Rory Kinnear (born 17 February 1978) is an English actor and playwright who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre.
He is best known for playing Bill Tanner in the James Bond films Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre, and in various video games of the franchise. He is the youngest actor to play the role of Bill Tanner. He also won a Laurence Olivier Award for portraying Fopling Fluter in a 2008 version of The Man of Mode, and a British Independent Film Award for his performance in the 2012 film Broken. In 2014, he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Shakespeare’s villain Iago in the National Theatre production of Othello.
Kinnear’s performances in Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Mary Stuart and Trevor Nunn’s Hamlet, in which he played Laertes, met with acclaim. He also achieved recognition as the outrageous Sir Fopling Flutter in The Man of Mode at the National Theatre, winning a Laurence Olivier Award and Ian Charleson Award. Other notable theatre work includes the lead in Thomas Middleton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy, the role of Pyotr in Gorky’s Philistines and the role of Mitia in a stage adaptation of the Nikita Mikhalkov film Burnt by the Sun, all for the National Theatre.
In 2010, he played Angelo in Measure For Measure at the Almeida Theatre. Later in 2010 he played the title role in Hamlet at the National Theatre. The two portrayals won him the best actor award in the Evening Standard drama awards for 2010.
Kinnear appeared in The Last of the Haussmans at the Royal National Theatre during the summer of 2012. The production was broadcast to cinemas around the world on 11 October 2012 through the National Theatre Live programme.
He starred as Iago opposite Adrian Lester in the title role of Othello in 2013 at the National Theatre throughout the summer of 2013. Both actors won the Best Actor award in the Evening StandardTheatre Awards for their roles; the award is traditionally given to only one actor, but the judges were unable to choose between the pair.
In 2013, he wrote the play The Herd which premiered at Bush Theatre in London directed by Howard Davies. From September 2013 the Bush Theatre in London staged Rory’s debut play. The play ran at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago beginning April 2, 2015.
He currently portrays Bill Tanner in the Daniel Craig era James Bond film series after taking over from Michael Kitchen. He is the fourth person to play the character. He has appeared in Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). As well as the films, Kinnear also lends his voice and likeness to the Bond video games; GoldenEye 007 (2010), James Bond 007: Blood Stone(2010) and 007 Legends (2012).
Further to his theatre work he received particularly positive reviews for his sympathetic portrayal of Denis Thatcher in The Long Walk to Finchley (2008), a BBC dramatisation of the early years ofMargaret Thatcher’s political career, which also starred Andrea Riseborough and Samuel West.
He also starred alongside Lucy Punch and Toby Stephens in the BBC Two series Vexed. Broadcast on 19 October 2010, he was the co-lead in the BBC4 TV drama, The First Men in the Moonwritten by and co-starring Mark Gatiss.
In 2011, he provided narration during the BBC Proms production of ‘Henry V – suite’ arranged by Muir Mathieson during their Film Music Prom. He appeared in the lead role of Prime Minister Michael Callow in ‘The National Anthem’, the first instalment of Charlie Brooker’s miniseries Black Mirror.
In July 2012, Kinnear appeared as Bolingbroke in Richard II, a BBC Two adaptation of the play of the same name, with Ben Whishaw as King Richard and Patrick Stewart as John of Gaunt.
He starred in the BBC series Count Arthur Strong as Michael and also appeared in the Channel 4 drama Southcliffe.
In December 2013 he appeared as the main character Lord Lucan in the two-part ITV series Lucan.
He appeared as Frankenstein’s monster in the Showtime television series Penny Dreadful, which premiered 11 May 2014.
In 2010, he played Flugkapitän Jürgen Rahl in the BBC Radio drama Slipstream as a disaffected German pilot who joins a mission to steal an alien spacecraft harboured by the Nazis.