With an extensive background in film, television and theatre, award winning actor Russell Tovey made his stage debut as part of the original company for Alan Bennett’s 2004 play The History Boys, both at the National Theatre and on Broadway. He then reprised his role of ‘Rudge’ in the much loved 2006 film adaptation directed by Nicholas Hytner.
On stage Russell was most recently seen as Joseph Pitt in critically acclaimed Angels in America at the National Theatre alongside Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield. He last appeared on Broadway in the critically acclaimed Tony Award-winning revival of A View From the Bridge, directed by Ivo van Hove and also played the title role in TinTin at the Barbican Theatre. He was due to star on Broadway in Scott Rudin’s revival of Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, alongside Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett, which sadly ceased production due to the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak earlier this year. Additional theatre credits include; Howard Katz, Henry V, His Girl Friday, His Dark Materials (National Theatre); Plasticine, A Miracle (Royal Court Theatre); The Pass (Royal Court Theatre); The Sea (Royal Haymarket); A Respectable Wedding (Young Vic) and The Lover and the collection (Pinter Theatre).
On television, Russell was recently nominated for a 2020 Critic’s Choice Award for best supporting actor for his role in the critically acclaimed BBC/HBO Drama series Years and Years written by Russell T. Davies, alongside Emma Thompson and Jessica Hynes. He can currently be seen starring opposite Imelda Staunton and Stephen Rea in ITV’s Flesh and Blood directed by BAFTA nominee Louise Hooper. Russell will next be seen in a leading role for ITV/HULU Drama The Sister, from Luther creator Neil Cross, due to be released later this year.
Previously, Russell played the leading role of George Sands in the BBC’s fantasy comedy series Being Human with Aidan Turner and Claire Foy. He also starred in BBC’s comedy television series Him and Her, where he went on to win the 2012 Royal Television Society Award (RTS) for Best Comedy Performance. Other notable television credits include BBC’s Doctor Who; critically acclaimed BBC TV mini-series Little Dorrit; Sherlock; HBO’s Looking; BBC’s Gavin & Stacy; The Night Manager; What Remains; The Job Lot; Freedom Fighters: The Ray; CW’s Legends of Tomorrow/The Flash and ABC’s Quantico.
On film, Russell recently played a key role in Bill Condon’s The Good Liar for Warner Bros. opposite Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren. He can also be seen in period drama film Effie Gray, opposite Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters.
Other notable film credits include Grabbers; Blackwood; The Lady in the Van; Mindhorn; The Pass; Pride; Hymm of Hate and The Sea.
Apart from acting, Russell also has a successful podcast, Talk Art, with friend and gallerist Robert Diament, where they interview leading artists, curators, celebrities and gallerists about their shared passion of art and have interviewed world renowned names such as Sir Elton John, Billy Porter, Lena Dunham, Edward Enninful and Raven Smith to name a few.