Rory Kinnear
Kinnear in 2012
Rory Michael Kinnear

(1978-02-17) 17 February 1978 (age 45)
EducationBalliol College, Oxford
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Years active2000–present
PartnerPandora Colin
Parent(s)Roy Kinnear
Carmel Cryan

Rory Michael Kinnear (born 17 February 1978) is an English actor. He won two Olivier Awards, both at the National Theatre, in 2008 for his portrayal of Sir Fopling Flutter in The Man of Mode, and for playing the William Shakespeare villain Iago in Othello in 2014.

He played Bill Tanner in four James Bond films: Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2021), and in various video games of the franchise. His other film roles include Broken (2012), for which he won a British Independent Film Award, The Imitation Game (2014), Men (2022) and Bank of Dave (2023).

TV roles include Michael Callow in the debut episode of the anthology Black Mirror, The National Anthem (2011), Michael Baker in the sitcom Count Arthur Strong (2013–2017), Lord Lucan in the two-part thriller Lucan (2013), Frankenstein's monster in the horror drama Penny Dreadful (2014-16) and Stephen in the dystopian mini-series Years and Years (2019).

Early life

Kinnear was born on 17 February 1978,[1][2][3] in Hammersmith, London, the son of actor Roy Kinnear and actress Carmel Cryan.[4] He grew up with two older sisters, Karina and Kirsty. He is the grandson of Scottish international rugby union and rugby league player Roy Kinnear and the godson of actor Michael Williams.[5] He was educated at Tower House School (leaving in 1991),[6] St Paul's School, London,[7] and Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied English.[8] He then studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).[9]



Kinnear's performances in Phyllida Lloyd's production of Mary Stuart and Trevor Nunn's Hamlet,[8] in which he played Laertes.[8] He also achieved recognition as the outrageous Sir Fopling Flutter in The Man of Mode at the National Theatre,[8] winning the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role and Ian Charleson Award.[8] His other notable theatre work includes the lead in Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy,[8] Pyotr in Maxim Gorky's Philistines,[8] and Mitia in a stage adaptation of the Nikita Mikhalkov film Burnt by the Sun,[8] all for the National Theatre.[8]

In 2010, he played Angelo in Measure for Measure at the Almeida Theatre.[10] Later in 2010, he played the title role in Hamlet at the National Theatre.[10][11] The two portrayals won him the best actor award in the Evening Standard Drama Awards for 2010.[10][12]

Kinnear appeared in The Last of the Haussmans by Stephen Beresford at the National Theatre during the summer of 2012. It was broadcast to cinemas around the world on 11 October 2012 through the National Theatre Live programme.[13]

He starred as Iago opposite Adrian Lester in the title role of Othello in 2013 at the National Theatre throughout the summer of 2013.[14] Both actors won the Best Actor award in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for their roles;[14] it is normally given to only one actor, but the judges were unable to choose between them. Kinnear also won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor 2014,[14] for his performance in Othello.[14]

From September 2013, the Bush Theatre in London staged Kinnear's debut play The Herd, directed by Howard Davies.[15] It ran at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago beginning 2 April 2015.[16] In October 2017, he appeared in the title role of Young Marx, the premiere production at the Bridge Theatre.[17] He returned to the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre to star in the title role in Macbeth with Anne-Marie Duff from February 2018.[8]


For The Threepenny Opera (a "play with songs") at the Olivier Theatre from May to October 2016, Kinnear found his "dormant" singing voice for the role of Macheath.[18][19] In February 2017, he made his directing debut with The Winter's Tale, a new opera written by Ryan Wigglesworth and based on Shakespeare's play, for English National Opera.[20]


Kinnear portrays Bill Tanner in the Daniel Craig–era James Bond film series after taking over from Michael Kitchen. He is the fourth person to play the character. He has appeared in Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015) and No Time to Die (2021). As well as the films, Kinnear also lends his voice and likeness to the Bond video games; GoldenEye 007 (2010), James Bond 007: Blood Stone (2010) and 007 Legends (2012). In 2014, he played the fictional character, Detective Nock, in The Imitation Game based loosely on the biography Alan Turing:The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. In January 2017, he portrayed Ellmann in the Netflix film iBoy. He played Henry Hunt in Mike Leigh's 2018 film Peterloo. In 2022, he played Geoffrey, as well as most of the other male roles, in Alex Garland's A24 horror film Men .[21]

