Pip Torrens

Philip Dean Torrens (born June 2, 1960) is an English actor. He is known for his role as Tommy Lascelles in the Netflix drama The Crown, and for leading roles in Poldark and Versailles. His film appearances include The Danish Girl, The Iron Lady, War Horse and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In 2017, he joined the main cast of AMC's Preacher, portraying the antagonist Herr Starr.

Pip Torrens
Torrens at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Philip Dean Torrens

(1960-06-02) June 2, 1960
Bromley, Kent, England
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Years active1984–present

Early life and education

Torrens was born in Bromley, Kent, and educated at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire. He studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge and subsequently studied acting at Drama Studio London.[1]


Torrens's television appearances include Consenting Adults, two episodes of Jeeves and Wooster, two episodes of Doctor Who ("Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood"),[2] The Brittas Empire, Green Wing, Silk, The Government Inspector (as John Scarlett), The Last Detective and DI Spencer for a few episodes in The Bill in 2001. He has also appeared in a 2008 series of British television advertisements for First Direct, with Matthew King. He appeared also in 1992 episode of Maigret with Michael Gambon

In 2011, Torrens appeared in both episodes of an Outnumbered two-part special. In 2012 he appeared in the first episode of series 8 of Hustle as Heinz Zimmermann and also presented new gameshow The Devil's Dinner Party. Torrens briefly appeared in an episode of Death in Paradise in 2013, as a museum guide. His film appearances include Tomorrow Never Dies as the captain of HMS Bedford, the 2001 film To End All Wars and voicework for Valiant.

In 2013, Torrens appeared in "The Waldo Moment", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror. In November 2014, Torrens played the part of Richard Grenville in the BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers. In 2017 he began a starring role on American television series Preacher, on which he appeared in 33 episodes.



1984Oxford BluesIan
1986Lady JaneThomas
1987Little DorritHenry Gowan
1988A Handful of DustJock
1989How To Get Ahead In AdvertisingJonathan
1989Bearskin: An Urban FairytaleGold-cufflinks
1990Mountains of the MoonLt. Hesketh
1990Eminent DomainAnton
1991The Object of BeautyArt Evaluator
1992Patriot GamesLord North's 1st Aide
1993The Remains of the DayDoctor Carlisle
1997Tomorrow Never DiesCaptain (HMS Bedford)
1997IncognitoWhite (defense attorney)
1999Rogue TraderSimon Jones
2001To End All WarsLt. Foxworth
2001RevelationProfessor Claxton
2001The Mystic MasseurGovernor
2001All the Queen's MenBritish Major
2005Pride & PrejudiceNetherfield Butler
2005ValiantLofty (voice)
2007The Mark of CainColonel Hampton
2007FloodArmy Liaison Officer Richardson
2008Easy VirtueLord Hurst
2009Dorian GrayVictor
2009St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's GoldHeathcoat Parker
2011My Week with MarilynSir Kenneth Clark
2011War HorseMajor Tompkins
2011Love's KitchenHealth & Safety Official
2011The Iron LadyIan Gilmour
2011Largo Winch IIInvité Plateau CNBC
2012Anna KareninaPrince Shcherbatsky
2012GambitSavoy Desk Clerk
2012Bel AmiPaul the Butler
2012The ScapegoatGeorge
2013The GuestFrankShort film
2013Drone StrikeWing Commander Ellis
2014Gemma BoveryRankin
2014Effie GrayRoyal Academy / Times Journalist
2015The Danish GirlDr Hexler
2015Star Wars: The Force AwakensColonel Kaplan
2016Kids in LoveGraham
2017Darkest HourBBC Producer
2018Down a Dark HallProfessor Farley
2018Mowgli: Legend of the JungleColonel Hathi
2019The AftermathGeneral Brook


