Learn more about Tom Riley, actor, producer and husband of actress Lizzy Caplan. He is best known for his role in ‘Da Vinci’s Demons.’
Who is Lizzy Caplan’s husband, Tom Riley?
Tom Riley is an English actor and producer. He was born in Kent, England in 1981. In 2002, he graduated from the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, England and then went on to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art until 2005. After his graduation, he formed his own theater company called Article 19 and began working with the Royal Court Theatre Company. He still appears in stage productions in between on screen roles.
Riley’s acting career began in 2006, when he played David in ‘A Few Days in September.’ The French film is a thriller starring Juliette Binoche and John Tuturo. ‘A Few Days in September’ was released to moderate reviews, but Riley’s performance was praised. His next significant role was starring in an English film called ‘I Want Candy’ with Carmen Electra. The comedy is about two English kids who get lured into a porn scheme. Again, the reviews were moderate. In 2008, he landed a role in the mini-series ‘Lost in Austen.’ The four episode long series is about a woman who switches places with her favorite literary character, Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ Riley plays the handsome playboy Mr. Wickham, a small but pivotal role. ‘Lost in Austen’ aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and got good reviews. Over the next few years, Riley continued to act in primarily UK based projects. He starred opposite Sally Hawkins in ‘Happily Ever Afters,’ an Irish romantic comedy in 2009, and another English mini-series called ‘A Bouquet of Barbed Wire’ in 2010. Riley’s next long term project came in 2011, a British tv show called ‘Monroe.’ The medical drama about a brilliant neurosurgeon ran for two seasons, and Riley starred in every episode. Riley made his Broadway debut in 2011 in a revival of Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia.’ He played Septimus Hodge, the brilliant mathematician and tutor to teenager, Thomasina Coverly. The production was nominated for a Tony award for Best Revival of a Play.
‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ and awards
After the end of ‘Monroe’ in 2012, Riley finally transitioned into television in the United States. He landed the starring role in a Starz television show, ‘Da Vinci’s Demons.’ The show is about Leonardo Da Vinci’s early days, and Riley played Da Vinci. The series received good reviews, and went on for three seasons before ending in 2015 ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ also reunited Riley with ‘Lost in Austen’ co-star Elliot Cowan. Riley received a BAFTA award in Wales for his work, and the show won Emmys for Outstanding Main Title Design and Original Main Title Theme Music. In 2015, Riley had a supporting role in a British film called ‘Kill Your Friends.’ The film stars Nicholas Hoult as an A&R man who goes to extremes to find a new hit song. ‘Kill Your Friends’ got moderate reviews and also stars James Corden. Riley’s next film was called ‘Starfish’ in which he starred with Joanne Froggatt. The film is about a couple whose life falls apart in a moment. Bill Clark, the director, was nominated for The Michael Powell Award for Best Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2016. His next film was an American movie called ‘Pushing for Dead.’ It stars James Roday as an HIV positive writer. ‘Pushing for Dead’ won several Best Feature awards at film festivals around the country, including the Calgary International Film Festival and FilmOut San Diego.
‘The Collection’ and current projects
Riley’s experience playing Leonardo Da Vinci made showrunner Oliver Goldstick think of Riley for the part of Claude Sabine in ‘The Collection.’ The Amazon original explores the relationships within the Sabine family and their fashion house. ‘The Collection’ received good reviews, but has not made any new episodes since 2016. His two most recent projects are a British film called ‘Modern Life is Rubbish’ and a tv series called ‘Ill Behavior.’ ‘Modern Life is Rubbish’ focuses on a mismatched couple, and the film’s lead actress, Jessie Cave, was nominated for a BAFTA in Scotland. ‘Ill Behavior’ is a BBC series about Charlie (Riley) who rejects chemotherapy for his lymphoma, which prompts his friends to take drastic action. His friends are played by Chris Geere and Riley’s real life wife, Lizzy Caplan.
Marriage to Lizzy Caplan and net worth
He and Caplan met in 2015 while she was filming in London. In 2016, they made their official debut as a couple, and were engaged later that year. They became husband and wife in September of 2017. Before Caplan and Riley met, Caplan dated ‘Friends’ actor Matthew Perry for six years, from 2006 to 2012. Riley’s upcoming projects include a dark comedy film called ‘Ghost Light’ about a group of Shakespearean actors, and ‘Extinction,’ a sci-fi thriller that also stars Caplan. Riley’s net worth is estimated at $12 million. Lizzy Caplan’s net worth is estimated at $4 million. She is best known for playing Janis Ian in ‘Mean Girls’ and Virginia Johnson in ‘Masters of Sex.’