Toby Jones

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Toby Jones plays the voice of Dobby.

Toby Edward Heslewood Jones[1] (born 7 September 1966)[1] is an English actor.


[edit] Early life

Jones was born in Hammersmith, London,[1] the son of actors Jennifer (née Heslewood) and Freddie Jones (He appeared with his father in the film Ladies in Lavender).[2] His brothers are Rupert Jones, a director, and Casper Jones, a minor actor who works in Brighton. He attended Abingdon School in Oxfordshire in the early 1980s, alongside actor Tom Hollander and the members of Radiohead. He studied Drama at the University of Manchester from 1986 to 1989.

[edit] Career

[edit] Film

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 novel. 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. He appeared in Doctor Who on 15 May 2010 as the 'Dream Lord'. On 7 May 2010, he was confirmed as playing the role of Arnim Zola in Captain America: The First Avenger, which was released in 2011.

[edit] Stage

In 2001, he starred in the London West End comedy The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branagh who also appeared alongside Jones for his role as Gilderoy Lockhart, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 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 appeared in Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre and Parlour Song at the Almeida Theatre, whilst in 2011 he played JMW Turner in The Painter at the Arcola Theatre.

[edit] Filmography

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 A Harlot's Progress William Hogarth TV film
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
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Hargreaves
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold Bursar
2010 Doctor Who The Dream Lord Episode 7, Amy's Choice
Agatha Christie's Poirot Samuel Rachett/Cassetti Episode 12x04 Murder on the Orient Express
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Dobby the house elf Voice only
2011 The Rite Father Matthew
Captain America: The First Avenger Arnim Zola[3]
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Silk[4] post-production
Your Highness Julie

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at
  2. Toby Jones Biography (1964?-)
  3. Toby Jones to play evil scientist in 'Captain America' (exclusive)
  4. Jay A. Fernandez, Borys Kit (27 January 2009). "Daniel Craig to star in "Tintin"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 January 2009. [dead link]

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