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His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory school, The Dragon School in Oxford, and by the time he was 13, he boarded at Eton College, at the same time that his parents were going through a divorce. He continued on to the University of Cambridge, where he earned a double first in Classics. He continued to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 2005. Whilst at University of Cambridge, he was seen by the agency ‘Hamilton Hodell’ in the play “A Streetcar Named Desire” and was signed.
Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” and “Henry V”. In December 2013, he starred as the title character in the Donmar Warehouse production of “Coriolanus” which played until February 2014. He won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play for his role in “Cymbeline” while also being nominated for the same award the same year for his role as Cassio in “Othello”. He played rugby at Cambridge University but gave up for his love of acting.
He grew up in Oxfordshire, England. His parents divorced when he was 13. His maternal great-grandfather, Reginald Maxwell Servaes, was a prominent Vice Admiral, a Flag Officer commanding the Reserve Fleet, and his maternal great-great-grandfather was importer Sir Edmund Vestey, 1st Baronet. Won Third Prize at the Ian Charleson Awards in 2007.