Toby trained at the Ecole Internationale du Theatre in Paris under Jacques Lecoq and began his career on the stage. Although he would make the leap to film and television, he returns to the boards frequently, including appearing on Broadway in the hit play The Play What I Wrote in 2003 after winning the 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the London production.
Toby made his motion picture debut in the period piece Orlando (1992) starring Tilda Swinton. Small roles in a variety of films followed, including playing the doorkeeper in Les Miserables (1998). In Ever After (1999), starring Drew Barrymore, he was at his scene-stealing best as the Royal Page.
He went on to appear on TV in productions such as the critically-acclaimed A&E/BBC mini-series Victoria & Albert (2001) and the HBO/Channel 4 production Elizabeth I (2005) with Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons, as well the feature films Finding Neverland (2004), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) and Infamous (2006), in which he played his first starring role as Truman Capote.
As with many of his fellow British actors, Toby has played a role in the Harry Potter movies—providing the voice of Dobby the house elf in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (2010).
Other projects include the role of Claudius Templesmith in The Hunger Games (2012) and Coll, one of the dwarves, in Snow White & the Huntsman (2012).
But the performance that has earned him the most praise is undoubtedly his role as Alfred Hitchcock in the 2012 HBO TV movie The Girl. His work earned him nominations at the prestigious Golden Globes, Emmy Awards and BAFTA Awards. Viewers also saw him play Dr. Jenkins on the drama series Wayward Pines from 2015 to 2016, of which M. Night Shyamalan is one of the executive producers and the Librarian on the 2019 Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Toby has also played roles in films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), Atomic Blonde (2017), Journey's End (2018) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).
In addition, he signed deals to appear in the blockbuster Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)—which raised US $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office—and Antoine Fuqua's science fiction feature, Infinite (2020), starring Mark Wahlberg.
Toby lives in London with his wife Karen, who is a criminal lawyer, and their two children.
Christopher Robin (2018)
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)
Journey's End (2018)
Atomic Blonde (2017)
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Dad’s Army (2016)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)
The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)
Tale of Tales (2015)
By the Gun (2014)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Leave to Remain (2013)
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
The Hunger Games (2012)
Red Lights (2012)
The Aventures of Tintin (2011) (voice)
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Your Highness (2011)
The Rite (2011)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
What’s Wrong with Virginia (2010)
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)
St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold (2009)
City of Ember (2008)
St. Trinian’s (2007)
The Mist (2007)
The Painted Veil (2006)
Amazing Grace (2006)
Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Ladies in Lavender (2004)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) (voice)
Hotel Splendide (2000)
The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz (2000)
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
Simon Magus (1999)
Ever After (1998)
Cousin Bette (1998)
Les Misérables (1998)