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Welcome to an unofficial website, dedicated since 2008 to supporting the incredible talents of Tom Riley, the versatile British actor and producer. Tom was most recently seen as Claude Sabine in Amazon Prime's new series The Collection, on cinema screens in UK as Tom Ray in Starfish, and on ITV Encore as DI Wagstaffe in Dark Heart. 

Tom Riley has received wide critical acclaim, and awards recognition for his stage, television and film performances. He is perhaps best known for his leading television roles: 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, 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. Other notable television appearances include Poirot: Appointment With Death as Raymond Boynton, and Lewis: And The Moonbeams Kiss The Sea as Philip Horton.

Tom Ray in Starfish, Mike in Pushing Dead, Parker-Hall in Kill Your Friends, are just some of Tom's most recent film roles. Earlier lead film roles include Freddie in Happy Ever Afters, Joe in I Want Candy and David in A Few Days in September

Nominated as Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play at the 2011 Drama Desk Awards for his role as Septimus Hodge in Arcadia on Broadway, Tom's other theatre credits include numerous productions at the Royal Court Theatre, and the Riverside Studios' 2010 world premiere of Hurts Given and Received by Howard Barker. For this he received outstanding reviews, and a nomination for best performance in the 2010 Off West End Theatre Awards. Tom was most recently seen on stage as Richard Kenton in the world premiere of the Stephen Poliakoff play My City at the Almeida Theatre in 2011.

Tom recently finished filming Ill Behaviour, a three part comedy drama, written by Sam Bain for the BBC. Feature film Modern Life Is Rubbish will be released in 2017. Further details of Tom's career can be found elsewhere on the site.

The Collection: only 7 episodes on Amazon Prime USA?

The Collection was filmed as an eight episode series in Paris and in Swansea, Wales last year - each episode around 60 minutes long. The show was broadcast on Amazon UK, Sweden's SVT, BBC First around the world, and France 3 as an eight episode series. For some weird reason, the press release from Amazon USA announces The Collection's launch on Friday, February 10th 2017, as a seven episode series! This has been reported in Variety, The Futon Critic and Broadway World

On Friday, February 10, Amazon's original period drama series, The Collection, will premiere all seven episodes exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the US.

Already released to Prime members in the UK, the Amazon Original Series, from award-winning writer and creator Oliver Goldstick (Ugly Betty, Pretty Little Liars), is a gripping family saga where scandal and betrayal plague the Sabine family's relentless pursuit of success.

Starfish: new on set video interviews

Interviews with Tom Riley, Joanne Froggatt, Bill Clark, Pippa Cross, as well as Tom and Nic Ray, recorded on the set of Starfish, have been shared on You Tube by Land's End. This was first uploaded last October, but didn't turn up in any of my searches sadly, especially as it is the only one we have had from the set.

Tom Riley and Joanne Froggatt provide some wonderful background to filming a true story from the actor's point of view, while Tom and Nic Ray describe how making Starfish brought closure for them.

Starfish: new film stills and behind the scenes photos

A frustrating lack of promotional material was shared to promote Starfish when it was released last October. For a small, independent film, stills and behind the scenes photos are a cheap and easy to distribute promotional resource, to reach potential viewers. Fans who went to the special screenings around the country were the only ones to be able to see the lovely behind the scenes glimpses from making the film, in the post screening feature. 

Lucky for us, photos still trickle through online. Melissa Lackersteen, the make-up and hair designer on Starfish, has kindly shared several hi-res stills of Tom Riley as Tom Ray on her IMDb page. In addition, Land's End has shared a great photo (above) from the set of Starfish on their website, to accompany a blog post by Tom Ray about making the film. The photo shows Tom Ray, Nicola Ray, Tom Riley and Joanne Froggatt. Read the post in full on the Land's End website.

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