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Welcome to an unofficial website, dedicated since 2008, to supporting the incredible talents of versatile British actor and producer Tom Riley, who has received wide critical acclaim, and awards recognition for his stage, television and film performances. Most recently seen on TV screens worldwide as Leonardo da Vinci in Starz  fantasy drama series 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. Tom was also seen on cinemas screens in UK and Europe in Kill Your Friends. Other recent television roles include BBC2 comedy Inside No 9 'The 12 Days of Christine' as Adam, and Robin Hood in Doctor Who 'Robot of Sherwood'

Tom is perhaps best known for his television roles: Leonardo da Vinci in Starz Da Vinci's Demons, 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.

Parker-Hall in Kill Your Friends, Romeo in St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, and Freddie Butler in Happy Ever Afters are some of Tom's most recent film roles.

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.

Feature film Kill Your Friends was released on November 6th 2015 in UK. Tom took dual roles of producer as well as lead actor for the third (and now sadly) final season of Da Vinci's Demons, recently broadcast  worldwide. Tom shot short film The Shadow Hours in LA, then feature films Pushing Dead and Modern Life Is Rubbish, in San Francisco and London respectively. He then filmed Starfish in Rutland, UK, from 20th November until 18th December 2015. Tom is currently filming TV series The Collection, by Oliver Goldstick. Further details of Tom's career can be found elsewhere on the site.

Da Vinci's Demons: Leo's season finale jacket & armour being auctioned

What could be the final few items of the Da Vinci's Demons auction, by VIP Auctions, are ending today on Ebay. This may be the last chance to own Leonardo's shirt, jacket and armour, from the series finale, though fans will need a LOT of money to pay for the phenomenal postage costs outside the US. Check out the rest of the Da Vinci's Demons items ending today, too.

The photo above is a version flipped back from the screenshot shown on Ebay, taken from Ira Deorum. The entire pre-battle scene in the episode was flipped (and looked odd) for some reason. Leo's wig parting is on the wrong side, along with his sketchbook and sword. For a show which paid such attention to detail, this seems a puzzling and weird oversight.

The Collection: filming location details

I am sure more than a few Da Vinci's Demons fans (like me), on hearing that Tom's new TV show The Collection was being filmed in Wales, wondered if they would use the same studios...

Creator of The Collection, Oliver Goldstick, confirms on Instagram that they are indeed shooting the 8 part post-war fashion drama for Amazon at the same Bay Studios in Swansea, as Da Vinci's Demons before it!

While it will be lovely for Tom to be filming somewhere familiar, after he invested so much of himself in Da Vinci's Demons for so long, it must feel a little discombobulating. Hopefully lots of the same local talent which gave us such quality in Da Vinci's Demons, will also find themselves employed again on The Collection. Ed Thomas mentions The Collection in an interview for BBC Cymru.

Other filming locations being used for The Collection apparently include Atlantic College, which was also used for season 2 of Da Vinci's Demons. So, lots of reasons for Da Vinci's Demons fans to be looking forward to The Collection. All we need now are a few scenes for Tom to film in his favourite place Fforest Fawr...

 

The Collection: first behind the scene's set photo

Creator of The Collection, Oliver Goldstick, has shared the first behind the scenes cast photo from shooting. Not of Tom yet, sadly, but of Richard Coyle and Allan Corduner on set. Great news for Da Vinci's Demons fans - Verrocchio is not quite as dead. 

 

 

On location. 16th C farmhouse. The wonderful Richard Coyle and Alan Corduner. #TheCollection

Posted by Oliver Goldstick on Monday, 1 February 2016

 

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