Jack Gordon (actor)

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Jack Gordon
John Gordon

(1985-06-27) 27 June 1985 (age 38)
Bedfordshire, England
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Years active2006–present

John Gordon (born 27 June 1985) is an English actor. He is best known for roles such as Sean in Elaine Constantine's Northern Soul,[1] Ronnie Biggs in the BBC One TV-series The Great Train Robbery (2013 TV series)[2] and Peter Foley in The Crimson Field.[3] On the stage, he gained acclaim for his role as "man" in Philip Ridley's Tender Napalm[4] and Giovanni in Cheek by Jowl's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore.[5]

Early life[edit]

Jack Gordon was born on 27 June 1985 in Bedfordshire, England. After graduating from Bedford College, he became a member of the National Youth Theatre. At seventeen, he was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art[6] and graduated with a BA in Dramatic Arts in 2007. During his final year, he signed with talent agency Hamilton Hodell.


Following RADA, he starred as Romeo[7] in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Battersea Arts Centre in London. On stage, he played Billy in West End show Warhorse at the National Theatre in 2010. In 2011, he resumed work with Phillip Ridley who cast him to star as 'Man' in his play, Tender Napalm.[8] The following year, he starred as Giovanni[9] in 'Tis Pity She's A Whore,[10] a Cheek by Jowl production that would go on to tour the world.

In film, he would go on to play roles such as Jamie in Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, Jeeko in Phillip Ridley’s Heartless,[11] Lieutenant Burridge in Julian Jarrold’s A Royal Night Out[12] and GI Stanley in Captain America; The First Avenger. In 2014 he was cast as the rowdy Northern Soul dancer, Sean in Elaine Constantine’s Northern Soul,[13] and starred as Max in Love Me Do[14] opposite Rebecca Calder in 2015.

His television work includes the award-winning The Great Train Robbery,[15] directed by Julian Jarrold, where he played the role of notorious thief, Ronnie Biggs, as well as various projects on the BBC, including The Crimson Field[16][17] where he played Orderly Corporal Peter Foley,[18] as well EastEnders, Primeval, and The Bill.

In 2017, he reunited with director Anthony Woodley for the role of Russell in the up-and-coming refugee-drama, The Flood,[19] starring Lena Headey.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Fish Tank Jamie Feature film
2009 Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead Trey Direct to video
2009 Heartless Jeeko Feature film
2010 It's a Wonderful Afterlife Ari Goldman Feature Film
2011 The Devil's Business Cully Feature Film
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger GI Stanley Feature Film
2011 Panic Button Max Feature Film
2012 Life Just Is Pete Feature Film
2012 Truth or Dare Chris Also known as the United States as Truth or Die
2014 Northern Soul Sean Feature Film
2015 Love Me Do Max Feature Film
2015 A Royal Night Out Lieutenant Burridge Feature Film
2015 The Carrier Craig Turnpike Feature Film
2016 Bachelor Games Henry Feature Film
2017 Phantom Thread Rowdy Boy Feature Film
2019 The Flood Russell Feature Film


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Lewis Series 2: and the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea James Coupland 1 episode
2010 Primeval Series 3 Tony 2 episodes
2009 The Bill Art Minshull Main role, 1 episode
2011 EastEnders Paul Main role, 9 episodes
2012 Law and Order Mickey Main role, 1 episode
2013 The Curfew Travis Main role, video game
2015 The Great Train Robbery Ronnie Biggs Main role, 2 episodes
2016 The Crimson Field Peter Foley Main role, 6 episodes
2015 New Blood Elias Wesley Lead role, 2 episodes


Year Title Role Theatre/Production
2007 Romeo and Juliet Romeo Battersea Arts Centre
2007 The Car Cemetery Tiossido Gate Theatre London
2008 The Miracle Header National Theatre
2009 DNA John Tate National Theatre
2010 War Horse Billy National Theatre/West End
2010 Lulu Alwa Gate Theatre
2011 Tender Napalm Man Southwark Playhouse/Supporting Wall
2012 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Giovanni Cheek By Jowl/Barbican/World Tour
2015 Ant Street Mani Arcola Theatre
2016 Cosmic Fear (or the day Brad Pitt Got Paranoia) C Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2018 Screaming Secrets Antonio Tristan Bathes Theatre


| ‘’ Henry V ‘’ | Henry | Corsini Gardens, Florence | The New Generation Festival

Short Film[edit]

Year Title Role Production
2008 Underneath Lee NFTS
2009 Friends Forever Bully NFTS
2013 The Body Jack Ten Cent Adventures
2014 KIVITOQ Rene Fischer Film
2015 The Baby Shower Actor Facade Films/Melocoton Films
2017 Faithless George Kinetic Films
2018 51 States M Independent


  1. ^ Harvey, Dennis (22 September 2015). "Toronto Film Review: 'Northern Soul'". Variety. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ "BBC to Air 'Great Train Robbery' Drama as Infamous Gang Member Dies". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  3. ^ "The Crimson Field, TV review: A BBC drama that can't decide what it's". The Independent. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ Gardner, Lyn (27 April 2011). "Tender Napalm – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. ^ Brantley, Ben (23 March 2012). "Cheek by Jowl's Tis Pity She's a Whore at BAM". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Jack Gordon — RADA". www.rada.ac.uk. Fabrique, https://fabrique.nl. Retrieved 18 May 2018. {{cite web}}: External link in |others= (help)CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ Gardner, Lyn (3 August 2007). "Theatre review: Romeo and Juliet / BAC, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  8. ^ Gardner, Lyn (27 April 2011). "Tender Napalm – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  9. ^ Brantley, Ben (23 March 2012). "Cheek by Jowl's Tis Pity She's a Whore at BAM". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  10. ^ Billington, Michael (22 February 2012). "'Tis Pity She's a Whore – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Jack Gordon". Screen. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Review: After the Terrors of the Blitz Comes 'A Royal Night Out'". The New York Times. 3 December 2015. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  13. ^ Garratt, Sheryl (6 October 2014). "Northern Soul: Behind the scenes of the film". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Parkland Pictures takes UK thriller 'Love Me Do'". Screen. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  15. ^ Williams, Kathryn (18 December 2013). "The Great Train Robbery's Luke Evans on the BBC drama and Ronnie Biggs". walesonline. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  16. ^ "The Crimson Field, TV review: A BBC drama that can't decide what it's". The Independent. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  17. ^ "BBC - The Crimson Field: Jack Gordon - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  18. ^ Kish, Antonia M.; Newcombe, Peter A. (2015). "Corporal Punishment Myth Scale". doi:10.1037/t47156-000. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  19. ^ Woodley, Anthony, The Flood, Lena Headey, Iain Glen, Arsher Ali, retrieved 18 May 2018
  20. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (24 April 2017). "Game of Thrones star speaks out against 'horrendous' treatment of refugees". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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