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Toby Jones



A man with a peculiar face and small stature born into a long line of performers, Toby Jones might seem born to be a character actor. Jones' father, Freddie Jones, has graced the screen in a multitude of projects, from David Lynch's enigmatic sci-fi epic Dune to BBC adaptations of classic works of literature. Meanwhile, Jones' mother was born to a family whose legacy in acting went back seven generations, setting the stage for Toby's career almost before he was born. Jones took to the stage at his school in Oxfordshire, England, where he discovered an aptitude for theatrical acting. Though stage work would remain an important element of his professional life, Jones eventually tried his hand at screen work, beginning with a minor role in the 1992 film adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando. Many of these bit parts would follow in movies like Ever After and Les Miserabes, as Jones' distinct and memorable visage set him apart from the masses. This same unique quality eventually began to win him more substantial roles, like a four-episode run as a pathologist on the U.K. detective show Midsomer Murders, and a chance to explore vocal acting as the voice of the animated Dobby the House Elf in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

More of Jones' usual small but memorable parts would follow, such as Smee, right-hand man to Captain Hook in Finding Neverland. Then in 2004, Jones got the chance to sink his teeth into not one but two substantial characters -- both with considerably more screen time than he was accustomed to. In the U.K. made-for-TV biopic Elizabeth I, Jones played Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, spymaster, and later secretary of state to Queen Elizabeth, a man infamous for his odd, slight appearance. Exaggerating his quirky physical characteristics and delving deeply into the complex character, Jones was lauded by audiences and critics alike. That same year, Jones won the starring role of controversial writer Truman Capote in Infamous, the big-screen American telling of the writing the true-crime novel In Cold Blood. A dream role both for his artistic sensibilities and the furthering of his career, Jones joined a cast of American stars including Sigourney Weaver, Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rossellini, and Daniel Craig. In typical Hollywood style, the film was green-lit around the same time that another studio was beginning production on a feature with the same subject matter, and Bennett Miller's Capote was scheduled to be released first. The buzz surrounding this rival production, however, was not the kind that Infamous producers were hoping for; instead of generating interest in their film, they feared that the overwhelming praise that Capote was receiving for its script, direction, and acting by star Philip Seymour Hoffman would only overshadow their own film. The release date for Infamous was pushed back as Capote went on to sweep the awards circuit, picking up over 40 awards and nominations including Oscar nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (for Catherine Keener's performance as Harper Lee), and Best Screenplay, as well as an Oscar win for Hoffman in the category of Best Actor. With Capote seeming to have already carved a place in the history of cinema and Philip Seymour Hoffman moving to the top of the list of gifted and respected actors, the cast and crew of Infamous had to worry that for all their hard work, their production would be seen as little more than the "other Truman Capote movie." Its release was finally set for late fall of 2006, roughly a year after its original date. Jones, however, was not going to spend the meantime biting his nails. By the time Infamous hit theaters, Jones had already completed filming on an adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel The Painted Veil, and begun production on Nightwatching, a film about the life of the artist Rembrandt in which Jones would play the Dutch painter Gerard Dou.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Coldest City
  • Actor
2017
40% Morgan
  • Dr. Simon Ziegler
2016
66% Anthropoid
  • Jan Zelenka-Hajský
2016
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • Littlewood
2016
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti)
  • King of Highhills
2016
30% Dad's Army
  • Captain Mainwaring
2016
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
  • Claudius Templesmith
2015
17% Serena
  • Sheriff McDowell
2015
No Score Yet By The Gun
  • Jerry
2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Arnim Zola
2014
No Score Yet Marvellous
  • Neil Baldwin
2014
100% Leave To Remain
  • Actor
2014
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Claudius Templesmith
2013
84% Berberian Sound Studio
  • Gilderoy
2013
No Score Yet The Girl
  • Alfred Hitchcock
2012
29% Red Lights
  • Paul Shackleton
2012
No Score Yet Snow White and the Huntsman (Extended Version)
  • Actor
2012
49% Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Claudius
2012
8% Virginia
  • Max
2012
84% The Hunger Games
  • Claudius Templesmith
2012
75% The Adventures of Tintin
  • Silk
2011
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Percy Alleline
2011
83% My Week with Marilyn
  • Arthur Jacobs
2011
80% Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Dr. Arnim Zola
2011
27% Your Highness
  • Julie
2011
20% The Rite
  • Father Matthew
2011
No Score Yet Pinkville
  • Lt. Andre Feher
2011
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Dobby
2010
76% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  • Hargreaves
2010
46% Creation
  • Thomas Huxley
2010
No Score Yet Christopher And His Kind
  • Actor
2010
10% St Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold
  • Bursar
2009
No Score Yet Pinkville
  • Actor
2009
92% Frost/Nixon
  • Swifty Lazar
2008
59% W.
  • Karl Rove
2008
53% City of Ember
  • Barton Snode
2008
No Score Yet The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Quilp
2007
31% St. Trinian's
  • Bursar
2007
73% The Mist
  • Ollie Weeks
2007
76% Nightwatching
  • Gerard Dou
2007
70% Amazing Grace
  • Duke of Clarence
2007
74% The Painted Veil
  • Waddington
2006
No Score Yet A Harlot's Progress
  • William Hogarth
2006
73% Infamous
  • Truman Capote
2006
68% Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Gordon
2006
63% Ladies in Lavender
  • Hedley
2005
83% Finding Neverland
  • Smee
2004
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Dobby the House Elf
2002
No Score Yet In Love and War
  • Bolo
2001
63% Simon Magus
  • Buchholz
2001
No Score Yet Victoria & Albert
  • Edward Oxford
2001
No Score Yet Hotel Splendide
  • Kitchen Boy
2000
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  • English Judge
1999
91% Ever After: A Cinderella Story
  • Royal Page
1998
41% Cousin Bette
  • Gentleman in Cafe des Artistes
1998
74% Les Miserables
  • Doorkeeper
1998
88% Naked
  • Man in Tea Bar
1993
83% Orlando
  • 2nd Valet
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
58% Wayward Pines
2015-2016
  • Dr. Jenkins/David Pilcher Dr. Jenkins
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Samuel Ratchett St. Fox Squercum Daniel Quilp
88% Doctor Who
2006-2016
  • Actor
38% Titanic
2012
  • John Batley
No Score Yet Regular Show
2010
  • Screenwriter

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