Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1981-11-14 (39 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Billericay, Essex, England, UK

32 Movies · 29 TV shows

Also Known As: Russell George Tovey

Biography

Russell George Tovey (born 14 November 1981) is an English actor. He is known for playing the role of werewolf George Sands in the BBC's supernatural drama Being Human, Rudge in both the stage and film versions of The History Boys, Steve in the BBC Three sitcom Him & Her, Kevin Matheson in the HBO original series Looking and its subsequent series finale television film Looking: The Movie, Titanic midshipman Alonzo Frame in the Doctor Who episode "Voyage of the Damned" (a role he reprised in a cameo in "The End of Time: Part Two") and as Henry Knight in BBC TV series Sherlock. He has also starred as Harry Doyle in the drama-thriller series Quantico on the ABC network.

Personal Life

Tovey is gay. During his adolescent years, Tovey's family had difficulty accepting his sexual orientation. Although he says he came out to himself when he was 15 or 16, he came out to his parents when he was 18. Tovey and his father subsequently had a serious disagreement, with his father suggesting that, had he known earlier, he would have asked Tovey to take hormones or undergo some other medical treatment to "fix the problem". Tovey says his parents were deeply concerned about the possibility he might contract HIV, which might have contributed to the disagreement. The birth of Tovey's nephew Nathan in October 2004 helped them mend their relationship.In 2015, Tovey was the subject of public criticism from the LGBT+ press regarding comments he made about effeminate gay men. In his interview with Tom Lamont of The Observer, the actor stated that his schooling made him feel as though he "had to toughen up", going on to say "If I'd have been able to relax, prance around and sing in the street, I might be a different person now." Much of the criticism centred on what was perceived to be a passive criticism of effeminate gay men, with Tovey saying that "I thank my dad for that, for not allowing me to go down the path." Tovey later apologised for the remarks and suggested they did not reflect his views.Tovey was reported to be dating rugby coach Steve Brockman from early 2016. They became engaged in February 2018 but separated in June of the same year. They reconciled in 2019.

Early Life

Tovey was born and raised in Billericay, Essex. He is the younger of two children of Carole Haynes (formerly Webb) and George Tovey, who run a Romford-based coach service taking passengers from Essex to Gatwick Airport. Tovey has an older brother, Daniel. He attended Harold Court School in Harold Wood and Shenfield High School. As a boy Tovey said, he "was an avid collector of various things and prone to participating in fads."His parents supported his efforts, taking him to archaeological digs and museums, buying him a metal detector and going to conventions for mineralogists. For a time he wanted to be a history teacher, but after seeing Dead Poets Society, The Goonies, and Stand By Me he decided to be an actor. For a time during his teens he worked as a kitchen assistant in Billericay's King's Head pub.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

2021
In a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. For his social star never to fade. For the perfect self he broadcasts to the world t...

2020.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Sister

The Sister

2020
Almost a decade into his new devoted married life Nathan is rocked to the core when Bob, an unwelcome face from the past, turns up on his doorstep with shocking news, triggering a series of catastroph...
Baby Lies Truthfully

Baby Lies Truthfully

2020
It's 1987. David Robilliard is an artist and writer in London. It is refreshing that his work is raw. It explores everything from dating and sex to depression and loss.
TV
Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood

2020
Three adult siblings find their family thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother declares she is in love with a new man. The family is at risk of being dragged towards tragedy and crime ...

2019.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Good Liar

The Good Liar

6.05
2019
Roy wants to make his latest mark: recently widowed Betty, worth millions of dollars. He means to take everything. As the two draw closer, what should have been another simple scam takes on more signi...
TV
Years and Years

Years and Years

8.67
2019
The Lyons family converges on one crucial night in 2019. Over the next 15 years, the twists and turns of their everyday lives are explored as we find out if this ordinary family could change the world...
The Sea

The Sea

2019
On a grey day, a woman sits alone on a beach and calmly watches the birds. As she sits, she is joined by various people who make up the tapestry of her life, in a film about the fragile, fallible and ...

