Who is Tom Glynn-Carney?

Tom Glynn-Carney, photo by Matt Crockett

Tom Glynn-Carney, former Performing Arts student, has made his big-screen debut in the box office hit Dunkirk, starring alongside the likes of Tom Hardy, Harry Styles and Cillian Murphy.

Since then, Tom has landed a leading role on the West End’s The Ferryman, and a starring role in the BBC military drama The Last Post.

The 23-year-old attended Cannon Slade School in Bolton before studying at Pendleton in Salford, between 2011 and 2013. The model student left college with a triple distinction star in performing arts, the highest possible grade someone studying for a vocational qualification can receive. He then went on to study at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in London, before embarking on a successful, film, TV and theatre career.

Tom said: “I can’t help but feel like I’ve won a lottery with every job I’ve had. I have learnt a lot from some of the greatest actors and directors of our generation, and to be able to say that aged just 23, is still difficult for me to comprehend.”

But, despite his early successes, Tom is eager to remain level-headed and close to his heritage. He said: “I hope that with a bit of Northern humour and a grounded, humble approach, I will continue working with my heroes and continue to have some pretty cool stories to tell.”

Tom’s first experience in television was in a cameo role in the BBC’s Casualty in 2013, but it wasn’t long before he hit our big screens as Peter Dawson in Christopher Nolan’s, award-winning war drama, Dunkirk.

The film, set in 1940, depicts the evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War 2, from the beaches of Dunkirk, North France. Peter Dawson, played by Tom, is the son of Mr Dawson, portrayed by Academy and BAFTA Award winner, Sir Mark Rylance. Mr Dawson, a civilian, sets out by boat to rescue soldiers stranded at Dunkirk, with his son and their teenage friend George, in tow. 

Following on from his success in Dunkirk, Tom has also taken a leading role in the West End as Shane Corcoran in the Jez Butterworth play, The Ferryman. The show opened at the Royal Court Theatre last year. He then went on to win the Emerging Talent Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his performance in the play.

The young star will also play the role of Christopher Wiseman in the biographical drama of Tolkien, based on the life of Lord of the Rings writer, J.R.R Tolkien. The film, which also stars Lily Collins and Nicholas Hoult, is expected to hit big-screens later this year.

Tom, who is a self-confessed ‘humble Northerner’, feels extremely blessed for his accomplishments so far and thanks those who have helped him along the way, including Pendleton Sixth Form College, where he studied.

“I have a lot to thank Pendleton College for, and the staff who were there when I was. The college was largely responsible for the position I am in today. It provided me with skills I use every day, socially and professionally. I met some of my best friends at Pendleton and will always be grateful for that. I will remain a keen supporter of its future, growth and development.”

The up and comer is eager to remain close to his roots, he still holds strong connections with Salford and the college, and in March of this year visited Pendleton to put on an acting masterclass for current students. Helping them to get through the challenging and competitive audition process for admission into drama and performance schools.