One of the fastest rising young actors in Britain, Toby Kebbell was most recently seen opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina in PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME. The epic fantasy from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, was directed by Mike Newell and shot in Morocco and Pinewood Studios. Kebbell also starred in Disney and Bruckheimer's THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE with Nicolas Cage and Alfred Molina.
Kebbell was born in Pontefract, North Yorkshire, and grew up in Newark, Nottinghamshire. He developed a voracious interest in acting from the time he was in grade school, encouraged by a drama teacher who nonetheless warned him that a professional career would be tough to achieve. Attending the Central Television Workshop in Nottinghamshire, Kebbell's youthful skills were noticed by independent filmmaker Shane Meadows, whose chronicles of British working class life in the Midlands had developed a devoted following. Meadows cast Kebbell alongside Paddy Considine and Gary Stretch in DEAD MAN'S SHOES as Considine's mentally challenged brother, garnering Kebbell considerable critical and audience acclaim, as well as a Best Newcomer nomination from the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).
Introduced to casting agent Lucinda Syson by Gary Stretch, Kebbell met with filmmaker Oliver Stone, who cast him in the small but pivotal role of Pausanius, King Philip of Macedon's assassin, in the epic ALEXANDER. which starred Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins and Jared Leto. This not only led to Kebbell acquiring himself an agent for the first time, but also a role on the West End stage in a production of R.C. Sheriff's "Journey's End," directed by David Grindley.
Kebbell branched into television by doing voiceover work for The Disney Channel in the United Kingdom as a program introducer before being cast in director Michael Attenborough's production of "Enemies" at the famed Almeida Theatre in Islington. He then returned to feature films in director Anton Corbijn's lauded CONTROL, playing the role of Rob Gretton in the screen biography of Joy Division's Ian Curtis. For this role, Kebbell received a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Supporting Actor, as well as the Edinburgh Film Festival's Trailblazer Award. He was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor from the London Critics Choice Awards.
Kebbell was director Guy Ritchie's first choice to portray the drug-addled Johnny Quid, the title character in ROCKnROLLA, winning yet more enthusiastic critical and audience response for his role in the film, which also starred Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Tom Wilkinson, Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton. Recently, Kebbell was nominated for a BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2009.
Toby Kebbell now makes his home in London's East End.