Toby Stephens: Seven Quick Facts

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Toby Stephens

Toby Stephens has appeared in films that oozed brilliance, emotion, and intrigue. The actor has been around in the acting industry for more than twenty years and in this time he had made news on and off the screen. Here we give you seven quick facts about him.

1. Toby Stephens was born in Middlesex

Toby Stephens was born in Middlesex, Hospital, England of the United Kingdom on April 21, 1969. He is the son of Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Robert Stephens who starred in the 1969 film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”. He has a brother named Chris Larkin. Unfortunately, his parents divorced when he was just four years old.

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Toby received his education at Aldro School and later joined Seaford College. He has always set his eyes in the entertainment world and shortly after his graduation from Seaford, he joined the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

2. He made his acting debut in 1992

If Shakespeare was alive to watch Toby portray some of the characters he wrote in his plays, the bard would have been impressed. Toby joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and, at 24, he became the youngest actor with the troupe to play Coriolanus. Then in 1992, he starred in “Orlando” which was based on the novel by the legendary Virginia Woolf, portraying the role of Othello. Toby also portrayed the character of Orsino in Trevor Nunn’s 1996 film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”. He appeared in many plays before the bigger moving up to swim in a larger sea.

In 2002, Toby starred in the James Bond film “Bite the dust One More Day” as Gustav Graves. He was in BBC’s series “Robin Hood” as Prince John of England. In all, Toby has taken his acting talent across three continents. He has appeared in a Bollywood motion picture movie “Mangal Pandey: The Rising” where he played the role of Chief William Gordon. Toby also appeared in the video game “007 Legends” and a handful of theater appearances. In Hollywood, Toby was in Netflix “Lost in Space” (2018) and the biographical thrilling war film “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”.

3. Toby Stephens gave up drinking after being cast in a Broadway revival of Anouilh’s Ring Around the Moon.

Many people have had to give up an addiction at some point in their life because of some special reason. Most times, these addictions need something to quench it and as for Toby, he kicked the bottle away before he starred in the Broadway title “Ring Around the Moon”.

Stephen inherited his drinking habit from his late father Sir Robert Stephens. Unfortunately, Sir Robert died at the age of 64 in 1995 after liver and kidney transplants which can be pointed to his love for one extra shot of liquor.

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But Toby confirmed in an interview with the Telegraph that both of them were alcoholics. “Of course he was an alcoholic in the same way that I am, in that he had no control over his drinking. If I were to have one drink now, I would want another and it would be agony if I couldn’t. I simply decided to spare myself that by not allowing myself the first glass.”

If he is to be completely believed, it’s been 20 years since he kicked the bottle away.

4. He is happily married

Toby is a happy family man. His wife Anna-Louise Plowman is from New Zealand. They got married just after 9/11, on 15 September 2001. The two dated for just 8 months and are blessed with three children. Their first child named Eli Alistair was born in May 2007, the second child named Tallulah was born in May 2009, and the last chlild named Kura Stephens was born September 2010.

5. Toby Stephens is worth five million dollars

Toby’s financial status is not bad for an actor of his status. A career that started in 1992 has made him rich perhaps beyond his imagination. His net worth is estimated to be around $5 million. He is still active in the industry and still has the ability to enlarge his financial coast.

And to mess things up.

6. Toby is 1.8 meters tall

Toby has a fit body. Fit in the sense that his body measurement makes him relevant in the many sides of the show business. He is 5 Feet 11 Inches (1.8m) tall. Not bad.

7. The movie star has won some awards

In 1992, he won the Ian Charleson Award for Bertram in “All’s Well That Ends Well” (Second Prize) In 1994 he also won the Ian Charleson Award (Best Classical Actor Under 30) for “Coriolanus in Coriolanus” (Royal Shakespeare Company). The same year, he won the Sir John Gielgud Award (Best Actor) for the same “Coriolanus in Coriolanus” (Royal Shakespeare Company).

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Then in 1999, he won the Theatre World Award (debut performance on Broadway) for Hugo/Frederick in “Ring Round the Moon” (Lincoln Center Theater).

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