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SpouseDervla Kirwan
FactOn Who Do You Think You Are? (2004), he and his mother found that they had Indian ancestry, going back to an ancestor, working in India in the early 19th century, who married a woman of Indian or Anglo-Indian descent.

Rupert Penry-Jones is an English actor. He was born on September 22, 1970, in London, England. His parents are Peter Penry-Jones, an actor, and Angela Thorne, an actress. He has two sisters, Emma and Kate. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. He began his career as a model, but soon transitioned to acting. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including “Notting Hill” (1999), “Enigma” (2001), “Spooks” (2002-2011), and “Whitechapel” (2009-2013). He has also appeared in the stage productions of “The Tempest” (1995) and “Hamlet” (2000). He is married to Dervla Kirwan, an actress, with whom he has two daughters.

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Height1.87 m
ProfessionActor, Presenter
EducationDulwich College, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School


SpouseDervla Kirwan
ChildrenFlorence Penry-Jones, Peter Penry-Jones
ParentsPeter Penry-Jones, Angela Thorne
SiblingsLaurence Penry-Jones


MoviesPersuasion, Charlotte Gray, Match Point, The Four Feathers, Treasure Island, Hilary and Jackie, The 39 Steps, Joe's Palace, Cold Comfort Farm, Krakatoa: The Last Days, Still Crazy, Black Beauty, The Student Prince, Jane Eyre, Fatherland, The Tribe, Food of Love, The Ring, Bent, Crown for Christmas, ...
TV ShowsWhitechapel, Spooks, Black Sails, Silk, Cambridge Spies, North Square, Treasure Island, Cold Lazarus, Kavanagh QC, Faith in the Future, Burn Up, Casanova, French and Saunders, The Strain, The Last Weekend, The Moth

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1I've never boxed before in my life. I've had one day's training at a boxing gym, and it's an incredibly difficult sport.
2I have two beautiful children, a wife who loves me very much and who I love - and my career is going well, too.
3I'm worried about losing my hair. I think if I lost my hair, I'd lose a lot of parts. And I don't want to get fat. I'm always worried about that.
4You just worry that your time is up. It's not that people suddenly go, 'Oh, actually they're not very good any more,' but sometimes, well, your time is up. There are a lot of actors out there who just disappear.
5I always felt like acting was something I could just do if I wanted, which was wrong.
6I've always taken a lot of exercise - I get a bit depressed if I don't. In terms of food, I'm a bit of a grazer.
7I hate feeling full, so Christmas is about the only time I really stuff myself.
8I pay our nanny more than I'm earning.
9I did a bit of modeling before I took up acting, and I was up for this big campaign - I can't remember which designer - and all these execs were looking at my portfolio. Then one said: 'We'd like to use you, but can you come back next year when you've lost this.' And he tapped the underside of his chin.
10I know one thing - if I didn't have TV and theatre and radio, the world would be a much more boring place.
11To be able to play Jack Kerouac or Sal Paradise, it's mad to me.
12What I really enjoy is when someone who I used to have a crush on, a female from my industry, comes up to me at a party and says, 'Oh, I've been dying to meet you. I've had such a crush on you.'
13My parents didn't want me to be an actor. They didn't think I could take the rejection, and I have to say they were probably right.
14Working hard as an actor means you're doing what you want to do.
15Friday is my night for letting my hair down, and once a month a group of my old male friends will come down and stay at our house in Hampshire.
16It's always nice to have people say you're good-looking. But I do get told I'm not right for parts because I'm too good-looking.
17The ability to suspend reality and go into a make-believe world can be really, really difficult if there's something really big going on.
18Our pool is outdoors, but it's heated, and I've got one of those machines that produces waves you have to swim against; like a jogging treadmill, really, only it's in water. Basically, it means you can have a small pool, swim for miles, and get nowhere.
19Being rejected is not nice, and it never gets any easier no matter where you are in your career.
20I get very few nasty letters. A few from people who disapprove of the fact that I'm getting naked on television yet again. I don't know why - I suppose they don't like the idea that I'm doing that while I'm married with children.
21I've worked for years to get the career I have now, so to find I need a break is quite disappointing!


