In this business, especially for guys, you can become so obsessed with where you’re at and where you think you should be that you get angry and screwed-up, and forget to value what you have.’Not that Toby isn’t without his demons.His father was an alcoholic, and ten years ago he recognised his own addiction when he almost missed a West End matinée with Diana Rigg while sleeping off a bender; he vowed never to drink again and remains teetotal.So it seems only natural that our cabbie, Neil from Rotherhithe, should be taking him from his home in East London to the Old Vic, where he’s playing the lead role of Henry, a playwright whose real and theatrical lives intertwine and unravel, in Tom Stoppard’s It’s a venue that saw some of his parents’ greatest triumphs, so will there be any spooky resonances for him?‘I try not to get bogged down in all of that,’ he says. You might guess this from his classic off-duty-actor garb of dark overcoat, beaten-up jeans and scuffed brogues; you might infer it from his leading-man looks and booming voice.You could confirm it by checking out his illustrious parentage: his mother is national treasure Dame Maggie Smith and his father was the late Sir Robert Stephens.“Criminal Minds” Honor Among Thieves (TV Episode 2007) = Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brewster 5.
[Rec] (2007) = Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza and Jorge-Yamam Serrano 22. 1 litre of tears (2005)/Ichi ritoru no namida = Yoshimi Ashikawa, Mitsuo Hamada and Yoneko Matsukane 27.
“Homeland” Tin Man Is Down (TV Episode 2013) = Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend 8.
“Masters of Horror” Jenifer (TV Episode 2005) = Steven Weber, Laurie Brunetti, Carrie Anne Fleming 9.
He downplays his Bond villain in ‘I guess theatre’s my creative engine,’ he says. I can’t actually watch and think, that could have been me?
‘Television doesn’t really stimulate me in the same way, plus there’s such a circus surrounding all of that – what premieres or parties you’re seen at, what magazines you can bag the cover of. ‘There’s a twinge of course,’ he grins, ‘but it’s in my pocket more than anything – a job like that would pay the mortgage or the school fees.