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Thomas Arthur Darvill (born 17 June 1982), known professionally as Arthur Darvill, is an English actor, musician, and composer. He is known for playing Rory Williams, one of the Eleventh Doctor's companions in the television series Doctor Who (2010-2012), Rip Hunter in Legends of Tomorrow (2016–2018) and as Rev. Paul Coates in Broadchurch (2013–2017). From 2013 to 2014 he appeared in the lead role in the theatre musical Once in the West End and on Broadway.

Early life

Darvill's mother Ellie is an actress and during Arthur's early childhood she worked with masks, puppets and live acting as a member of Cannon Hill Theatre, which was based at Midlands Arts Centre, and toured Britain and the world. She is also known as the puppeteer and voice behind Why Bird from Playdays. His father Nigel played the Hammond organ for artists including Edwin Starr, Ruby Turner, Fine Young Cannibals and UB40. Darvill attended Bromsgrove School in Worcestershire from 1993 to 2000.

Career

Early work

Darvill joined Stage2 Youth Theatre Company at the age of 10. He was a member from 1991 to 2000 and had an early job on CITV in 2000, presenting the continuity links between the shows; during this time he was billed as Tom Darvill. He left in 2001, founded his own theatre company (called Fuego's Men), and performed in the Midlands. At the age of 21, Darvill moved to London with four friends from youth theatre, each having secured a place at a drama school. They moved into a house in White City together. Darvill trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and is trained in stage combat.

Darvill made his professional stage debut playing condemned criminal Harrison in Edmund White's Terre Haute, which ran at the Assembly Rooms during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His performance was praised by Nicholas de Jongh of the Evening Standard and Susannah Clap of The Observer. Darvill appeared in Terra Haute's transfer to Trafalgar Studios in 2007. His performance gained him a Best Newcomer nomination at the 2007 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Darvill played Rob in the 2007 monologue Stacy, in a performance The Times described as "compelling". Later that year, he appeared in the Vaudeville Theatre's production of Swimming with Sharks with Christian Slater,Helen Baxendale and Matt Smith (which gained him a London Newcomer Award nomination).

Television and film

In 2008, Darvill made his television debut in the ITV crime drama He Kills Coppers. The same year, he played Edward "Tip" Dorrit in the BBC serial Little Dorrit.

Darvill began playing Rory Williams, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, in the fifth series of the BBC's science fiction show Doctor Who (reuniting with his Swimming with Sharks co-star Matt Smith). He became a regular character in the sixth series, and confirmed that he would be appearing in the seventh series; before he and his co-star Karen Gillan (on-screen wife Amy Pond) left in the fifth episode.

Darvill had a minor role as a stable groom in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, and played Mick Gallagher in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. In summer 2011, he appeared in Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. After his departure from Doctor Who he was cast in the drama Broadchurch as vicar Paul Coates, alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman.

In March 2015, it was announced that Darvill had been cast as the time-traveller Rip Hunter in the series Legends of Tomorrow.

Other work

Darvill is also a musician and a composer; he has written songs and music for the Bush Theatre, and composed the score for Che Walker's 2008 play The Frontline at Shakespeare's Globe. In June 2009, the musical Been So Long, based on Ché Walker's 1998 play, opened at the Young Vic and in September 2013 another collaboration, The Lightning Child, opened at the Globe. Darvill had worked with Walker for a number of years since they had first met at RADA, developing the songs and music for the show. The musical was performed at the Latitude Festival in July and had a run at the Traverse Theatre in August. Darvill received a Judge's Discretionary Award from MTM for his music. In 2010, Darvill helped promote the solo album of Fyfe Dangerfield, playing with him on sessions for Graham Norton's show and on Xfm.

Darvill has undertaken a number of radio and voice projects, including Doctor Who audiobooks. In December 2011, he played Keith Moon for BBC Radio 4's Burning Both Ends. In 2012, he voiced Gulliver in Radio 4's Gulliver's Travels and Sam in the short film Penguin.

On 19 April 2013 he took over the lead male role of Guy from the musical Once, on Broadway, New York opposite new co-star Joanna Christie. The two also made an appearance on the 2013 Tony Awards to perform a number and to present the award for best scenery Darvill continued the role in the West End production from 17 March 2014 until 10 May 2014.

He collaborated with playwright Sam Holcroft on a musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox which premiered at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, in November 2016.

Personal life

Darvill plays the guitar and keyboard and formed an indie band called Edmund in his teenage years, named after Edmund Pevensie, his favourite character in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He enjoys cooking and attending the theatre and music concerts. He collects taxidermy. He is close friends with his Doctor Who former co-stars Karen Gillan and Matt Smith.

Darvill was one of the celebrities, along with Tom Hiddleston, Jo Brand, E. L. James and Rachel Riley, to design and sign his own card for the UK-based charity Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. The campaign was launched by crafting company Stampin' Up! UK and the cards were auctioned off on eBay during May 2014.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Sooty Tom
2008 He Kills Coppers Police constable
Little Dorrit Edward "Tip" Dorrit 7 episodes
2010–2012 Doctor Who Rory Williams Recurring role (series 5); main role (Series 6, 7)
2012 The Paradise Bradley Burroughs 1 episode
2013–2017 Broadchurch Reverend Paul Coates 23 episodes
2013 The White Queen Henry Stafford 2 episodes
2016–2018 Legends of Tomorrow Rip Hunter Main role (season 1-2); recurring role (season 3)
2019 Sticky Dr. Boot BBC 3 Sitcom

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Pelican Blood Cameron
2010 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Mick Gallagher
Robin Hood Groom
2013 Crazy for You Charlie Short Film
2014 Captcha Mel Short Film
2014 Penguin Sam Short film

Voice

2015 Danny and the Human Zoo Jonesy TV Movie
2017 In Wonderland Michael Short Film
2018 Bertie Tom Short Film
2021 Shatterhand Reloaded Chiri
TBA Justice League Chapter Two Mr. Tennant
2022 Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Rip Hunter

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Little Shop of Horrors Seymour Krelborn Midlands Arts Centre
2006 Terre Haute Harrison Wildman Room, Assembly Rooms

Trafalgar Studios

2007 Stacy Rob Arcola Theatre
Swimming with Sharks Rex Vaudeville Theatre
2010 Marine Parade Old Market, Hove, East Sussex
2011 Doctor Faustus Mephistopheles Shakespeare's Globe
2012 Our Boys Parry Duchess Theatre
2013–2014 Once Guy Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Phoenix Theatre

2014–2015 Treasure Island Long John Silver Royal National Theatre

National Theatre Live

2017 Honeymoon in Vegas Jack Singer London Palladium

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Doctor Who: The Gunpowder Plot Rory Williams Voice and likeness

Audio

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Dark Shadows: Speak No Evil Tad Collins Big Finish
2012 Road Trip Doctor Jared Jones Big Finish
2012 Skarlet Jake Lawton Audible
2013 Dark Shadows: Beneath the Veil Alfie Chapman Audible
2014 Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein Big Finish
2018 Torchwood: Believe Frank Layton Big Finish

Radio

Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Tales of Max Carrados Max Carrados BBC Radio 4
2011 Burning Both Ends: When Oliver Reed Met Keith Moon Keith Moon BBC Radio 4
2012 Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's Travels Gulliver BBC Radio 4
2017 Into the Water Mark BBC Radio 4
2018 Billy Ruffian Maitland BBC Radio 4
2018 Hi Spec Ben BBC Radio 4
2018 Seven Songs for Simon Dixelius Simon Dixelius BBC Radio 4


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