ITV’s brand new thriller series Our House will hit TV screens tonight (March 7) with a star-studded cast that includes actors from the likes of Line Of Duty, Downton Abbey and I May Destroy You. One of the best-known cast members is Whitechapel’s Rupert Penry-Jones. But from his 14-year marriage to his famous sister-in-law, who is he?
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Who is Rupert Penry-Jones?
Rupert was born in 1970 to British actors Peter Penry-Jones and Angela Thorne. He began his own acting career in 1994 with one of his first credits in the hit TV sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. In his early years, he appeared in Jane Eyre, The Ring and was a regular in the TV series North Square.
After 2000 he was seen in Casanova and Poirot before landing his big break as Adam Carter in Spooks. Rupert was in 41 episodes of the show between 2004 and 2008. From Spooks, he went on to star in Whitechapel for four years and Silk from 2011 to 2014.
More recently he appeared in The Drowning last year and played the role of Mayor Don Mitchell Jr in the major blockbuster The Batman which appeared in cinemas just last week.
Who is his wife?
In 2007, Rupert Penry-Jones married Irish actress Dervla Kirwan and the couple now have two children. Dervla was born in 1971 and began her acting career at just 15, landing a role in the TV movie The Fantasist.
She played a number of TV roles before landing a part in Goodnight Sweetheart from 1993 to 1996. After 2000,she appeared in Hearts and Bones, 55 Degrees North and one episode of Doctor Who. More recently she has had roles in Silent Witness, The Stranger and Silent Hours.
Rupert also has links to another iconic British actress.
Polly Walker is an iconic British actress, appearing in everything from Emma to Poirot in the 1990s. She had roles in Waking the Dead, Clash of the Titans and The Syndicate. The last few years have been particularly successful for Polly – she played Gill Biggaloe in Line Of Duty until 2019 and is a main character in Netflix hit Bridgerton.
Rupert Penry-Jones’ brother Laurence married the star in 2008, making her his sister-in-law.
Where can I watch Our House?
Our House will make its debut on ITV at 9pm tonight (March 7) and is based on a novel by Louise Candlish. It examines the marriage of an estranged couple after wife Fiona returns home one day to discover another family moving into her house.
Rupert Penry-Jones plays Toby, Fiona’s new partner in the series.
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