Tom Sturridge

Last updated on the 3 July 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 5 December 1985, Lambeth, London, England. 

Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge, better known as Tom Sturridge, seemed destined for a life in the spotlight. His parents, actress Phoebe Nicholls and director Charles Sturridge, instilled a love for the arts from a young age. At just 11, Tom took his first steps onto the stage in a television adaptation of “Gulliver’s Travels,” directed by his father and co-starring his mother.

The Hollow Crown - Tom Sturridge as Henry VI
The Hollow Crown – Tom Sturridge as Henry VI

Despite this early foray into acting, Tom Sturridge’s education followed a more traditional path. He attended the prestigious Harrodian School followed by Winchester College. However, the allure of performance proved too strong and Tom left Winchester before completing his A-Levels.

In 2004, at the age of 18, Tom re-emerged onto the screen with roles in “Vanity Fair” and “Being Julia.” The latter film, starring Annette Bening, showcased Tom’s talent alongside established Hollywood names.

Tom Sturridge’s career wasn’t limited to the silver screen. In 2013, he took to the Broadway stage in the revival of “Orphans” alongside Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster. This performance earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play. Further accolades followed in 2016 with a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in “American Buffalo.” 

Tom Sturridge as Dream in The Sandman
Tom Sturridge as Dream in The Sandman

One of Tom Sturridge’s finest performances came in 2016 when he played the role of King Henry VI in the BBC miniseries “The Hollow Crown”. This was a two-part adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays, specifically “Henry VI, Part 1” and “Henry VI, Part 2”.

More recently, Tom Sturridge has taken on the iconic role of Dream in the Netflix fantasy series “The Sandman,” based on the graphic novel series by Neil Gaiman. This role marks a significant shift towards genre work for Tom and has garnered positive critical reception.

In his personal life, Tom was engaged to actress Sienna Miller from 2011 to 2015. They share a daughter, Marlowe Ottoline Layng Sturridge, born in 2012. Though their relationship ended, Tom has remained dedicated to co-parenting their daughter.


Suggested viewing


The Sandman (2022)

The Sandman poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.7

Escaped from a decades-long imprisonment, the embodiment of dreams journeys to rebuild his crumbling realm. His quest for lost objects of power leads him through fantastical landscapes and confronts him with the consequences of his past, all while battling forces that threaten to spill chaos from the dreamscape into the waking world.

Top cast: Tom Sturridge, Boyd Holbrook, Patton Oswalt, Vivienne Acheampong, Kyo Ra, Mason Alexander Park, Razane Jammal, Sandra James-Young, David Thewlis, Nina Wadia, Jenna Coleman, Joely Richardson.


The Hollow Crown – Henry VI (2012)

The Hollow Crown - Henry VI poster

Bftv 9.5 / IMDb 8.2

A young king inherits a fading war in France and a divided court. Power struggles between nobles escalate as a charismatic French leader rallies their forces. The king’s weak leadership and an unwise marriage fuel the growing tensions, leading to a brutal civil war that engulfs England.

Top cast: Anton Lesser, Tom Sturridge, Hugh Bonneville, Adrian Dunbar, Michael Gambon, Philip Glenister, Sally Hawkins, Ben Miles, Sophie Okonedo, Stanley Townsend, Jason Watkins, Samuel West.


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