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Russell Tovey

 
Russell Tovey
Full name
Russell George Tovey
 
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Date Of Birth
14 November 1981
 
Place Of Birth
Essex, England, UK
 
Height
5.81 ft   (1.77 m)
 
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Russell Tovey is rapidly becoming one of the most recognisable faces on television in the United Kingdom. He began acting at a young age, firstly at his local youth drama club, before being spotted by a talent agent. His first screen role was in the children's television series 'Mud', which ran for two series.

Russell began acting on stage in 2000, firstly in a production of 'The Recruiting Officer' in Chicester. By the next year, his work had taken him to the National Theatre in London, initially in small parts in productions including 'Henry V', but culminating in the role of Roger in the National's adaptation of Phillip Pullman's fantasy novel series 'His Dark Materials'. Immediately after this, Russell landed a part in the production that would bring him to greater prominence - Rudge in Alan Bennett's 'The History Boys.' Russell would play the part at the National Theatre, on the play's international tour - including theatres in New York, Wellington, Sydney and Hong Kong - and also in the radio and the film adaptation of the play in 2006. Russell also notably played Tintin in the 2006 adaptation of the Herge character at the Barbican Centre.

On television, Russell Tovey is most recognisable in the role of George Sands, the werewolf in the beloved cult BBC Three series 'Being Human'. Russell played the role for the entirety of the first three series of the show, before departing in moving fashion in the opening episode of series four. Other roles in his vast credit list include the memorable role of Midshipman Alonso Frame opposite David Tennant in 'Doctor Who: The Voyage of the Damned', and 'The End of Time Part Two', John Chivery in the 2008 BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'Little Dorrit', and he plays an ongoing role in the BBC Three comedy 'Him & Her'.

In 2012 he appeared as the troubled Henry Knight in 'Sherlock: The Hounds of Baskerville.' He is also a member of the ensemble cast of the horror comedy 'Grabbers', which screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival before release later in the year, and lent his voice to 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists' alongside Martin Freeman.

2013 sees Russell feature among the cast of the BBC drama 'What Remains', the period drama 'Effie', and the thriller 'Blackwood'.