Thomas Aiden Turgoose (born 11 February 1992) is an English actor. He has starred as Shaun in This Is England, This Is England '86 and This Is England '88.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Turgoose was born on 11 February 1992 and brought up in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. He attended Wintringham School.

Career[edit | edit source]

In his first film role in 2006, aged 14, he played the lead character, Shaun, in This Is England, written and directed by Shane Meadows. He won a British Independent Film Award for the role.

On television he played the character Dizzy, a young boy mentored by Adam Solomons (Luke Treadaway), in the 2006 BBC drama series The Innocence Project. The programme was cancelled after eight episodes due to poor ratings and negative reviews. Turgoose's character was in six of the eight episodes.

In 2008 he was cast in a second Shane Meadows film, Somers Town, where he co-starred in a comedic role with young Polish actor Piotr Jagiello. Both young actors shared the "Best Actor in a Narrative Feature" award at New York's Tribeca Film Festival.

He is in the film The Scouting Book For Boys.

Turgoose reprised the role of Shaun in This Is England '86, a 4-part television miniseries for Channel 4 looking at characters from This is England three years on. A year later, he appeared in the three-part series This is England '88, aired just before Christmas 2011, and during 2012 is set to appear in a further series This is England '90.

He also featured in the TV advertising campaign for Coca-Cola running with the London 2012 olympic torch.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Role Notes
2006 This Is England Shaun British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Nominated — ALFS Award for British Breakthrough - Acting
Nominated — Empire Award for Best Newcomer
The Innocence Project Dizzy TV series (7 episodes: 2006-2007)
2008 Somers Town Tomo London Film Critics Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year (also for Eden Lake)
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Eden Lake Cooper
2009 The Scouting Book for Boys David Nominated — ALFS Award for Young British Performer of the Year
Cast Offs Jake TV series (1 episode: "Will")
2010 Dirty Egg The Kid short
This Is England '86 Shaun TV series (4 episodes)
2011 This Is England '88 Shaun TV Series (3 episodes)

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Year Appearance Role Notes
2007 The Making of 'This is England' Himself TV documentary short
2008 Cinema 3 Himself TV series (1 episode: "29 November 2008)
2010 BBC Breakfast Himself TV series (1 episode: "18 March 2010")

Honours[edit | edit source]

  • 2006 Won – British Independent Film Awards – "Most Promising Newcomer"
  • 2008 Nominated – British Independent Film Awards – "Best Performance by an Actor in a British Independent Film"
  • 2008 WonTribeca Film Festival, New York – "Best Actor in a Narrative Feature" (with Piotr Jagiello) for Somers Town

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