Toby Stephens (born 21 April, 1969) is an English stage, television and film actor, best known for playing supervillain Gustav Graves in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002) and Edward Fairfax Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006).
He has gained acclaim as a stage actor of distinction, notably playing the title role in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Coriolanus shortly after graduation from LAMDA; that same season he played Claudio in Measure for Measure for the RSC. He also played Stanley Kowalski in a West End production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, and Hamlet in 2004. He has appeared on Broadway in Ring Round the Moon. He played the lead in the film Photographing Fairies and played Orsino in Trevor Nunn's film of Twelfth Night. In 2002 he took on the role for which he is most widely known, that of Gustav Graves in the James Bond movie Die Another Day.
In 2005 he played the role of a British army captain in the Indian film, Mangal Pandey: The Rising, portraying events in the Indian rebellion of 1857. The following year he returned to India to play a renegade British East India Company officer in Sharpe's Challenge.
In autumn 2006 he starred as Edward Rochester in the BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre (broadcast in the United States on PBS in early 2007) and The Wild West in February 2007 for the BBC in which he played General George Armstrong Custer in Custer's Last Stand.
On 31 May 2007 The Guardian announced that Toby Stephens and his wife of six years, New Zealand actress Anna-Louise Plowman, had their first child, a son named Eli Alistair. The late Simon Gray, the renowned British playwright (who penned Japes, a stage play, and Missing Dates, a radio drama, both of which starred Stephens), was reportedly Eli's godfather.
During the summer of 2007, Stephens played the role of Jerry in a revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal under the direction of Roger Michell. Most recently, Stephens starred as Horner in Jonathan Kent's revival of William Wycherley's The Country Wife. The play was the inaugural production of The Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, which in addition to Stephens includes the actors Eileen Atkins, Patricia Hodge, David Haig and Ruthie Henshall. Various members of the Company are expected to star in upcoming productions at the Haymarket Theatre with various artistic directors. The formation of the Company is considered by many London theatre critics to be a bold move for West End theatre.
In February 2008, Fox Broadcasting Company gave the go-ahead to cast Stephens as the lead in a potential one hour, prime time U.S. television show, Inseparable, to be produced by Shaun Cassidy. Billed as a modern Jekyll and Hyde story, the show was to feature a partially paralyzed forensic psychologist whose other personality is a charming criminal. Stephens' casting was highly unusual, because Fox had not yet approved a script nor purchased a pilot for the show. However, in mid-May 2008, The Hollywood Reporter announced that "[b]y the time the network picked up the pilot . . . [the producers'] hold on Stephens had expired . . . .
In April 2008, Stephens' agent announced that Stephens will, at some future date, play the role of "Crawford" in a new three-part ITV television drama entitled Wired, to be directed by Kenny Glenaan. Early details suggest it will concern various characters caught up in a fictional Internet banking scam. Filming was reported to begin in March 2008 in or near Manchester and Liverpool, England, although another report in mid-May 2008 stated that producers had "just started" filming.
In May 2008, Stephens performed the role of James Bond in a BBC Radio 4 production of Ian Fleming's Dr. No, as part of the centenary celebration of Fleming's birth. The production is reportedly the first radio dramatization of the novel. Stephens continues to prolifically narrate audiobooks and perform in radio dramas; between November 2007 and May 2008, he will have given 5 such performances.
Also in May 2008, Stock-pot Productions announced that Stephens will have the lead role in a feature-length film entitled Fly Me, co-starring Tim McInnerny. Stock-pot was also the producer of One Day, a short 2006 film shown at international film festivals, in which Stephens played a small part as the boss of McInnerny's character.
