Russell Tovey
British actor
Russell Tovey
Russell George Tovey is an English actor with numerous television, film and stage credits. Tovey is known for playing the role of werewolf George Sands in the BBC's supernatural drama Being Human which started in 2008. In November 2011, Tovey announced he would be leaving Being Human to work full-time on his BBC Three sitcom, Him & Her.
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Here Are 10 Movies To Catch At The 2016 NewFest LGBT Film Festival
Huffington Post - 4 months
Starting Thursday, film fans will get an opportunity to experience many aspects of queer life around the world from the comfort of a Manhattan movie theater.  2016’s NewFest, New York’s annual LGBT film festival, begins Oct. 20 with what organizers are calling “the largest and most diverse group of films” in the event’s 28-year history. The five-day festival kicks off with this year’s most buzzed-about film, “The Pass,” which stars “Looking” heartthrob Russell Tovey as a closeted soccer player struggling to come to terms with his sexuality.   It doesn’t stop there, of course. The 2016 lineup also includes “Different From The Others,” a 1919 German film which is believed to have been the first overt depiction of gay life in cinema history. Other highlights include “Baby Bump,” an award-winning Polish movie that’s been billed as a “wild” cross between Walt Disney and David Lynch, and “Women Who Kill,” Ingrid Jungermann’s acclaimed lesbian horror-comedy.  Get a sneak peek at 10 m ...
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On the Culture Front: Jerry Seinfeld, <i>Fiddler On the Roof</i> and More
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Jerry Seinfeld took the stage last night at the Beacon Theatre for the first time in a long time. The excitement coursing through the audience was palpable. I found myself giddy with anticipation and when he appeared onstage after a theatrical post-opener blackout, it was hard to believe that he was there in the flesh - knowing him from my well-worn copy of the Seinfeld DVD set and his more recent webisode series, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." He alluded to the familiarity that we felt with him with a gracious "we know each other" and then thanked us for coming out. This turned out to not just be a social convention but the beginning of one of the strongest bits of the night on the hassles and undue preparations of "going out." Whether he was talking about the dilemma of whether to get dinner before the show or after the show or simply in deciding what restaurant to go to, an existential current pulsed below as it does in all of his best material. What are we doing here? How are w ...
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Encounters: A Beer With Russell Tovey, a Star of ‘A View From the Bridge,’ and His Bulldog
NYTimes - about 1 year
No postshow histrionics for this 34-year-old actor after another performance of “A View From the Bridge.” Just a quick bite with Rocky, and the subway home.
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Stage Door: <i>Once Upon A Mattress, A View From The Bridge</i>
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Fairy tales that end with the proverbial "everyone lived happily ever after" are strictly lightweight, one-note fare. The revival of Once Upon a Mattress off-Broadway at the Abrons Arts Center, is no exception. The one twist: the popular Jackie Hoffman is Princess Winifred, while John "Lypsinka" Epperson snarls his way through Queen Aggravain with campy vigor in the musical version of "The Princess and the Pea." Set in 15th-century Europe, a medieval kingdom is ruled by the sneaky Queen and her mute husband King Sextimus (a graceful David Greenspan). Sextimus is doomed to stay silent until a peculiar curse is lifted: "when the mouse devours the hawk." Ostensibly, the royals are trying to marry off their son, Prince Dauntless (Jason SweetTooth Williams). In reality, the Queen has no interest in seeing her drab boy wed, devising absurd tests to discourage all possible mates. And if Dauntless stays single, so does the rest of the kingdom. So Sir Harry (Zak Resnick), beso ...
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Jonathan Groff Reveals What It's Really Like To Film A Gay Sex Scene
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Jonathan Groff is back on Broadway as King George in the musical phenomenon, "Hamilton," after a short leave while he made the wrap-up special of the now-canceled HBO series, “Looking." In an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress, Groff talked about everything from Beyoncé's backstage "Hamilton" visit to “the most intense sex scene” yet in the upcoming “Looking” film.  Groff, who came out several years ago, was enthralled by Beyoncé, who vowed to steal the actor's walk after visiting the cast backstage. “I was just so excited that she and Jay-Z were even in the audience,” Groff told me. “She spoke very specifically to everybody about their performances and things that she noticed, and whatever, and she specifically talked about this walk that I do when I walk out onstage, and [she] imitated it. And then she talked about this exit move I do. And what was amazing about it was just knowing that Beyonce is watching. It makes sense because she’s Beyonce, and like, she’s incredible, ...
