Rory Kinnear

Rory Kinnear Biography

Rory Kinnear

Rory Kinnear is a highly acclaimed British actor and playwright, known for his outstanding work in theatre, television, and films. Born in London in 1978, Kinnear is the son of actor Roy Kinnear and actress Carmel Cryan, and he has two older sisters.

Kinnear received his education from Tower House School, St. Paul’s School, and Balliol College, where he studied English. After completing his education, Rory Kinnear attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he honed his acting skills.

Rory Kinnear’s most notable work has been in theatre, where he has worked with some of the most prestigious theatre companies in the UK, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. He has received widespread critical acclaim for his performances in productions like Mary Stuart, Measure for Measure, and The Man of Mode, for which he won both a Laurence Olivier Award and Ian Charleson Award.


Rory Kinnear was also nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance in the title role of Hamlet at the National Theatre in 2010. And he shared the Best Actor Award in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards with his co-star Adrian Lester for their performances in Othello at the National Theatre in 2013.

In addition to his theatre work, Kinnear has also made a name for himself on television, appearing in a range of popular shows like Vexed, Black Mirror, and Count Arthur Strong. He has also starred in several miniseries, including Guerrilla and Brexit: The Uncivil War. In 2013, he portrayed Lord Lucan in the two-part ITV series Lucan.

Rory Kinnear has also had success on the big screen, most notably as Bill Tanner in the Daniel Craig-era James Bond film series, taking over the role from Michael Kitchen. He has appeared in four Bond films: Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre, and No Time to Die. He has also played roles in other films such as The Imitation Game, Peterloo, and his last film Men in 2022.

In addition to his acting work, Rory Kinnear has also written several plays, including The Herd, which premiered in 2013 at the Bush Theatre in London.

Rory Kinnear Movies and TV Shows


YearMovie TitleRole
2008Quantum of SolaceBill Tanner
2009Wish 143Wisham
2010The First Men in the MoonJulius Bedford
2010Wild TargetGerry Bailey
2012SkyfallBill Tanner
2012BrokenBob Oswald
2014Cuban FuryGary
2014The Imitation GameDetective Nock
2015Man UpSean
2015SpectreBill Tanner
2016Trespass Against UsP.C Lovage
2016The RoofYet Another Fan
2016Daddy MyFather
2018PeterlooHenry Hunt
2021No Time to DieBill Tanner
2022MenGeoffrey / Various roles
2023Bank of DaveDave Fishwick

TV Shows:

YearShow TitleRole
2001Judge John DeedTony Cootes
2002Ultimate ForcePoliceman
2003The Second ComingFather Dillane
2005Silent WitnessPaul
2005Secret SmileNick
2007Mansfield ParkJames Rushworth
2007Five DaysKyle Betts
2007Comedy ShowcaseRob Black
2008Messiah: The RaptureStewart Dean
2008The Curse of SteptoeAlan Simpson
2008The Long Walk to FinchleyDenis Thatcher
2009Waking the DeadJames Mitcham
2009Beautiful PeopleRoss
2009Ashes to AshesJeremy
2009CranfordSeptimus Hanbury
2009The Thick of ItEd Atkins
2010VexedDan Bishop
2010Lennon NakedBrian Epstein
2011Women in LoveRupert Birkin
2011Black MirrorPrime Minister Michael Callow
2012The Mystery of Edwin DroodReverend Septimus Crisparkle
2012The Hollow CrownBolingbroke
2013SouthcliffeDavid Whitehead
2013LucanLord Lucan
2013-2017Count Arthur StrongMichael
2014-2016Penny DreadfulThe Creature
2015The Casual VacancyBarry Fairbrother
2017QuacksRobert Lessing
2018Inside No. 9Prince Rico / Gus
2018Watership DownCowslip (voice)
2019Brexit: The Uncivil WarCraig Oliver
2019Years and YearsStephen Lyons
2019Catherine the GreatNikita Ivanovich Panin
2020Penny Dreadful: City of AngelsPeter Craft
2021Ridley RoadColin Jordan
2022Our Flag Means DeathCaptain Nigel Badminton/Admiral Chauncey Badminton
2023The DiplomatPrime Minister Nicol Trowbridge
TBAToxic TownTBA