|1992||Orlando||Othello||Sally Potter||Written by Sally Potter, based on the novel Orlando by Virginia Woolf|
|1996||Twelfth Night||Duke Orsino||Trevor Nunn||Based on the Shakespeare play Twelfth Night|
|1997||Sunset Heights||Luke Bradley||Colm Villa||Written by Colm Villa|
|1997||Photographing Fairies||Charles Castle||Nick Willing||Written by Chris Harald and Nick Willing, based on the book by Steve Szilagyi|
|1998||Cousin Bette||Victorin Hulot||Des McAnuff||Written by Lynn Siefert and Susan Tarr, based on the book Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac|
|1999||Onegin||Vladimir Lensky||Martha Fiennes||Written by Peter Ettedgui Michael and Ignatieff Alexander, based on the poem Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin|
|2000||The Announcement||Ross||Troy Miller||Written by Morwenna Banks|
|2000||Space Cowboys||Frank||Clint Eastwood||Written by Ken Kaufman and Howard Klausner|
|2001||Possession||Fergus Wolfe||Neil LaBute||Written by David Henry Hwang, Laura Jones, and Neil LaBute, based on the novel Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt|
|2002||Die Another Day||Gustav Graves||Lee Tamahori||Written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, based on the characters of Ian Fleming|
|2004||Terkel in Trouble||Voice of Justin||Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, Thorbjørn Christoffersen, Stefan Fjeldmark||Animated film Written by Anders Matthesen (original Danish title: Terkel i knibe)|
|2005||Midsummer Dream||Voice of Demetrius||Ángel de la Cruz, Manolo Gómez||Animated film written by Ángel de la Cruz and Beatriz Iso, based on the play A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare|
|2005||Mangal Pandey: The Rising||Captain William Gordon||Ketan Mehta||Written by Farrukh Dhondy and Ranjit Kapoor|
|2006||Dark Corners||Dr Woodleigh||Ray Gower||Written by Ray Gower|
|2006||Severance||Harris||Christopher Smith||Written by James Moran and Christopher Smith|
|1992||The Camomile Lawn||Oliver||Written by Kenneth Taylor based on the book The Camomile Lawn by Mary Wesley|
|1996||The Tenant of Wildfell Hall||Gilbert Markham||Written by Janet Barron based on the book The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë|
|2000||The Great Gatsby||Jay Gatsby||Written by John McLaughlin based on the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald|
|2001||Perfect Strangers||Charles||Written by Stephen Poliakoff (distributed in the United States under the title Almost Strangers)|
|2002||Napoléon||Tsar Alexander I||Written by Didier Decoin based on the book by Max Gallo|
|2003||Essential Byron||Reader||Dramatised documentary focusing on poet Lord Byron's work|
|2003||Cambridge Spies||Kim Philby||Written by Peter Moffat|
|2003||Agatha Christie's Poirot Five Little Pigs||Philip Blake||Written by Kevin Elyot based on the book Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie|
|2004||London||Casanova||Written by Peter Ackroyd and Chris Granlund|
|2005||Waking the Dead||Dr Nick Henderson||Series 5, Episode 22, Subterraneans Written by Barbara Machin and Ed Whitmore|
|2005||The Queen's Sister||Anthony Armstrong-Jones||Written by Craig Warner as a bio of Princess Margaret, billed as part fact, part fiction|
|2006||The Best Man||Peter||Written by Russell Lewis|
|2006||Sharpe's Challenge||William Dodd||Written by Russell Lewis based on the novels Sharpe's Tiger, Sharpe's Triumph, and Sharpe's Fortress by Bernard Cornwell|
|2006||Jane Eyre||Edward Fairfax Rochester||Written by Sandy Welch based on the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë|
|2007||The Wild West - Custer's Last Stand||General George Armstrong Custer||Episode 1 of the BBC docudrama series. Filmed in South Dakota, summer 2006|
|2008||"Wired"||Crawford||Three part ITV1 drama, directed by Kenny Glenaan|
|2008||Robin Hood - Series 3||King John of England|
|1992||Tartuffe||Damis||Directed by Sir Peter Hall (Playhouse); play by Molière; Stephens' West End theatre debut|
|1992||Tamburlaine||Celebinus/King of Algier||Directed by Terry Hands (RSC); play by Christopher Marlowe|
|1992||Antony and Cleopatra||Pompey||Directed by John Caird (RSC); play by Shakespeare|
|1992||All's Well That Ends Well||Bertram||Directed by Sir Peter Hall (RSC); play by Shakespeare|
|1993||Wallenstein||Max Piccolomini||Directed by Tim Albery (RSC); play by Friedrich von Schiller|
|1994||Unfinished Business||Young Beamish||Directed by Steven Pimlott (RSC); play by Michael Hastings|
|1994||Coriolanus||Caius Marcius Coriolanus||Directed by David Thacker (RSC); play by Shakespeare|
|1994||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander||Directed by Adrian Noble (RSC); play by Shakespeare|
|1994||Measure for Measure||Claudio||Directed by Steven Pimlott (RSC); play by Shakespeare|
|1996||A Streetcar Named Desire||Stanley Kowalski||Directed by Sir Peter Hall (The Haymarket); play by Tennessee Williams|
