About Tom Bott the boy from Surrey

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Tom Bott was born in Surrey  and grew up on a vegetable farm.  As a boy Tom played a lot of Rugby and was the Surrey champion at Judo two years running before having to stop to allow a back injury to heal.


During his teen years Tom received the RYA 1, 2 ,3, Red, White and Blue for sailing and was a qualified lifeguard.


After leaving school Tom studied acting for two years in Guildford before landing his first part in a two and half month contract at the London Coliseum working with the ENO (English National Opera) on La Clemenza Di Tito. After falling in love with Opera and the stage, Tom went on to work with the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden for two years on an assortment of productions, including Tosca, Die Tote Stadt, Simon Boccanegra, Lohengrin and Iphigenie.


Tom made his international feature film debut in the hard hitting, controversial film ‘Shank’. Tom played the complex character of Jonno, a sexually ambiguous scally who handles his best friends coming out particularly badly.


Shank quickly became the best selling film of its genera to come out of the UK in over a decade, making it to number one on the bestsellers list on iTunes and Amazon in the UK and America. Shank secured distribution in the UK, USA and France with a strong following in a number of other countries. Shank has been shown in over 70 major film festivals around the world, where it has picked up awards for best emerging talent, audience choice, festival favorite and best screenplay along with a selection of nominations. Shank has a strong fan base and a cult following that continues to grow.


Recently being labled as one of the hottest up and coming actors to keep an eye on, Tom has been making a name for himself on the British Independent film scene working on an assortment of new films with actors such as Julian Glover, Paul Barber, Gary Stretch, Eireen Dietz, Ellen Thomas, Ed Sanders, Anni Cooper and George Newton.


On the Production side:


After finishing Shank, Tom decided that alongside his acting he also wanted to work production, in a more hands on position, so trained in 'Production Management for Drama' at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). After this Tom began working freelance for broadcasters such as the BBC, Channel 4, Sky One and the History Channel, along with freelancing for big brands and companies on commercials, music videos/promos and feature films. Tom has now worked in a multitude of positions including producer, production manager, production coordinator, location manger, unit manager, location assistant, assistant location manager, location scout, runner and production assistant. 


Now working as a producer, Tom has a strong selection of lower budget projects under his belt, and three Feature Films in different stages of development.