In 2023, Kinnear starred as Burnley wannabe banker Dave Fishwick in the film Bank of Dave, released on Netflix in January 2023.[22]


Kinnear appeared in the 2007 television film Mansfield Park, with Billie Piper and Michelle Ryan.[23] He followed this in 2008, with his portrayal of Denis Thatcher in a BBC dramatisation of Margaret Thatcher's political career, The Long Walk to Finchley,[23] which also starred Andrea Riseborough and Samuel West.[23] in 2010, he starred alongside Lucy Punch and Toby Stephens in the BBC Two series Vexed.[23] The same year, he was the co-lead with Mark Gatiss in the BBC4 TV drama, The First Men in the Moon.[10]

In 2011, he provided narration during the BBC Proms production of 'Henry V – suite' arranged by Muir Mathieson during their Film Music Prom.[24] He appeared in the lead role of Prime Minister Michael Callow in "The National Anthem", the first episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.[25] In July 2012, Kinnear appeared as Bolingbroke in Richard II, a BBC Two adaptation of the play of the same name, with Ben Whishaw as King Richard and Patrick Stewart as John of Gaunt.[26]

In 2013, Kinnear starred as Michael in the BBC sitcom Count Arthur Strong,[23] continuing in that role for 4 years. The same year, he appeared in the Channel 4 drama Southcliffe,[23] and in December 2013, he portrayed British peer and suspected murderer Lord Lucan in the two-part ITV series Lucan.[23] He also appeared as Frankenstein's monster in the Showtime television series Penny Dreadful, for which, he won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film in 2014.[27]

In 2017, he appeared in the British miniseries Guerrilla as a Chief Inspector in the Special Branches.[28] and as Robert Lessing from the early days of English medicine in the BBC Two comedy series Quacks.[23] In 2018, he appeared in the first episode of the fourth series of the BBC One anthology series Inside No. 9, Zanzibar, a modern take on a Shakespearean comedy performed entirely in iambic pentameter.[29][23]

In 2019, Kinnear played Craig Oliver in the Channel 4 television film Brexit: The Uncivil War,[30] and the desperate financial advisor Stephen Lyons in the futuristic series Years and Years.[23]

In 2021, Kinnear played Neo-Nazi Colin Jordan in the television drama Ridley Road[31] and was Edward Williams in the BBC's The Mezzotint.[23] In 2022, he starred in Our Flag Means Death.[32]

In 2023 he played the fictional character of British Prime Minister Nicol Trowbridge in the Netflix series The Diplomat alongside Keri Russell.


In 2010, he played Flugkapitän Jürgen Rahl in the BBC Radio drama Slipstream as a disaffected German pilot who joins a mission to steal an alien spacecraft harboured by the Nazis.[33]

Personal life

Kinnear is engaged to actress Pandora Colin [10](née Pandora Ormsby-Gore), daughter of the 5th Baron Harlech and aunt to the current 7th Baron, Conservative sitting peer Jasset Ormsby-Gore.[10] They have a son, Riley, born in 2010,[10] and a daughter, Hope, born in 2014.[34][35]

In May 2020 Kinnear's sister Karina Kinnear died from coronavirus.[36]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Judas Andrew
2008 Quantum of Solace Bill Tanner
2009 Wish 143 Wisham Short film
2010 The First Men in the Moon Julius Bedford
Wild Target Gerry Bailey
2012 Skyfall Bill Tanner
Broken Bob Oswald Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Cuban Fury Gary
The Imitation Game Detective Nock Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2015 Man Up Sean
Spectre Bill Tanner
2016 Trespass Against Us P.C Lovage
The Roof Yet Another Fan Short film
Daddy My Father Short film
2017 iBoy Ellman
2018 Peterloo Henry Hunt
2021 No Time to Die Bill Tanner
2022 Men Geoffrey / Various roles
2023 Bank of Dave Dave Fishwick


