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Welcome to an unofficial website, dedicated since 2008 to supporting the incredible talents of versatile British actor and producer Tom Riley, who has received wide critical acclaim, and awards recognition for his stage, television and film performances. Most recently seen on cinema screens worldwide in Kill Your Friends, and on TV screens worldwide as Leonardo da Vinci, in Starz fantasy drama series Da Vinci's Demons - a role which won Tom the BAFTA Cymru best actor award, and a Cablefax Programme Awards honourable mention as best actor in 2014. Other recent television roles include BBC2 comedy Inside No 9 'The 12 Days of Christine' as Adam, and Robin Hood in Doctor Who 'Robot of Sherwood'

Tom is perhaps best known for his leading television roles: Leonardo da Vinci in Starz Da Vinci's Demons, Robin Hood in Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood, Laurence Shepherd in two series of ITV's Monroe, Gavin Sorensen in ITV's Bouquet Of Barbed Wire, and Mr Wickham in ITV's Lost In Austen. Other notable television appearances include Poirot: Appointment With Death as Raymond Boynton, and Lewis: And The Moonbeams Kiss The Sea as Philip Horton.

Tom Ray in Starfish, Mike in Pushing Dead, Parker-Hall in Kill Your Friends, are just some of Tom's most recent film roles. Earlier lead film roles include Freddie in Happy Ever Afters, Joe in I Want Candy and David in A Few Days in September

Nominated as Outstanding Featured Actor In A Play at the 2011 Drama Desk Awards for his role as Septimus Hodge in Arcadia on Broadway, Tom's other theatre credits include numerous productions at the Royal Court Theatre, and the Riverside Studios' 2010 world premiere of Hurts Given and Received by Howard Barker. For this he received outstanding reviews, and a nomination for best performance in the 2010 Off West End Theatre Awards. Tom was most recently seen on stage as Richard Kenton in the world premiere of the Stephen Poliakoff play My City at the Almeida Theatre in 2011.

Tom shot short film The Shadow Hours in LA summer 2015, then filmed three indie feature films back to back: Pushing Dead in San Francisco, Modern Life Is Rubbish in London, and Starfish in Rutland, until December 2015. Tom recently finished shooting TV series The Collection, by Oliver Goldstick, to be broadcast on Amazon Prime later this year. He is currently filming the lead role in Dark Heart, a 2 hour pilot for ITV Encore. Further details of Tom's career can be found elsewhere on the site.

Da Vinci's Demons: enthralling, addictive, undiscovered gem of television

Two recent online articles looking at cancelled TV shows which should get a new life, and undiscovered television gems, included Da Vinci's Demons in their lists, with some kind words about Tom as Leonardo. The final series is currently been shown on German terrestrial TV RTL.

There’s something immensely satisfying about discovering a quality TV series before it becomes “cool” and the hype machine goes into overdrive. Consequently, you won’t find Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, or The Walking Dead on this list. Here are five undiscovered gems of television that are every bit as enthralling, addictive and worth your time as the big name shows.

DA VINCI’S DEMONS Created by superhero specialist David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight), this historical series reinvents the legendary painter/inventor as a dashing Renaissance rogue who’s as adept with a sword as he is at devising war machines and flying contraptions. Handsome Brit Tom Riley gives this young Leonardo substantial sex appeal, too, and his adventures across three seasons range from the search for an arcane book to foiling the invasion by the Ottoman Empire. It’s The Borgias meets Game of Thrones. Stack.net

Starfish: September 2016 release for UK

According to Starfish on Twitter, UK fans can look forward to a September release for the film, though no actual date has been shared. You will have to keep an eye on the official twitter for future news, thanks to a heavy handed take down notice, which prevents me promoting the film further. 

According to this site, Tom shared some early career experiences at the Edinburgh Festival, while at the Starfish premiere. The original publication is quite disreputable, so may or may not be true. 

Da Vinci’s Demons star Tom Riley brought the world premiere of his new movie Starfish to town, then cheerfully recalled to me that when he first came to the capital for the Fringe a few years ago, his theatre group packed themselves into a tiny flat – with Tom sleeping in the bathroom, which he shared with another actor. It’s perhaps best to draw a veil over his description of the ablutions arrangements.

Dark Heart: more news about the new ITV Encore crime thriller

The ITV press office has shared a detailed press release about Dark Heart (previously known as Wagstaffe), which apparently started filming in London 2 days ago, and will continue until mid-July. Good news for fans outside UK, ITV will be distributing the show globally.

Tom Riley stars in brand new ITV Encore crime thriller Dark Heart Charlotte Riley and Miranda Raison also star.

“I’m shackled to the past…And what scares me more than anything, is that maybe that’s all I’ll ever be…the kid whose parents were murdered.”

Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demon, Monroe) plays DI Will Wagstaffe, a man haunted by his past, in a brand new drama, Dark Heart, for ITV Encore. The 1 x 2 hour drama set in London, produced by ITV Studios, is written by acclaimed writer Chris Lang (Unforgotten, A Mother’s Son) and based on the novel Suffer the Children by Adam Creed.

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