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Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (born 16 May 1990), also credited as Thomas Sangster, is an English actor, best known for playing Sam in Love Actually (2003), Simon in Nanny McPhee (2005), Romulus Augustulus in The Last Legion (2007), Ferb in Phineas and Ferb (2007–2015), Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones (2013–2014) and Newt in the Maze Runner film series (2014–2018).[1]

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 also had a cameo appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and a role as Whitey Winn in the Netflix miniseries Godless (2017) and John Tracy in Thunderbirds Are Go (2015–present).

Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Thomas Brodie-Sangster

(1990-05-16)16 May 1990
Southwark, London, England
Other namesThomas Sangster
Years active2001–present

Early life

Thomas Sangster was born in Southwark, a district in London on 16 May 1990 to Mark Sangster and Tasha Bertram. Sangster's father's family is from Banchory, Scotland.[2] His great-grandfather, Anthony Bertram, was a novelist, and a maternal ancestor was politician and colonial administrator Sir Evan Nepean, through whom he has Cornish and Welsh ancestry.[3] He has one sister, Ava Sangster. 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 how to play the drums in the feature film Love Actually (2003).


Sangster in July 2006

Sangster in July 2006

Sangster promoting Death of a Superhero in 2011

Sangster promoting Death of a Superhero in 2011

In 2001, 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[4] for his role in the miniseries Entrusted. Sangster's first major theatrical film was Love Actually (2003), in which he played Liam Neeson's stepson, Sam. He was nominated for a "Golden Satellite Award"[5] and a "Young Artist Award"[6] for his role in the film.

Sangster next appeared in a television adaptation of the novel Feather Boy and played a younger version of James Franco's role in the film version of Tristan & Isolde. Among other things, Sangster takes part in a (child's) sword fight in the film. 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,[7] and guest-starred in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas The Mind's Eye and The Bride of Peladon. His voice lowered during filming of the Doctor Who episodes. He also starred alongside Love Actually and Nanny McPhee co-star Colin Firth 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 alongside Love Actually co-star Olivia Olson. As of December 2007, he was also working on the filming of the mini series Pinocchio, filmed in Italy.

In March 2008[8] it was announced that Sangster would star in Steven Spielberg's CGI motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin as the title character of Hergé's comic books. Sangster left the project after scheduling difficulties when filming was delayed in October 2008 and the role was given to Jamie Bell.[9][10]

At the end of March 2008, he began working with director Jane Campion on her film Bright Star, a love story with Ben Whishaw and Abbie Cornish portraying John Keats and his lover Fanny Brawne. Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff in Nowhere Boy, a film directed by award-winning artist Sam Taylor-Wood, about the teenage years of John Lennon and the two women who shaped his early life: his mother Julia (Duff) and his aunt Mimi (Scott Thomas). This would be his second time acting with Johnson, the first being in 2004's Feather Boy.

Sangster appeared in the film Some Dogs Bite about a boy who wants to keep his family together. Casey (Sangster) takes his baby brother out of care, and with the help of his older brother, goes in search of their father. Sangster appeared with Andy Serkis in an Irish film, Death of a Superhero, based on the novel, Death of Superhero by Anthony McCarten.[11]

Additionally, 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 and in Ella Jones's short film, The Ugly Duckling, the third installment of the Tales trilogy of reworked fairy tales from More Films.[12] He also plays the role of Jojen Reed in the HBO series Game of Thrones.[13] In 2015, he provided the voice of John Tracy in ITV's remake of Gerry Anderson's puppet series Thunderbirds Are Go (2015-2018).

Sangster played Newt in the 20th Century Fox films The Maze Runner (2014) and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), as well as Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018). In BBC2's 6-part television adaptation of Wolf Hall (on BBC2 from 21 January 2015), Sangster portrays Rafe Sadler, the ward of Thomas Cromwell.[14]

On 24 May 2017 a 15 minute sequel to Love Actually was released with 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 scenes from the first film.[15]

Sangster portrays the role of Whitey Winn in the Netflix western drama miniseries, Godless (2017).

