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Biography of Thomas Sangster
Thomas Brodie-Sangster is an English film actor who, according to many, has a natural talent for impersonation.
Charming young Briton Thomas Sangster
He started acting as soon as he was 11 years old. After a string of small roles in TV movies and miniseries, he made his career breakthrough playing a hopeless romantic in Love Actually, starring an all-star ensemble of screen ace artists such as Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth and Emma Thompson. For this role, he received several film awards at once, including the International Press Academy Golden Satellite Award and the Young Actor Foundation Young Artist Award.
Childhood. First roles
The film actor, who won the hearts of millions of viewers, was born and raised in the capital of the United Kingdom. His entire family (where his sister Ava grew up besides Thomas) was directly related to the field of cinema. Mom was a ballet dancer, tried herself as an author and performer of songs, played a little in performances, starred in the Air Force. Father is a musician and editor-editor who took part in the production of the musical The Lion King. In their family there is the famous actor Hugh Grant, whose grandmother was the sister of Thomas’s great-grandmother.
With mother and sister Ava
As a child, he often watched his parents perform, and, feeling their inner satisfaction, he perceived all the events and actions unfolding before him with childish spontaneity and delight. He liked the prospect of having fun at work!
Childhood photo of Thomas Sangster
The teen’s acting debut was the BBC melodrama Jim’s Station (2001). Then he appeared in a number of TV projects, in particular – in a leading role in a dramatic story about a boy dying of cancer (“Postcards for a Miracle”), in the melodrama “Bobby Girl”, in the adventure series “The Stig from the Landfill”, the film “Bail” , where his hero had a phenomenal memory and memorized bank account numbers to save Jews from the Nazis. For the last work in 2003, he was awarded as the best serial actor at the Monte Carlo Film Festival.
Thomas Sangster has been acting in films since 2001.
On the big screen, the young man first appeared in 2003 (“Love Actually”) as the stepson of Liam Neeson’s character. Moreover, when he was invited to audition, he was busy filming “Jim’s Station” in France, so he decided to refuse. But the studio paid him a ticket for a flight to England in first class, like a real movie star, and he could not resist, he agreed. For this role, with the help of his father, he learned to play percussion instruments.
Very young Thomas Sangster in the movie “Love Actually”
As the media later jokingly wrote, a kiss on the cheek that he received from Joanna, performed by Olivia Olson, marked the beginning of his further triumphant career.
Olivia Olson rewarded Thomas with a kiss
It is curious that the 13-year-old actor was not allowed to the premiere screening of the film in London, as he did not reach the age threshold for viewing it (17 years old).
The next work of the young talent was the television version of Nicky Singer’s book The Boy in Feathers, released in 2004, where his hero had to collect the feathers of a magical bird. Then he played in “Tristan and Isolde”, and in 2005 – in the fantasy film “My Terrible Nanny”, which was a success.
Frame from the film “My terrible nanny”
In 2007, the actor played schoolboy Kyle in the Doctor Who radio play as a guest star. In the same year he graduated from the Pimlico Academy.
Thomas Sangster starred extensively with Colin Firth
Mention should be made of the actor’s participation in the voice acting of the animated series “Phineas and Ferb”, and the shooting in the film “The Last Legion” along with Colin Firth, already familiar to him from “Love Actually” and “My Terrible Nanny”. In addition, at that time he worked in Italy on the set of the story of Pinocchio.
Steven Spielberg, one of the most successful directors in the United States, wanted to shoot a talented Briton in his 3D film about the adventures of journalist Tintin, the hero of comics by the Belgian artist Hergé. The actor agreed, especially since the franchise promised to be successful, but due to the transfer of filming to the end of 2008, Thomas could not participate in them and his role was given to Jamie Bell.
Meanwhile, he began working with New Zealand filmmaker and writer Jane Campion on Bright Star, about the romantic relationship of the dying 25-year-old English poet John Keats. In addition, the director and artist Sam Taylor-Johnson, with whom he previously worked on the TV series The Boy in Feathers, entrusted him to embody the young Paul McCartney in her tape Becoming John Lennon. To embody the image of the famous left-handed musician, the young man had to learn how to play the guitar with his left hand.
Tom Sangster as Paul McCartney
In 2010, he joined the musical group Winnet as a bass player. The group also included his sister Ava and his mother.
Winnet – “family” group of Thomas Sangster
In 2011, he appeared in the film Death of a Superhero (an adaptation of Anthony McCarten’s work), then in the television series The Last Furlong, Lewis, in 2012 in the film Baytown Outlaws and in the short film The Ugly Duckling.
In 2013, Thomas Sangster appeared in the third season of the acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones. The young man played Jojen, a wise guy with a gift of foresight beyond his years, along with the sister of Bran Stark, his brother and Hodor accompanying him on a journey through the lands of the wildlings.
Game of Thrones: Thomas Sangster as Jojen Reed
And the following year, Thomas appeared in the key cast of the dystopian thriller The Maze Runner. His character named Newt became the best friend of the protagonist and supported his desire to get out of the labyrinth teeming with dangers as soon as possible. Before filming, he went through a real course of extreme survival in the wild. They were taught how to handle a knife, make fire, find water, and so on.
Before filming, Thomas went through a good “school of life”
But this was only the beginning – after the ambiguous ending of the first part, the release of the second and even the third was only a matter of time. So in 2015, he was already busy filming the second part of The Runner, which took place in the most beautiful places in the United States with amazing landscapes – in the city of Albuquerque, the Sandia Mountains, on the US-Mexico border – the Rio Grande, in the Chihuahua desert.
The thin guy looked younger than his years, and therefore played mostly teenagers, although, for example, at the time of the release of the second part of The Maze Runner, he was already 25 years old.
And during the filming of “My Terrible Nanny” he was 15!
In 2015, he also played Rafe Sandler, a Cromwellian, in the mini-series Wolf Hall. Another worthy addition to Sangster’s filmography was the seventh part of Star Wars, where he played the role of officer Tanisson serving on the spaceship Kylo Ren.
In Star Wars, Thomas Sangster went unnoticed
Personal life of Thomas Sangster
There is no official information about the private life of the movie star. It is known that, in addition to music, he is fond of drawing and motorcycles. According to unofficial information, since the end of 2013, the Briton has been dating a girl named Isabella Melling, whom he met while filming The Ugly Duckling. She is a native of Bristol, like him, a graduate of the Pimlico School and has acted in films since childhood, and when she grew up, she worked in a cafe, sang, was a manager.
Thomas Sangster and his girlfriend Isabella Melling
Thomas has repeatedly admitted that he lives for today and thinks little about the future. He does not have a special education, because he does not see the point in it. He is critical of the accepted school teachers’ attitude that one should definitely graduate from college, find a prestigious job, because all this is not a guarantee that a person will be happy in the end. And he intends to live a happy life.
In real life, Thomas is a very kind and emotional person.
Also, the actor has repeatedly noted that he loves people and believes in humanity. He urged everyone to treat each other kindly, because only in this case a wonderful future awaits all of us.
Thomas Sangster now
In 2016, the actor in the role of Newt was busy filming the final film of the Maze Runner: The Death Cure trilogy, which was scheduled for release in February 2018. The film was supposed to be released back in 2016, but due to the injury of key actor Dylan O’Brien, the premiere had to be postponed.
Thomas Sangster as Newt (The Maze Runner)
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