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Multi-faceted English born artist Arthur Darvill is best known to Whovians and genre fans alike for the role of Rory Williams, one of the Eleventh Doctor’s companions in the television series “Doctor Who.”
Darvill’s acting career began on the stage with membership at the Stage2 Youth Theatre Company, advancing to roles in large scale, professional productions such as Terre Haute, Stacy and Swimming with Sharks alongside future “Doctor Who” co-star, Matt Smith before making his BBC television debut on the crime drama “He Kills Coppers.”
Following a role in the BBC serial “Little Dorrit,” Darvill could next been seen alongside Andy Serkis in the film “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,” a biopic about British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury. The role or rock musician in the film could be said to harken back to Darvill’s early days as guitarist and keyboardist for an indie band he formed called Edmund.
Darvill began playing Rory Williams, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, in the fifth series of “Doctor Who.” He became a regular character in the sixth series, and confirmed that he would be appearing in the seventh series; however, the seventh series would be his last. His character, along with Karen Gillan’s Amy Pond, was written out of the show midway through Series 7; they were separated from the Doctor forever by the Weeping Angels in the episode “The Angels Take Manhattan.”
Since his stint on “Doctor Who,” Darvill was also seen on the BBC miniseries “The White Queen” as the Duke of Buckingham. Always looking to challenge both himself and his audience, 2015 saw Darvill work opposite “Doctor Who” alum David Tennant in the highly lauded BBC crime drama, “Broadchurch.”
2016 will see Darvill take on the role of superhero as he stars as Rip Hunter in the upcoming CW series “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” A spin-off of the hit shows “The Flash” and “Arrow,” the show stars Darvill as a charming, time travelling rogue responsible for shaping much of our history.