Diana Vickers". bullz-eye.com. Retrieved 2 September 2010.
- "Doctor Who: Each Doctor's Best Episode". ScreenRant. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
- DWTV (6 May 2015). "The 10 Most Emotional Episodes of New Who (Part 1)". Doctor Who TV. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
- McEwan, Cameron K. (10 February 2018). "8 of Doctor Who's saddest moments EVER". Digital Spy. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
- "Tony Curran is devastating in deeply moving drama Mayflies". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2022.
- "Foundation ambassador roles for three Scottish actors". Celtic F.C. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
- "Mayflies - Meet the cast and creatives behind the drama that 'discovers the joy and the costs of love'". bbc.co.uk/mediacentre. 19 December 2022. Retrieved 20 December 2022.