Tom Payne (actor)
Thomas Payne is an English actor. He is known for appearing on AMC's The Walking Dead as Paul "Jesus" Rovia. He currently portrays Malcolm Bright on the 2019 American television series Prodigal Son.
Early lifePayne was born in Chelmsford, Essex, and grew up in Bath, Somerset, where he attended King Edward's School and was a prolific contributor to the school's drama department. He attended the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, graduating in June 2005. He then appeared in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
CareerIn January 2007, he first appeared in Waterloo Road for the BBC, playing sixth former Brett Aspinall. Despite being 24 at the time, Payne portrayed a 17-year-old character. He remained in the series until the end of the following season in March 2008. It was revealed afterwards that he would not be returning for the new season, beginning in January 2009.
In 2009, Payne played George Best in , a BBC2 film about the legendary footballer. In the same year he appeared in Marple: They Do It With Mirrors and Wuthering Heights for ITV.
Payne was named as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2007.
On 8 March 2010, it was announced that Tom had joined the cast of Luck a new pilot for HBO directed by Michael Mann, written by David Milch, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. He plays the role of a Cajun jockey.
In 2012, he was cast in the title role of The Physician alongside Stellan Skarsgard and Ben Kingsley.
Payne was cast with a recurring role in Season 6 of The Walking Dead, as Paul "Jesus" Rovia, and promoted to series regular for season 7. Tom remained for two seasons until his character was killed off in season nine.
In 2019, Payne was cast in the lead role as a serial killer's son in the Fox police procedural series Prodigal Son.
Personal lifePayne has been dating singer Jennifer Åkerman since late 2013. He later revealed on an episode of Talking Dead that they are engaged.
His younger brother Will Payne is also an actor.
|2005||Casualty||Toby Tyler||Episode: "Love and Duty"|
|2007||Miss Marie Lloyd||Bernard||Television film|
|2007–2008||Waterloo Road||Brett Aspinall||Recurring role, 32 episodes|
|2008||He Kills Coppers||Jonny Taylor||Television film|
|2009||Wuthering Heights||Linton||2 episodes|
|2009||Miss Marple||Edgar Lawson||Episode: "They Do It with Mirrors"|
|2009||George Best||Television film|
|2009||Beautiful People||Mr. Carr||Episode: "How I Got My Plumes"|
|2010||The People vs. George Lucas||Himself||Documentary|
|2011–2012||Luck||Leon Micheaux||9 episodes|
|2014||New Worlds||Monmouth||4 episodes|
|2016–2019||The Walking Dead||Paul "Jesus" Rovia||Recurring |
|2016–2018||Talking Dead||Himself||7 episodes|
|2017||The Nightly Show||Himself||Episode: "With David Walliams - Night Four"|
|2018||Fear the Walking Dead||Paul "Jesus" Rovia||Episode: "What's Your Story?"|
|2019–present||Prodigal Son||Malcolm Bright||Main role|