Rory Kinnear

Last updated on the 9 April 2024 by Maeve


Mini Biography

Born: 17 February 1978, Hammersmith, London, England. 

Rory Kinnear was born into a family with a strong acting background; his father, Roy Kinnear, was a renowned comedic actor, while his mother, Carmel Cryan, was also an actress.

In terms of education, Rory Kinnear attended the prestigious St Paul’s School in London, known for its academic excellence and long-standing history. Following his time at St Paul’s, Kinnear went on to study English at Balliol College, Oxford, a world-class institution known for its intellectual rigour and esteemed alumni.

Kinnear’s career in acting took off in the early 2000s, with notable roles in both film and television. One of his early breakthrough performances was in the critically acclaimed film “The Imitation Game” (2014), where he portrayed Detective Nock alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

In addition to his success in film, Kinnear has made a significant mark in the realm of television. Television characters portrayed by the actor encompass Michael Callow in the initial installment of the anthology Black Mirror called The National Anthem (2011), Michael Baker in the comedy series Count Arthur Strong (2013–2017), the Creature in the fantasy horror drama Penny Dreadful (2014–2016) and Stephen in the dystopian limited series Years and Years (2019).


Suggested viewing


Count Arthur Strong (2013)

Count Arthur Strong

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.6

Count Arthur Strong, a former star of variety, is known for his inflated ego, forgetfulness, and frequent use of malapropisms. Despite not achieving the fame he believes he has, Arthur remains optimistic, hoping for another big break. He seizes any chance that comes his way, whether it’s getting a free meal or selling unwanted products. Unaware of the chaos he causes, Arthur continues his oblivious pursuit of stardom.

Top cast: Steve Delaney, Rory Kinnear, Zahra Ahmadi, Chris Ryman, Andy Linden, David Plimmer, Bronagh Gallagher, Ruth Posner.

The Hollow Crown (2012)

The Hollow Crown poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.2

“The Hollow Crown: King Richard” is based on Shakespeare’s play “Richard II” and centers around the tragic downfall of King Richard II and his clash with Henry Bolingbroke, who eventually becomes Henry IV. This episode delves into themes of power, leadership, and the far-reaching consequences of political upheaval during medieval times in England.

Top cast: Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, David Suchet, Patrick Stewart, Lindsay Duncan, David Morrissey, Tom Hughes, James Purefoy.

Years and Years (2021)

Years and Years

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.3

Years and Years is a thought-provoking TV series that follows the lives of the multi-generational Lyons family over the span of 15 years, as society rapidly changes. It explores themes of technology, politics, family dynamics, and the consequences of our choices, painting a vivid picture of a near-future world.

Top cast: Emma Thompson, Russell Tovey, Rory Kinnear, Jessica Hynes, Ruth Madeley, T’Nia Miller, Anne Reid. 

Penny Dreadful (2014)

Rory Kinnear, Penny Dreadful

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.2

Penny Dreadful is a TV series set in Victorian London. It weaves together iconic characters from classic literature, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dorian Gray, as they navigate a world filled with supernatural forces and dark secrets. The show explores themes of horror, morality, and the human psyche in a visually stunning and atmospheric setting.

Top cast: Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Harry Treadaway, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Helen McCrory, Danny Sapani.

Bank of Dave (2023)

Bank of Dave

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.1

This is the inspiring tale of Dave Fishwick, a self-made millionaire from a working-class background, who dedicated himself to establishing a community bank in Burnley. His goal was to support local businesses and ensure their prosperity. In his quest to assist his community, Dave faced off against the exclusive financial establishments in London and battled to obtain the first new banking license in a century.

Top cast: Rory Kinnear, Phoebe Dynevor, Joel Fry, Jo Hartley, Hugh Bonneville, Paul Kaye, Cathy Tyson, Florence Hall, Naomi Battrick.

Ridley Road (2021)

Ridley Road

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.8

Ridley Road is a TV series set in 1960s London, based on the novel by Jo Bloom. It follows the story of a young Jewish woman, Vivien Epstein, who goes undercover to infiltrate a far-right extremist group targeting the local immigrant community on Ridley Road. It explores themes of identity, discrimination, and resilience in a turbulent era.

Top cast: Agnes O’Casey, Rory Kinnear, Tamara Lawrance, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Eddie Marsan, Samantha Spiro, Tom Varey, Michelle Bonnard.


Quacks (2017)
Quacks poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.7

Quacks is a comedic dramedy set in Victorian-era London, where four young surgeons, each with their own unique quirks and ambitions, push the boundaries of medical practice. Amidst the backdrop of superstition and quackery, they grapple with ethical dilemmas, personal rivalries, and the ever-present threat of failure, all while striving to make a mark on the world of medicine.

Top cast: Rory Kinnear, Tom Basden, Lydia Leonard, Mathew Baynton, Rupert Everett, Geoffrey McGivern, Andy Linden, Ed Gaughan, Osi Okerafor.


Peterloo (2018)

Peterloo poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 6.5

“Peterloo” is a historical drama directed by Mike Leigh, based on the 1819 Peterloo Massacre. The film portrays the events surrounding a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester’s St Peter’s Field, which turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The film sheds light on the struggle for equal civil and political rights during a time when voting was restricted.


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