Born in Australia and raised in America, Tom Hodgkins came to the UK in his late teens and took a master’s in robotic engineering before training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
A consummate company member, he established a long relationship with Manchester’s Royal Exchange, where he was seen as Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2002), Scanlon (Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and Charley (Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman) in 2018 and, earlier this year, Officer Krupke (West Side Story).
With the National Theatre, Hodgkins made his only appearance on Broadway in Trevor Nunn’s 1998 revival of Tennessee Williams’ Not About Nightingales and was later seen in War Horse (New London Theatre, 2013) and Lee Hall’s adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s Network with Bryan Cranston in 2017.
Appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company included Egeus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2005), Hastings (Richard III, 2007) and Michael Boyd’s eight-play cycle of the Histories in 2008.
In recent years, he was seen as German Chancellor Willy Brandt in Michael Frayn’s Democracy (Theatre Royal Glasgow, 2016), Terry Johnson’s adaptation of The Graduate (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2017) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Sheffield Crucible, 2018).
Hodgkins’ few screen credits included The Bill, Peak Practice, Hustle and Hawking, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (2004), on television, and the films Hanna (2011) and Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
Tom Hodgkins was born on September 23, 1960, and died on November 2, aged 59.