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Duke of Clarence
played by Toby Jones
Duke of Clarence played by Toby Jones
Meet Duke of Clarence
The Duke of Clarence was born William Henry, the third son of King George III. He started his naval career at the age of 13. He eventually became a captain in his early twenties in the West Indies and was later named the Duke of Clarence in 1789. He supported slavery because it was extremely profitable, and because he genuinely believed that British slaves were treated well. In the film, while playing cards with Wilberforce, the Duke of Clarence requests that his African coach driver be a substitute as a form of payment. William Henry ascended to the British throne, becoming King in 1830.
About Toby Jones
Toby Jones is a British actor based in London best known for his critically acclaimed performance as Truman Capote in Douglas McGrath's 2006 film Infamous, He trained at the Ecole Internationale du theatre in Paris under Jacques Lecoq. He has extensive experience on stage including the National Theatre, most recently with the international theatre company Complicite in Simon McBurney's celebrated production of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare. Jones has written several shows including Wanted Man ('a domestic epic' set in a garden shed) and Missing Reel (the true story of his deletion from both the film and place Notting Hill). These shows were developed at the National theatre Studio where Toby has directed, acted and taught for several years.