2018.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Hymn of Hate

Hymn of Hate

2018
Sgt George May and Pvt Billy Booth are sent to patrol the deadly No Man's Land by a young and inexperienced officer, eager to assert authority over his men.
TV
The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C

2018
The five special episodes of The Great British Baking Off will benefit Stand Up To Cancer. In each episode of The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer, four different celebrities are trying...
Freedom Fighters: The Ray

Freedom Fighters: The Ray

2018
Earth-X is one of many realities in the multiverse, with one glaring difference from out Earth: The Nazis won World War II. Led by The Ray, a group of heroes known as the Freedom Fighters battle selfl...

2017.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
We Have Been Watching

We Have Been Watching

2017
This series features some of Britain's best-loved comedians and funniest comedy actors gathering together for a jolly night in front of the telly, watching clips from classic sitcoms and sketch shows ...
The Hippopotamus

The Hippopotamus

2017
Ted Wallace was summoned to investigate.
TV
Freedom Fighters: The Ray

Freedom Fighters: The Ray

2017
Reporter Raymond "Ray" Terrill is investigating a group of government scientists who are developing a weapon using light, when he is attacked with a "genetic light bomb" that ends up bestowing him wit...
National Theatre Live: Angels In America — Part One: Millennium Approaches

National Theatre Live: Angels In America — Part One: Millennium Approaches

2017
America in the late 1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. The National Theatre will s...
National Theatre Live: Angels In America — Part Two: Perestroika

National Theatre Live: Angels In America — Part Two: Perestroika

2017
America in the late 1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Tony award winning playwrig...

2016.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

6.17
2016
When heroes are not enough. People who are legends are what the world needs. Having seen the future, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and vill...
TV
The Night Manager

The Night Manager

6.35
2016
The intelligence community has an alliance with the secret arms trade. Pine needs to become a criminal in order to get into the inner circle of Richard Onslow Roper.
Mindhorn

Mindhorn

6
2016
A washed up actor best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective show "Mindhorn" must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn,...
Red Top

Red Top

2016
Comic fantasy telling the story of Rebekah, an innocent and beguiling Northern girl who accidentally becomes Chief Executive of News International and gets caught up in a seventies Watergate-style sca...
Looking: The Movie

Looking: The Movie

8
2016
Patrick returns to San Francisco for the first time in almost a year to celebrate a momentous event with his old friends. He must face the unresolved relationships he left behind and make difficult ch...
The Pass

The Pass

2016
Two soccer players kiss. In a sporting world where image is everything, this pass sets the men up for a contrasting decade of fame and failure, full of secrets and denial.

2015.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Supergirl

Supergirl

6.33
2015
After hiding her powers, Kara Zor-El must learn to embrace them. She was told to be careful with her powers.
TV
Banished

Banished

6
2015
Banished is a story of survival. It is not the story of Australia and how it came to be that is set in stark historical reality. It is a tale of love, faith, justice and morality played out on an epic...
The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

5.63
2015
The true story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and lived there for 15 years.
TV
Quantico

Quantico

5.89
2015
A group of people are at the FBI base. It doesn't make sense that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.
Stick Man

Stick Man

2015
Stick Man lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their three stick children, and he's heading on an epic adventure across the seasons. Will he get back to his family in time for Christm...

2014.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
The Flash

The Flash

6.37
2014
Barry Allen fell into a coma after being struck by lightning. After he awakened with the power of super speed, he was given the ability to move through Central City like a guardian angel. Though initi...
Effie Gray

Effie Gray

2014
There is a relationship between an art critic and his bride.
Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted

5.25
2014
While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his villainous sidekick.
Blackwood

Blackwood

2014
Having recovered from a shattering emotional breakdown, college professor Ben Marshall relocates to the countryside with his wife and young son, hoping for a fresh start. Things finally look to be goi...
TV
Looking

Looking

6
2014
Three friends in San Francisco are researching the options available to a new generation of gay men.
Pride

Pride

5.86
2014
The National Union of Mineworkers is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decided to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. There is a...

2013.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Talking to the Dead

Talking to the Dead

2013
A secret history of mental illness called Cotard's Syndrome has left the inspector with a deep and peculiar empathy for the dead.
TV
What Remains

What Remains

6
2013
When the decomposing body of a woman is found by a couple in a new home, the detective is determined to find out what happened to her.
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide

Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide

2013
The Ultimate Guide was a documentary made by BBC Events Production in London which aired on BBC Three in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who. It gave a broad overview of the show's hi...

