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Fast Facts

  • 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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