ABOUT TOM RILEY
Welcome to a website, dedicated since 2008 to supporting the incredible talents of Tom Riley, the versatile British actor, producer, and director, who was most recently seen on stage, performing to critical acclaim as Seth in Olivier Award nominated play DRY POWDER at the Hampstead Theatre, alongside Hayley Atwell.
Perhaps best known for his role as Leonardo da Vinci in three seasons of Starz DA VINCI'S DEMONS, Tom Riley has been on television screens worldwide as Claude Sabine in Amazon Prime's series THE COLLECTION, on BBC2 and Showtime as Charlie in Sam Bain's ILL BEHAVIOUR, in UK cinemas as Tom Ray in STARFISH and as Adrian in MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH.
DRY POWDER completed its run at the Hampstead Theatre on 3rd March 2018. Tom Riley then briefly returned to the US to direct his first short film THE TOLL ROAD, prior to reprising his lead role as DI Will Wagstaffe in ITV's DARK HEART. After a successful pilot, ITV commissioned a 6 part series of hour long episodes, which filmed in London March - May 2018.
Through three seasons, Tom Riley was charismatic, yet tortured and captivating as Leonardo Da Vinci, making Da Vinci’s Demons one of Starz’s most successful series to date.
Tom Riley has received wide critical acclaim, and awards recognition for his stage, television and film performances, though he is perhaps best known for his leading television roles, including Leonardo da Vinci in three seasons of Starz DA VINCI'S DEMONS - a role which won Tom the BAFTA Cymru best actor award, and a Cablefax Programme Awards honourable mention as best actor in 2014
Other memorable leading television roles include Robin Hood in DOCTOR WHO ROBOT OF SHERWOOD, Laurence Shepherd in two series of ITV's MONROE, Gavin Sorensen in ITV's BOUQUET OF BARBED WIRE, and Mr Wickham in ITV's LOST IN AUSTEN. Early notable appearances include POIROT: APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH as Raymond Boynton, and LEWIS: AND THE MOONBEAMS KISS THE SEA as Philip Horton.
Aided by superb prosthetics and make-up effects, Riley delivers the performance of his career here, selling Tom’s plight with wonderful insight and never shying away from the rage bubbling under his surface.
Tom's leading film roles include critically acclaimed indie films STARFISH and PUSHING DEAD, MODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH, the adaptation of John Niven's dark comedy novel KILL YOUR FRIENDS, comedies HAPPY EVER AFTERS, I WANT CANDY, and thriller A FEW DAYS IN SEPTEMBER.
Tom currently has two feature films awaiting release in 2018: EXTINCTION and GHOST LIGHT. Fans were finally able to enjoy double Tom in short film THE SHADOW HOURS, released online in March 2018.
And Mr. Riley is superb as the bright young man who is not Lord Byron (nor was he meant to be) but who recognizes — and bows before — real genius.
In addition to receiving outstanding reviews for his role as Septimus Hodge in ARCADIA ON BROADWAY, Tom Riley was nominated as Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play at the 2011 Drama Desk Awards. Similarly, for Tom's role as Bach in the Riverside Studios' 2010 world premiere of HURTS GIVEN AND RECEIVED by Howard Barker, he received a nomination for best performance in the 2010 Off West End Theatre Awards.
Tom Riley has most recently been seen on stage as Seth in the recent production of DRY POWDER at the Hampstead Theatre. Tom's other theatre credits include numerous productions at the Royal Court Theatre, and the world premiere of the Stephen Poliakoff play MY CITY at the Almeida Theatre in 2011 as Richard.
Henry’s deeply troubling experience is relayed through three actors who play his father, war correspondent Patrick Cockburn, his mother, Jan, and Henry himself. Overwhelmingly it is Henry’s language and his attitude to his illness, handled brilliantly by Tom Riley, which lingers.
For BBC Radio 4 play HENRY'S DEMONS, Tom received a special commendation as Best Actor in the 2012 BBC Audio Drama Awards.
In addition to a number of well received BBC Radio 4 plays, Tom Riley narrated the unabridged audio book KILL YOUR FRIENDS by John Niven, to accompany the film.
Tom Riley as Seth in production photos for Dry Powder. Ran at the Hampstead Theatre from January 26th until March 3rd 2018.View online
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