|1998/99||Phedre||Hippolytus||Directed by Jonathan Kent (Almeida & Brooklyn Academy); play by Jean Racine|
|1998/99||Britannicus||Nero||Directed by Jonathan Kent (Almeida & Brooklyn Academy); play by Jean Racine|
|1999||Ring Round the Moon||Hugo/Frederick||Directed by Gerry Gutierrez (Lincoln Center Theatre NY); play by Jean Anouilh; Stephens' Broadway debut|
|2001||Japes||Japes||Directed by Sir Peter Hall (The Haymarket); play by Simon Gray|
|2001||The Royal Family||Anthony Cavendish||Directed by Sir Peter Hall (The Haymarket); play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber|
|2004||Hamlet||Hamlet||Directed by Michael Boyd (RSC); play by Shakespeare|
|2004||The Pilate Workshop||Jesus||Directed by Michael Boyd (RSC); play by Helen Edmundson, based on Ann Wroe's Pontius Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man|
|2007||Betrayal||Jerry||Directed by Roger Michell (Donmar); play by Harold Pinter|
|2007||The Country Wife||Mr. Horner||Directed by Jonathan Kent (Haymarket); play by William Wycherley|
|1994||Time and the Conways||Robin||Radio drama based on the play Time and the Conways by J.B. Priestley|
|1995||The Prince's Choice||Coriolanus, Hamlet, Henry V, Henry IV and Edward Poins||A selection from Shakespeare's works; narrators include the Prince of Wales and Stephens' parents, Sir Robert Stephens and Dame Maggie Smith, Hodder & Stoughton Audio Books|
|1997||As You Like It||Orlando||BBC dramatised recording of Shakespeare's play|
|1997||The Lifted Veil||Latimer||BBC dramatised recording of the novella by George Eliot|
|1997||The Guns of Navarone||Mallory||BBC two part dramatised recording of the novel by Alistair MacLean, BBC Radio Collection Audiobook|
|1997||Birdsong||Stephen Wraysford||BBC three-part drama based on the Sebastian Faulks novel (sometimes listed under the title of Part I, 'France 1910')|
|1997||Anna Karenina||Count Vronsky||BBC dramatised recording of the Leo Tolstoy novel, BBC Classic Collection Audiobook|
|1998||The Troy trilogy||Achilles||3 x 90 minute plays by Andrew Rissik for the BBC with Paul Scofield King Priam and His Sons; The Death of Achilles; Helen at Ephesus|
|1999||Tales from the Arabian Nights||Narrator||Includes Aladdin and His Magic Lamp, Sinbad and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Naxos Audiobooks|
|1999||Macbeth||Macbeth||Voice of Macbeth for the Movingstage Marionette Company's production of the Shakespeare play|
|2000||Conversations with Napoleon||Reader||The words of Napoleon Bonaparte|
|2001||King Lear||Edmund||Paul Scofield is King Lear in a dramatised reading of Shakespeare's play, Naxos Audiobooks|
|2001||On the Road||Narrator||BBC radio reading of the Jack Kerouac book|
|2002||The Riddle of the Sands||Narrator||Novel by Robert Erskine Childers, Penguin Audiobooks|
|2002||The Woman in White||Walter Hartright||BBC dramatised recording of novel by Wilkie Collins, BBC Radio Collection Audiobook|
|2002||Aeneid||Aeneas||Virgil's Classical Poem abridged by James Burbidge with Paul Scofield, Naxos Audiobooks|
|2003||Dionysos||Pentheus, King of Thebes||BBC radio drama by Andrew Rissik with Paul Scofield|
|2004||Will in the World||Reader||Based on Stephen Greenblatt's book, a reconstruction of Shakespeare's life & era|
|2005||Much Ado About Nothing||Benedick||BBC dramatised recording of Shakespeare's play|
|2006||Shylock||Bassanio||BBC Radio 3 dramatised recording of play by Sir Arnold Wesker|
|2007||Heart of Darkness||Narrator||Novel by Joseph Conrad, Silksoundbooks Audiobook|
|2007||Flashman on the March||Narrator||Novel by George MacDonald Fraser, HarperCollins Audiobook|
|2008||Flashman and the Dragon||Narrator||Novel by George MacDonald Fraser, HarperCollins Audiobook|
|2008||Missing Dates||Jason (Japes)||BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of play by Simon Gray (a reworking of his play Japes, in which Stephens also played the title role, see Theatre above)|
|2008||The Good Soldier||Narrator||BBC Radio 4 reading of the novel by Ford Madox Ford|
|2008||Dr. No||James Bond||BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of novel by Ian Fleming|
|2008||Let's Murder Vivaldi||Ben||BBC Radio 4 adaptation of David Mercer's television drama|
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Mar 18, 2006; TOBY STEPHENS found himself making the best man's speech both on and off camera while filming new ITV thriller. Not only did he...
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TOFF AT THE TOP! He's the Ultimate Aristocad. Now, as Toby Stephens Plays Evil Prince John in Robin Hood, He Talks about Battling Alcoholism, and the Pressures of Being the Son of Acting Legends
May 01, 2009; Byline: by David Wigg WHEN Toby Stephens appears as the hilariously treacherous Prince John in the BBC's hit series Robin Hood...