Tom Riley showed a talent for acting early in life, and was involved in community theater in his hometown of Kent when he was as young as four years old. During his high school years he spent time writing and directing plays. After high school, Riley enrolled at Birmingham University where he studied drama and literature. He was a successful student, graduating in 2002 with first-class honors. Riley applied to drama school upon his graduation and founded a small theatre company that very same year. He was accepted to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and completed his studies there in 2005. Riley's first role on the big screen came in 2006, when he landed the role of David in the Santiago Amigorena directed "A Few Days in September" about a C.I.A. agent who holds top secret information about the September 11th terrorist attacks. Riley landed a TV movie that same year, playing Dr. James Watson in "Casualty 1906," a London hospital drama. The show was made into a TV series in 2008, titled "Casualty 1907," and Riley returned to his role in two episodes. Since the early days of his career, Riley has been featured in such popular shows as "Lost in Austen" and "Monroe."