I have 3 major fetishes when it comes to men and they are as follows: Posh English accent, broad shoulders, and red hair. That's probably the correct order, as well. For a long, long time I'd never seen nor heard of anyone who had all of these qualities... and then Toby Stephens came along. Son of Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Robert Stephens (both very famous actors who you can google if you like) you can see that the apple didn't fall very far from the tree. He's been in numerous plays and has done loads of audio recordings (believe me when I tell you his voice is worth listening to) but this list is going to be what you can buy on DVD -- cos every Toby Lover needs a collection! Now.. there are other flicks of his you can get, but I've only included the ones where he has a decent about of screen time.
Jane Eyre 2006
This BBC mini-series was released in 2006. I first saw it on UK Television sometime around Christmas 2007. I'd never heard of Toby Stephens before then, but I can tell you I haven't forgotten him since. There have been other versions of Jane Eyre, obviously, and some of them were brilliant. But none of them had Toby, so, they sucked. Ok, not sucked. But, you know. Jane's not quite so plain in this version, nor is she particularly small, but the acting is quite good so you can overlook the fact that Jane's way more hot than she should be. Actually, everyone's acting is pretty brilliant, but these things simply do not compare to the fact that Toby Stephen's looks effing-hot in breeches, sideburns and a chest that makes you want to run your hand down the length of of -- and keep on going. I bought the 2006 Jane Eyre DVD as a birthday present to myself this year. If you like Toby half as much as I do, you need to treat yourself, as well.
The Queen's Sister (2006)
This is a fabulous bit of film. You need this, you really do. It's the slightly embellished story of Princess Margaret (Queens Elizabeth's younger sister) who married a total commoner. It's witty, clever, fascinating -- and lots of sex. Of course. Get it, you need it.
I will be honest and say I wasn't able to see the entire thing due to techinical issues with the version I was watching -- but what I did see was great. Loads of good acting with lots of familiar faces, and, best of all, Toby's playing the Public Schoolboy type I just lurve to drool over. It *is* a bit of a horror flick, though, so keep that in mind before you watch.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1997)
Another miniseries where Toby gets a fair share of screen time. This flick is from the Bronte novel. Toby is young, hot and oh-so-fine in this movie. He's taken with a mysterious new neighbor, and gets broody and moody when she resists him. It's your typical unrequited love story, but there's a bizarre twist, thanks to her secret. I'm not a huge fan of the book, but hey, it's Toby.
Cambridge Spies (2003)
Let me just tell you -- this series will fulfill all of your Toby needs. He is onscreen for the better part of this series, and much of that time he's being naughty between the sheets! Cambridge Spies is the true story of 4 English spies who started giving the Russians intelligence back before Hitler started getting crazy. It's really a fascinating story, and protrays the men in an interesting light. It's quite long (mini series) and stars Tom Hollander, as well.
Perfect Strangers (2001)
This is a really long mini-series starring Matthew MacFadyen (Darcy from the 2006 version of Pride & Predjudice) and Michael Gambon. It takes place at a hotel where a huge family is gathering for a reunion. Toby doesn't have loads of screen time in this one, but what he has is worth seeing. And oooh... his hair is quite red in this. Love it, love it, love it.
Photographing Fairies (1997)
I haven't seen this one yet, but it's on my list. He's the lead in the movie, so that means lots and lots of drool time. It's not one of the cheeriest themes out there, but who cares? It's 90 minutes of Toby Stephens, FFS! Get it!
The Great Gatsby (2001)
We all know this classic, right? Toby Stephens stars in the lead, along with Mira Sorvino. I've read reviews claiming this is the best version ever filmed. Personally, I don't give a toss about all that. Just show me some Toby and I'll be happy.
Die Another Day (2002)
In Die Another Day, Toby plays supervillain Gustav Graves. The pretense is just about as ridiculous and ubelievable as any other James Bond flick, but, hey, Toby makes it worth watching. He looks so Public Schoolboy here, doesn't he? Oi, I love 'im.
Wulf on October 01, 2009:
I must confess, Toby's an absolute FOX. Really, he's superb. He's probably a historian at heart. I think that's what gives his period performances such power and panache. You just can't beat Toby in Cambridge Spies. He is Philby. Epic. Toby's also delicious as an ex East India Company mercenary in Sharp's Rifles. Bye the way, Sharp's Rifles (in general) is non-stop fun. Highly recommended.
louise777 on August 26, 2009:
'The Rising of Mangal Pandey' is one of my faves, I like to hear Toby speak with a Scottish accent (and Hindi too), plus you get to see him roll around half-naked in the dirt :)
Just Period Films on August 09, 2009:
I can't believe you left out the period movie Onegin (1999). Great film adaptation of the novel by Alexander Pushkin. It starred Toby Stephens, Ralph Fiennes, and Liv Tyler. Anyway, great list of movies and Toby Stephens info.
EsmeF from London, England on July 29, 2009:
What are your thoughts on Damian Lewis then? Posh british accent, not so braod, but looks good in a uniform and red hair. I like Toby Stevens too, especially in Jane Eyre and Severence, but Damian is my fave!
marie on May 08, 2009:
i think he is fantastic in jane eyre. i cant stop watching it since i first saw it. he is the best actor for the part. I will be getting more of his films soon.
Tobyismyfantasy on April 03, 2009:
i saw toby in tenant of wildfell hall and then in jane eyre and I was absolutely stunned. delicious. suberb acting too. well, I just wanted to say thank you so much for that list! I was googling Toby and looking up pictures of him randomly when I came across it and it's exactly what I need. I've been looking for other Toby films and was pretty worried about finding out which ones are actually worth seeing (aka have enough Toby time and don't show him only wearing a mask). So thank you so much for this!
mk on January 28, 2009:
thank you so much for the toby encyclopedia. I just bought jane eyre and may have to add the others you listed. He is beyond unbelievable!! I have to stop skipping through the movie to repeatedly watch my fav scenes which I am sure you can guess. and yes, ruth wilson was an amazing jane eyre but she was hardly plain or little!
Jenna on December 11, 2008:
OMG! Borrowed Jane Eyre from the Library and haven't been able to think of anything but Toby since! Thanks for this page and all the good info on the movies. You missed Sharpe's Challenge. Medium screen time. He's such a hot baddie! Bought some for my birthday gift this year. Need more...LOTS MORE.
Chats on December 01, 2008:
Didn't have a clue who Toby was but loved the villain in James bond more than Bond -a bit startling realisation ,it being a crappy story about genetic change or is it enhancement and How!!!
Can't fault you on the three counts -and he looks arrogant to boot .Attitude has such an allure must say.Jane Eyre was amazing ,except watched it with friends and all were " is Rochester supposed to have so much intimacy with her " [a bit like are your parents supposed to really have sex ]-not a complaint though ......must catch up more on this one big fantsy -the best part being not knowing him personally or anything about him really ,but having a very personal claim on him.....not forgetting to drool of course.
Signed :Chatsy [Chat apparently means cat in French :) and all these with Toby have lotsa visual cream to lap up ;apologies to the seriously arty types -can't see any other angle .He goes well with a nice cuppa tea after a loong day of reality:escapism of the purest form :D ]
Jaine Flemming on November 05, 2008:
I saw Toby in Jane Eyre and in Tenants of Wildfell Hall, he was super in both of them, he is a great upcoming young actor, and I would watch anything he was in! He is believable and actually seems to become the character he is acting, which I believe is a mark of a great actor.. Go Toby! Signed: British Film Enthusiast