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Jonathan Groff Reveals What It's Really Like To Film A Gay Sex Scene
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Jonathan Groff is back on Broadway as King George in the musical phenomenon, "Hamilton," after a short leave while he made the wrap-up special of the now-canceled HBO series, “Looking." In an interview with me on SiriusXM Progress, Groff talked about everything from Beyoncé's backstage "Hamilton" visit to “the most intense sex scene” yet in the upcoming “Looking” film.  Groff, who came out several years ago, was enthralled by Beyoncé, who vowed to steal the actor's walk after visiting the cast backstage. “I was just so excited that she and Jay-Z were even in the audience,” Groff told me. “She spoke very specifically to everybody about their performances and things that she noticed, and whatever, and she specifically talked about this walk that I do when I walk out onstage, and [she] imitated it. And then she talked about this exit move I do. And what was amazing about it was just knowing that Beyonce is watching. It makes sense because she’s Beyonce, and like, she’s incredible, ...
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Ivo Van Hove's A View From the Bridge
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In his preface to Miss Julie Strindberg talked about "new wine" bursting "the old bottles." Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge might be an example of putting old wine in new bottles, placing a classic Greek Tragedy in the mode of Sophocles' Oedipus in a modern setting. Ivo van Hove's direction of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge now takes another kind of vintage wine, in the form of the Miller script, and pouring it in a yet an even newer bottle. Vessels themselves speak for antiquity and there are a lot of them in the current Young Vic production along with some other anomalies such as a beating drum and a narrator (Michael Gould) who functions as Greek chorus--though one of the unintentional anomalies, that of English actors and actresses like Michael Strong (Eddie Carbone) and Phoebe Fox (Catharine) trying to fake Brooklyn accents, can interrupt the viewers willing suspension of disbelief. It's hard to tell if A View From the Bridge stands the test of time in the way that ...
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Theater: Strong But Cracked "Bridge," Miserable "Misery," And Pledging "Allegiance"
Huffington Post - over 1 year
MISERY * out of **** A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE *** out of **** ALLEGIANCE ** ½ out of **** MISERY * out of **** BROADHURST THEATRE A bad idea poorly executed, a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film Misery has been kicking around for years. It's hard to know why. What might seem creepy on film plays as silly and campy on stage. We sit and watch best-selling author Paul Sheldon trapped in the home of his "number one fan" Annie Wilkes after a car accident left him with two broken legs. Rather creepily, the audience awaits and applauds two iconic moments in the tension-free show: the scene where Annie crushes his ankles with a sledge-hammer and the scene where Paul chokes her to death. Since that signals the end is near, insert here your own joke about being put out of misery. Clearly, fans are there to see Bruce Willis as Paul and the excellent stage actress Laurie Metcalf as Annie. Willis has goodwill to spare, from Moonlighting to the Die Hard films and beyond. Metcalf ...
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<i>A View From the Bridge</i>: A British Import Vies for Best Drama Revival
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The stage at the Lyceum Theater for this exceptional theater event, the current revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge looks like a set for a boxing match, with audience on three sides, not the more traditional sitting room of a Brooklyn apartment. Director Ivo van Hove's vision goes for the iconic: a fight ring, a stand-in for a battle of emotion. Unlike a previous New York revival where an actual bridge looked to the joining of boroughs, in this production's abstract conception, the bridge, a device for transitions may refer to coming to America, old school mores versus new, life and death. The bridge may be the play's trans-Atlantic journey from London's Young Vic production to these shores. Most powerfully, here invisible, the bridge is yours to imagine. Stripped raw, Arthur Miller's tragedy in Red Hook underscores the physical in this survival story, even as death is the body's ultimate defeat. Opening with two male figures washing themselves down after a day's work, ...
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First Nighter: Ivo van Hove Does Wonders With Arthur Miller's <i>View From the Bridge</i>-
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The tic I find annoying in the work of very busy director Ivo van Hove is happily suppressed for his revival of A View From the Bridge, birthday-boy Arthur Miller's unrelenting, as usual, play. That's why I don't hesitate to call this production the best he's ever targeted for the theater-going public. The tic to which I refer is van Hove's habit of examining plays -- by Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, Henrik Ibsen, Ingmar Bergman (in his case, the Scenes From a Marriage film)--for their subtexts so that he then can baldly stage the subtext(s) he's discerned. Others may find the approach adventurous, involving. I find it uncalled for and, really, indefensible. The reason he shifts gears for A View From the Bridge, at the Lyceum, may be because Miller beat him to it. The playwright wasn't reticent about stressing his respect for Greek tragedy, and nowhere more bluntly than he flaunts it here. The harrowing opus begins with a lawyer called Alfieri (Michael Gould), who could ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Russell Tovey
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 34
    In 2016, Tovey was cast in the ABC thriller series Quantico for the series regular role of Harry Doyle.
