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Welcome to an unofficial website dedicated 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. Tom has been seen most recently, on TV screens worldwide, in the lead role of Leonardo da Vinci, in the Starz / BBC drama series Da Vinci's Demons, and as Robin Hood in Doctor Who 'Robot of Sherwood'

Tom is perhaps best known for his television roles - the 2014 BAFTA Cymru Awards nominated Leonardo da Vinci in Starz Da Vinci's Demons, as Robin Hood in Doctor Who Robot of Sherwood, as Laurence Shepherd in two series of ITV's Monroe, as Gavin Sorensen in ITV's Bouquet Of Barbed Wire, and as 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. Romeo in St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, and Freddie Butler in Happy Ever Afters are just two of Tom's most recent film roles.

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.

Official production for Da Vinci's Demons season 3 began filming in Wales on 23rd June 2014, with Tom taking dual roles of producer as well as lead actor. Feature film Kill Your Friends finished shooting in April 2014, and will be released in 2015. Tom's guest episode of the new series of Doctor Who 'Robot of Sherwood' was broadcast on 6th September 2014. Further details of Tom's career can be found elsewhere on the site.

Da Vinci's Demons: TV Showrunners, sexuality, mistakes & perceptions

Jim Halterman has shared a fascinating 2 part blog article about creating LGBT characters for TV. He spoke to various straight and gay showrunners about the issues, including David S. Goyer, who explained some of the challenges faced when trying to address real events in Leonardo da Vinci's life, during season 1 of Da Vinci's Demons.  

Goyer knows all too well that the audience can oftentimes build their own expectations of where they want a story or character to go and that sometimes differs from the story the storyteller intends to tell. Goyer’s series “Da Vinci’s Demons,” is a show I covered extensively for TheBacklot.com during that first season since the series addressed an important historical occurrence in Leonardo Da Vinci’s life.

Da Vinci's Demons: new FOX Sweden launch interviews

A new interview for Swedish press has been shared online here with another great photo of Tom and Gregg Chillin.  Again, as it is in Swedish, translation is tricky.

It seems that Tom and Gregg have been doing a lot of night shoots recently, filming season 3 of Da Vinci's Demons, and were tired after the launch party for FOX Sweden in Stockholm. They may or may not have been  teasing about visiting the ABBA museum during ther visit to Sweden - both Tom and Gregg were apparently lots of fun to interview. 

If anyone has a proper translation, please share. 

Da Vinci's Demons: FOX Sweden launch interview for Filmkritikerna

One of the interviews from the press day for the FOX Sweden launch has been uploaded to You Tube. Tom and Gregg Chillin chat about filming Da Vinci's Demons, favourite films, Tom reveals recent injuries on set and some tit-bits about Kill Your Friends. They both drink a lot of tea.

Da Vinci's Demons season 1 begins tonight on FOX Sweden.

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