A versatile actor who always surprises audiences with his characterizations, U.K.-born Toby Kebbell was nominated for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award in 2009.
He has starred in several action-packed fantasy adventures, among these his memorable performance-capture portrayals as the warmongering Koba in Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and as the heroic Durotan in Duncan Jones’ Warcraft. He has recently completed filming Legendary and Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated Kong: Skull Island, with Brie Larson; and Stephen Gaghan’s epic Gold, with Matthew McConaughey. He starred as the villainous Messala in Ben-Hur, directed by Timur Bekmambetov and released in the summer of 2016.
Mr. Kebbell first caught the attention of the British public with his 2004 feature film debut, when director Shane Meadows cast him in the role of Anthony in Dead Man’s Shoes. His portrayal of a young man with a learning disability earned him a nomination for Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). His next features were Oliver Stone’s Alexander and Woody Allen’s Match Point.
Critical acclaim came his way anew in 2007 when he played Rob Gretton, the manager of Joy Division, in Anton Corbijn's award-winning Control. Mr. Kebbell won the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor, and was nominated for the London Critics' Circle Film Award.
His standout performance in Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla earned him The Sun newspaper’s Best Actor award as well as an Empire Award nomination. His other films include Steven Spielberg’s War Horse; Mike Newell’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time; Jon Turtletaub’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Jonathan Liebesman’s Wrath of the Titans; Ridley Scott’s The Counselor; and Robert Redford’s The Conspirator.
On television, Mr. Kebbell took the lead in an episode of Jimmy McGovern’s BBC series The Street, which subsequently won the BAFTA Award for Best Drama. His other work for the BBC includes a modern retelling of Macbeth, alongside James McAvoy. For Channel 4, he starred in an episode of Black Mirror.