Thomas Brodie-Sangster facts for kids
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Brodie-Sangster at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
16 May 1990 |
|Other names||Thomas Sangster|
Thomas Brodie-Sangster (born 16 May 1990), also credited as Thomas Sangster, is an English actor. He is known for playing Sam in Love Actually (2003), Simon in Nanny McPhee (2005), Ferb in Phineas and Ferb (2007–2015), Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones (2013–2014), Newt in the Maze Runner film series (2014–2018), and Benny Watts in the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit (2020), for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.
Brodie-Sangster also grew in popularity for starring in critically acclaimed cult films such as Death of a Superhero (2011), Bright Star (2009), and as Paul McCartney in Nowhere Boy (2009). He played Jake Murray in the series Accused (2010–2012). He also had a cameo as an officer of the First Order in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), a role as Whitey Winn in the Netflix miniseries Godless (2017) and voiced John Tracy in Thunderbirds Are Go (2015–2020).
Thomas Brodie-Sangster was born on 16 May 1990 in Southwark, London, to Mark Sangster and Tasha Bertram. Brodie-Sangster's father's family is from Banchory, Scotland. He has a sister. Brodie-Sangster plays bass and guitar, and he learned to play left-handed guitar to portray the left-handed Paul McCartney in the feature film Nowhere Boy. He also learned to play the drums for his role in Love Actually (2003).
In 2001, Brodie-Sangster's first acting role was in a BBC television film, Station Jim. He subsequently appeared in a few more television films, including the lead roles in Bobbie's Girl, The Miracle of the Cards (based on the story of Craig Shergold) and Stig of the Dump. He won the "Golden Nymph" award at the 43rd Annual Monte Carlo Television Festival for his role in the miniseries Entrusted. Brodie-Sangster's first major theatrical film was Love Actually (2003), in which he played Sam. He was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award and a Young Artist Award for his role in the film.
Brodie-Sangster next appeared in a television adaptation of the novel Feather Boy and played a younger version of James Franco's Tristan in the film version of Tristan & Isolde. Among other things, Brodie-Sangster takes part in a (child's) sword fight in the film. Brodie-Sangster next starred in the commercially successful film Nanny McPhee (2005) as the eldest of seven children.
In 2007, he appeared in a two-part story ("Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood") in Doctor Who as schoolboy Timothy "Tim" Latimer, and guest-starred in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas The Mind's Eye and The Bride of Peladon. He also starred in the film adaptation of Valerio Massimo Manfredi's historical novel The Last Legion, released in 2007. That same year he voiced the character of Ferb Fletcher in the Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb. He appeared in the 2008 miniseries Pinocchio, filmed in Italy, as Lampwick.
In 2008, Brodie-Sangster had a role in director Jane Campion's film Bright Star, a love story about John Keats and his lover Fanny Brawne. He also starred as Paul McCartney in Nowhere Boy, a film directed by award-winning artist Sam Taylor-Wood, about the teenage years of John Lennon.
Brodie-Sangster appeared as Casey in the film Some Dogs Bite about a boy who wants to keep his family together. Casey takes his baby brother out of foster care and, with the help of his older brother, goes in search of their father. Brodie-Sangster appeared in the Irish film Death of a Superhero, based on the novel by Anthony McCarten.
Additionally, Brodie-Sangster plays Liam in the 2011 film The Last Furlong. In April 2011, he made a guest appearance as Adam Douglas in an episode of British detective drama Lewis. In 2012, he starred in The Baytown Outlaws, in which he plays a young disabled man in a wheelchair, and in Ella Jones's short film, The Ugly Duckling, the third instalment of the Tales trilogy of reworked fairy tales from More Films. From 2013 to 2014, he played the role of Jojen Reed in the HBO series Game of Thrones. In 2015, he began providing the voice of John Tracy in ITV's remake of Gerry Anderson's puppet series Thunderbirds Are Go (2015–present).
Brodie-Sangster played Newt in the 20th Century Fox Maze Runner trilogy, including The Maze Runner (2014), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), and Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018). In BBC2's 6-part television adaptation of Wolf Hall (on BBC2 from 21 January 2015), Brodie-Sangster portrayed Rafe Sadler, the ward of Thomas Cromwell.
On 24 May 2017, a 15-minute sequel to Love Actually was released with Brodie-Sangster as part of the cast. It was shown on the BBC as part of Comic Relief's Red Nose Day and titled Red Nose Day Actually and brought back a large number of characters from the first film.
