Rory Michael Kinnear
17 February 1978
|Education||Balliol College, Oxford|
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
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, Skyfall, Spectre and No Time to Die, and in various video games of the franchise. He won a British Independent Film Award for his performance in the 2012 film Broken. He starred as all the male inhabitants of the village of Cotson in the horror film Men, and his TV roles include Michael on the BBC comedy Count Arthur Strong (2013–2017), Lord Lucan in the two-part ITV series Lucan, Frankenstein's monster in Penny Dreadful, and the lead role of Prime Minister Michael Callow in "The National Anthem", the first episode of the anthology series Black Mirror. His latest film in 2023 was Bank of Dave.
Kinnear was born on 17 February 1978,in Hammersmith, London, the son of actor Roy Kinnear and actress Carmel Cryan. 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. He was educated at Tower House School (leaving in 1991), St Paul's School, London, and Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied English. He then studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
Kinnear's performances in Phyllida Lloyd's production of Mary Stuart and Trevor Nunn's Hamlet, in which he played Laertes. He also achieved recognition as the outrageous Sir Fopling Flutter in The Man of Mode at the National Theatre, winning the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role and Ian Charleson Award. His other notable theatre work includes the lead in Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, Pyotr in Maxim Gorky's Philistines, and Mitia in a stage adaptation of the Nikita Mikhalkov film Burnt by the Sun, all for the National Theatre.
In 2010, he played Angelo in Measure for Measure at the Almeida Theatre. Later in 2010, he played the title role in Hamlet at the National Theatre. The two portrayals won him the best actor award in the Evening Standard Drama Awards for 2010.
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.
He starred as Iago opposite Adrian Lester in the title role of Othello in 2013 at the National Theatre throughout the summer of 2013. Both actors won the Best Actor award in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for their roles; 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, for his performance in Othello.
From September 2013, the Bush Theatre in London staged Kinnear's debut play The Herd, directed by Howard Davies. It ran at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago beginning 2 April 2015. In October 2017, he appeared in the title role of Young Marx, the premiere production at the Bridge Theatre. 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.
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. 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.
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 all of the other male roles, in Alex Garland's A24 horror film Men .
In 2023, Kinnear starred as Burnley wannabe banker Dave Fishwick in the film Bank of Dave, released on Netflix in January 2023.
Kinnear appeared in the 2007 television film Mansfield Park, with Billie Piper and Michelle Ryan. 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, which also starred Andrea Riseborough and Samuel West. in 2010, he starred alongside Lucy Punch and Toby Stephens in the BBC Two series Vexed. The same year, he was the co-lead with Mark Gatiss in the BBC4 TV drama, The First Men in the Moon.
In 2011, he provided narration during the BBC Proms production of 'Henry V – suite' arranged by Muir Mathieson during their Film Music Prom. He appeared in the lead role of Prime Minister Michael Callow in "The National Anthem", the first episode of the anthology series Black Mirror. 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.
In 2013, Kinnear starred as Michael in the BBC sitcom Count Arthur Strong, continuing in that role for 4 years. The same year, he appeared in the Channel 4 drama Southcliffe, and in December 2013, he portrayed British peer and suspected murderer Lord Lucan in the two-part ITV series Lucan. 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.
In 2017, he appeared in the British miniseries Guerrilla as a Chief Inspector in the Special Branches. and as Robert Lessing from the early days of English medicine in the BBC Two comedy series Quacks. In 2018, he appeared in the first episode of the fourth series of the BBC One anthology series Inside No. 9, "Zanzibar", a farcical retelling of Macbeth performed entirely in iambic pentameter.
In 2019, Kinnear played Craig Oliver in the Channel 4 television film Brexit: The Uncivil War, and the desperate financial advisor Stephen Lyons in the futuristic series Years and Years.
In 2021, Kinnear played Neo-Nazi Colin Jordan in the television drama Ridley Road and was Edward Williams in the BBC's The Mezzotint. In 2022, he starred in Our Flag Means Death.
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.
Kinnear is engaged to actress Pandora Colin (née Pandora Ormsby-Gore), daughter of the 5th Baron Harlech and aunt to the current 7th Baron, Conservative sitting peer Jasset Ormsby-Gore. They have a son, Riley, born in 2010, and a daughter, Hope, born in 2014.
In May 2020 Kinnear's sister Karina Kinnear died from coronavirus.
|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|
|Broken||Bob Oswald||Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|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
|2016||Trespass Against Us||P.C Lovage|
|The Roof||Yet Another Fan||Short film|
|Daddy My||Father||Short film|
|2021||No Time to Die||Bill Tanner|
|2022||Men||Geoffrey / Various roles|
|2023||Bank of Dave||Dave Fishwick|
|2001||Judge John Deed||Tony Cootes||Episode: "Duty of Care"|
|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|
|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|
|TBA||Toxic Town||TBA||4 episodes|
|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|
|2004||Festen||Michael||Almeida Theatre / Lyric Theatre|
|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|