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Judge John Deed Tony Cootes Episode: "Duty of Care"
2002 Menace Kevin 2 episodes
Ultimate Force Policeman Episode: "The Killing House"
2003 The Second Coming Father Dillane Episode: "#1.1"
2005 Silent Witness Paul Episode: "The Meaning of Death"
Secret Smile Nick Television movie
2007 Mansfield Park James Rushworth Television movie
Five Days Kyle Betts 5 episodes
Comedy Showcase Rob Black Episode: "Plus One"
2008 Messiah: The Rapture Stewart Dean 2 episodes
The Curse of Steptoe Alan Simpson Television movie
The Long Walk to Finchley Denis Thatcher Television movie
2009 Waking the Dead James Mitcham 2 episodes
Beautiful People Ross Episode: "How I Got My Plumes"
Ashes to Ashes Jeremy Episode: "#2.3"
Cranford Septimus Hanbury Episode: "Return to Cranford: Part One – August 1844"
The Thick of It Ed Atkins Episode: "#3.1"
2010 Vexed Dan Bishop 3 episodes
Lennon Naked Brian Epstein Television movie
2011 Women in Love Rupert Birkin 2 episodes
Black Mirror Prime Minister Michael Callow Episode: "The National Anthem"
2012 The Mystery of Edwin Drood Reverend Septimus Crisparkle 2 episodes
The Hollow Crown Bolingbroke Episode: "Richard II"
2013 Southcliffe David Whitehead 4 episodes
Nominated—BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor
Lucan Lord Lucan 2 episodes
2013–2017 Count Arthur Strong Michael 20 episodes
2014–2016 Penny Dreadful The Creature 22 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – TV
Nominated—Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor on TV (2015–16)
2015 The Casual Vacancy Barry Fairbrother 3 episodes
2017 Guerrilla Pence 6 episodes
Quacks Robert Lessing 6 episodes
2018 Inside No. 9 Prince Rico / Gus Episode: "Zanzibar"
Watership Down Cowslip (voice) Miniseries
2019 Brexit: The Uncivil War Craig Oliver Television film
Years and Years Stephen Lyons Main role
Catherine the Great Nikita Ivanovich Panin Miniseries
2020 Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Peter Craft Main role
2021 Ridley Road Colin Jordan
2022 Our Flag Means Death Captain Nigel Badminton/Admiral Chauncey Badminton Main role
2023 The Diplomat Prime Minister Nicol Trowbridge Main role
2024 Toxic Town TBA 4 episodes[37]


Year Title Role Theatre Notes
2002 The Seagull Konstantin Royal Theatre (Northampton)
The Tempest Caliban Theatre Royal, Plymouth
2003 The Taming of the Shrew Tranio Royal Shakespeare Company at the Queen's Theatre
The Tamer Tamed Royal Shakespeare Company at the Queen's Theatre
Cymbeline 1st Lord
2004 Festen Michael Almeida Theatre / Lyric Theatre
Hamlet Laertes Old Vic
2005 Mary Stuart Mortimer Donmar Warehouse
2006 Southwark Fair Simon Royal National Theatre, Cottesloe
2007 The Man of Mode Sir Fopling Flutter Royal National Theatre, Olivier Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Philistines Pyotr Royal National Theatre, Lyttelton
2008 The Revenger's Tragedy Vindice Royal National Theatre, Olivier
2009 Burnt by the Sun Mitia Royal National Theatre, Lyttelton
2010 Measure For Measure Angelo Almeida Theatre
Hamlet Hamlet Royal National Theatre, Olivier
2012 The Last of the Haussmans Nick Royal National Theatre, Lyttelton
2013 Othello Iago Royal National Theatre, Olivier Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor
2015 The Trial K Young Vic
2016 The Threepenny Opera Macheath Royal National Theatre, Olivier
2017 Young Marx Karl Marx Bridge Theatre
2018 Macbeth Macbeth Royal National Theatre, Olivier
2022 Force Majeure Tomas Donmar Warehouse


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2022 Peabody Awards Entertainment Our Flag Means Death Nominated [38]


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Acting roles Preceded byMichael Kitchen Bill Tanner actorfrom the James Bond films 2008 – present Incumbent Preceded byLiam Brennan Henry IV actor 2012 Succeeded byJeremy Irons