MCM: Tom Sturridge


He’s not a big deal as an actor. He doesn’t have extensive theater chops or a deep resume of frock flicks under his belt. But he’s pretty and pouty in historical costumes, and sometimes, that’s all we ask.


Tom Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels (1996)

Tom Sturridge, Gulliver's Travels (1996)

Just a baby, but werking that pout already!


Young Georgy in Vanity Fair (2004)

Tom Sturridge, Vanity Fair (2004)

And here he’s in full bloom, complete with bangs over the eyes. YUM.


Roger Gosselyn in Being Julia (2004)

Tom Sturridge, Being Julia (2004)

1930s. Smirk. Hat. I’m melting.


Carlo Marx / Allen Ginsberg in On the Road (2012)

Tom Sturridge, On the Road (2012)

No, I didn’t see this one, but I’m digging the glasses.


Henry VI in The Hollow Crown (2012)

Tom Sturridge, Hollow Crown (2012)

Yes, I totally fell in love with Sturridge because of his pouty, whiny, ineffectual Henry IV. Also, the long hair.


John Everett Millais in Effie Gray (2014)

Tom Sturridge, Effie Gray (2014)

Totally tracks as the super-pretty artist boyfriend.


Sergeant Francis Troy in Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Tom Sturridge, Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)

Somewhat miscast in this role, but he looked fab, as always.


Hibbert in Journey’s End (2017)

Tom Sturridge, Journey's End (2017)

Set during WWI, and it doesn’t look happy.


Lord Byron in Mary Shelley (2018)

Tom Sturridge in Mary Shelley (2018)

Coming later this year … I’m not impressed, but I’m contractually obligated as a goth to watch it.


Are you a fan of pouty, pretty boys like I am? Does Tom Sturridge do it for you?

12 Responses

  1. Donnalee

    I’m pro-pouty if it doesn’t extend to personality, and pro-pretty-bois, but the man needs a shave and some black eyeliner to be in serious contention for me…!

  2. Megan

    Love him and everyone else in Pirate Radio. Pushing the definition of frock flick, but such a great film!

    • Janette

      the conflict between sexuality and society is the primary theme of Jude but less so in Madding Crowd where the major theme is relationship to the natural world and the changing rural way of life. Oak represents the natural world and those changes, which he is the driver of whereas Troy is a distraction, almost a crop blight, who blows in indifferent to the life of the farm. He is bright and brash,, not something I picture Tom being, but without substance,as Hardy would have viewed the legendary Troy which had fallen and vanished without a trace. the best adaptation to date I think is the BBC Tv version of 1998. Well worth watching.
      But back to Tom..

      • Melanie Clark

        Hear hear about the 1998 version! Jonathan Firth was so good as Troy, and you can’t do better than Nathaniel Parker as Gabriel (Michael Sheen in 2015 is the best Boldwood, IMO).

  3. Trystan L. Bass

    The thing with Troy is that he needs to have a raw sex appeal to make it clear why Bathsheba picks him. The ’67 film did go overboard (hey, it was the sixties!) but I think they got that the tension Hardy was setting up was between innate sexuality & what society approved, which was a theme his works often explored (big Thomas Hardy nerd here :) ).

  4. Mags

    Think you’ll find thats Sam Claflin there for Journey’s End and Sturridge was in the 2nd season of “The Hollow Crown – The War of the Roses” which was shot in 2015 and aired in 2016.

  5. Melanie Clark

    re: Effie Gray–oh, but it wasn’t Millais that was the problem. I’m guessing he and Effie made up for her sterile years of marriage to Ruskin, because they had eight children!