Arthur Darvill Biography

Actor, Theater Actor, Television Actor (1982–)
Thomas Arthur Darvill is a British actor and musician, best known for his role as Rory Williams, the Eleventh Doctor's companion in the popular sci-fi program Doctor Who.


Born on June 17, 1982, in Birmingham, England, Thomas Arthur Darvill joined a youth theater company at age 10. Moving to London at age 18, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. His early work was on the stage, debuting in Edmund White's Terre Haute, but he also worked in television, as in the BBC serial Little Dorrit. He was cast as the Eleventh Doctor's companion, Rory Williams, in the popular sci-fi series Doctor Who.

Early Life

British actor Thomas Arthur Darvill was born in the Birmingham section of West Midlands, England, on June 17, 1982. He grew up in an entertainment-centered family: His father was a musician who played with several rhythm-and-blues performers, including Edwin Starr and UB40; his mother was a member of a puppet theater.

At age 10, Darvill joined the Stage2 Youth Theatre Company, after which he formed his own company, called Fuego's Men. Upon moving to London with friends at age 18, he trained at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His first professional stage role was as Harrison, a criminal, in Edmund White's Terre Haute, which was featured at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


When Terre Haute transferred to the Trafalgar Studios, Darvill was nominated as Best Newcomer at the 2007 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. He also played in a production of Swimming with Sharks with Hollywood actor Christian Slater. Television work too came quickly to the young actor. In 2008 came his television debut in He Kills Coppers, a crime drama on ITV, and he appeared in the BBC serial Little Dorrit, playing Edward "Tip" Dorrit, that same year.

In 2010, Darvill was cast as Rory Williams, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, in the massively popular science-fiction television program Doctor Who. During his two years on the show, which has a global audience, his popularity soared, both in the United Kingdom and in much of the rest of the world. (He was voted Best Supporting Actor by readers of Doctor Who magazine for his work on the 2010 season.)

He told the British newspaper The Independent in 2012: "I love playing a variety of people and having people believe you are someone totally different each time."

Darvill inherited his father's love of music and has provided original music for several stage shows, including Mike Bartlett's Artefacts (2007) and Che Walker's (whom he met at RADA) The Frontline (2008). He also wrote the 2009 musical Been So Long. In addition, the talented actor has done a bit of radio and voiceover work, including roles in BBC Radio 4's Gulliver's Travels and Burning Both Ends, and work on Doctor Who audiobooks.

Personal Life

Darvill has been romantically linked with British actress Sophie Wu. He is a talented composer and musician, and plays the guitar and keyboards. He enjoys cooking and taxidermy as hobbies.

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