Toby Stephens

Toby Stephens Biography

Toby Stephens as Gustav Graves

Toby Stephens is a renowned English actor who has made his mark in the film, television and stage industries.

Born on April 21, 1969, Stephens was born at the Middlesex Hospital in Fitzrovia, London to actors Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Robert Stephens.

He received his early education at Aldro School and Seaford College, before pursuing his passion for acting by training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).


Toby Stephens began his film career with the role of Othello in Sally Potter’s Orlando in 1992. Since then, he has become a familiar face on television, with notable appearances in The Camomile Lawn in 1992, Robin Hood in 2009 and Lost in Space from 2018 to 2021.

On stage, Toby Stephens has played the title role in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Coriolanus, Claudio in Measure for Measure for the RSC and Stanley Kowalski in a West End production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He has also appeared on Broadway in Ring Round the Moon.

Toby Stephens has also made his mark in the film industry, with appearances in high-profile films such as Die Another Day in 2002, in which he played Gustav Graves, the youngest actor to have played a Bond villain. He has also appeared in The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey in 2005, Sharpe’s Challenge in 2006, and the highly acclaimed BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre in 2006, in which he played Edward Rochester.

Stephens’ talents have also led him to take on unique roles, such as his appearance in the Indian film The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey, where he portrayed a British Army captain during the Indian rebellion of 1857. In 2010, he starred as Georges Danton in Danton’s Death at the Royal National Theatre.

Toby Stephens has also lent his voice to various audiobooks and radio dramas, including narrating portions of the King James Version of The Bible for BBC Radio 4 and performing as Philip Marlowe in a radio serial in 2011.

Stephens is married to New Zealand actress Anna-Louise Plowman in 2001. The couple has three children together: Eli Alistair, born in May 2007, Tallulah, born in May 2009, and Kura, born in September 2010.