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SpouseKaren Jones
MarkShort stature
FactHas two daughters - Madeleine and Holly.

Toby Jones is an English actor who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is best known for his roles in The Hunger Games, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Jones was born in Hammersmith, London, on 7 September 1966, the son of actors Jennifer and Freddie Jones. He has two older sisters, Sally and Catherine. His father is Welsh and his mother is English. He was educated at Christ’s Hospital and St Paul’s School in London.

Jones made his film debut in the 1989 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. He went on to appear in such films as The Remains of the Day (1993), The Innocent (1994), and Infamous (2006). On television, he has appeared in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992), The Missing (2003), and Sherlock (2010).

In 2012, Jones played the role of Claudius Templesmith in The Hunger Games. He reprised the role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014).

In 2014, Jones appeared in the film Godzilla. In 2015, he appeared in the film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Jones has been married to Karen Jones since 2000. They have two children.

General Info

Full NameToby Jones
Height1.65 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationL'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, University of Manchester, Abingdon School


SpouseKaren Jones
ChildrenMadeleine Jones, Holly Jones
ParentsFreddie Jones, Jennie Heslewood
SiblingsCasper Jones, Rupert Jones


AwardsBritish Independent Film Award for Best Actor, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, British Academy Television Award for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, Gold...
MoviesCaptain America: The First Avenger, The Hunger Games, Tale of Tales, Dad's Army, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Infamous, The Girl, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Morgan, Berberian Sound Studio, Anthropoid, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Snow White and th...
TV ShowsThe Witness for the Prosecution, The Secret Agent, Wayward Pines, Capital, Titanic, Elizabeth I, Numbertime, Detectorists, Midsomer Murders, Out of Hours

