Date of Birth : Jul 9th 1982
BAFTA-nominated Kebbell made his breakthrough when Shane Meadows cast him in the role of Anthony in the film Dead Man’s Shoes. He was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards and was widely lauded for his sensitive, moving portrayal of a young man with a learning difficulty. Toby then appeared in Oliver Stone’s Alexander and Match Point, which Woody Allen cast him in without audition after being so impressed with his performance in Dead Man’s Shoes.
His most critically acclaimed role came in 2007 when he played Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division in Anton Corbijn’s award-winning biopic of Ian Curtis, Control. He won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards, beating off challenges by Cate Blanchett, Colin Firth and Control co-star Samantha Morton. He was also nominated for the London Critics’ Circle Best Supporting Actor Award alongside Albert Finney and Tom Wilkinson.
In December 2007, Kebbell took the lead in a gripping episode of Jimmy McGovern’s BBC series The Street, which subsequently won the BAFTA for Best Drama series. His other work for the BBC includes a modern retelling of Macbeth alongside James McAvoy, whilst his theatre roles include spells at the Almeida in David Hare’s rework of Maxim Gorky’s “Enemies” and at the Playhouse in R.C. Sherriff’s classic, “Journey’s End”.
In September 2008 Kebbell was on the big screen again in RocknRolla, Guy Ritchie’s latest offering, alongside Tom Wilkinson, Gerard Butler and Thandie Newton. Toby provided the standout performance of the movie as the crack-addicted musician, Johnny Quid. He also took home the Sun’s Best Actor award, as they hailed him as “a star of the future”.
Kebbell appears in Cheri, directed by Stephen Frears and to be released in 2009, in which he takes a small role alongside Michelle Pfeiffer. He is currently filming in Morocco and London with Jake Gyllenhall for Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.