Sam Troughton

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Sam Troughton
Sam John Troughton

(1977-03-21) 21 March 1977 (age 47)
Hampstead, London, England
Years active2000–present
RelativesJim Troughton (brother)
William Troughton (brother)
Patrick Troughton (grandfather)
Henry Crichton (great-grandfather)
Michael Troughton (uncle)
Harry Melling (cousin)

Sam John Troughton (born 21 March 1977) is an English actor who has made appearances in Robin Hood (2006–2009), Alien vs. Predator (2004), Hex (2005), The Town (2012), The Hollow Crown (2016), The Ritual (2017), Peterloo (2018), Chernobyl (2019), The Outlaws (2021), Litvinenko (2022), and Napoleon (2023).

Early life[edit]

He is the son of actor David Troughton and the grandson of the second Doctor Who actor Patrick Troughton.[1][2][3] His younger brothers are the former Warwickshire cricketer Jim Troughton,[1] and actor William Troughton.[3] Troughton attended Bridgetown Primary School in Stratford-upon-Avon and then Trinity Catholic School in Leamington Spa.[4] He went on to study drama at the University of Hull, graduating in 1998.[1][2]


Troughton is a Shakespearean actor who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company,[4] and has thrice been nominated (2000, 2001, 2002) for the Ian Charleson Awards, awarded to young actors for performances in classic plays.[5]

In 2005, Troughton starred in the horror films Spirit Trap alongside Billie Piper,[2] and Alien vs. Predator,[1] and several television productions including Sky One's Hex.[2] He has appeared in the SAS-themed drama Ultimate Force. From October 2006 he appeared in the BBC Robin Hood series (2006–2009),[4] in which he features as Robin's ex-manservant, Much.[4]

Troughton's stage roles include Orlando in Samuel West's production of Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.[6] He returned to the RSC as part of the 2009–2011 ensemble, appearing at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2009 he played Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar[4] and Third Gentleman in The Winter's Tale.[4] In 2010 he played Romeo in Romeo & Juliet[4] and King Arthur in Morte D'Arthur at the Courtyard Theatre.[6] Other roles include a stage production of A Streetcar Named Desire in Liverpool.[6]

He played Thomas in Bull at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in 2013[6] and Edmund in King Lear at the Royal National Theatre in January 2014.[7]

Troughton starred in David Eldridge's new play Beginning at the Royal National Theatre and at the Ambassadors Theatre in 2018.[6] More recently he starred in Chernobyl (2019) as Aleksandr Akimov.[8] Between May and July 2019, he appeared in Rutherford and Son at the Royal National Theatre alongside Roger Allam.[6]

In 2020, Troughton starred in the biographical comedy drama film Mank, alongside a cast which included Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins and Charles Dance.[9] In 2021, he appeared as Mr. Wilder, the community service boss, in The Outlaws, a BBC series created by and starring Stephen Merchant also featuring Christopher Walken.[10]

In 2022, he played Detective Inspector Brian Tarpey in the ITV drama, Litvinenko, detailing the final days and subsequent murder investigation into the death of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko.[11]

In 2023, he appeared as the revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre in Napoleon, Ridley Scott's movie rendition of French leader Napoleon Bonaparte's life.



Year Title Role Notes / ref
2003 Sylvia Tom Hadley-Clarke [1]
2004 Alien vs. Predator Thomas Parks [2]
Vera Drake David [1]
2005 Spirit Trap Nick [2]
2017 The Ritual Dom [6]
Slumber Charlie Morgan [6]
2018 Peterloo Mr. Hobhouse Directed by Mike Leigh[6]
2020 Mank John Houseman [9]
2023 Napoleon Maximilien Robespierre


Year Title Role Notes / ref
2000 Summer in the Suburbs Police Constable TV film
2002 Ultimate Force Stuart 1 episode: "The Killing House"
Foyle's War Policeman 2 1 episode: "The German Woman"[4]
2003 Seven Wonders of the Industrial World H. Percy Boulnois TV series (1 episode: "The Sewer King")
Judge John Deed PC Doug Welkin 1 episode: "Conspiracy"[4]
2004 Gunpowder, Treason and Plot Thomas Winter TV film[6]
Messiah: The Promise Thomas Stone TV film
2005 Hex Jez Heriot/Remiel 6 episodes[1][2]
2006–2009 Robin Hood Much 38 episodes[4]
2012 The Town Jeff 3 episodes
2016 The Hollow Crown George, Duke of Clarence 2 episodes: "Henry VI part II", and "Richard III"
2018 Vera Noel ITV[6]
2019 Chernobyl Aleksandr Akimov 4 episodes[8]
2020 Death in Paradise Malcolm Simmons 1 episode: "Murder on Mosquito Island"
2021 The Outlaws Mr. Wilder 4 episodes[10]
2021 Stephen Ed Jarman All 3 episodes
2021 Ragdoll Thomas Massey 4 episodes
2022 Litvinenko DI Brian Tarpey 3 episodes


Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2000 Ian Charleson Awards Outstanding performances by actors under 30 in classical roles Henry VI, Part 1 - (Royal Shakespeare Company) Nominated [5]
2001 Richard III - (Royal Shakespeare Company) Nominated [5]
2002 Tartuffe - (Royal National Theatre) Nominated [5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Sam was just bowled over by the family firm". Birmingham Post. 8 October 2005. Archived from the original on 11 November 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Jones, Alison (8 October 2005). "The Saturday Interview: with Sam Troughton - Sam was just bowled over by the family firm". Birmingham Post.
  3. ^ a b Davies, Keri (27 November 2014). "William Troughton takes over as Tom Archer".
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Laws, Roz (29 April 2009). "A familiar tale; Television and RSC star Sam Troughton tells Roz Laws that acting is deep in his blood. But what of his son?". Birmingham Post.
  5. ^ a b c d Syme, Holger (1 November 2013). "Canadian Theatre has a Youth Problem".
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Sam Troughton". 2019.
  7. ^ "Simon Russell Beale and Sam Mendes Reunite for King Lear at National's Olivier Theatre; Further Casting and Dates Also Announced". 11 November 2013. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Chernobyl series: The real people the characters are based on, and what happened next". 6 June 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Movie Review: Mank". 23 April 2021.
  10. ^ a b "The Outlaws, Television Review". 15 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Sam Troughton Credits". Retrieved 20 July 2023.

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