If what you do is in the family, you cannot help but thrive in it. This is the case of the English actor Toby Stephens, who comes from an entertainment family, as his parents, brother and sister-in-law are all celebrated movie stars.
Toby, who not only relied on hereditary traits to excel, is known to have improved his acting skills at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). When he entered the film industry, he became known for his outstanding role as Gustav Graves in the film Die Another Day, which put him in the spotlight, and over the years he has won several awards, including The Theatre World Award, the Ian Charleson Award and the Sir John Gielgud Award for Best Actor.
Toby Stephens’ Bio
Toby Stephens was born on April 21, 1969, at Middlesex Hospital, Fitzrovia, London, United Kingdom. Toby Stephens is of English descent and also holds British citizenship. The actor spent most of his childhood in London and is said to have studied at Aldro and Seaford College, but since he was interested in acting, he later enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
In 1992 Toby was given his first acting role in the film Orlando by Sally Potter, where he was cast as Othello, and after graduating from the LAMDA Film Institute he was given a lead role in William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. He also appeared in another work by William Shakespeare called Twelfth Night, directed by Trevor Nunn. Another notable role for which Toby Stephens is known is that of Gustav Graves in the 2012 Agent 007 James Bond film Die Another Day, and the film earned him much acclaim. He has had several other appearances in films such as Photographing Fairies, Cousin Bette, Onegin, Sunset Heights, The Announcement, Space Cowboys, The Machine, The Journey, and many others.
Apart from appearances in films, Toby Stephens has appeared in many television series, including The Camomile Lawn, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Great Gatsby, Totally Foreign, Napoléon, Vexed, Law & Order, And Then There Was None, and Lost in Space. The British actor has made a name for himself not only in radio dramas, audiobook productions, and on several stages.
Toby Stephens has earned a fair amount of money with his career. Although the actual amount he earns as a salary is not yet known, according to sources he has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Family – Wife, Mother, Brother
The English actor is the second son of the famous British actor lady Maggie Smith, his mother and his now-deceased father Sir Robert Stephens. Toby’s biological father separated from his mother when he was 4 years old and it is known that he has a very strong relationship with his stepfather Beverly Cross, whom he even calls “father”. However, the actor lost his dear stepfather in 1998, before that he had lost his biological father in 1995.
Toby Stephens has an older brother named Chris Larkin, who is also a British actor and was born with the full name of Christopher Stephens, but he later changed his name because he wanted to keep a distance from his parents in the film industry.
A look at his marriage shows that Toby Stephens is happily married to Anna-Louise Plowman, who is from New Zealand and like her husband is an actress. They married in 2001 after eight months of dating, and the union is blessed with three children; a son Eli Alistair, who is the godson of the famous British playwright Simon Gray, and two daughters – Tallulah, who they had in May 2009, and Kura in September 2010.
Height & Weight
Stephens has a well-built average body structure, which according to sources is reinforced with a height of 5 feet 11 inches and a weight of about 78 kg. He also has strikingly slender brown, blue-tinted eyes and on his arm, he has a tattoo of a moon.
Social Media Preference
To keep up with the social media trend, the popular British actor also has a strong social media profile on Twitter with about 35k followers, but sources say he is not active on Instagram and Facebook.