Rupert Penry-Jones

Last updated on the 28 March 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 22 September 1970, Dulwich, London, England.

Rupert Penry-Jones comes from a family deeply rooted in the entertainment industry, with his father, Peter Penry-Jones, being a Welsh actor and his English actress mother Angela Thorne.

He attended Dulwich College, a renowned independent school in London, and later enrolled at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

After completing his education, Rupert Penry-Jones embarked on a successful acting career. He made his professional debut in the theatre, performing in various productions, including Shakespearean plays. His talent and dedication soon caught the attention of casting directors, leading to his breakthrough in the television series “Casualty” (1998-1999), where he portrayed the character of Adam Mitchell.

Penry-Jones’ career continued to flourish, with notable roles in several acclaimed television dramas. He gained widespread recognition for his portrayal of Adam Carter in the hit spy series “Spooks” (2004-2008), followed by “Whitechapel” (2009-2013) and “Silk” (2011-2014).

In addition to television, Rupert Penry-Jones has also made a mark in the film industry. He has appeared in movies such as “Charlotte Gray” (2001), “Match Point” (2005), and “The 39 Steps” (2008), further establishing his reputation as a skilled actor on the big screen. 

“Who Do You Think You Are?” on BBC One revealed in 2010 that Penry-Jones’s maternal grandfather, William, had a military background in the Indian Army, specifically the Medical Corps, and that his family had a history of serving in the Indian Army. Additionally, Rupert Penry-Jones learned that he had Indian ancestry dating back to the early 19th century.

In 2007 he married British actress Dervla Kirwan and the couple have two children together.


Suggested viewing


Whitechapel (2009)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.8

In the heart of London’s Whitechapel district, Detective Inspector Joe Chandler grapples with a chilling series of modern murders eerily reminiscent of Jack the Ripper’s gruesome killings. Guided by the insights of Ripperologist Edward Buchan, Chandler and his team delve into the city’s dark past, seeking clues to unravel the identity of this new menace and bring them to justice.

Top cast: Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis, Steve Pemberton, Sam Stockman, Ben Bishop, Hannah Walters, Claire Rushbrook, Johnny Harris.

Silk (2011)

Silk poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 8.0

Set in the cutthroat world of high-stakes criminal law, Silk follows the ambitious and fiercely competitive barrister Martha Costello as she navigates the treacherous corridors of the Bar, where reputation and success are everything. With her sharp intellect and unwavering determination, Martha fights for justice, but her ambition and ruthlessness threaten to consume her, blurring the lines between right and wrong.

Top cast: Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones, Neil Stuke, Theo Barklem-Biggs, John Macmillan, Alex Jennings, Frances Barber, Amy Wren.

MI-5 (2002)


Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.3

Original title: Spooks

Amidst the shadows of the British intelligence world, a covert team of MI5 agents navigates the treacherous landscape of international espionage, thwarting terrorist plots and protecting national security. With their lives constantly on the line, these skilled operatives grapple with personal dilemmas and moral quandaries, ensuring their world remains shrouded in secrecy.

Top cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo, Peter Firth, Hugh Simon, Nicola Walker, Hermione Norris, Rupert Penry-Jones (S3-7).

Cambridge Spies (2003)

Cambridge Spies poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

At Cambridge, idealism twists into betrayal. Brilliant students, disillusioned by the world, become Soviet spies, leaking secrets during WWII and the Cold War. Driven by ideology and hidden loyalties, their lives become a web of deception, balancing friendship, power, and the ever-present fear of exposure. As loyalty crumbles and identities shift, alliances blur, leaving them questioning who they are and what they truly believe in.

Top cast: Tom Hollander, Toby Stephens, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samuel West, Stuart Laing, Patrick Kennedy, Marcel Iures, lmelda Staunton, Anna-Louise Plowman.


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