Jones, Toby (I) Biography

biography of Jones, Toby (I)

7 September 1967, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
5' 5"
Distinguished stage, television, and film actor Toby Jones was born on September 7, 1966 in Hammersmith, London. His parents, 'Freddie Jones (I)' (qv) and Jennifer Heselwood, are actors as well. Toby has two brothers: Rupert, a director, and Casper, a fellow actor. He studied Drama at the University of Manchester from 1986 to 1989, and at L'École Internationale de Théâtre in Paris under Jacques Lecoq in Paris from 1989 to 1991. Naturally, his career began on the stage (and continues there), but film and television roles came soon after his studies. Toby made his film debut with a small role in 'Sally Potter (I)' (qv)'s experimental take on 'Virginia Woolf (I)' (qv)'s novel, _Orlando (1992)_ (qv), starring 'Tilda Swinton' (qv). Other small film roles included the doorkeeper in _Les Misérables (1998)_ (qv) and a memorable turn as the Royal Page in _EverAfter (1998)_ (qv) with 'Drew Barrymore (I)' (qv). Roles in the acclaimed _Victoria & Albert (2001) (TV)_ (qv) and the 'Helen Mirren' (qv)-starring _"Elizabeth I" (2005)_ (qv) were balanced with film work, from his voice role as Dobby the House Elf in _Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)_ (qv) to supporting appearances in _Ladies in Lavender. (2004)_ (qv) (co-starring his father, Freddie), _Finding Neverland (2004)_ (qv), and _Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)_ (qv). He continued stage work during this period, appearing on Broadway in The Play What I Wrote in 2003, a year after winning the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the London production. _Infamous (2006)_ (qv), directed by 'Douglas McGrath' (qv) and released in 2006, was Toby's first starring role. His acclaimed portrayal of 'Truman Capote' (qv) remained mostly in the shadow of 'Philip Seymour Hoffman' (qv)'s Oscar-winning performance of the author in 2005's _Capote (2005)_ (qv). A steady stream of film roles followed with appearances in _Amazing Grace (2006)_ (qv), _The Painted Veil (2006)_ (qv), _Nightwatching (2007)_ (qv), _The Mist (2007)_ (qv), and _St. Trinian's (2007)_ (qv). Toby then appeared in three successive films that could have been commercial breakthroughs: kid-lit flop _City of Ember (2008)_ (qv), the Oscar-nominated _Frost/Nixon (2008)_ (qv), and 'Oliver Stone (I)' (qv)'s _W. (2008/I)_ (qv). He reprised the voice-role of Dobby in _Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)_ (qv), appeared in the St. Trinian's sequel, as well as the Charles Darwin biopic _Creation (2009/I)_ (qv) and 'Dustin Lance Black' (qv)'s post-_Milk (2008/I)_ (qv) directorial outing, _Virginia (2010)_ (qv). More Hollywood roles followed with appearances in _The Rite (2011)_ (qv), _Your Highness (2011)_ (qv), and his first big live-action breakthrough as Red Skull's biochemist Dr. Arnim Zola in _Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)_ (qv). Even before Toby was announced as Cladius Templesmith in the adaptation of the novel _The Hunger Games (2012)_ (qv), his star was on the rise after Captain America, with roles in three Oscar-nominated films: _Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)_ (qv), _My Week with Marilyn (2011)_ (qv), and _The Adventures of Tintin (2011)_ (qv). Though chances are he will forever be known by many as Cladius, the announcer for The Hunger Games with the booming voice and penchant for ending his statements with the phrase, "And may the odds be ever in your favor!" Toby followed up this massive success with roles in _Red Lights (2012)_ (qv) for Buried director 'Rodrigo Cortés (I)' (qv) and a memorable turn as one of the dwarves in worldwide hit _Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)_ (qv). He will next be seen in _The Girl (2012) (TV)_ (qv), a BBC/HBO co-production in which he stars as 'Alfred Hitchcock (I)' (qv), in the miniseries _"Titanic" (2012)_ (qv), 'Peter Strickland' (qv)'s _Berberian Sound Studio (2012)_ (qv), 'Susanne Bier' (qv)'s _Serena (2013)_ (qv), and he will reprise his role as Cladius Templesmith in _The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)_ (qv). Toby lives in London with his family.

Toby acted in many productions at his school in Oxfordshire, Abingdon School, where he was a contemporary of the four members of the band 'Radiohead' (qv), whose music was used in _Vanilla Sky (2001)_ (qv). Son of 'Freddie Jones (I)' (qv), the British character actor who has appeared in many films including _The Elephant Man (1980)_ (qv). Brother of 'Rupert Jones (I)' (qv) the director and Casper Jones the actor.

-   Performs with 'Hamish McColl' (qv) as "The Right Size".

-   (2003) Starred on Broadway with Sean Foley & 'Hamish McColl' (qv) in "The Play What I Wrote".

-   He was awarded the 2002 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role of 2001 for his performance in "The Play What I Wrote" at the Wyndham Theatre, London.

-   Has two daughters Madeleine and Holly.

-   He won the London Film Critics Circle "Best British Actor" for his portrayal of 'Truman Capote' (qv).

-   His partner Karen is a criminal barrister.

-   Toby went to Abingdon School with fellow actor, 'Tom Hollander' (qv), and both were contemporaries of the band, 'Radiohead' (qv). They were both born in Oxford and only two weeks apart from each other. Not only that but both are 5 foot 5 inches in height.

-   In 2011, filmed two movies for release in 2012 in which he plays a character named "Claudius": _The Hunger Games (2012)_ (qv) and _Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)_ (qv).

-   Brother of 'Rupert Jones (I)' (qv) and Casper Jones.

-   Son of 'Freddie Jones (I)' (qv) and 'Jennie Heslewood' (qv).

-   Played Truman Capote in Infamous, then went on to play Swifty Lazar, Truman Capote's agent, in Frost/Nixon.

-   Appeared in 'Gomez (II)' (qv) music video, "Whippin' Piccadilly" (1998).

-   "The Washington Post" (USA), 13 October 2006, Vol. 129, Iss. 312, pg. 31+33 in Weekend section, by: Michael O'Sullivan, "Jones: Small Shoes to Fill In the Other Truman Show"

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