2012.

3 Movies
Tower Block

Tower Block

2012
A year after witnessing a murder, residents of Tower Block 31 find themselves being picked off by a sniper, pitting those lucky enough to be alive into a battle for survival.
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

5.33
2012
The pirate captain is afraid of the high seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side, and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Bla...
Grabbers

Grabbers

6.38
2012
Something sinister has come to the shores of Erin Island, unbeknownst to the quaint population of this sleepy fishing village resting somewhere off Ireland’s coast. First, some fishermen go missing. T...

2011.

1 Movie
Is This a Joke?

Is This a Joke?

2011
Tim's life is a joke. Literally.

2010.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Sherlock

Sherlock

6.88
2010
The famous sleuth and his doctor partner solved crimes in the 21st century.
Huge

Huge

2010
A double act is trying to make it in the world of stand-up comedy.
TV
Him & Her

Him & Her

4.57
2010
An acutely observed, forensically honest, warts-and-all look at a working-class couple in their mid-20s.

2009.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Being Human

Being Human

6.85
2009
The central premise of Being Human is that various types of supernatural beings exist alongside human beings, with varying degrees of menace; that three of these supernatural beings are opting to live...
In Passing

In Passing

2009
A Blitz mother confronts a home truth.
Roar

Roar

2009
London. Christmas. Loner Tom cuts keys in a dry-cleaners. Dominated by his boss, who cracks onto female clientele, Tom tries to apologise. Rejected, he takes drastic action.

2008.

3 TV shows
TV
Celebrity Juice

Celebrity Juice

1
2008
A man is hosting a comedy panel show. A group of celebrities go head to head on a panel show.
TV
Mutual Friends

Mutual Friends

2008
Martin's comfortable world is upturned by his friend's mid-life crises, beginning with his best friend's suicide, and the secret affair he had with Martin's wife.
TV
Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

6
2008
Amy Dorrit is looking after her father who is in a London prison. Arthur Clennam, Amy's employer's son, returns from overseas to solve a mystery in his family's past.

2007.

1 Movie
Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned

Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned

2007
The Doctor discovers a threat to the whole human race when disaster hits the Titanic. Can he stop the Christmas fire?

2006.

1 Movie
The History Boys

The History Boys

2006
The story of an unruly class of bright, funny history students at a Yorkshire grammar school in pursuit of an undergraduate place at Oxford or Cambridge. The boys were bounced between their maverick E...

2005.

1 Movie
My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

2005
An English family relocates to sunny Greece in the months before WWII.

2004.

1 TV show
TV
Agatha Christie's Marple

Agatha Christie's Marple

6.11
2004
Miss Jane Marple is a spinster living in a small village. During her many visits to friends and relatives in other villages, Miss Marple often stumbles upon murders she helps solve. Even though they a...

2003.

1 TV show
TV
Servants

Servants

2003
The fortunes of a group of servants in an English country house are the subject of a drama.

2002.

1 TV show
TV
Ultimate Force

Ultimate Force

2002
The Red Troop of the SAS is the subject of the series. Four series were produced after the programme began.

2001.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Messiah

Messiah

2001
The investigations of Red Metcalfe were the subject of a crime drama.
The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

2001
Napoleon had a plan to return to the throne. After he swaps places with Eugene Lenormand, Napoleon will return to his throne. Lenormand enjoys himself too much to reveal the deception on the journey. ...

1999.

1 TV show
TV
Holby City

Holby City

1999
A drama series about life on the wards of Holby City Hospital, following the highs and lows of the staff and patients.

1996.

2 TV shows
TV
Silent Witness

Silent Witness

5.5
1996
Silent Witness focuses on a team of forensic pathology experts.
TV
Spywatch

Spywatch

1996
Spywatch is a story produced by the BBC as part of the Look and Read series. It originally aired from January to March 1996. Its main educational focus was World War II.

1989.

1 TV show
TV
Agatha Christie's Poirot

Agatha Christie's Poirot

6.24
1989
From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first clas...

1984.

1 TV show
TV
The Bill

The Bill

1984
The daily lives of the men and women at Sun Hill Police Station as they fight crime on the streets of London. From bomb threats to armed robbery and drug raids to the routine demands of policing, this...
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