Toby Stephens

Actor
It was perhaps only natural that this second son of Sir Robert Stephens and Dame Maggie Smith should follow in his parents' stead and pursue a career as an actor. Handsome, dark-haired Toby Stephens began to land key ... Read more »
Born: 04/20/1969 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (31)

Black Sails 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Believe 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Farquar (Actor)

All Things to All Men 2013 (Movie)

Riley (Actor)

Strike Back: Origins 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Machine 2012 (Movie)

Vincent McCarthy (Actor)

Law & Order: UK 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robin Hood 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jane Eyre 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Severance 2007 (Movie)

Harris (Actor)

Dark Corners 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sharpe's Challenge 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Man 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

El Sueno De Una Noche De San Juan 2005 (Movie)

Demetrius (Voice)

The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey 2005 (Movie)

William Gordon (Actor)

Five Little Pigs 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Napoleon 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Die Another Day 2002 (Movie)

Gustav Graves (Actor)

Possession 2002 (Movie)

Fergus Wolfe (Actor)

The Great Gatsby 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Space Cowboys 2000 (Movie)

Young Frank D Corvin (Actor)

Onegin 1999 (Movie)

Vladimir Lensky (Actor)

Cousin Bette 1998 (Movie)

Victorin Hulot (Actor)

Photographing Fairies 1998 (Movie)

Charles Castle (Actor)

Sunset Heights 1997 (Movie)

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Twelfth Night 1996 (Movie)

Orsino (Actor)

Orlando 1993 (Movie)

Othello (Actor)

Orlando 1993 (Movie)

Othello (Actor)

Cambridge Spies (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Corners (Movie)

(Actor)

Marple: The Blue Geranium (TV Show)

Actor

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

It was perhaps only natural that this second son of Sir Robert Stephens and Dame Maggie Smith should follow in his parents' stead and pursue a career as an actor. Handsome, dark-haired Toby Stephens began to land key roles in stage and screen productions almost immediately after his 1991 graduation from LAMDA. He first made an impression with British TV audiences co-starring with Jennifer Ehle in "The Chamomile Lawn" in 1992, the same year he debuted on the big screen in "Orlando".

Relationships

Beverly Cross

Step-Father
born in 1931 died of heart disease on March 20, 1998

Jennifer Ehle Actor

Companion
Reportedly involved around the time of "The Chamomile Lawn" (1992) No longer together

Alison Fogg

Companion
became engaged in October 1996 separated c. 1999

Anna-Louise Plowman

Wife
New Zealander married in 2001

Maggie Smith Actor

Mother
Born Dec. 28, 1934

Robert Stephens Actor

Parent
Born on July 14, 1931 died on November 12, 1995

Christopher Stephens

Brother
born on June 19, 1967 also known professionally as Christopher Larkin

Michael Stephens

Half-Brother
older

Lucy Stephens

Half-Sister
older

EDUCATION

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

1991

Milestones

2002

Appeared in the feature film "Possession"

2002

Cast as the lead villain in "Die Another Day", the 20th James Bond film

2001

Had featured role as the main character's cousin in the BBC2 production "Perfect Strangers"

2001

Co-starred in the London staging of the play "The Royal Family"

2000

Portrayed Clint Eastwood's astronaut character as a young man in flashback sequences of "Space Cowboys"

2000

Cast in the lead of the British stage play "Japes"

2000

Starred in title role of the A&E adaptation of "The Great Gatsby"

1999

Had featured role in "Onegin"

1999

Broadway debut as twins in "Ring Round the Moon"

1998

Played opposite Diana Rigg in "Britannicus" and "Phedre", performed in repertory

1998

Co-starred with Jessica Lange in the film "Cousin Bette"

1997

Cast as a photographer asked to prove or disprove pictures taken by a young girl that allegedly showed sprites and other mystical beings in "Photographing Fairies"

1996

Starred as Orsino opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Imogen Stubbs in the Trevor Nunn-directed feature film version of "Twelfth Night"

1996

Had male lead in the British TV adaptation of "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall"

1996

Cast to star opposite Jessica Lange in a London West End production of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1994

Became the youngest actor to play Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" at the RSC

1993

Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company

1992

Feature film debut, "Orlando"

1992

Cast opposite Ehle in the British telefilm "The Chamomile Lawn", directed by Hall; project was filmed in 1991 before "Tartuffe"

1991

West End debut opposite Jennifer Ehle in "Tartuffe", directed by Peter Hall

Raised in part in L.A. and Stratford, Ontario, Canada, as well as in Sussex

Bonus Trivia

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Like his father, Toby Stephens has struggled with alcohol abuse. He first stopped drinking in 1994, but resumed in 1997. By 2000, he had again stopped drinking. As he explained to London's The Sunday Times (January 28, 2001): "I found myself going down the same road as my father, drinking very heavily. I was scared. I knew what could happen, but that was part of the pleasure. There was a nihilism in it, where you say: I can drink my tits off and still be more brilliant than anyone. It's a romantic idea, it's [Richard] Burton and Oliver Reed, and, despite everything I knew, I was drawn to it."

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"Acting in isolation isn't a good idea for me, because then you end up talking to yourself on stage as well. So I try to do all my work in rehearsals - what you say to people, what they say to you, how you react to them. I'm a big one for making an idiot of myself in rehearsals; I go to the nth degree with something. I completely embarrass myself and then slowly come back from that. Because unless you take those risks, which is exactly what rehearsal is for, you can miss out on so many choices." --Stephens quoted in InTheater, May 24, 1999.

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While appearing on Broadway in 1999, Stephens would train twice a week by climbing walls at a gym. He explained to London's Daily Mail (March 25, 2000): "I read a biography of Mallory and was fascinated by the way they found his body on Everest, perfectly preserved because of the altitude. I want to write a screenplay about him, so I decided to learn about climbing so I had some idea of what I was writing about. I am fascinated by the psychology of people wanting to get to the top, especially in Mallory's day, when it was so dangerous."And I must admit the training is quite addictive. It's just you and a rock face and that appeals to me. You have to keep yourself going and it's a real challenge. In a way it is similar to acting, you have only yourself and your confidence to rely on."

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"Stephens confirms his position as one of the most charismatic and technically accomplished young actors of our time." --critic John Peter in his review of Simon Gray's play "Japes" in London's The Sunday Times, February 18, 2001.

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"Hollywood doesn't appeal to me; I've done that. I went and sat out there for three months and almost went mad. If that (a Hollywood film career) is seriously what you want, you have to devote your whole life to it. There are things I'd much rather do -- namely, theatre. For me, film is a means to an end; it supplements me being able to do more theatre. Sadly, people don't want to go into theatre nowadays. They think film is more glamorous and that's where the money is. But theatre is the bedrock of what I'm about." --Toby Stephens to Terri Paddock in "20 Questions With ... Toby Stephens", Whatsonstage.com, November 19, 2001.

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