Wednesday, November 24, 2010



Below: Russell Tovey with his mum.

Article by Gerard McGarryon

Wed, 24 November 2010

Russell Tovey

Russell Tovey is a British actor who started his career as a child actor, but has become more well-known in the period since 2004 with roles in Messiah, Doctor Who and Ashes to Ashes. He is also notable for his role as George Sands in the BBC Three drama series, Being Human.


Tovey was born in Essex on 14 November 1981 and educated at Shenfield High School where he studied drama.

He worked in theatre, most notably for his role as Rudge in The History Boys and playing the role in radio and movie adaptations. Other theatrical roles played by Tovey include His Dark Materials, His Girl Friday and Henry V.

In television work, Tovey has appeared in Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive and has made guest appearance in Gavin And Stacey and a Doctor Whospecial, Voyage Of The Damned. It was rumoured that Tovey was a contender to replace David Tennant as The Doctor at the recommendation of Russell T Davies. The role eventually went to Matt Smith.

Tovey has appeared on screen as George Sands, a werewolf in the Cult BBC Three drama, Being Human. Series 3 scheduled for 2011 is just under completion.

Tovey played the part of John Chivery in the classic BBC period drama series Little Dorrit (TV Mini Series).

The latest TV work for Tovey is another series for BBC3 in 2010 Him & Her (TV Series) as Steve based around a young couple living together taking place completely in a flat and observations on their behaviour and friends. This has been so successful a second series has just been commissioned for 2011.

Tovey in the past year has also made several short films which include Drop, In Passing and Roar which was recently released on iTunes. November 2010 it has been announced that Tovey will feature in the new Jon Wright film Grabbers, When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.

This is Russell Tovey in a nutshell and to date.

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