1987The Lenny Henry ShowPC Monkhouse6 episodes
1989The Nightmare YearsMajor Radford4 episodes
1989Voice of the HeartKim CunninghamTelevision film
1989Arms and the ManBluntschliBBC television play
1991ChimeraWindeler3 episodes
1991PerformanceNigel ChildsEpisode: "Absolute Hell"
1991, 2006Agatha Christie's PoirotMajor Rich/Jeremy CloadeEpisodes: "The Mystery of the Spanish Chest" and "Taken at the Flood"
1992The Young Indiana Jones ChroniclesHoward CarterEpisodes: Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal and Treasure of the Peacock's Eye
1992Van der ValkMichael de GrootEpisode: "Still Waters"
1992MedicsJonathan WitleyEpisode: "#2.1"
1992–1993Jeeves and WoosterBingoEpisodes: "Comrade Bingo" and "Bridegroom Wanted"
1993LovejoyChristian ShotleyEpisode: "Fly the Flag"
1993To Play the KingAndrew Harding3 episodes
1993MinderMuldierEpisode: "The Great Trilby"
1993MaigretChief CommissionerEpisode: "Maigret on the Defensive"
1994A Dark-Adapted EyeChad2 episodes
1994The Brittas EmpireJohn RawlinsonEpisode: "Brussels Calling"
1995Kavanagh QCMiles PetershamEpisode: "Nothing But the Truth"
1995The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Treasure of the Peacock's EyeHoward CarterTelevision film
1995Hamish MacbethMiles PetershamEpisode: "Nothing But the Truth"
1995–2007The BillVarious5 episodes
1996The Ruth Rendell MysteriesMichael Quin2 episodes
1996Tales from the CryptGordonEpisode: "About Face"
1997Crime TravellerCarterEpisode: "A Death in the Family"
1997BodyguardsRobert Ferguson6 episodes
1997Soldier SoldierMajor Lawrence Brownham2 episodes
1998The Unknown SoldierMajor Stephen PhelpsTelevision film
1999Murder Most HorridNews PresenterEpisode: "Elvis, Jesus and Zack"
1999Big Bad WorldHughEpisode: "Be Nice to Posh People"
1999Pure WickednessDr. Phil Gold3 episodes
1999Peak PracticeHarry Kenyon2 episodes
2000Lorna DooneColonel KirkeTelevision film
2000Black CabJamesEpisode: "Busy Body"
2001Office GossipMark SpenserEpisode: "Moving On"
2001ShackletonJames McIlroyTelevision film
2002SundayInquiry lawyerTelevision film
2002Ted and AliceDr. Handford3 episodes
2002Believe NothingLe FanuEpisode: "Get Rich Quick"
2002Dead GorgeousRex BallardTelevision film
2002The ProjectMoD OfficialTelevision film
2002TLCMr. CopperfieldEpisode: "Staying Awake"
2002Darwin's DaughterCharles DarwinTelevision film
2002The Many Lives of Albert WalkeSamTelevision film
2003At Home with the BraithwaitesMr. BrondbyEpisode: "#4.6"
2003Where the Heart IsPeter Viner - CardiologistEpisode: "My Way"
2003Trial & RetributionDCS Richard LawsonEpisode: "Suspicion: Part 2"
2003Second NatureFrankTelevision film
2003Seven Wonders of the Industrial WorldDr. John SnowEpisode: "The Sewer King"
2003Charles II: The Power and The PassionCharles HartEpisode: "Episode #1.3"
2003GiftedRichard NeilsonTelevision film
2004Red CapMajor Tim GarveyEpisode: "Betrayed"
2004CasualtyTom PriceEpisode: "World Gone Wrong: Part 1"
2004Messiah: The PromiseDCI Warmseley2 episodes
2004Rosemary & ThymeDonald WestwardEpisode: "Up the Garden Path"
2004When I'm 64HeadmasterTelevision film
2004My Dad's the Prime MinisterPublisherEpisode: "Diaries"
2004Agatha Christie's MarpleNoël CowardEpisode: "4:50 from Paddington"
2004–2008Wire in the BloodDI Brennan / Harrison3 episodes
2005RomeLucius Tullius CimberEpisode: "Kalends of February"
2005Broken NewsSam French6 episodes
2005The CommanderDCS Les Branton2 episodes
2005A View from a HillSquire RichardsTelevision film
2005The Rotters' ClubEnglish MasterEpisode: "The Chick and the Hairy Guy"
