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Thomas Sidney Jerome Sturridge was born on December 21, 1985 in London, England. He is a Tony-nominated actor known for his roles in films such as Far from the Madding Crowd, On the Road, Pirate Radio, and Being Julia.
Sturridge grew up surrounded by the entertainment industry, as his father is director Charles Sturridge and his mother is actress Phoebe Nicholls. He made his professional acting debut as a child in 1996, playing Tom Gulliver in NBC's Gulliver's Travels, directed by his father and co-starring his mother. His film career began to take off in 2004 after he landed the roles of Young Georgy in Vanity Fair and Roger Gosselyn in Being Julia, and he followed this up with a critically acclaimed performance as Nigel Colbie in the 2006 pyschological thriller Like Minds. His big break would come in 2009 after being cast as Carl, one of the leading roles in Richard Curtis' comedy The Boat That Rocked (released under the title of Pirate Radio in the United States), opposite Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Sturridge made his London stage debut in September 2009, playing William in Simon Stephens' Punk Rock at the Lyric Hammersmith, which led to him winning the Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Newcomer. His next two stage ventures took place at London's Royal Court Theatre, appearing in Stephens' Wastwater in 2011 and Polly Stenham's No Quarter in 2013.
In the meantime, Sturridge continued to appear in films, landing starring roles in the 2011 indie-romance film Waiting for Forever and the 2012 film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's On the Road.
He would finally make his Broadway debut to great critical acclaim in Orphans opposite Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster, playing the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre from March 26 through May 19, 2013, receiving a Theatre World Award and ultimately earning his first Tony Award nomination for Best performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.
In 2015, he played God in the Young Vic Theatre's stage adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Trial and went on to star as Bobby (opposite John Goodman and Damian Lewis) in David Mamet's American Buffalo at the Wyndham's Theatre in the West End. He also starred as Sergeant Francis Troy in 2015's Far from the Madding Crowd.
Following his turn as Henry VI in the BBC/PBS television series The Hollow Crown in 2016, as 2nd Lt. Hibbert in Journey's End and as Lord Byron in Mary Shelley in 2017, Sturridge returned to Broadway to star as Winston Smith in the Broadway premiere of George Orwell's 1984 stage adaptation, playing the Hudson Theatre from May 18 through October 8, 2017, starring opposite Olivia Wilde and Reed Birney.
In 2018, he played Jake in Sweetbitter on the Starz network and in 2019, he starred in Velvet Buzzsaw in a cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. He would collaborate with Gyllenhaal again around the time of the film's release, making his Off-Broadway debut for The Public Theater in Sea Wall / A Life (playing the role of Alex in Sea Wall and marking yet another collaboration with playwright Simon Stephens). The production, comprising two monologues under the direction of Carrie Cracknell, ran from January 1 through March 31, 2019, resulting in his first Lucille Lortel Award nomination for outstanding lead actor in a play. The Broadway transfer played a limited engagement at the Hudson Theatre from July 26 through September 29, 2019.