Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge (born 20 December 1985) is an English actor with performances in Being Julia, Like Minds, and The Boat That Rocked. In 2013, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in the Broadway play Orphans, and in 2020, he received another nomination in the same category for his role in Sea Wall/A Life. Since 2022, he has portrayed Dream of The Endless / Lord Morpheus in the Netflix adaptation of The Sandman.
Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge
20 December 1985
|Education||The Harrodian School|
Sturridge was educated at The Harrodian School, an independent school in Barnes in South West London, whose pupils included future actors Robert Pattinson, Will Poulter and George MacKay. Between the years 1999 ('Short Half') and 2001, Sturridge attended Winchester College, an independent school for boys in Winchester, Hampshire. He boarded at the College's House E (Morshead's).
Sturridge began his career working as a child actor and he was in the 1996 television adaptation of Gulliver's Travels, directed by his father and co-starring his mother. He reemerged in 2004 with Vanity Fair and Being Julia. In 2005 he played William Herbert, 3rd Earl of Pembroke in BBC4's A Waste of Shame.
In 2006, he played the role of Nigel in the psychological thriller Like Minds, also known by the title of Murderous Intent. It tells the story of two boys, Alex (played by Eddie Redmayne) and Nigel, placed together as room-mates, much to Alex's objections. Alex is horrified and yet fascinated with the ritual-influenced deaths that begin to occur around them, and when Nigel himself is murdered, Alex is blamed.
He was originally cast as the lead in the sci-fi trilogy Jumper. However, two months into production, New Regency and 20th Century Fox, fearing the gamble of spending over $100 million on a film starring an unknown actor, replaced him with the "more prominent" Hayden Christensen.
In 2009, he appeared as Carl, one of the lead roles in the Richard Curtis comedy The Boat That Rocked (known as Pirate Radio in the United States), alongside Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans and Philip Seymour Hoffman. In September, 2009, he made his stage debut in Punk Rock, a then newly dramatised play by Simon Stephens at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, appearing as a character loosely modelled after the teenage killers at Columbine High School. For that performance, he was nominated for Most Outstanding Newcomer in the 2009 Evening Standard Awards, and won the 2009 Critics' Circle Theatre Award in that same category.
He appeared alongside Rachel Bilson in the 2011 indie-romance Waiting for Forever. He also played a role loosely based on poet Allen Ginsberg in Walter Salles's 2012 film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. In the spring of 2013, he starred in the Broadway play Orphans as Phillip, who is developmentally disabled, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his performance. In 2017, he starred as Winston Smith in the Broadway production of 1984. In 2019, Sturridge starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the Broadway play Sea Wall/A Life, for which he received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play.
In January 2021, Sturridge was confirmed to be playing Dream of The Endless / Lord Morpheus in the Netflix adaptation of The Sandman. In a May 2022 interview, The Sandman author Neil Gaiman estimated he had personally seen "about fifteen hundred" actors' auditions for the lead character of Morpheus, but stated that Sturridge had been among the likeliest to be chosen for the role from the time of "the first ten auditions."
|1997||FairyTale: A True Story||Hab|
|2004||Vanity Fair||Young Georgy|
|Being Julia||Roger Gosselyn|
|2006||Like Minds||Nigel Colby|
|2009||The Boat That Rocked||Carl||AKA Pirate Radio|
|2010||Waiting for Forever||Will Donner|
|2012||On the Road||Carlo Marx|
|2013||Effie Gray||John Everett Millais|
|2014||Far from the Madding Crowd||Sergeant Troy|
|2017||Song to Song||BV's Brother|
|Mary Shelley||Lord Byron|
|2019||Velvet Buzzsaw||Jon Dondon|
|1996||Gulliver's Travels||Tom Gulliver||Miniseries|
|2004||A Waste of Shame||William Herbert||Television film|
|2016||The Hollow Crown||Henry VI||3 episodes|
|2022||Irma Vep||Eamonn||3 episodes|
|2022–present||The Sandman||Dream of The Endless / Lord Morpheus||Main role|
|2010||Punk Rock||William||Lyric Hammersmith|
|2011||Wastwater||Harry||Royal Court Theatre|
|2013||No Quarter||Robin||Royal Court Theatre|
|2015||The Trial||God||Young Vic Theatre|
|American Buffalo||Bobby||Wyndham's Theatre|
|2017||1984||Winston Smith||Hudson Theatre|
|2019||Sea Wall/A Life||Alex||The Public Theater|
Awards and nominations
|2009||Evening Standard Theatre Award||Outstanding Newcomer||Punk Rock||Nominated|
|Critics' Circle Theatre Award||Most Promising Newcomer||Won|
|2013||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Play||Orphans||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play||Won|
|Theatre World Award||Honouree|
|2016||Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||American Buffalo||Nominated|
|2019||Lucille Lortel Award||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play||Sea Wall/A Life||Nominated|
|2020||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Play||Nominated|