Tom Rosenthal (actor)

Thomas Alan Smith Rosenthal (born 14 January 1988) is an English comedian and actor. He is the son of television sports presenter Jim Rosenthal.[1] His television roles include: Marcus Gallo in Plebs and Jonny Goodman in Friday Night Dinner. He currently resides in London. Alongside acting, he has written and performed two of his own comedy shows including “Child of Privilege”. Tom performed at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 where his show, Manhood, was highly rated. He toured it around the UK in the autumn.

Tom Rosenthal
Rosenthal at the 2013 British Comedy Awards, 12 December 2013
Born (1988-01-14) 14 January 1988
Hammersmith, London
MediumStand-up, television
Years active2007–present
Notable works and rolesPlebs, Friday Night Dinner

Life and career

Rosenthal was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Christine "Chrissy" (Smith), a former Newsnight producer, and Jim Rosenthal, a television sports presenter and grew up in the village of Cookham in Berkshire. [1] One of his paternal great-grandfathers was German-born Jewish physician and writer Oscar Levy.[2] Tom Rosenthal's father is Jewish (of German Jewish descent).[3][4][5] In 2011, he stated, "I get called a Jewish comedian and I'm totally fine with that, but I can't really inform either of the performances I've done this year with a Jewish background. But I have learnt a lot about the culture and it has given me great pride to do so. It is an amazing culture to learn about."[6] He was dubbed a "super-smart child of privilege" by the London Evening Standard.[7] Rosenthal has talked openly about living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.[8]

In 2011 he was cast with a leading role as Jonathan "Jonny" Goodman in the Channel 4 sitcom, Friday Night Dinner,[9] along with Simon Bird.

In 2013 he was cast as “Marcus” in the ITV programme Plebs (tv series). The programme is still currently on air; with series 5 premiering in September 2019.

In 2014 Rosenthal starred in and created a comedy pilot for BBC iPlayer with Naz Osmanoglu, entitled Flat TV, which was later commissioned into a mini-series.[10]

He played Private Pike in Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes (2019), a recreation of three missing episodes of the BBC comedy Dad's Army.



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  2. Chris Kearney. "Levy Maud Ruth genealogy". Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  3. Barker, Nicolas (13 November 2005). "ICSM Online Journal Obituaries; Albi Rosenthal". The Jewish Music Institute. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  4. Nicolas Barker (22 January 2008). "Maud Rosenthal: Oscar Levy's 'daughter-secretary'". The Independent. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  5. Simon Round (2 February 2008). "How Jewish is Jim Rosenthal?" (PDF). The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  6. Kari Rosenberg (16 June 2011). "Tom turns into a political football". Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  7. "My ridiculously successful career: the super-smart child of privilege". Evening Standard. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  8. "My ridiculously successful career: the super-smart child of privilege". Evening Standard. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  9. "Tamsin Greig and Pulling's Paul Ritter to star in Channel 4 comedy". The Guardian. 12 February 2010.
  10. "Flat TV". BBC iPlayer. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  11. "Mercury Rising: Marissa Burgess reviews the Leicester Comedian of the Year". Chortle. 20 February 2011.
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