Arthur Darvill is best known for playing Rory Williams, one of the Eleventh Doctor’s companions in the television series Doctor Who (2010-2012), and as Rev. Paul Coates in Broadchurch (2013–2017). From 2013 to 2014, he appeared in the lead role in the theatre musical Once in the West End and on Broadway. He currently portrays Rip Hunter in Legends of Tomorrow.
At the age of 21, Darvill moved to London with four friends from youth theatre, each having secured a place at a drama school. They moved into a house in White City together. Darvill trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and is trained in stage combat.
Darvill made his professional stage debut playing condemned criminal Harrison in Edmund White’s Terre Haute, which ran at the Assembly Rooms during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Darvill appeared in Terra Haute’s transfer to Trafalgar Studios in 2007. His performance gained him a Best Newcomer nomination at the 2007 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Later that year, he appeared in the Vaudeville Theatre’s production of Swimming with Sharks with Christian Slater, Helen Baxendale, and Matt Smith (which gained him a London Newcomer Award nomination).
In 2008, Darvill made his television debut in the ITV crime drama He Kills Coppers. The same year, he played Edward “Tip” Dorrit in the BBC serial Little Dorrit.
Darvill began playing Rory Williams, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, in the fifth series of the BBC’s science fiction show Doctor Who (reuniting with his Swimming with Sharks co-star Matt Smith). He became a regular character in the sixth series, and confirmed that he would be appearing in the seventh series before he and his co-star Karen Gillan (on-screen wife Amy Pond) left in the fifth episode.
Darvill had a minor role as a stable groom in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, and played Mick Gallagher in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. In summer 2011, he appeared in Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
After his departure from Doctor Who, he was cast in the drama Broadchurch as vicar Paul Coates, alongside David Tennant and Olivia Colman.
In March 2015, it was announced that Darvill had been cast as the time-traveller Rip Hunter in the series Legends of Tomorrow, which he currently stars in.