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Toby Jones

Highest Rated:   100% Leave To Remain (2014)
Lowest Rated:   11% Virginia (2012)
Birthplace:   Not Available
A man with a peculiar face and small stature born into a long line of performers, Toby Jones might seem born to be a character actor. Jones' father, Freddie Jones, has graced the screen in a multitude of projects, from David Lynch's enigmatic sci-fi epic Dune to BBC adaptations of classic works of literature. Meanwhile, Jones' mother was born to a family whose legacy in acting went back seven generations, setting the stage for Toby's career almost before he was born. Jones took to the stage at his school in Oxfordshire, England, where he discovered an aptitude for theatrical acting. Though stage work would remain an important element of his professional life, Jones eventually tried his hand at screen work, beginning with a minor role in the 1992 film adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Orlando. Many of these bit parts would follow in movies like Ever After and Les Miserabes, as Jones' distinct and memorable visage set him apart from the masses. This same unique quality eventually began to win him more substantial roles, like a four-episode run as a pathologist on the U.K. detective show Midsomer Murders, and a chance to explore vocal acting as the voice of the animated Dobby the House Elf in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. More of Jones' usual small but memorable parts would follow, such as Smee, right-hand man to Captain Hook in Finding Neverland. Then in 2004, Jones got the chance to sink his teeth into not one but two substantial characters -- both with considerably more screen time than he was accustomed to. In the U.K. made-for-TV biopic Elizabeth I, Jones played Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, spymaster, and later secretary of state to Queen Elizabeth, a man infamous for his odd, slight appearance. Exaggerating his quirky physical characteristics and delving deeply into the complex character, Jones was lauded by audiences and critics alike. That same year, Jones won the starring role of controversial writer Truman Capote in Infamous, the big-screen American telling of the writing the true-crime novel In Cold Blood. A dream role both for his artistic sensibilities and the furthering of his career, Jones joined a cast of American stars including Sigourney Weaver, Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rossellini, and Daniel Craig. In typical Hollywood style, the film was green-lit around the same time that another studio was beginning production on a feature with the same subject matter, and Bennett Miller's Capote was scheduled to be released first. The buzz surrounding this rival production, however, was not the kind that Infamous producers were hoping for; instead of generating interest in their film, they feared that the overwhelming praise that Capote was receiving for its script, direction, and acting by star Philip Seymour Hoffman would only overshadow their own film. The release date for Infamous was pushed back as Capote went on to sweep the awards circuit, picking up over 40 awards and nominations including Oscar nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (for Catherine Keener's performance as Harper Lee), and Best Screenplay, as well as an Oscar win for Hoffman in the category of Best Actor. With Capote seeming to have already carved a place in the history of cinema and Philip Seymour Hoffman moving to the top of the list of gifted and respected actors, the cast and crew of Infamous had to worry that for all their hard work, their production would be seen as little more than the "other Truman Capote movie." Its release was finally set for late fall of 2006, roughly a year after its original date. Jones, however, was not going to spend the meantime biting his nails. By the time Infamous hit theaters, Jones had already completed filming on an adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel The Painted Veil, and begun production on Nightwatching, a film about the life of the artist Rembrandt in which Jones would play the Dutch painter Gerard Dou.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Infinite
  • Actor
69% Archive
  • Actor
38% Morgan
  • Dr. Simon Ziegler
$4M 2016
66% Anthropoid
  • Jan Zelenka-Hajský
$3M 2016
63% The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • Littlewood
83% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti)
  • King of Highhills
31% Dad's Army
  • Captain Mainwaring
$4.7M 2016
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
  • Claudius Templesmith
$254.7M 2015
40% By The Gun
  • Jerry
90% Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Arnim Zola
$228.7M 2014
100% Leave To Remain
  • Actor
85% Berberian Sound Studio
  • Gilderoy
$29.1k 2013
No Score Yet The Girl
  • Alfred Hitchcock
30% Red Lights
  • Paul Shackleton
$49.8k 2012
No Score Yet Snow White and the Huntsman (Extended Version)
  • Actor
49% Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Claudius
$155.1M 2012
11% Virginia
  • Max
$11.6k 2012
74% The Adventures of Tintin
  • Silk
$75.3M 2011
83% Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Percy Alleline
$20.2M 2011
83% My Week with Marilyn
  • Arthur Jacobs
$12.7M 2011
80% Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Dr. Arnim ZolaArnim Zola
$176.7M 2011
21% The Rite
  • Father Matthew
$33.1M 2011
No Score Yet Pinkville
  • Lt. Andre Feher
73% Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  • Hargreaves
46% Creation
  • Thomas Huxley
$0.3M 2010
No Score Yet Christopher And His Kind
  • Actor
14% St Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold
  • Bursar
93% Frost/Nixon
  • Swifty Lazar
$18.6M 2008
58% W.
  • Karl Rove
$25.6M 2008
53% City of Ember
  • Barton Snode
$7.8M 2008
No Score Yet The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Quilp
31% St. Trinian's
  • Bursar
72% The Mist
  • Ollie Weeks
$25.5M 2007
76% Nightwatching
  • Gerard Dou
68% Amazing Grace
  • Duke of Clarence
$21.2M 2007
74% The Painted Veil
  • Waddington
$8M 2006
No Score Yet A Harlot's Progress
  • William Hogarth
73% Infamous
  • Truman Capote
$1.1M 2006
67% Mrs. Henderson Presents
  • Gordon
$11M 2006
64% Ladies in Lavender
  • Hedley
$6.5M 2005
83% Finding Neverland
  • Smee
83% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Dobby the House Elf
$261.9M 2002
No Score Yet In Love and War
  • Bolo
63% Simon Magus
  • Buchholz
No Score Yet Victoria & Albert
  • Edward Oxford
No Score Yet Hotel Splendide
  • Kitchen Boy
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  • English Judge
91% Ever After: A Cinderella Story
  • Royal Page
41% Cousin Bette
  • Gentleman in Cafe des Artistes
74% Les Miserables
  • Doorkeeper
88% Naked
  • Man in Tea Bar


88% Don't Forget The Driver
  • Peter Green
  • Screenwriter
  • 2019
88% The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
  • Librarian
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Witness for the Prosecution
  • John Mayhew
  • 2017
60% Wayward Pines
  • Dr. Jenkins/David Pilcher Dr. Jenkins
  • 2016
  • 2015
100% Detectorists
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet Regular Show
  • Screenwriter
  • 2013
  • 2012
93% Doctor Who
  • Actor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • Samuel Ratchett St. Fox Squercum Daniel Quilp
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2002
  • 1999
No Score Yet Midsomer Murders
  • Dan Peterson
  • 2001
  • 1999
No Score Yet Horizon
  • Narrator

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