Russell Tovey grew up in Billericay, Essex. Tovey is known for playing the role of werewolf George Sands in the BBC's supernatural drama Being Human which started in 2008. In November 2011, Tovey announced he would be leaving Being Human to work full-time on his BBC Three sitcom, Him & Her. Tovey is also known for his portrayal of the character of Rudge in both the original London and Broadway stage version, and later the film, of The History Boys.
Russell Tovey was listed in the Pink List for 2010, 2011 and 2012, and was ranked number 49 in the World Pride Power List 2013, The World Pride Power List citation said:
- "... Tovey also played Steve in Him & Her and is currently in The Job Lot. As an openly gay actor, he said this year he is waiting for the right gay role to come along."
- http://www.whatsonstage.com/interviews/theatre/london/E8821135245224/20+Questions+With...Russell+Tovey.html "20 Questions With...Russell Tovey." What's On Stage. 3 January 2006. Accessed 22 March 2011.
- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/drama/5001850/Russell-Tovey-interview-A-History-Boy-with-a-big-future.html Byrony Gordon, "Russell Tovey interview: A History Boy with a big future" The Daily Telegraph 17 March 2009
- http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/37352/being-human-returns-bbc-america-july-24th "Being Human Returns to BBC America 24 July"
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2011/nov/12/russell-tovey-why-im-leaving-being-human Nosheen Iqbal. "Russell Tovey: Why I'm Leaving Being Human (and Loving Him & Her)." The Guardian. 11 November 2011. Accessed 12 November 2011.