- Sang lead for the Leeds band 10,000, which recorded an album for Vintage Records in 2002; brother George played bass.
- Saw his run with the band end in 2006, which prepared him for his role in Control as Ian Curtis, tormented lead singer of Joy Division.
- Named on Variety's Ten Actors to Watch in 2007.
- Modeled for Burberry's fall-winter campaign in 2008.
- Trained for two months with a dialogue coach and learned to speak French Canadian in preparation for his role as Jack Kerouac in On the Road (2012).
- 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Rising Star Award: Nominee
- Alexandra Maria Lara — Wife
- George Riley — Brother
- Jack Riley — Brother
- Annabel Riley — Sister
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- Birth Place: Menston, West Yorkshire, England
- Profession: Actor
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