Who is Tom Glynn-Carney?

He’s the lead singer of the band called Sleep Walking Animals, and an actor with over 15 credits to his name, but Tom Glynn-Carney is perhaps known best for his part as Aegon II Targaryen in the series “House of the Dragon”, an action-adventure drama, which won three British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards.

Tom caught the eye of the audience playing the firstborn son of King Viserys I Targaryen, and the sixth King of the Andals, lazy and indifferent to his duties. Fans of the series wanted to know more about this young actor, his career beginnings, his life, and what he’s up to now. If you’re one of those, interested to know more about Tom Glynn-Carney, stay with us.

Early life, family, and education

Born Tom Glynn Whitehead under the zodiac sign of Aquarius on 7 February 1995, in Salford, Greater Manchester, England, he holds British nationality and comes from a family of English descent, raised by his parents David and Jinni, alongside his younger sister Molly. Their father is an amateur actor who occasionally performs in the local theater, while their mother’s occupation hasn’t been disclosed, since she prefers to keep her life private. Tom hasn’t shared why he changed his surname to ‘Glynn-Carney’, however, according to ethniccelebs.com, his paternal grandmother was named Josephine Carney.

When it comes to his educational background, Tom attended Canon Slade School and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied acting, and participated in stage productions of “Macbeth” by Shakespeare, and “Peter Pan” by J. M. Barrie. Tom also studied music at the Musical Theatre in Pendleton College of Performing Arts, where he received the highest possible grade for a vocational qualification. Upon matriculating from high school in 2013, he didn’t go to college, but launched his acting career.

Roles in series

Tom made his professional acting debut in 2013, as George Thorne in two episodes of the series “Casualty”, but was credited as ‘Tom Glynn-Whitehead’. Four years later, he landed the role of Lance-Corporal Tony Armstrong in the TV mini-series “The Last Post”, in which he starred opposite Jessie Buckley and Jeremy Neumark Jones. This historical romantic drama followed the story of the British Army unit that crushed the Yemeni struggle for independence in the Middle East, and the women and children who were there with them.

Tom followed with his role as Young Gaius in the series “Domina” in 2021, before he was cast to play his breakthrough role as Mike Sadler in the 2022 series “Rogue Heroes”, based on the novel of the same title by Ben Macintyre, which was nominated for the BAFTA Award.

Later that year, Tom was seen as Young Tully in the drama “Mayflies”, the story of a friendship being put to the test of loyalty and love, which was nominated for the Royal Television Society Scotland Award for Best Drama.

Concurrently, Tom landed his most notable role to date, as Aegon Targaryen in “House of the Dragon”, a prequel to the world-popular series “Game of Thrones”, based on parts of the book “Fire & Blood” by George R. R. Martin. Tom’s co-stars are Matt Smith, Steve Toussaint and Graham McTavish, and the show had 25 award nominations and nine wins, including the aforementioned BAFTA Awards (Special, Visual & Graphic Effects, Sound, Fiction, and Make-Up and Hair Design).

Tom shares with the rest of the cast a nomination for the Pena de Prata award – Best Ensemble in a Drama Series. The second season of the series is set to premiere in 2024.

Roles in movies

Tom made his big-screen debut as Peter in the 2017 historic action drama “Dunkirk”, starring Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, and Mark Rylance, which had 233 award nominations and 65 wins, including three Oscars (Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, and Best Achievement in Film Editing).

In the following year, Tom was seen as Sean in the TV movie “Doing Money”, followed by his role as Christopher Wiseman in the 2019 biographic drama “Tolkien”, which explores the formative years of the famous author, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, who wrote the high fantasy books “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”.

Also in 2019, Tom was cast to play Hotspur in “The King”, a biographic history drama about King Henry V, also starring Tom Fisher and Gábor Czap, which had 28 award nominations and 12 wins, with Tom and the rest of the cast receiving the CinEuphoria Award nomination for Best Ensemble – International Competition.

Later in 2019, Tom was seen as Jay in “Rialto”, starring opposite Monica Dolan and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in the production which won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Script Film.

Next, he was seen in two short movies “Extinction” and “Stilts”, and most recently, he played Liam in the 2021 short movie “Salt Water Town”, written and directed by Dan Thorburn, which followed the story of a father and son who run a failing caravan park, which although having no nominations, was well-rated by the audience (8.4/10).

Tom’s fans will be happy to hear that this young actor will be seen starring in the announced movies “Regulars” and “The Book of Clarence”, which are currently in development.

Love life and relationships

Tom is quite secretive when it comes to his personal matters, and hasn’t spoken about his romantic life. This doesn’t mean that he hasn’t been the subject of various rumors, mostly about his dating history: he was romantically linked to some of his co-stars and young actresses, including Lottie Amor. Reportedly, the two began dating in 2019, and she often shared their joint photos, but which are now deleted.

As of July 2023, it seems that Tom is single.

Age, height, and net worth

This 28-year-old actor is known for his blonde hair and blue eyes. Tom stands at a height of 5ft 8ins (1.78m), and weighs around 165lbs (74kgs).

When it comes to his wealth, Tom has earned a hefty sum of money thanks to his acting talent, and according to sources, his net worth has been estimated at over $1.5 million, as of mid-2023.

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