Sep. 22nd, 1970
London, England, UK
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Rupert William Penry-Jones (born September 22, 1970, London) is an English actor, best known for his role as Adam Carter in the British television series Spooks, also broadcast under the title MI-5.
His father was Welsh actor Peter Penry-Jones, his mother is actress Angela Thorne and his brother Laurence Penry-Jones, also an actor.
He was educated at Dulwich College in south-east London.
In 1995 he appeared with his mother on television in Cold Comfort Farm.
He married actress 'Dervla Kirwan' (August 2007) after a three-year engagement. He and Kirwan met in a theatre production, Dangerous Corner, in 2001. Both appeared in Casanova in 2005, although they did not share any scenes. They have two children; Florence, (b. May 1, 2004) and Peter, (b. April 8, 2006).
On BBC 1's Who Do You Think You Are?, broadcast in August 2010, it was revealed that Penry-Jones's maternal grandfather William had served with the Indian Medical Corps at the Battle of Monte Cassino and that his preceding ancestors had had a long-standing connection with the Indian Army. Penry-Jones also discovered that he had Anglo-Indian ancestry from the early 19th century.
Penry-Jones trained for the stage at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
He made his London stage debut at the Hackney Empire in 1995 playing Fortinbras to Ralph Fiennes's Hamlet in an Almeida production of Hamlet.
He was cast as Richard in the premiere staging of Stephen Poliakoff's Sweet Panic at Hampstead Theatre in 1996. The following year he appeared in both The Paper Husband at Hampstead Theatre and as the upper-class Pip Thompson in a prestigious revival of Arnold Wesker's Chips With Everything on the Lyttelton stage at the Royal National Theatre.
In 1998 he created the role of The Boy in Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby at the Almeida Theatre.
In 1999 he joined the RSC at Stratford-upon-Avon, playing the title role in Don Carlos at The Other Place and Alcibiades in Timon of Athens at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Both productions transferred to the Barbican Centre in 2000, where his performance as Don Carlos won the Ian Charleson Award.
At the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds in 2001 he was cast as Robert Caplan in J. B. Priestley's thriller "time-play" Dangerous Corner opposite Dervla Kirwan, who played Olwen Peel. The production then successfully transferred for a four-month run at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End.
From July to October 2003 at the National's Cottesloe Theatre he played the leading role of Louis XIV in Nick Dear's historical drama Power.
He returned to the theatre at the end of 2009 playing the role of Carl in Michael Wynne's new play The Priory at the Royal Court Theatre, London, from November 19, 2009 to January 16, 2010.
On television, he has played barrister Alex Hay in C4's 10 part serial North Square in 2000, Donald McLean in the BBC's 4-part production of Cambridge Spies in 2003 and Grimani in Russell T Davies' production of Casanova in 2005.
In 2004, he joined the cast in series 3 of the BBC's BAFTA-winning series Spooks. He played the lead role of section leader, "Adam Carter" for 4 series before leaving the show in 2008. He won ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards for his role in Spooks in 2008. He also went on to play the role of Captain Wentworth in ITV's adaptation of Persuasion.
In 2008, he starred with 'Bradley Whitford' and 'Neve Campbell' in Burn Up playing an oil executive who becomes embroiled in the politics surrounding global warming and oil stocks.
He played Richard Hannay in the BBC adaptation of The 39 Steps which was screened at Christmas 2008.
In 2009, he was cast as the lead in the unaired ABC pilot The Forgotten but his role in the series was taken by 'Christian Slater'.
In February 2009, he took the lead in an ITV drama, Whitechapel, a three-part thriller based on a the copycat killings of Jack the Ripper. Whitechapel was the highest performing new drama in 2009. A second series of the show based around the Kray twins was broadcast in autumn 2010.
He was scheduled to appear alongside other celebrities in Soccer Aid 2010, but broke a bone in his knee during training, putting him in a plaster cast and ruling him out of the final match on June 6, 2010.
Penry-Jones has been cast opposite Maxine Peake in a legal drama by Peter Moffat titled Silk. It will revolve around two barristers, played by Penry-Jones and Peake who are competing to become QCs.
He has also joined the cast of the film Manor Hunt Ball. Filming will commence in late 2010/early 2011.
- (1999) His performance in "Don Carlos" for the Royal Shakespeare Company earned him the Ian Charleson Award.
- (1999) Dated singer/actress 'Kylie Minogue' (qv).
- His partner actress 'Dervla Kirwan' (qv) gave birth to their daughter Florence on May 1st, 2004. Son Peter was born April 8th, 2006.
- Appeared with his mother in _Cold Comfort Farm (1995) (TV)_ (qv).
- Father is 'Peter Penry-Jones' (qv)
- Mother is actress 'Angela Thorne' (qv)
- He attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
- He is the narrator of "The Flashman Papers" on audio CD. He is also the narrator of the the audio-books to Phillipa Gregory's "The Virgin's Lover" and Ann Widdecombe's "Father Figure".