Rory Kinnear

Rory Kinnear

Highest Rated: 92% Skyfall (2012)

Lowest Rated: 33% Wild Target (2010)

Birthday: Feb 17, 1978

Birthplace: London, England, UK

Born into show business, Rory Kinnear took an early tragedy at age 10 and turned it into a multiple award-winning career that includes what many consider one of the greatest interpretation of Shakespeare's Iago that has ever graced British stages. Rory Kinnear was born on February 17, 1978 into a London-based entertainment family, the son of actors Roy Kinnear and Carmel Cryan, and the grandson of famous rugby player Roy Muir Kinnear. A comic performer best known to audiences as Veruca Salt's father in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (1971), father Roy died tragically in 1988 after a horse-riding accident on the set of Richard Lester's "The Return of the Musketeers," leading to a £650,000 settlement between the family and the production team. (Lester, who made "A Hard Day's Night" (1965) among other acclaimed films, never directed again.) Unsure of whether he wanted to follow his parents into their line of work, Kinnear studied English at that Balliol School at Oxford University with interest in becoming a lawyer. But in his early 20s, he started to feel a connection with his dad. As he told The Telegraph, "I did definitely feel a responsibility to be like him. Not so much as an actor; more as a human being. But perhaps I also felt that my becoming an actor was a way of getting to know him better." He applied to study drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and upon completed his two-year program, joined the Royal Shakespeare Company for such plays as "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Cymbeline." Kinnear's sights were set on the Royal National Theatre in South Bank, London, where he remembered sitting in the audience with his father and "seeing Anthony Hopkins in 'Pravda' and Ian Charleston in 'Hamlet'" (Beyond the Joke). After debuting on the famed stage in 2006's "Southwark Fair," he received raves for his outrageous performance as Sir Fopling Flutter opposite Tom Hardy and Hayley Atwell in "The Man of Mode," Nicholas Hynter's update of the 16th century restoration comedy. He won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor that year, and won Best Actor six years later for his simmering performance as Iago in "Othello." Continuing to work at the National Theatre (often under the direction of Howard Davies, who also directed Kinnear's original play "The Herd" in 2013), he concurrently began appearing regularly on British television, most notably as Denis Thatcher in BBC Four's "Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley," Beatles manager Brian Epstein in BBC Four's "Lennon Naked," reporter David Whitehead in Channel 4's "Southcliffe," and a truly strange role as a zoophilic Prime Minister on the pilot of Channel 4's "Black Mirror." His most well-known role to date, however, is MI6 Chief of Staff Bill Tanner in the Daniel Craig James Bond films, including "Quantum of Solace" (2008) and "Skyfall" (2012). series, both on film and in video games spinoffs. He was next seen as Frankenstein's Creature on the horror series "Penny Dreadful" (Showtime 2014-16).

Highest rated movies

Skyfall The Imitation Game No Time to Die
Man Up
iBoy Peterloo Spectre




83% 88% No Time to Die Tanner (Character) $160.5M 2021
66% 42% Peterloo Henry Hunt (Character) $116.7K 2018
69% 39% iBoy Unknown (Character) - 2017
56% 25% Trespass Against Us P.C. Lovage (Character) - 2016
80% 69% Man Up Sean (Character) - 2015
63% 61% Spectre Tanner (Character) $200.1M 2015
89% 91% The Imitation Game Det. Robert Nock (Character) $91.1M 2014
54% 43% Cuban Fury Gary (Character) $90.3K 2014
No Score Yet 14% Loving Miss Hatto Young Barrington Coupe (Character) - 2012
63% 73% Broken Bob Oswald (Character) - 2012
92% 86% Skyfall Bill Tanner (Character) $304.4M 2012
No Score Yet 85% Wish 143 Wishman (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 48% The First Men in the Moon Bedford (Character) - 2010
33% 56% Wild Target Gerry Bailey (Character) $117.2K 2010
No Score Yet 56% Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley Denis Thatcher (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 75% Secret Smile Nick (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 38% Judas Andrew (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Menace Kevin (Character) - 2002


74% 46% Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Dr. Peter Craft (Character) 2020
68% 34% Catherine the Great Minister Panin (Character) 2019
89% 89% Years and Years Stephen Lyons (Character) 2019
74% 81% Watership Down Cowslip (Voice) 2018
100% 97% Inside No. 9 Prince Rico (Character) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quacks Robert (Character) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Count Arthur Strong Michael Baker (Character) 2013 2015 2017
75% 52% Guerrilla Chief Inspector Pence (Character) 2017
91% 90% Penny Dreadful The Creature (Character) 2014-2016
58% 62% The Casual Vacancy Barry Fairbrother (Character) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Unknown (Character),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucan Lord Lucan (Character) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Southcliffe David Whitehead (Character) 2013
No Score Yet 95% The Thick of It Unknown (Guest Star) 2009 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mystery of Edwin Drood Unknown (Character) 2012
84% 85% Black Mirror Unknown (Character) 2011
No Score Yet 100% Ashes to Ashes Unknown (Guest Star) 2009