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1The thing about Hitchcock which is quite extraordinary for a director of that time, he had a very strong sense of his own image and publicizing himself. Just a very strong sense of himself as the character of Hitchcock.
2I've got to tell you, I've played real characters before and people always bring up this word 'impersonation,' and I'm never entirely sure what it means.
3I went to meet Joe Johnston, the director, and he's charming. I've been very lucky. Most of the directors I've worked with are charming. But Joe's a particularly charming man, and he showed me lots of designs and, rather memorably, welcomed me to the Marvel Universe.
4I was a fan of Hitchcock, but more importantly than that, he is such an inscrutable man, and a very carefully inscrutable man. He apparently was blank-faced with a calm and controlled presence. I was immediately anxious and thought, 'How am I going to get behind that?'
5I don't know if it's harder but when you're playing a real person you want to honor their memory - even if they're a criminal or someone that the public loathed. That can be challenging.
6When I told people I was going to be doing the movie and the voice of Dobby, they were kind of awestruck, the people who knew about Harry Potter. I felt rather guilty that I didn't really understand the scale of the job I was about to take on. Now, I am well aware of what I'm doing, and actually, it feels a very serious acting responsibility.
7They seem much rarer now, those auteur films that come out of a director's imagination and are elliptical and hermetic. All those films that got me into independent cinema when I was watching it seem thin on the ground.
8There is this miraculous thing I heard Hugh Grant talking about - the thing about screen acting is that you can read people's thoughts. You are trying to register something inside and usually the eyes in cinema are where you will register that.
9The script for Infamous (2006) was so poised between tragedy and comedy. It's a dream part. One reads those scripts with a sense of melancholia. When you read a script that good... I remember thinking, 'Oh, this script is too good. They'll never give it to me.'
10I heard about the project over a year before we began. My American agent said, 'Oh, you might want to read _'In Cold Blood'_ because they're talking about you for Capote, but the script's with Johnny Depp and Sean Penn at the moment.' So, these things take their time to dribble down the food chain.
11It's always very strange to have your life dramatized because it never happens like that. Things will be different.
12You're playing a character in a drama who happens to be based on someone who existed. It's never going to 'be' that person, but it's based on someone well-known, and you want to create enough of that person for it not to be a distraction.
13I think it will be, as always, interesting to compare different portrayals of Hitchcock. I'm very honored that I'm playing the same part as Anthony Hopkins.
14I still don't feel I know Hitchcock at all. I find that the more one looks, the more elusive he becomes. But my admiration for Hitchcock the filmmaker remains undiminished. He is a giant of the cinema and the darkness in him informs his cinematic language. You can't separate one from the other.
15I often get sent scripts about little men in big situations. There's a comic element to it, which is forces stacked against this little guy, and how is he going to defeat them?
16Hitchcock is a big ask. I am playing someone significantly older than me and someone significantly bigger than me. The stuff I find very interesting is why certain physical things have come about. How can he be light on his feet when he is so big? How can his weight vary so much? Where does this rather beautiful voice come from?
17Every now and then, they ask me to come in and improvise with Stanley Tucci for an afternoon. They fly me off to America, I improvise for an afternoon - it's not the hardest, most taxing job.
18Often jobs are un-turndownable even before you read the script. You go, 'Well, I have to do that.'
19If you ever have the good fortune to meet Tippi Hedren, she's an amazing woman. You can't quite believe she is the age she is.
20I would absolutely like to play more leading roles. There's no philosophy - well, the only philosophy, I suppose, is to try and do different things.
21I get plenty of time to re-engage with the world I'm trying to depict, so I'm not always living in these parallel worlds.
22There's not a huge pile of scripts at home. It's what happens to be on the table at that moment with your availability. And then you have no control over when these things come out.
23It's hard for it to make a mark in this city because London has so much culture to offer.
24I teach for the Book Trust, which promotes reading and writing with children.
25I had to change the shape of my own voice. It was quite hard to pull off and so once I had it, I stayed in Hitchcock's voice all day on set.
26All of these red carpet events may seem natural for you journalists, but it doesn't feel natural for actors.
27You always get told how important the premiere and doing the press is, but I have suspicions.
28They know you're not Alfred Hitchcock, but you need to be enough Alfred Hitchcock for them not to be bothered by it. That's a reassuring thing.
29I work best when a little scared, when there's so much more than the lines to think about.
30Hitchcock's got a very interesting voice; it's a very controlled, measured rhythm that's quite slow and, in that sense, also felt quite controlling in its pace. He retained something from his childhood, that London sound, as well as adopting some of the L.A. sounds... All of this helps you create the character.
31When working abroad you work pretty hard, but with time off, this is the greatest job in the world. You drive. You explore Memphis, or wherever you've landed, or go and see Dr John, or the Californian landscape. And, yes, I've had a few good meals.
32But I think the children of actors share a certain pragmatic approach. One is denied some of that 'running away with the circus' element of being an actor.
33Certainly for my father, there were great times, good times, not-so-good times. He might be shooting a Fellini film for six months, then not working for two months. I'm used to that dynamic.
34I do always feel very proud and flattered by being asked to be a part of American productions playing American characters.
35Four hours of prosthetics every morning, the jowls and the nose, and it was very hot so they're having to attend to it all day, and you're still petrified of so many things, such as, can I speak properly? Hitchcock never quite lost those East End vowels, even though he had the softened California consonants.
36It's one of those jobs where you go, 'Oh no, I've got to play 'Alfred Hitchcock'. I have to play him even though I know what this is going to involve.'
37The prosthetics were interesting because the artist was so good that they could just put a Hitchcock mask on me, but you don't want to do that. You're an actor playing Hitchcock, so it's about how much of that you're going to do.
38There's something in the rhythm and roll of it that is connected to the way Hitchcock thinks and moves. Then there is everything he ingested - the cigar smoking and drinking that's imprinted on his voice.
39There are things that I would avoid, so I have the choice to say no, when I feel I'm repeating myself too much. But then there could be a reason to do that with a good director. So I think actors have to have a loose philosophy.
40I studied Hitchcock a little bit at University and knew the famous story about the Birds (1968) - that he'd tortured Tippi for a day using real birds. I had no idea that it was a five-day onslaught and that it was the tip of an iceberg that carried on through to another film.
41I didn't sound anything like Capote at the screen test. It was more like Bob Dylan. In his early years. With the flu.
42It's hard to imagine anyone interested in film not being a fan of Alfred Hitchcock because he's such a key influence on the entire history of cinema - it's hard to escape his shadow.
43It's Toby Jones playing Alfred Hitchcock, not Alfred Hitchcock. We all felt that his silhouette was crucial, so his nose and lips were crucial as well. We had to build it out a bit to get the silhouette. But, with my nose being so small within the proportion of my face, the first nose was too big. I felt like a nose on parade.