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  • 2015
    Age 33
    In 2015, Tovey starred in Banished, a historical drama series written by Jimmy McGovern about a group of British convicts in Australia in the 18th century.
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  • 2013
    Age 31
    In 2013, Tovey signed on to appear in the American television series Looking, about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details Its 8-episode first season broadcast on HBO in 2014. Tovey was promoted to series regular for the second season.
    He had a lead role in the ITV sitcom The Job Lot which aired in 2013 and is set in a busy unemployment bureau in the West Midlands.
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  • 2012
    Age 30
    Tovey played Budgie, one of Gavin's friends, in the BBC comedy-drama Gavin & Stacey. In January 2012, he appeared in the British crime drama Sherlock, playing Henry Knight in the episode The Hounds of Baskerville.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 29
    In 2011, he became the voice over/narrator for the BBC Three show Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents which, as of 8 January 2013, is currently in its third series.
    More Details Hide Details Tovey has narrated every episode aired.
  • 2009
    Age 27
    In 2009, Tovey worked on the film Huge and starred in two television pilots: Young, Unemployed and Lazy (a BBC Three sitcom), renamed to Him & Her in 2010, and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (part of Comedy Showcase), a Channel 4 comedy with Spike Jonze and Will Arnett, written by David Cross and Shaun Pye.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in three shorts: Drop (which premièred at the 2009 Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival), Roar, and In Passing. Roar premiered at the Palm Springs Film Festival on 24 June 2009.
    On 8 March 2009 he presented the Award for Best Actress to Margaret Tyzack for her performance in The Chalk Garden at the Laurence Olivier Awards in Grosvenor House.
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  • 2008
    Age 26
    In a 2008 interview in Attitude, Tovey expressed his desire to play darker roles: "really dark, fucked-up characters... like drag queens, rent boys, someone who has been abused, a rapist", though noting that he does not consider himself "fucked-up".
    More Details Hide Details In March 2009, the actor played a leading role in A Miracle at the Royal Court Theatre as Gary Trudgill, a British soldier returning to Norfolk from abroad.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    He played Midshipman Alonso Frame, in 2007 Doctor Who Christmas Special "Voyage of the Damned".
    More Details Hide Details Russell T. Davies, the show's executive producer and lead writer, had suggested Tovey as a future replacement for David Tennant, before it was announced that the Eleventh Doctor would be played by Matt Smith. Tovey reprised his role as Midshipman Alonso Frame in the 2009-10 Doctor Who Christmas special, The End of Time. Tovey played werewolf George Sands, one of three supernatural housemates in the drama Being Human. The pilot premiered on BBC Three on 18 February 2008. A six-part series was commissioned with the first episode broadcast on 25 January 2009. Tovey left the regular cast of the show at the start of the fourth season on 5 February 2012. In November 2012 AudioGO Ltd released an audiobook version of Mark Michalowski's Being Human tie-in novel Chasers, which is narrated by Russell Tovey.
    In spring 2007, Tovey had a recurring role in BBC Three comedy Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive, playing Rob's producer, Ben.
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  • 2004
    Age 22
    The birth of Tovey's nephew in October 2004 helped them mend their relationship.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with The Scotsman, Tovey said, "The only thing I can give to young gay people is that when I was growing up there were no role models that were blokey, that were men. Everybody was flamboyant and camp, and I remember going, 'That's not me, so even though I think I am gay, I don't think I fit into this world. Tovey has been with his current partner since 2009.
    In 2004, he took the role of Rudge in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys at the Royal National Theatre as well as touring to Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong and playing the role in the radio and film adaptation.
    More Details Hide Details He originally auditioned for the role of Crowther but agreed to act the part of Rudge after Bennett promised to beef up the role. Insecure because he had not attended drama school like many of his peers, he enrolled in numerous workshops and readings offered by the National Theatre.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1994
    Age 12
    His TV career started in 1994, when he was cast in Mud, a children's series broadcast on CBBC.
    More Details Hide Details He left high school at the age of 16, and started a BTEC in performing arts at Barking College. He was expelled after a year for refusing a role in the school play in favour of a paying acting job. He acted in plays in Chichester under the direction of Debra Gillett, wife of Patrick Marber. He met Marber through Gillett, and Marber cast him in the play Howard Katz at the National Theatre. He also performed in His Girl Friday and His Dark Materials there as well.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Born
    Born on November 14, 1981.
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