Robert Emms is an English film, stage and TV actor born on 20th May 1986 in Horley, Surrey, England as Robert James MacPherson.
Emms who graduated from LAMDA in 2007, is best known for Chernobyl (2019) where he played the role of Leonid Toptunov. Moreover, he starred in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (2011) and Rufus Norris’ Broken (2012) as David Lyons and Rick Buckley, respectively.
Robert Emms has featured in several movies and TV series.
Robert’s other notable works in movies and tv shows include Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) playing Tech Merc, the role of Daryl Garrs in Happy Valley (2016), and the portrayal of Thomas Dekker in Roland Emmerich-directed Anonymous (2011).
The actor made it to Total Film Magazine’s 30 hottest new Hollywood actors.
Robert Emms is starring in 'His Dark Materials' (2019)
Robert Emms is playing the role of Thomas in the British fantasy adventure series His Dark Materials based on Phillip Pullman’s novels. The show premieres on 3rd November 2019 on BBC One in the UK and a day later on HBO in the US.
His Dark Materials follows a brave young girl named Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen) from an alternate reality. When she goes looking for her kidnapped friend, she discovers a sinister plot of a classified organization while she bumps into extraordinary creatures.
Chernobyl’s amazing story attracted the actor to play in the series
Robert Emms as Leonid Toptunov in 'Chernobyl'.
Robert Emms portrayed the character of Leonid Toptunov in the historical drama television series, Chernobyl (2019) airing on HBO. The series tells the real-life story of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that occurred in April 1986. The subsequent cleanup efforts were unprecedented in the entire history.
The actor told Wylde magazine, “What attracted me was that it’s a really amazing story that’s never been told in a drama before. They’re all real people in it, which is another thing that appealed to me. It’s always interesting to play someone who really existed, and the character I play – Leonid Toptunov – was a big part of what happened.”
Watch: Chernobyl (2019) | Official Trailer | HBO
Robert added that his character along with another colleague was in charge of the control room and they were scheduled to perform a test in the night despite lacking qualification to do so, unlike the day-shift who were fully qualified to do it.
Emms claimed, during the time in a Soviet nation you couldn’t say no to your boss and consequently, you got bullied into doing stuff you couldn’t. Inevitably, the test went south that led to a massive disaster.
The actor revealed he had to spend several hours with full-body prosthetic make-up in a bid to display the precise effects of the severe radiation.
Robert was a regular cast in BBC One’s 'Atlantis' (2013)
Robert Emms played the role of Pythagoras in 'Atlantis'.
Source: Den of Geek
Inspired by Greek mythology, Atlantis is a British fantasy adventure series that premiered on 28th September 2013 on BBC One. It ran for 2 seasons and 25 episodes before it was canceled on 23rd January 2015.
Emms played one of the lead characters named Pythagoras for the entire 25 episodes.