1Has two daughters - Madeleine and Holly.
2Has twice played a famous public figure within a year of a more recognized actor playing the same part in another film. In 2006 he appeared in Infamous (2006) as Truman Capote, a role for which Philip Seymour Hoffman had recently won an Oscar. He later appeared in The Girl (2012) as Alfred Hitchcock, the same year that Anthony Hopkins played the part in Hitchcock (2012).
3Played Truman Capote in Infamous, then went on to play Swifty Lazar, Truman Capote's agent, in Frost/Nixon.
4Son of Freddie Jones and Jennie Heslewood.
5Brother of Rupert Jones and Casper Jones.
6In 2011, filmed two movies for release in 2012 in which he plays a character named "Claudius": The Hunger Games (2012) and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).
7Toby went to Abingdon School with fellow actor, Tom Hollander, and both were contemporaries of the band, Radiohead. They were both born in Oxford and only two weeks apart from each other. Not only that but both are 5 foot 5 inches in height.
8His wife Karen is a criminal barrister.
9He won the London Film Critics Circle "Best British Actor" for his portrayal of Truman Capote.
10He was awarded the 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role of 2001 for his performance in "The Play What I Wrote" at the Wyndham Theatre, London.
11Starred on Broadway with Sean Foley & Hamish McColl in "The Play What I Wrote". [2003]
12Performs with Hamish McColl as "The Right Size".




Untitled Jurassic World Sequel2018pre-production
The Canterville Ghost2017pre-productionThe Reverend Chasuble
Zoo2017post-productionSecurity Guard Charlie
The Snowman2017post-productionGert Rafto
The Coldest City2017post-productionGray
Civil2017TV Movie pre-productionOtis O'Dell
The Entertainer2016completedPaul Limp
Journey's EndfilmingMason
Sherlock2017TV SeriesCulverton Smith
The Witness for the Prosecution2016TV MovieMayhew
Morgan2016Dr. Simon Ziegler
The Secret Agent2016TV SeriesVerloc
Wayward Pines2015-2016TV SeriesDr. Jenkins David Pilcher
Anthropoid2016Uncle Hajský
Alice Through the Looking Glass2016Wilkins (uncredited)
The Complete Walk: Henry IV Part 12016ShortFalstaff
Dad's Army2016George Mainwaring
Detectorists2014-2015TV SeriesLance
Capital2015TV Mini-SeriesRoger
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 22015Claudius Templesmith (uncredited)
The Man Who Knew Infinity2015Littlewood
By Our Selves2015John Clare
Tale of Tales2015King of Highhills
The Last Days Of ...2015TV Series documentaryNarrator
Agent Carter2015TV SeriesDr. Arnim Zola
Serena2014/ISheriff McDowell
By the Gun2014Jerry
Marvellous2014TV MovieNeil Baldwin
The Dark2014ShortDad
The Cask of Amontillado2014/IShortMontresor
Captain America: The Winter Soldier2014Dr. Arnim Zola
Muppets Most Wanted2014Prado Museum Guard #2
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire2013Claudius Templesmith
Leave to Remain2013Nigel
Words of Everest2013DocumentaryJan Morris
Murder on the Victorian Railway2013TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Sea Change2012Short
The Girl2012TV MovieAlfred Hitchcock
Berberian Sound Studio2012Gilderoy
Snow White and the Huntsman2012Coll
Titanic2012TV Mini-SeriesJohn Batley
The Hunger Games2012Claudius Templesmith
Red Lights2012Paul Shackleton
The Adventures of Tintin2011Silk (voice)
My Week with Marilyn2011Arthur Jacobs
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy2011Percy Alleline
Captain America: The First Avenger2011Dr. Arnim Zola
Your Highness2011Julie
Christopher and His Kind2011TV MovieGerald Hamilton
The Rite2011Father Matthew
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I2010Video GameDobby (voice)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 12010Dobby (voice)
God in America2010TV SeriesGeorge Whitefield
Agatha Christie's Poirot2010TV SeriesSamuel Ratchett
Doctor Who2010TV SeriesDream Lord
Mo2010TV MovieDr Mark Glaser
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll2010Hargreaves
St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold2009Bursar
Creation2009/IThomas Huxley
Masterpiece Classic2009TV SeriesQuilp
W.2008/IKarl Rove
Frost/Nixon2008Swifty Lazar
City of Ember2008Barton Snode
The Old Curiosity Shop2007TV MovieDaniel Quilp
St. Trinian's2007Bursar
The Mist2007Ollie Weeks
Nightwatching2007Gerard Dou
The Last Detective2007TV SeriesBennett
The Painted Veil2006Waddington
A Harlot's Progress2006TV MovieWilliam Hogarth
The Sickie2006ShortDouglas Knott
Amazing Grace2006Duke of Clarence
Infamous2006Truman Capote
Scoop2006Joe's Co-Passenger (uncredited)
Elizabeth I2005TV Mini-SeriesRobert Cecil
Mrs Henderson Presents2005Gordon
Coming Up2005TV SeriesSimon
Finding Neverland2004'Smee'
Ladies in Lavender2004Hedley
15 Storeys High2002TV SeriesObsessive-compulsive man
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets2002Dobby the House Elf (voice)
Love or Money2001TV MoviePhil
The Way We Live Now2001TV Mini-SeriesSquercum
In Love and War2001TV MovieBolo
Victoria & Albert2001TV MovieEdward Oxford
Hotel Splendide2000Kitchen boy
The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz2000Civil servant
Midsomer Murders1999-2000TV SeriesDan Peterson
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc1999English Judge
Underground1999TV MovieBeast
Aristocrats1999TV Mini-SeriesSte Fox
Simon Magus1999Buchholz
Ever After: A Cinderella Story1998Royal Page
Cousin Bette1998Gentleman in Café des Artistes
Out of Hours1998TV Mini-SeriesMartin Styles
Les Misérables1998Doorkeeper
Death of a Salesman1996TV MovieWaiter (uncredited)
Performance1995TV SeriesWart
Mystery!: Cadfael1994TV SeriesGriffin
Dropping the Baby1993ShortBabyman
Lovejoy1993TV SeriesSgt. Protheroe
Naked1993Men at Tea Bar
Orlando1992Second Valet


