Billericay’s own Russell Tovey

We are sure many of you are familiar with the talent of Billericay-born Russell Tovey, but we thought we would dive into more about the skilful actor, author, playwright and screenwriter.


Russell Tovey, now 42, has been on our screens for a long-time, playing some truly iconic roles in the process, such as George Sands, the werewolf, in supernatural comedy-drama Being Human, Rudge in The History Boys, Steve in BBC Three sitcom Him & Her, Patrick Read in American Horror Story: NYC, and Budgie in Gavin & Stacey.

Starting his career as a child actor, Tovey’s worked since he was 11 years old, with the turning point being cast and performing on stage around the world in The History Boys in 2004, as well as starring in the film version and a radio transmission.

In 2007, Tovey had a recurring role in BBC Three comedy Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive, playing his producer Ben, as well as Midshipman Alonso Frame, in 2007 Doctor Who Christmas Special “Voyage of the Damned”.

Tovey clearly had a knack for acting, and was suggested by Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies to replace David Tennant as the next Time Lord, who was eventually played by Matt Smith.

The next year, Russell played werewolf George Sands, who was one of three supernatural housemates in the drama Being Human, a truly terrific show, leaving at the start of the fourth season in February 2012.

There were numerous roles where Tovey showcased his talent throughout 2008-2009, including a leading role in A Miracle at the Royal Court Theatre as Gary Trudgill, his work on the film Huge, and starting in two TV pilots, including the excellent comedy Him & Her, and Channel 4 comedy The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.

In 2011, he became the voiceover/narrator for the BBC Three show Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents and its spinoffs.

Many readers might remember Russell and Budgie, one of Gavin’s friends, in Gavin & Stacey.

Over the years, Russell has gone on to act in a number of incredible shows and films, and one of his most recent was in 2022 where starred as Patrick Read in American Horror Story: NYC.

As an author, playwright and screenwriter and avid art collector, he has written a number of plays, with one of his short stories published in women’s magazine Company, and in 2021 he published the book Talk Art with his friend Robert Diament.

We look forward to seeing Russell on our TV screens for years to come.

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