Tommy Lee Royce: Wiki, Bio, Age, Actor, Films, Career, Childhood

Tommy Lee Royce(James Norton): Wiki, Bio, Age, Actor, Films, Career, Childhood, Wife, children, hometown, TV shows, Happy Valley, character, education, lifestyle, birthday: Tommy Lee Royce is a very popular character of British crime drama, Happy Valley and is played by British actor, James Norton. James Norton is an English actor who performs in films, TV, and stage performances. Happy Valley is one of his best tv series so far and people recognize him with his character, Tommy Lee Royce for which he also got the British Academy Television nomination for Best Supporting Actor.  Grantchester tv series includes his other well-known performance which aired from 2014 to 2018.

Tommy Lee Royce

Who is Tommy Lee Royce?

Tommy Lee Royce is a fictional character, played by English actor, James Norton in a British crime drama, Happy Valley. after the telecast of this drama, people started to recognize James as Tommy Lee Royce. James holds British nationality and belongs to a mixed ethnicity of English, Scottish, Irish, German, and Jewish. James is a talented and accomplished actor who has made his name very successful in the television and film industry. He is a pure example of hard work who has gained a tremendous reputation and triumphant in such a small period.

James Norton Age, Height, and Weight

Happy Valley’s Tommy Lee Royce actor was born on 18th July 1985 and he is 37 years old. His height is 6 feet and 2 inches and his body weight is around 78 kgs.

Tommy Lee Royce( James Norton)

James Norton’s Childhood and Parents

James Norton’s birthplace is in Lambeth, London. He has delivered in the house of Hugh Biddulph Norton and Lavinia Jane Norman. He holds mixed race as his parents hold very complicated and blended ethnicity. His father, Mr. Hugh was a professional teacher who worked as a lecturer at England’s Hull School of Art and Design, and his mother, Mrs. Lavinia is also belongs to the teaching profession.

Despite being born in London, James has spent his childhood in North Yorkshire’s Howardian Hills as his family shifted to Ryedele’s Malton town. He has spent a very sour and complicated childhood during 5 years of his school and the reason is bullying. He has taken 4-year therapy to regain his senses.

Tommy Lee Royce Education and Interests

James Norton attended Bramcote Prep School in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and was there until the age of 13 then he joined Ampleforth College, which is a boarding school situated in the Benedictine monastery, and graduated from there. When he was 15 years old, he practiced in a theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre following his interest in acting.

He joined a constituent college of Cambridge University, Fitzwilliam College, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology with a 1st Class Honours in 2007. The principal focus of his studies is Hinduism and Buddhism. Norton also received a travel grant with his degree to travel to North India for teaching schoolchildren in almost 16 schools.

After his tour to India, he attended the RADA-Royale Academy of Dramatic Arts in London but he didn’t acquire a degree from there as he left the university in middle and take an assignment in acting.

James Norton Career

James started his acting career in 2009 by playing a supporting role in “An Education” film. In 2010, he got the chance to be in an original cast at a Royale Court Theatre’s “Posh” play. He did a drama related to the 1st world war named, “Journey’s End” in 2011 in the role of Captain Stanhope. Then Norton played a would-be-groom character of a conflicted bride in the 2012’s “Cheerful Weather for the Wedding” film. He has done several other movies and television series but the point of recognition for him came after he did Happy Valley’s Tommy Lee Royce character.

In 2014, James got the much-required kickstart of his career and that came with the “Happy Valley” crime drama series television. he did the character of Tommy Lee Royce, which was the main villain of the entire drama. He has done several other dramas that have made his personality much heavy in the world of acting.

Some of his career movies are as follows-

  • An Education
  • Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
  • Belle
  • Rush
  • Bonobo
  • Mr. Turner
  • Hampstead
  • Northmen: A Viking Saga
  • Hero
  • Mr. Jones
  • Little Women
  • Things Heard and Seen
  • Rogue Agent

Some of his career’s TV dramas are as follows-

  • Inspector George Gently
  • Restless
  • Blandings
  • By Any Means
  • Doctor Who
  • Happy Valley
  • Life in Squares
  • War & Peace
  • Black Mirror
  • McMafia
  • The Nevers
  • Death Comes to Pemberley
  • The Trial of Kristine Keeler

Tommy Lee Royce Character in Happy Valley

Happy Valley is a crime drama tv series that was written by Sally Wainwright and directed by Wainwright, Tym Fywell, and Euros Lynn. It was aired on BBC One on 29th April 2019. Norton had played the role of a criminal, Tommy Lee Royce, who has raped the daughter of a police sergeant. The victim got pregnant by the means of rape and delivered a boy. Later, Tommy Lee Royce instigated the rape victim to perform suicide and he got to jail for a drug case for 8 years. However the police sergeant, the mother of a rape victim is in search of her daughter’s murderer and when Tommy Lee Royce came out from jail, she becomes obsessed to find him.

People connected with the character of Tommy Lee Royce and started to hate him but this was the real essence of an actor’s skills and talent that came out during their best performances. This was the 1st season’s story but Tommy Lee Royce has appeared in both seasons of Happy Valley and he is going to appear again in that same character in the season 3 of Happy Valley by 1st January 2023. He won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in Crime Thriller Awards.

Happy Valley season 3 trailer, posted by James Norton.

Tommy Lee Royce Personal Life and Girlfriend

Tommy Lee Royce or James Norton has been in a relationship with Irish Actress and Singer, Jessie Buckley from 2015 to 2017. In 2018, he started to date British actress and model, Imogen Poots. The couple exchanged the rings in 2022 and are still in an engaged relationship.

Below are the details about Tommy Lee Royce(James Norton), his age, family,  father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, children, school, education, hometown, profession, nationality, body measurements, age, height, weight, eye colour, hair colour, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, cast, birthday, birthplace, hobbies, address,  zodiac sign, date of birth, religion, and net worth.

Information Table

Character Name  Tommy Lee Royce
Real name James Norton
Gender Male
Profession Actor
Height (approx.) 6 feet 2 inches
Weight (approx.) 78 kg
Figure Measurements (approx.) Not Known
Eye Color Grey
Hair Color Brown
Date of Birth 18 July 1985
Age (as in 2022) 37 Years Old.
Birth Place London, England
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Cancer
Nationality American
Hometown Howardian Hills, North Yorkshire
School Bramcote Prep School and Ampleforth College
Higher Education Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
Educational Qualification Graduate
Religion Not Known
Ethnicity Mixed
Caste Not Known
Address London
Hobbies/Interests Not Known
Marital Status Unmarried, engaged
Affairs/Boyfriends/Girlfriends Imogen Poots
Sexuality Straight
Parents Father: Hugh Biddulph Norton

Mother :Lavinia Jane Norman

Siblings Sister:  Jessica Norton
Husband/Wife/Spouse N/A
Children N/A
Net Worth $1 million

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Some Lesser-Known Facts About Happy Valley’s Villain

  • Norton is a patient of type-1 diabetes.
  • He is fascinated by religion.
  • He has acquired his bachelor’s degree in Theology and studied Hinduism and Buddhism.
  • He belongs to English, Jewish, German, Scottish, and Irish race.
  • He has faced bullying in his school for 5 years and copped it up with the help of Therapies for the next four years.


Q.1 Who is Tommy Lee Royce?

A. It is a fictional character of “Happy Valley” crime drama played by James Norton.

Q 2. What is the name of  his parents?

A. Lavinia Jane and Hugh Biddulph Norton

Q 3. What is his net worth?

A.  $1 million

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