When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary short special thanks


BAFTA Televsion Awards 20162016TV SpecialHimself
Dad's Army: Women of Walmington2016Video documentary shortHimself
Dad's Army: Legacy2016Video documentary shortHimself
The Graham Norton Show2016TV SeriesHimself
Natural World2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
70th Golden Globe Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV-Movie
Daybreak2012TV SeriesHimself
Doctor Who Confidential2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Discovering Secrets2009Video documentary shortHimself
When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Breakfast2007-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Man Inside Dame Edna2008TV Movie documentaryNarrator (UK version, voice)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Film '722006-2007TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

Dangerous Dynasty: The Bush Legacy2009Video documentary shortHimself - Karl Rove (uncredited)
Rembrandt's J'Accuse...!2008DocumentaryGerard Dou (uncredited)
Mrs Henderson Presents: Making Of2006Video documentary shortGordon (uncredited)
My Week with Marilyn: The Untold Story of an American Icon2011Video documentary shortArthur Jacobs (uncredited)


Won Awards

2015Golden FIPABiarritz International Festival of Audiovisual ProgrammingFiction: ActorMarvellous (2014)
2015Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsBest ActorMarvellous (2014)
2015Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor in a Television FilmMarvellous (2014)
2013Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActorBerberian Sound Studio (2012)
2013International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest ActorBerberian Sound Studio (2012)
2013ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearBerberian Sound Studio (2012)
2012British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorBerberian Sound Studio (2012)
2012COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
2007ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the YearInfamous (2006)
2006Capri European Talent AwardCapri, HollywoodInfamous (2006)

Nominated Awards

2016BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Male Performance in a Comedy ProgrammeDetectorists (2014)
2016Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor on TelevisionWayward Pines (2015)
2015BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Leading ActorMarvellous (2014)
2014Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActorBerberian Sound Studio (2012)
2013Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Girl (2012)
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Girl (2012)
2013BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Leading ActorThe Girl (2012)
2013Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actor in a Movie/MiniseriesThe Girl (2012)
2013Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Lead ActorThe Girl (2012)
2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesThe Girl (2012)
2009ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actor of the YearFrost/Nixon (2008)
2009ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureFrost/Nixon (2008)
2008ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actor of the YearThe Painted Veil (2006)
2003Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Digital Acting PerformanceHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

3rd Place Awards

2014Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest ActorBerberian Sound Studio (2012)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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