Detectorists' Toby Jones, part one
Week of January 18, 2016
Toby Jones
Toby Jones

So how are you enjoying Detectorists? It really grows on you doesn’t it? If you are a fan of the Harry Potter films and think the voice of actor Toby Jones who plays Lance in the series seems familiar, then wonder no more; Jones voiced the role of lovable Dobby!

The London born actor, who turns 50 this year, has had quite the film career – especially of late. Some of the films he’s appeared in include Captain America, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Adventures of Tin Tin, Finding Neverland and The Hunger Games. He was also Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl.

Toby Jones
As Captain Mainwaring, and his second in command
Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson in Dad’s Army

Jones’ latest film, due to be released in a couple of weeks, is Dad’s Army, the British war comedy film, based on the 1960s/70s BBC television series. Jones has a major role in the film, that of bank manager and platoon commander Captain Mainwaring. A lot of other faces familiar to MPT appear in the film as well, such as Bill Nighy, Catherine Zeta Jones, Annette Crosbie, Sarah Lancashire, Mark Gatiss and Michael Gambon.

Toby Jones
As Truman Capote opposite Daniel Craig
as Perry Smith in Infamous

Jones also does quite a bit of recording for BBC Radio 4, and somehow he’s even managed to find time to fit in the odd West End and Broadway stage appearance. In fact, it was while he was in New York appearing in the Kenneth Branagh musical The Play What I Wrote (for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Olivier Award in London) that Jones came to the attention of an agent who thought he bore a remarkable resemblance to Truman Capote.

Toby Jones
As Hitchcock in The Girl

According to an interview Jones gave with The Independent newspaper, the agent passed on his observation to Warner Brothers, who were casting a film called Infamous, about the period of time in which Capote wrote the book In Cold Blood. When their first choices Johnny Depp and Sean Penn turned the role down, they asked Jones to audition. Jones gave it his "best shot" and was cast as the American novelist. He then spent every waking moment in what he calls “the Capote voice” so as not to slip out of it.

Infamous, which was released in 2006, was Jones’ first Hollywood film and the first film in which he’d had a leading role. From then on his career has gone from strength to strength.

I’ll have more on Toby Jones next week, in the meantime, you can see him every Tuesday afternoon at 1pm in Detectorists on Afternoon Tea.

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