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Arthur Darvill

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Arthur Darvill
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Thomas Arthur Darvill

Born: Thu 17th June 1982 (age: 32)

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Arthur Darvill is an English actor, best known for his role as the Eleventh Doctor's companion Rory Williams in Doctor Who.

Darvill joined Stage2 Youth Theatre Company at the age of 10. He was a member from 1991 to 2000 and landed a job on CITV in 2000, presenting the continuity links between the shows. At the age of 18, Darvill moved to London with four friends from youth theatre, each having secured a place at a drama school.

Darvill made his professional stage debut playing condemned criminal Harrison in Edmund White's Terre Haute, which ran at the Assembly Rooms during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  Darvill appeared in Terra Haute's transfer to Trafalgar Studios in 2007. His performance gained him a Best Newcomer nomination at the 2007 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

Darvill played Rob in the 2007 monologue Stacy, in a performance The Times described as "compelling". Later that year, he appeared in the Vaudeville Theatre's production of Swimming with Sharks with Christian SlaterHelen Baxendale, and Matt Smith (which gained him a London Newcomer Award nomination). In 2008, Darvill made his television debut in the ITV crime drama He Kills Coppers. The same year, he played Edward "Tip" Dorrit in the BBC serial Little Dorrit.

Darvill began playing Rory Williams, companion to the Eleventh Doctor and fiance of Amy Pond, in the 31st series of  Doctor Who. He will leave the series in 2012

Darvill had a minor role as a stable groom in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, and played Mick Gallagher in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. In summer 2011, he appeared in Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.

Darvill is also a musician and composer; he has written songs and music for the Bush Theatre,and composed the score for Che Walker's 2008 play Frontline at the Globe Theatre. In June 2009, the musical Been So Long, based on Ché Walker's 1998 play, opened at the Young Vic. Darvill had worked with Walker for a number of years since they had first met at RADA, developing the songs and music for the show. The musical was performed at theLatitude Festival in July and had a run at the Traverse Theatre in August. Darvill received a Judge's Discretionary Award from MTM for his music. In 2010, Darvill helped promote the solo album of Fyfe Dangerfield, playing with him on sessions for Graham Norton's show and on Xfm.

Darvill has undertaken a number of radio and voice projects, including Doctor Who audiobooks. In December 2011, he played Keith Moon for BBC Radio 4's Burning Both Ends. In 2012, he voiced Gulliver in Radio 4's Gulliver's Travelsand Sam in the short film Penguin.






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