Russell Tovey never planned on becoming an actor; he originally wanted to study history and become a professor. But after joining a community drama program geared towards children, Tovey began auditioning and landed his first role in 1994, when he was cast on the short-lived BBC children's program "Mud." After years of steady TV work, Tovey took a break in 2004 to star in the original production of "The History Boys." The play follows a group of unruly students as they prepare for their college entrance exams under the watch of three wildly different teachers; Tovey portrayed Rudge, a dimwitted athlete, in both the London and touring productions as well as the 2006 film adaptation. He returned to television full-time in 2007 when he was cast as Ben, an openly gay game show producer, in the satirical show-within-a-show "Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive." After appearing as a sensitive prison guard in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit," Tovey landed his biggest role yet when he was cast on the supernatural drama "Being Human" as George Sands, a socially awkward genius who also happens to be a werewolf. He left the show after just two seasons, and has since created his own series "Him & Her," about the ups and downs of a twentysomething couple.