Brodie Films and Winnet music

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."[16] The company was dissolved in May 2013.[17]

Sangster plays bass guitar, and in January 2010 joined the band Winnet, in which his mother sings the vocals.[1]



2002Mrs. MeitlemeihrBoy 1Short film
2003Love ActuallySam
2005Nanny McPheeSimon Brown
2006Molly: An American Girl on the Home FrontBoy in Spelling Bee
Tristan & IsoldeYoung Tristan
2007The Last LegionRomulus Augustus
2009Bright StarSamuel Brawne
Nowhere BoyPaul McCartney
The Alchemistic SuitcaseBoyShort film
2011My Left Hand ManSamuel EmersonShort film
Death of a SuperheroDonald Clarke
2012The Baytown OutlawsRob
2013The Ugly DucklingThe Ugly DucklingShort film
Orbit Ever AfterNigelShort film
2014The Maze RunnerNewt
Phantom HaloSamuel Emerson
2015Maze Runner: The Scorch TrialsNewt
Star Wars: The Force AwakensPetty Officer ThanissonCameo
2018Maze Runner: The Death CureNewt
TBADragon RiderVoice role, in production


2001Station JimHenryTelevision film
The Miracle of the CardsCraig ShergoldTelevision film
2002Stig of the DumpBarneyTelevision miniseries
Bobbie's GirlAlanTelevision film
London's BurningStephenEpisode #14.6
2003Hitler: The Rise of EvilYoung HitlerTelevision film
EntrustedThomas von GallTelevision film
Ultimate ForceGabrielEpisode: "What in the Name of God"
2004Feather BoyRobert NobelTelevision miniseries
2005Julian Fellowes Investigates: A Most Mysterious MurderJohn DuffEpisode: "The Case of the Croydon Poisonings"
2007–2015Phineas and FerbFerb FletcherVoice role; lead role; 222 episodes
2007Doctor WhoTimothy "Tim" LatimerEpisodes: "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood"
2008PinocchioLampwickTelevision film
2010Some Dogs BiteCaseyTelevision film
2011LewisAdam DouglasEpisode: "The Mind Has Mountains"
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd DimensionFerb FletcherTelevision film; voice role
2012AccusedJake MurrayEpisodes: "Tina's Story" and "Mo and Sue's Story"
2013–2014Game of ThronesJojen ReedRecurring role; 10 episodes
2014American Dad!N/AVoice role; episode: "I Ain't No Holodeck Boy"
2015Wolf HallRafe SadlerTelevision miniseries
2015–presentThunderbirds Are GoJohn Tracy / Pirate DobbsVoice role; main role; 55 episodes[18]
2017Red Nose Day ActuallySamTelevision short film
2017GodlessWhitey WinnMiniseries; 7 episodes

Music videos

201430 Minute BreakThe Luka StateBoyfriend[19][20]
2016Tired of LyingKioko[21]

Audio plays

2007Country LifeBorisFirst broadcast on 22 March 2007, BBC Radio 4[22]
The Mind's EyeKyleRecorded: 25, 27 July 2007; Released: November 2007[23]
2008The Bride of PeladonMinerRecorded: 26, 27 July 2007; Released: January 2008[24]

Awards and nominations

YearNominated WorkCategoryResult
2003Entrusted[4]Golden Nymph at Monte Carlo Television Festival: Best Actor in a mini-seriesWon
2004Love ActuallyPhoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – MaleNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Best Ensemble Acting for Love ActuallyNominated
Satellite Awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or MusicalNominated
Young Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young ActorNominated
2007Nanny McPheeYoung Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Young Ensemble CastNominated
Young Artist Award: Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young ActorNominated
2008The Last LegionYoung Artist Award: Best Performance in an International Feature Film – Leading Young PerformerNominated
2015The Maze RunnerTeen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout StarNominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (Shared with Dylan O'Brien)Nominated
2016Maze Runner: The Scorch TrialsTeen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Chemistry (Shared with Dylan O'Brien)Won


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