Tom Rosenthal

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Tom Rosenthal
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Rosenthal at the 2013 British Comedy Awards, 12 December 2013
Birth name Thomas Alan Smith Rosenthal
Born (1988-01-14) 14 January 1988 (age 30)
Medium Stand-up, television
Nationality British
Years active 2007 – present

Thomas Alan Smith Rosenthal (born 14 January 1988) is a British comedian and actor. He is the son of television sports presenter Jim Rosenthal.[1] He is best known for playing Marcus Gallo and Jonny Goodman in Plebs and Friday Night Dinner respectively.

Life and career

Rosenthal was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Christine "Chrissy" (Smith), a former Newsnight producer, and Jim Rosenthal, a television sports presenter.[1] One of his paternal great-grandfathers was German-born physician and writer Oscar Levy.[2] Tom Rosenthal is of Jewish heritage on his father's side.[3][4][5] In 2011, he stated, "I get called a Jewish comedian and I'm totally fine with that, but I can't really inform either of the performances I've done this year with a Jewish background. But I have learnt a lot about the culture and it has given me great pride to do so. It is an amazing culture to learn about."[6]

In 2011, he was cast with a leading role as Jonathan "Jonny" Goodman in the Channel 4 sitcom, Friday Night Dinner,[7] along with Simon Bird.

He is an avid Arsenal F.C. fan and has appeared on Playback Media podcast "Footballistically Arsenal" alongside Boyd Hilton, Jack Whitehall and Dan Baldwin.

In 2013, Rosenthal played Marcus Gallow, one of the lead characters in ITV2 sitcom Plebs. Plebs returned for a second series in September 2014, with a cameo from his father Jim as a chariot race commentator. Rosenthal also appeared in ITV's drama Breathless as Sam Roth.

In 2014, Rosenthal starred in and created a comedy pilot for BBC iPlayer with Naz Osmanoglu, entitled Flat TV, which was later commissioned into a mini-series.[8]

In 2015, Rosenthal was cast as Gary Thorp in the second series of ITV's Broadchurch. Also in 2015, he was a guest star in the BBC series Horrible Histories and played a song named "I'm out of Town" with a parody of Ed Sheeran's song "Lego House".

In 2016, Rosenthal appeared on Spencer Owen's Bench Warmers and voiced guest character Brandon Berrenger in an episode of Thunderbirds Are Go.



  1. ^ a b James Nadal (20 February 2010). "Television football presenter Jim Rosenthal's son lands plum Channel 4 role". This is local London. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Chris Kearney. "Levy Maud Ruth genealogy". Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ Nicolas Barker (November 13, 2005). "ICSM Online Journal Obituaries; Albi Rosenthal". The Jewish Music Institute. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Nicolas Barker (January 22, 2008). "Maud Rosenthal: Oscar Levy's 'daughter-secretary'". The Independent. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ Simon Round (February 2, 2008). "How Jewish is Jim Rosenthal?" (PDF). The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kari Rosenberg (June 16, 2011). "Tom turns into a political football". Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Tamsin Greig and Pulling's Paul Ritter to star in Channel 4 comedy". The Guardian. 12 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Flat TV". BBC iPlayer. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Mercury Rising: Marissa Burgess reviews the Leicester Comedian of the Year". Chortle. 20 February 2011. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Tom Rosenthal on IMDb
  • Tom Rosenthal on Twitter
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