Welcome to TOBIAS MENZIES ONLINE @ tobiasmenzies.org a website dedicated to the talented British actor Tobias Menzies. Perhaps best known for his roles as Edmure Tully in GAME OF THRONES and as Marcus Junius Brutus in HBO's ROME, Tobias came to the fore in a very notable way with his stunning portrayal of the dual characters of Frank Randall and his forefather the notorious Captain Jonathan Wolverton "Black Jack" Randall in the STARZ series OUTLANDER. Currently being seen as Prince Philip in THE CROWN, Tobias is making his mark on the world. Tobias' films include UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS, CASINO ROYALE, UNA, FORGET ME NOT, ATONEMENT, and FINDING NEVERLAND. Feel free to browse the site and to make this your premiere source for news on Tobias' career. This site as a strict NO CANDIDS policy.
I just came across this and I have to say I’m absolutely gobsmacked. Tobias did a promo for a new French station opening up in Britain called BIRTHUK. What was surprising is how Tobias was acting so smug and he even did a Black Jack nose sneer. I was delighted. However, the fun part of it there was a bartender in the back making Tobias a drink. And the bartender ended up by eing Tobias’ GAME OF THRONES co-star Kit Harington (Jon Snow). Funny Edmure and Jon never met. But this is precious. Here’s the video and a behind-the-scenes shot of both Tobias and Kit.
This Bloody French One Sees Not-So-Humble Tobias Menzies Launch BIRTH UK with Help of Kit Harington
BIRTH UK shares film to mark an important step in the production company’s international expansion
If a French production house is looking to make the official announcement of its UK launch, who better to turn to than a couple of locals? Thanks to the support of Tobias Menzies of ‘The Crown’ and Kit Harington of ‘Game of Thrones’, Paris-based BIRTH found some of the best to break the ice. ‘The Fabulous New Roster of the Bloody French’ introduces BIRTH UK, whose launch marks an important step in the production company’s international expansion, as it also opening an office in Algiers, 2Horloges.
Self-deprecating and slightly absurd, ‘The Fabulous New Roster of the Bloody French’ was created by executive producer Maëva Demurger and director Leo Bill, and came about thanks to a friendship they developed with Tobias working on another project.
When the time came to announce the launch of BIRTH UK – which opened one year ago – the pair wanted to get just the right tone with a distinctly British feel. And how much more British can you get than one of the stars of a series featuring the royal family? The story grew from there.
“As Leo and I developed the idea, we then thought it would be good to have somebody else for Tobias to play off. A crazy notion came to mind: what if we could get Kit Harington? Amazingly, we managed to get in touch, told him about the concept, and to our delight, he loved the idea and was more than happy to come on board,” explains Maëva.
Director Leo Bill said: “Having known Tobias and Kit for some time now, it was amazing to get to work with them on one of my first shoots. They were both very cool and incredibly game to enter my slightly absurdist mind!”
DIRECTOR: LEO BILL EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: MAËVA DEMURGER CEO: HUGO LEGRAND-NATHAN PRODUCTION: BIRTH UK DOP: MURREN TULLETT FOCUS PULLER: ALEX PARKINSON SOUND RECORDIST: ED SPEAR HAIR and MAKE UP: CHARLOTTE YEOMANS
Here is the full Gold Derby chat with Tobias. Honestly it wasn’t long enough and I could listen to Tobias talk about his craft and the inner motivation of his characters all day long and not get tired. Here though he talks mainly about Prince Philip in THE CROWN and what he finds interesting to play about the enigma. In the last moment of the discussion they talk about the lasting impression Tobias has made with his amazing portrayal of Black Jack Randall on OUTLANDER and the meaning of the finale of season one with Black Jack’s rape and torture of Jamie Fraser played by Sam Heughan. I loved this part. While I can say I don’t care for Prince Philip due to his various comments in the past and his questionable conduct, I love when Tobias talks of Black Jack. I just loved what he said about “picking” that lock that was Jamie’s fortress as he mentioned in season two’s La Dame Blanche. I wish sometimes the show wasn’t so quick to do away with Black Jack. I feel the show lost a lot of momentum when he was gone. No other villain has come close to capturing that level of menace that Jack presented in the show. Neither Ed Speleers (Stephen Bonnet) nor the Browns have done that. Tobias set a high bar that has as yet been matched.
Tobias took part in SAG’s (Screen Actors Guild) Conversations at Home series where he discussed his role on THE CROWN as Prince Philip. What a charming interview with this amazing man. He was very animated and well-spoken on his craft and his co-star Olivia Coleman (Elizabeth). He’s so wonderful and easy to listen to. Thank you Tobias. He also revealed season four is not quite done.
Another episode of THE CROWN. This one is called Aberfan. This episode takes place in 1966 when the town of Aberfan in South Wales experienced a tragedy. With South Wales largely being a mining town, my dad who was born in Princetown, South Wales as a young child went to work with his father in the coal mines. Unfortunately that was more or less the staple of employment in that part of Britain. In October 1966 one of the spoil tips (a repository for waste from a coal mine) liquefied and sent half the mountain down in a black sluice into the town killing 154 people, 115 of which were children in a school. The disaster was amplified by the inaction Queen Elizabeth took getting to the scene of the disaster. While the episode does well to try to portray the Queen (Olivia Coleman) in a sympathetic way, for the most part it is well-known how absent of emotion both she and Philip are. The disaster at Aberfan is considered by Elizabeth as one of her failures as Queen. The other was the death of Princess Diana in how she failed to react sooner. Instead of the usual links to the screencaps in the gallery, I thought I’d include a mini documentary made by Netflix for the series. It’s excellent in encapsulating the disaster and the making of the episode. I will be including the text link though.
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For some reason of which I’m not sure I had a hard time typing the name of this episode. It always came out rather wonky. Don’t know why. Here is the second post for today. Tobias in THE CROWN as Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. I’ll try to get these done in a fair amount of time, however, that will depend on my computer and real life.
I posted a poll on the Twitter account for this site and the result of it was for me to begin work on Tobias’ work on THE CROWN. So here is the first episode called Olding. Thank you to all who took part in the poll and for continuing to support Tobias and this site as you have. It does mean so much to me. Take care and be safe.
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Tobias only got a credit for the final episode of THE TERROR. I thought I’d include the opening titles for this post to close out Tobias’ work on the show. The inner historian in my was a bit sad not to see the actual event depicted more as a true telling like the A&E biopic Shackleton starring Sir Kenneth Branagh, but given the high production values and the cast I think I’ll give it a pass on the inclusion of the Tuunbaq. This is what happens when good money is thrown at a production like that of Sir Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and a good story is turned into good drama such as this show. Of course the casting of Jared Harris (Captain Frances Crozier), Ciaran Hinds (Sir John Franlin) and the other actors like the standout Adam Nagaitis who played Cornelius Hickey, Paul Ready (Henry Goodsir), and Nive Nielsen (Lady Silence). The whole production was incredible with the complete recreation of both the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus. Just amazing. Unless something else comes up to add to the gallery section this is the end of this section on THE TERROR.
Alas poor Horatio, we knew him well. And now Tobias’ time on THE TERROR comes to a close. Suffering from scurvy and lead poisoning, Captain James Fitzjames of the HMS Erebus looses his fight for life. Tobias killed this show. His performance was spot on and I loved it to pieces. Thank you Tobias for giving us such an amazing performance. So we lay James to rest….but not peacefully. In the next episode Cornelius Hickey (Adam Nagaitis) has him dug up and eaten with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. Yes, I just said that.
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