Tom Riley

Last updated on the 8 April 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born:  5 April 1981, Maidstone, Kent, England. 

Tom Riley’s educational background includes studying at Maidstone Grammar School and the University of Birmingham in England. At Birmingham he focused on drama and English literature.

In his early career, Tom Riley made a name for himself through his theatre work, showcasing his talent on stage in various productions. His performances in plays earned him critical acclaim and caught the attention of industry insiders. Riley’s success in theater paved the way for opportunities in film and television, leading to his transition into on-screen acting.

Tom Riley’s breakout role came with the historical fantasy series “Da Vinci’s Demons,” where he portrayed the iconic inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci. His compelling performance as the lead character garnered praise from audiences and critics alike, establishing him as a rising star in the entertainment industry. “Da Vinci’s Demons” showcased Riley’s range as an actor and brought him widespread recognition for his captivating portrayal.

Following the success of “Da Vinci’s Demons,” Tom Riley continued to build his career with appearances in a variety of film and television projects. Including projects such as “The Collection”, “Dark Heart” and “Ill Behaviour”.


Suggested viewing


Da Vinci’s Demons (2013)

Da Vinci's Demons poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.9

“Da Vinci’s Demons” follows a young Leonardo da Vinci as he traverses political intrigue, artistic genius and scientific discovery in Renaissance Italy. His quest for knowledge leads him to uncover hidden truths about his past while battling powerful enemies who seek to control his groundbreaking inventions and ideas.

Top cast: Tom Riley, Gregg Chilingirian, Eros Vlahos, Laura Haddock, Blake Ritson, Elliot Cowan, Hera Hilmar, James Faulkner, Lara Pulver, David Schofield, Ian Pirie, Alexander Siddig, Tom Bateman.

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Monroe (2011)

Monroe poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.6

“Monroe” follows a talented neurosurgeon contending with professional challenges and personal relationships in a chaotic hospital environment. Torn between ethics and pressures, the protagonist must make life-and-death decisions daily, facing the consequences of his actions.

Top cast: James Nesbitt, Tom Riley, Sarah Parish, Susan Lynch, Phoebe Dynevor, Manjinder Virk, Andrew Gower, Matthew Needham.


Dark Heart (2016)

Dark Heart poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.6

A detective investigates gruesome murders with mysterious connections to his past, fuelled by personal demons. As he delves deeper, he uncovers a web of secrets and betrayal surrounding the victims, leading to a shocking revelation that threatens to unravel everything he thought he knew. Time is running out as he races to solve the case.

Top cast: Tom Riley, Joseph Teague, Anjli Mohindra, Charlotte Riley, Gregg Chilingirian, Tom Brooke, Miranda Raison, Tom Canton, Siggi Holm.


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