Already compared to Robert De Niro by the time he was 30, British actor Toby Kebbell possessed a hyperkinetic intensity and piercing intelligence that marked him as a rising star. His rough Northern e...
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|Played an anarchist doctor in "The East"|
|Cast as Paddy Considine's brother in "Dead Man's Shoes"|
|Appeared in "Wrath of the Titans"|
|Made his TV debut on ITV's "Peak Practice"|
|Portrayed a drug-addict rock star in "RocknRolla"|
|Played Rob Gretton in "Control"|
|Cast as John Wilkes Booth in "The Conspirator"|
Born and raised in the seen-better-days town of Nottingham, Kebbell and his collection of siblings (three older brothers, a younger half-sister) fended for themselves and dreamt of a better life. After dropping out of high school and working a number of odd jobs, Kebbell landed at the Central Television Workshop with the goal of making lots of movies, for lots of money. The making lots of movies part happened easily. His wiry, off-the-cuff energy, modeled after a character in the classic "Withnail & I" (1987), surfaced briefly on the long-running "Peak Practice" before being harnessed in "Dead Man's Shoes." Kebbell, a last-minute addition to the cast, earned acclaim for his portrayal of Paddy Considine's brutalized younger brother, including a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Newcomer. Then came the supporting roles in Oliver Stone's ambitiously flawed "Alexander" (2004) and Woody Allen's surprise hit "Match Point" (2005), and it seemed like Kebbell might defect to Hollywood for good.
But his nuanced portrayal of producer Rob Gretton in the bleak Joy Division biopic "Control," followed by a raucous turn as a presumed dead rock star in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla," signaled his intent to mix big-budget Hollywood with more homegrown fare. After the one-two flops of expensive (but lucrative) would-be franchises "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (2010) and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (2010), Kebbell channeled the fury of John Wilkes Booth in Robert Redford's "The Conspirator." Though he was no closer to the "making lots of money" part, he delivered an astonishing, nearly silent performance as an undercover surveillance operative in the 2011 low-budget thriller "The Veteran." That same year he landed a small but pivotal role in the World War II-set "War Horse," which he followed up with a splashy (pun intended) turn as Poseidon's son Agenor in the CGI-blowout, "Wrath of the Titans." "The East," in which he played a paranoid anarchist doctor, proved a necessary indie antidote.
|"It's horribly crass to talk about, and my mother will be mortified to read this, but, I grew up very impoverished, and I wanted to make money. I didn't want to do it by any old means, I wanted to do it under my terms, as far as I could get them, and I had a great ambition to do it. Not so much an ambition - a desire. I don't feel bad about being honest about that." - from Telegraph.co.uk, Mar. 30, 2012|
|Considers Richard E. Grant's performance in "Withnail & I" an all-time personal favorite.|
|Has worked with a number of high-profile actors and directors, including Val Kilmer, Oliver Stone and Woody Allen.|
|Was nominated for an Orange Rising Star award at the 2009 BAFTA ceremony.|
2008 Toronto International Film Festival: Hollywood Life House Sponsored By French Connection; featuring Zac Efron, Claire Daines, Geoffrey Rush, Toby Kebbell, Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Ludacris, Sophia Bush, Ellen Burstyn and Thandie Newton
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