Toby Osmond is a local actor from Teddington. After winning 'experts choice' in 'The Stage' (industry newspaper) at his drama school Showcase in the West End two years ago things have been very busy.

Straight from training he was cast as Thomas Cromwell in Channel 5 record-rating show 'Henry VIII and his Six Wives' starring East Ender's Charlie Clements, (still available to view on the C5 website, see pic).

This was great fun for Toby, shooting in authentic Tudor Manors. 2016 also saw Toby win 'Best Actor' award for the film 'Banana Pearl' directed by Ben Simon, an action comedy set on the seafront of Brighton. He’s booked to shoot Ben’s next film also set in Brighton early April this year.

In Summer he played the male lead/Villain in Horror film 'Dark Beacon' which was shot in Jersey, directed by Corrie Greenop and starring April Pearson of ‘Skins’ fame and Jon Campling from Harry Potter.

After a rather glamorous wrap party in Las Vegas, he went to Los Angeles to the 'AFM' (American Film Market) to promote the film. (see pic)

The action doesn’t stop as next month he’s going to Cannes film festival to stay in a luxury villa with the production company who shot Dark Beacon, 'Green 13 Films' and their sales and marketing company ‘The Film Label’.
They will, of course be hosting a villa party which happens to be on 20th May, coincidentally Toby’s birthday, which will be double trouble.

Last month Toby was supporting lead in the film 'Backseat Driver' starring Perry Benson (This Is England, Benidorm, Holby City etc), coincidentally alongside the very talented Carol Ellis (BBC's McMafia) who won the female 'Experts Choice' selection the same time as Toby at the end of their drama school training together, and David Wayman who is a fantastic actor who's also worked with Green 13 Films. It's a small industry.

Toby’s career began at Richmond Shakespeare Society's Mary Wallace Theatre, thanks to brother Jim Osmond suggesting he audition for the role of Hamlet, which he got. He then took a few classes at the same local school
as Tom Hardy and got his first TV role on a Channel 4 show soon after (see pic).

He’s heading back to LA later in the year, but keeping a firm base in SW London which is ideally located for the London studios and flourishing British film industry both in town and those west beyond the M25 at Longcross and
Shepperton, as well as the River and Parks of course.

Toby is very much looking forward to what the future has to hold, but enjoying the ride along the way.

Toby is on Twitter: @tobyosmond

Article supplied by Daniel Dixon