Toby Jones

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

Toby Jones

Mini Biography

Born: 7 September 1966, Hammersmith, London, England. 

Born into a theatrical family Toby Jones embarked on a remarkable acting career that has spanned over three decades. His journey began with a strong foundation in drama education, attending Christ Church Cathedral School and Abingdon School in Oxfordshire, before pursuing further studies at the University of Manchester and the renowned L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Jones’ stage debut in 2001’s comedy play “The Play What I Wrote” marked a significant turning point in his career, earning him a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His subsequent performances on the London stage garnered widespread acclaim, including a 2020 nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Vanya in Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.”

Meanwhile, Jones’ cinematic contributions have been equally impressive, with a diverse range of roles that have solidified his reputation as one of the most versatile character actors in the industry. From his scene-stealing turn as the Royal Page in “Ever After” (1999) to his nuanced portrayal of Truman Capote in “Infamous” (2006), Jones has consistently delivered captivating performances that captivate audiences worldwide.

His film credits also include notable roles in “Les Misérables” (1998), “Finding Neverland” (2004), “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011), and “The Hunger Games” (2012) series. Jones’ versatility has also extended to his voice-acting roles, providing the voice for the titular character in the animated film “The Incredibles” (2004) and its sequel “Incredibles 2” (2018).

In addition to his professional accolades, Jones is also a recipient of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama. His personal life has been equally fulfilling, as he married his partner, Karen Jones, in 2014. The couple have two children together.

Throughout his remarkable career, Toby Jones has consistently demonstrated his mastery of character acting, seamlessly embodying a wide range of personalities on both stage and screen. His ability to transform himself into diverse characters has earned him critical acclaim and a devoted fan base worldwide. As he continues to grace the stage and screen with his captivating performances, Toby Jones’ legacy as a versatile and accomplished actor is firmly established.


Suggested viewing


Mr Bates vs. The Post Office (2024)

Mr Bates vs. The Post Office poster

Bftv 9.5 / IMDb 9.0

In 2000, the Post Office implemented faulty IT software called Horizon, leading to discrepancies in cash records. Subpostmasters across the UK were accused of theft, fraud, and false accounting, resulting in wrongful prosecutions and convictions. Alan Bates, a wrongly accused subpostmaster, led a relentless campaign to expose the Post Office’s negligence and secure justice for the affected individuals.

Top cast: Toby Jones, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Monica Dolan, Will Mellor, Amy Nuttall, Susan Brown, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Conor Mullen, Shaun Dooley, Ian Hart, Katherine Kelly, Alex Jennings, Krupa Pattani, Amit Shah, Lesley Nicol, John Hollingworth.

Detectorists (2014)


Bftv 9.5 / IMDb 8.6

In the heartwarming comedy series “Detectorists,” two eccentric friends, Andy and Lance, embark on a quest for buried treasure with their metal detectors. Amidst the tranquil English countryside, they navigate quirky encounters, friendships, and personal challenges while seeking not only artifacts but also a deeper sense of purpose in life.

Top cast: Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones, Rachael Stirling, Gerard Horan, Divian Ladwa, Sophie Thompson, Pearce Quigley, Adam Riches.

The Secret Agent (2016)

The Secret Agent

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.0

In this gripping thriller “The Secret Agent,” Toby Jones plays a seemingly ordinary London shopkeeper who is secretly an anarchist and double agent. As he navigates a web of deceit, betrayal, and political intrigue in late 19th-century England, his loyalties are tested and lives hang in the balance.

Top cast: Toby Jones, Vicky McClure, Stephen Graham, David Dawson, Ian Hart,Tom Goodman-Hill, Ash Hunter, Charlie Hamblett. 

Dad’s Army (2016)

Dad's army poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 5.4

As World War II nears its end, the Home Guard in the coastal town of Walmington-on-Sea faces dwindling morale and a lack of recognition. Their spirits are lifted by the arrival of a glamorous journalist, Rose Winters, who is writing an article on the Home Guard. However, their newfound enthusiasm is dampened when they discover that a German spy is operating in their midst, threatening to sabotage the Allied invasion.

Top cast: Toby Jones, Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Gambon, Mark Gatiss, Sarah Lancashire, Tom Courtenay, Blake Harrison, Alison Steadman.

Empire of Light (2022)
Empire of Light

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.6

Set in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, Empire of Light weaves a tale of love, loss, and resilience amidst the backdrop of a changing world. Hilary, a dedicated cinema manager grappling with personal turmoil, finds solace in the company of Stephen, a newcomer eager for escape. Their paths intertwine, illuminating the profound impact of human connection and the enduring power of cinema to bring people together.

Top cast: Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Toby Jones, Colin Firth, Tom Brooke, Tanya Moodie, Hannah Onslow, Crystal Clarke, Monica Dolan.

The Long Shadow (2023)

The Long Shadow poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.8

Between 1975 and 1980, Manchester and West Yorkshire was terrorised by Peter Sutcliffe, better known as the Yorkshire Ripper. 13 women were brutally murdered, leaving a long shadow of fear and uncertainty. The Long Shadow, a new drama series on ITV, tells the story of these horrific events, giving a voice to the victims and their families, as well as the police officers who desperately tried to catch the killer.

Top cast: Michael McElhatton, Jack Deam, Lee Ingleby, Kris Hitchen, Chloe Harris, David Morrissey, Toby Jones, Steven Waddington, John Henshaw, Stephen Tompkinson, Daniel Mays, Katherine Kelly.


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