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Toby Jones
Born 7 September 1967 (1967-09-07) (age 42)
Oxford, United Kingdom
Years active 1992-present

Toby Jones (born 7 September 1967) is a British actor.


Early life

Jones was born in Oxford, United Kingdom, the son of Jennifer (née Heslewood) and character actor Freddie Jones, with whom he appeared in the film Ladies in Lavender.[1] His brothers are Rupert Jones, a director, and Casper Jones, who is also an actor. He attended Abingdon School in Oxfordshire in the early 1980s, alongside Tom Hollander and the members of Radiohead. He studied Drama at The University of Manchester from 1986-89.


Jones has appeared in more than twenty films since his first role in 1992 in the film adaptation of Orlando. He voiced Dobby the house-elf in the Harry Potter films and played Oblomov in the 2005 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the novels. He also appeared as Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, one of Queen Elizabeth I's councilmen in the HBO/Channel 4 production Elizabeth I. In 2006 he portrayed Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous. He appeared in the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist in 2007. In 2008, Jones portrayed Karl Rove in Oliver Stone's W. and as Hollywood agent Swifty Lazar in Frost/Nixon.

In 2001, he starred in the London West End comedy The Play What I Wrote, which was directed by Kenneth Branagh. His comic turn as Arthur earned him the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and when the play moved to Broadway in 2003, he was nominated for a Tony Award.

In 2009 he will appear in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre and Parlour Song at the Almeida Theatre.


Year Film Role Other notes
1992 Orlando Second Valet
1993 Naked Man at Tea Bar
Dropping the Baby Babyman
1998 Cousin Bette Gentleman in Café des Artistes
Les Miserables Door Keeper
Ever After Royal Page
1999 Simon Magus Buchholz
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc English judge
2000 Hotel Splendide Kitchen boy
The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz Civil servant
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Dobby the house elf voice only
2004 Ladies in Lavender Hedley
Finding Neverland Smee
2005 Mrs. Henderson Presents Gordon
2006 Elizabeth I Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury
Infamous Truman Capote ALFS Award - British Actor of the Year
The Sickie Douglas Knott
The Painted Veil Waddington Nominated - ALFS Award - British Supporting Actor of the Year
2007 Amazing Grace Duke of Clarence
Nightwatching Gerard Dou
The Mist Ollie Weeks
St. Trinian's Bursar
The Old Curiosity Shop Daniel Quilp TV film
2008 City of Ember Bardon Snode
W. Karl Rove
Frost/Nixon Swifty Lazar
2009 Creation Thomas Huxley awaiting release
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll TBA in post-production
2010-2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Dobby the house elf filming, voice only
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Silk[2] in post-production


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