2005The Government InspectorJohn ScarlettTelevision film
2005No AngelsDr. TemplarEpisode: "#2.8"
2005The Last DetectiveCaptain BoydenEpisode: "Towpaths of Glory"
2005Ian Fleming: BondmakerNoël CowardTelevision film
2005Class of '76Supt FloodTelevision film
2006Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an EmpireOlympiusEpisode: "The Fall of Rome"
2006Green WingNeurosurgeon2 episodes
2006The Chatterley AffairMervyn Griffith-JonesTelevision film
2006The Path to 9/11Paul Kessler2 episodes
2006RebusAndrew HammillEpisode: "Let It Bleed"
2006SpooksCharles LeeEpisode: "5.8"
2006MissingDerek Mailer2 episodes
2006DresdenSaundbyTelevision film
2006Pinochet in SuburbiaMichael CaplanTelevision film
2007Waking the DeadDennis Holland2 episodes
2007Doctor WhoRocastle2 episodes
2007LewisMalcolm CroftEpisode: "Expiation"
2007The Bad Mother's HandbookDoctor GaleTelevision film
2007The ChaseHubert Bryce-JonesEpisode: "2.10"
2007Consenting AdultsFrances Graham HarrisonTelevision film
2007Silent WitnessRichard Tate2 episodes
2007Miss Austen RegretsEdward Austen KnightTelevision film
2008Queen Victoria's MenCharles GrevilleTelevision film
2009HeartbeatJames MoncrieffEpisode: "Sweet Sorrow"
2009Breaking the MouldRadio Announcer (voice)Television film
2009U Be DeadPeter HigginsonTelevision film
2009CollisionDeputy Commissioner FraserEpisode: "Episode 1"
2010Secret Diary of a Call GirlEdwardEpisode: "Episode 3.1""
2010, 2016Midsomer MurdersGroup Captain Jeremy Ford / Fergal Jenner2 episodes
2011The PromiseMajor John Arbuthnot4 episodes
2011OutnumberedArmitage2 episodes
2011–2014SilkHHJ Maikin4 episodes
2011–2014Law & Order: UKPhilip Nevins5 episodes
2012HustleHeinz ZimmermannEpisode: "Gold Finger"
2012WhitechapelTravis UnderwoodEpisode: "Case Two (Part 2)"
2012The Hollow CrownThomas de MowbrayEpisode: "Henry IV, Part 2"
2012The Fall of Singapore: The Great BetrayalMI5 OfficerTelevision film
2012One NightMr. Lerner3 episodes
2012SwitchLord PiermontEpisode: "Summer Solstice Showdown"
2012SpyCrispinEpisode: "Codename: Double Oh"
2013Yes Prime MinisterJeremy BurnahmEpisode: "The Poisoned Chalice"
2013Death in ParadiseGuideEpisode: "#2.4"
2013Black MirrorPhilip CraneEpisode: "The Waldo Moment"
2013The Lady VanishesReverend Kenneth BarnesTelevision film
2013Father BrownGeoffrey BennettEpisode: "The Devil's Dust"
2013BreathlessEric SmallwoodEpisode: "#2.1"
2014Fleming: The Man Who Would Be BondEsmond Rothermere4 episodes
2014Inspector George GentlyBrigadier PhillipsEpisode: "Gently with Honour"
2014Salting the BattlefieldJock CalderonTelevision film
2014Playhouse Presents: MarkedSteve BrashTelevision film
2014–2016GrantchesterSir Edward Kendall3 episodes
2015The Heavy Water WarJohn Skinner Wilson6 episodes
2015Up the WomenLawrence3 episodes
2015–2019PoldarkCary Warleggan29 episodes
2015–2017VersaillesThe Duke of Cassel17 episodes
2016Hetty FeatherReverend CranbourneEpisode: "Changes"
2016–2019The CrownTommy Lascelles16 episodes
2017–2019PreacherHerr Starr33 episodes
2018Patrick MelroseNicholas PrattMiniseries
2018Death and NightingalesMaurice FairbrotherEpisode: "Episode #1.2"
2021The NeversLord MassenMain cast


2019The Dark Pictures: Man of MedanThe Curator
2020The Dark Pictures: Little Hope


  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scvu1-8ad6Q
  2. Gavin Fuller; Catherine Gee; Ben Lawrence (19 September 2015). "10 best modern-era Doctor Who episodes". telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
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