In 2017, Brodie-Sangster began portraying Whitey Winn in the 2017 Netflix western drama miniseries Godless, created by Scott Frank. He went on to star in Frank's subsequent Netflix miniseries, The Queen's Gambit (2020), as chess player Benny Watts. Both series were critically acclaimed, and the latter went on to become Netflix's most-watched scripted miniseries.
Brodie Films and Winnet music
Brodie-Sangster established Brodie Films in 2006 with his mother, Tasha Bertram, "to create opportunities in the film industry for new British talent; innovative writers, actors and directors." The company was dissolved in May 2013.
Brodie-Sangster plays bass guitar, and in January 2010 joined the band Winnet, in which his mother provides vocals.
|2002||Mrs. Meitlemeihr||Boy 1||Short film|
|2005||Nanny McPhee||Simon Brown|
|2006||Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front||Boy in spelling bee|
|Tristan & Isolde||Young Tristan|
|2007||The Last Legion||Romulus Augustus|
|2009||Bright Star||Samuel Brawne|
|Nowhere Boy||Paul McCartney|
|The Alchemistic Suitcase||Boy||Short film|
|2011||My Left Hand Man||Samuel Emerson||Short film|
|Death of a Superhero||Donald Clarke|
|2012||The Baytown Outlaws||Rob|
|2013||The Ugly Duckling||The Ugly Duckling||Short film|
|Orbit Ever After||Nigel||Short film|
|2014||The Maze Runner||Newt|
|Phantom Halo||Samuel Emerson|
|2015||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||Newt|
|Star Wars: The Force Awakens||Petty Officer Thanisson||Cameo|
|2018||Maze Runner: The Death Cure||Newt|
|2020||Dragon Rider||Firedrake||Voice role|
|2001||Station Jim||Henry||Television film|
|The Miracle of the Cards||Craig Shergold||Television film|
|2002||Stig of the Dump||Barney||Television miniseries|
|Bobbie's Girl||Alan||Television film|
|London's Burning||Stephen||Episode #14.6|
|2003||Hitler: The Rise of Evil||Young Hitler||Television film|
|Entrusted||Thomas von Gall||Television film|
|Ultimate Force||Gabriel||Episode: "What in the Name of God"|
|2004||Feather Boy||Robert Nobel||Television miniseries|
|2005||Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious Murder||John Duff||Episode: "The Case of the Croydon Poisonings"|
|2007–2015||Phineas and Ferb||Ferb Fletcher||Voice role; lead role|
|2007||Doctor Who||Tim Latimer||Episodes: "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood"|
|2010||Some Dogs Bite||Casey||Television film|
|2010–2011||Take Two with Phineas and Ferb||Ferb Fletcher||Voice role; lead role|
|2011||Lewis||Adam Douglas||Episode: "The Mind Has Mountains"|
|Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension||Ferb Fletcher||Television film; voice role|
|2012||Accused||Jake Murray||Episodes: "Tina's Story" and "Mo and Sue's Story"|
|2013–2014||Game of Thrones||Jojen Reed||Recurring role (season 3–4)|
|2014||American Dad!||Avery's Roommate||Voice role; episode: "I Ain't No Holodeck Boy"|
|2015||Wolf Hall||Rafe Sadler||Television miniseries|
|2015–2020||Thunderbirds Are Go||John Tracy / Pirate Dobbs||Voice role; main role|
|2017||Red Nose Day Actually||Sam||Television short film|
|2020||The Queen's Gambit||Benny Watts||Miniseries|
|2014||30 Minute Break||The Luka State||Boyfriend|
|2016||Tired of Lying||Kioko||–|
|2020||Ballad of You & I||Hotel Lux||–|
|2007||Country Life||Boris||First broadcast on 22 March 2007, BBC Radio 4|
|The Mind's Eye||Kyle||Recorded: 25, 27 July 2007; Released: November 2007|
|2008||The Bride of Peladon||Miner||Recorded: 26, 27 July 2007; Released: January 2008|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Golden Nymph at Monte Carlo Television Festival||Best Actor in a Mini-series||Entrusted||Won|
|2004||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Acting||Love Actually||Nominated|
|Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Male||Love Actually||Nominated|
|2004||Satellite Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical||Love Actually||Nominated|
|2004||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor||Love Actually||Nominated|
|2007||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor||Nanny McPhee||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble Cast||Nanny McPhee||Nominated|
|2008||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young Performer||The Last Legion||Nominated|
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Breakout Star||The Maze Runner||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Dylan O'Brien)||The Maze Runner||Nominated|
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Dylan O'Brien)||Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||Won|
|2021||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie||The Queen's Gambit||Nominated|