Thomas Wheatley

Thomas Wheatley Biography

Thomas Wheatley as Saunders

Thomas Wheatley was an English actor born on August 1951 in Chelmsford, Essex. He trained at Drama Studio London in Ealing, where he honed his craft in intensive one-year courses.

With a strong background in theater, Thomas Wheatley’s core work was in the canon of so-called Tribunal Plays, developed at the Tricycle Theatre. He played a range of notable characters in pieces such as Half the Picture, Nuremberg, Srebrenica, The Colour of Justice, Justifying War, Bloody Sunday, Called to Account and Tactical Questioning.

In addition to his work in the Tribunal Plays, Wheatley also performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Lyric Hammersmith, Orange Tree Richmond, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Almeida, English Touring Theatre, and the Royal Exchange Manchester, among others.


From 2009 to 2012, Wheatley worked on two Alan Bennett plays, The History Boys and The Madness of George III, both directed for Bath Theatre Royal by Christopher Luscombe. He went on to perform in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won in the RSC’s Winter Season 2014-15, maintaining his association with Luscombe.

With a long and successful career in theater, Thomas Wheatley also starred in a limited amount of television and film work, most notably as James Bond’s trusty ally Saunders in The Living Daylights (1987). He also starred in Death at a Funeral (2007), and Selling Hitler (1991).