1Brother-in-law of Polly Walker.
2Attended Dulwich College, London, England.
3On Who Do You Think You Are? (2004), he and his mother found that they had Indian ancestry, going back to an ancestor, working in India in the early 19th century, who married a woman of Indian or Anglo-Indian descent.
4He is the narrator of "The Flashman Papers" on audio CD. He is also the narrator of the the audio-books to Philippa Gregory's "The Virgin's Lover" and Ann Widdecombe's "Father Figure".
5His partner actress Dervla Kirwan gave birth to their daughter Florence on May 1st, 2004. Son Peter was born April 8th, 2006.
6Older brother of actor Laurence Penry-Jones.
7His performance in "Don Carlos" for the Royal Shakespeare Company earned him the Ian Charleson Award. [1999]
8He attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
9Dated singer/actress Kylie Minogue. [1999]
10Appeared with his mother in Cold Comfort Farm (1995).
11Mother is actress Angela Thorne
12Father is Peter Penry-Jones




Black Sails2015TV SeriesThomas Hamilton
A Little Chaos2014Antoine Lauzun
Silk2011-2014TV SeriesClive Reader Clive Reader QC
Whitechapel2009-2013TV SeriesDI Joseph Chandler DI Joe Chandler DI Chandler
The Last Weekend2012TV Mini-SeriesOllie
Treasure Island2012TV MovieSquire Trelawney
Red Tails2012Campbell (as Rupert Perry Jones)
Masterpiece Classic2010TV SeriesRichard Hannay
The 39 Steps2008TV MovieRichard Hannay
MI-52004-2008TV SeriesAdam Carter
Burn Up2008TV Mini-SeriesTom
Joe's Palace2007TV MovieRichard Reece
Persuasion2007TV MovieCaptain Wentworth
Krakatoa: Volcano of Destruction2006TV MovieWillem Beijerinck
Match Point2005Henry
Casanova2005TV Mini-SeriesGrimani
Agatha Christie's Poirot2003TV SeriesRoddy Winter
Cambridge Spies2003TV Mini-SeriesDonald Maclean
The Four Feathers2002Tom Willoughby
A Family Man2002Tarquin
Charlotte Gray2001Peter Gregory (as Rupert Penry Jones)
North Square2000TV SeriesAlex Hay
Virtual Sexuality1999Jake
Still Crazy1998Young Ray
Hilary and Jackie1998Piers Du Pré
The Tribe1998Dietrich
The Moth1997TV MovieStanley Thorman
The Prince of Hearts1997TV MovieThe Prince
Food of Love1997Head office
Bent1997Guard on Road (as Rupert Penry Jones)
Jane Eyre1997TV MovieSt John Rivers
Faith in the Future1996TV SeriesSam
The Ring1996TV MovieGerhard von Gotthard
Cold Lazarus1996TV Mini-SeriesPoliceman / Militiaman
Kavanagh QC1996TV SeriesLt. Ralph Kinross
Absolutely Fabulous1995TV SeriesBoy at Party
Cold Comfort Farm1995TV MovieDick Hawk-Monitor
French and Saunders1994TV SeriesStage Manager
Fatherland1994TV MovieJost (as Rupert Penry Jones)
Black Beauty1994Wild-Looking Young Man
The Strain2015-2017TV SeriesMr. Quinlan
In Vitro2015ShortMan
Crown for Christmas2015TV MovieMax
A Little Chaos: Deleted Scenes2015Video shortAntoine Lauzun (uncredited)
Life in Squares2015TV Mini-SeriesDuncan Grant


The World's Greatest Spy Movies2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Voiceover (voice)
The Crime Thriller Club2013-2014TV Series documentaryHimself / DI Chandler
The Great British Baking Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Narrator
This Morning2009-2013TV SeriesHimself
Horizon2013TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Edward VIII's Murderous Mistress2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
Crime Connections2012TV Series documentaryHimself / DI Chandler
The Last Weekend: Behind the Scenes2012Documentary shortHimself
The A to Z of Crime2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Silk: Behind the Scenes2011Documentary shortHimself / Clive
Who Do You Think You Are?2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Soccer Aid2010TV Mini-SeriesHimself - England Team
Breakfast2006-2008TV SeriesHimself
Top Gear2008TV SeriesHimself
The Great British Menu2008TV SeriesHimself
Those Were the Days2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Richard & Judy2004TV SeriesHimself
A Week in the West End2002TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Making of a Little Chaos2015Video shortAntoine Lauzun (uncredited)


Won Awards

2008DaggerCrime Thriller Awards, UKBest Leading ActorSpooks (2002)

Nominated Awards

2012Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesWhitechapel (2009)
2009Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor in a Mini-SeriesBurn Up (2008)
2007Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalTelevision Films - Best Performance by an ActorPersuasion (2007)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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