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Tom Sturridge

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Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge (born 20 December 1985)[1] 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,[2] and in 2020, he received another nomination in the same category for his role in Sea Wall/A Life.[3] Since 2022, he has portrayed Dream of The Endless / Lord Morpheus in the Netflix adaptation of The Sandman.

Tom Sturridge
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Sturridge after a performance of Sea Wall/A Life (2019)
Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge

(1985-12-20) 20 December 1985 (age 36)
London, England
EducationThe Harrodian School
Winchester College
Years active1996–present

Early life

Sturridge was born in Lambeth, London,[1] one of three children of director Charles Sturridge and actress Phoebe Nicholls.[4][5] His sister, Matilda Sturridge, is an actress.[6]


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.[7] 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).[8]


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,[9] replaced him with the "more prominent" Hayden Christensen.[10]

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,[11] 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.[12]

In January 2021, Sturridge was confirmed to be playing Dream of The Endless / Lord Morpheus in the Netflix adaptation of The Sandman.[13] 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."[14]

Personal life

From 2011-2015, Sturridge was dating actress Sienna Miller.[15] Their daughter was born in July 2012.[16][17]

Sturridge's maternal grandparents are actors Anthony Nicholls and Faith Kent,[18] and his great-grandfather is photojournalist Horace Nicholls.[19]



1997FairyTale: A True StoryHab
2004Vanity FairYoung Georgy
Being JuliaRoger Gosselyn
2006Like MindsNigel Colby
2009The Boat That RockedCarlAKA Pirate Radio
2010Waiting for ForeverWill Donner
2012On the RoadCarlo Marx
2013Effie GrayJohn Everett Millais
2014Far from the Madding CrowdSergeant Troy
2017Song to SongBV's Brother
Mary ShelleyLord Byron
Journey's EndHibbert
2019Velvet BuzzsawJon Dondon


1996Gulliver's TravelsTom GulliverMiniseries
2004A Waste of ShameWilliam HerbertTelevision film
2016The Hollow CrownHenry VI3 episodes
2018–2019SweetbitterJakeMain role
2022Irma VepEamonn3 episodes
2022–presentThe SandmanDream of The Endless / Lord MorpheusMain role


2010Punk RockWilliamLyric Hammersmith
2011WastwaterHarryRoyal Court Theatre
2013No QuarterRobinRoyal Court Theatre
OrphansPhillipSchoenfeld Theatre
2015The TrialGodYoung Vic Theatre
American BuffaloBobbyWyndham's Theatre
20171984Winston SmithHudson Theatre
2019Sea Wall/A LifeAlexThe Public Theater
Hudson Theatre

Awards and nominations

2009Evening Standard Theatre AwardOutstanding NewcomerPunk RockNominated
Critics' Circle Theatre AwardMost Promising NewcomerWon
2013Tony AwardBest Actor in a PlayOrphansNominated
Outer Critics Circle AwardOutstanding Featured Actor in a PlayWon
Theatre World AwardHonouree
2016Laurence Olivier AwardBest Actor in a Supporting RoleAmerican BuffaloNominated
2019Lucille Lortel AwardOutstanding Lead Actor in a PlaySea Wall/A LifeNominated
2020Tony AwardBest Actor in a PlayNominated


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