Rupert Penry-Jones

Rupert Penry-Jones


9/22/1970, London, England

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Rupert Penry-Jones


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Rupert was born Sep.22, 1970 in London. His parents are actors Angela Thorne and Peter Penry-Jones. He has a younger brother, Laurence, who is an actor as well. After graduating from Dulwich College in London, Rupert attended Bristol Old Vic Theatre School but left after 2 years. He…more


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    • (on the dancing required while filming Jane Austen's "Persuasion")
      Rupert: We only had to do one. You feel a bit of a plonker. It's very hard to look sexy and skip about at the same time. Smouldering and skipping don't really go.

    • (on the rolling format of Series 6 of "Spooks")
      Rupert: I was worried that the scripts wouldn't quite work out and to be honest there were a few hiccups to begin with, but if things carry on the way they are this series is going to be even better than last year. It's more ambitious, it's very exciting and it's very topical.

    • (comparing his work as an actor to the role of a spy)
      Rupert: An officer could be walking along discussing a life and death situation and people are all around, going about their normal lives and oblivious to it. In the same way, when we're filming and doing a long shot, I'm maybe walking over a bridge surrounded by hundreds of people, and they have no idea what I'm doing. There's that feeling of separation, and reality becomes surreal. It's as though our characters escape into the real world, you're not really part of society.

    • (on whether or not he thinks the "Spooks" storylines go too far)
      Rupert: No, it's never gratuitous, they are issues that people are interested in; what's going on in the world today. I mean, of course it's fiction, but you do feel like you get an insight into what really could be happening.

    • (on being present at the birth of his two children)
      Rupert: I only had the courage to be at the 'business end' for the second delivery. I'd have been happy to do it the old- fashioned way, pacing the waiting room with a cigar. But Dervla wanted me there and it was an amazing experience.

    • (on watching Ralph Fiennes on stage)
      Rupert: Watching him night after night after night I started to learn about how to act on stage. It was always different, and he was always chucking in new stuff but never mucking people up at the same time.

    • (while playing Maclean, in the BBC's "Cambridge Spies)
      Rupert: I admire the spies for their courage and bravery. They were heroic. They didn't know Stalin was as much of a tyrant as Hitler.

    • (on what happens to his character Adam Carter in Series 6 of "Spooks")
      Rupert: He catches bubonic plague, he nearly drowns, he goes through about four near death experiences and has a very complicated love life this year. Which is pretty much how it is every year for Adam!

    • (On his time at the Old Vic Theatre school)
      Rupert: I was chucked out for having a bad attitude. I didn't really see eye to eye with the people in charge over anything. It was a bit of a slap in the face and meant finding an agent or audition was virtually impossible.

    • (on what the real MI5 must make of his show "Spooks")
      Rupert: I imagine that real officers must see the series as amusing, but completely ridiculous. The things that we do in an episode take years in reality to come together.

  • Rupert Penry-Jones would play a great part as Steel, the time detective in the 70's British Sci-Fi Series - Sapphire & Steel.

    Does anybody agree that there should be a re-make of the British Sci-Fi Series ' Sapphire and Steel ' ?? I personally think that Rupert Penry-Jones would fit the part perfectly after seeing Spooks. But who would play Sapphire I wonder ?? Would be difficult to find someone's character similar to Joanna Lumley !!! I was having breakfast in McDonnalds a few months ago in my hometown of Colchester, U.K. and I was listening to a live radio show requesting callers to express their views of what television series or films from the 70's and 80's they would like to see a re-make of. I say Sapphire and Steel. I when Sapphire & Steel took on ' No-Face ', who had the power to erase people from old photographs - One of the most remembered programs of the series. How freaked out was I !!!moreless