STORY SO FAR: Tom Burke

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Cur­rently tak­ing the lead in Strike – The Silk­worm (9pm, BBC1), Tom Burke, 36, is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly fa­mil­iar face on our screens. Here’s how it all be­gan…

Dy­nasty: Born in 1981, it’s no sur­prise that Tom Liam Bene­dict Burke should grow up to be an ac­tor, as both his par­ents are in the pro­fes­sion and his god­fa­ther was the late, great Alan Rick­man. His fa­ther, David Burke, played Dr Wat­son in the first se­ries of ITV’s The Ad­ven­tures Of Sher­lock Holmes,

along­side Jeremy Brett, while his mother, Anna Calder-Mar­shall, has ap­peared in ev­ery­thing from In­spec­tor Morse to Doc­tor Who. To­day, the cou­ple fo­cus mainly on theatre work.

Tread­ing the boards: Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from RADA in London, Tom fol­lowed in his par­ents’ foot­steps and found suc­cess in the theatre – ‘It’s a bit of a mad thing to do, go on stage and pre­tend to be some­one else’ – work­ing at Shake­speare’s Globe, the Old Vic and the Na­tional Theatre. Small screen, big im­pact: Tom’s first ma­jor tele­vi­sion role was in BBC drama State Of

Play (2003), af­ter which work came thick and fast, in Casanova (2005), Drac­ula (2006), Agatha Christie’s Poirot (2009), the BBC’s 2011 adap­ta­tion of Great Ex­pec­ta­tions and, the fol­low­ing year, se­ries two of The Hour. In early 2014, he re­ally started to make an im­pres­sion on view­ers, play­ing Athos in the BBC’s The Mus­ke­teers and then, in 2016, Dolokhov in War & Peace.

As Strike, Tom could be around for years to come – au­thor J.K. Rowl­ing told him she had ‘at least another ten books’ in her.

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