Name: Phil Dunster
Hometown: Northampton, England
Currently Lives: A terraced house located in the Hammersmith neighborhood of London that he shares with his girlfriend, the filmmaker Ellie Heydon, and two roommates.
Claim to Fame: Mr. Dunster portrays the cocky soccer player, Jamie Tartt, on the hit Apple TV+ sitcom â€œTed Lasso,â€ which recently received 20 Emmy nominations. But he has yet to bask in his newfound American stardom.
â€œThere hasnâ€™t really been the same response to the show over here,â€ Mr. Dunster said by telephone from London. â€œI went into town the other day and I was jumping around and trying to be as conspicuous as possible, but nobody came over and said anything to me.â€
Big Break: â€œDrama was on my radarâ€ as a young boy, Mr. Dunster said. At 9, he starred in his schoolâ€™s production of â€œOlivier Twist,â€ and continued to perform in plays in secondary school. His budding stage talents earned him a slot at the highly selective Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2011.
A year after graduating, â€‹â€‹he played Arthur in the Bristol Old Vic production of â€œPink Mist,â€ which earned him an Olivier Award nomination in 2016. â€œMy coming-of-age was really learning to act,â€ he said.
Latest Project: In the second season of â€œTed Lasso,â€ which began at the end of July, Mr. Dunsterâ€™s character is struggling to sunder emotional walls he built as a top scorer for AFC Richmond, a fictional soccer club. â€œAll of these people in Jamieâ€™s life are now saying, â€˜Itâ€™s OK to be scared or to be vulnerable, and to say sorry,â€™â€ he said. â€œIn fact, it makes you a better player and member of the team.â€
Next Thing: He is currently filming the witchy thriller â€œThe Devilâ€™s Hour,â€ an Amazon mini-series due next year. He also produced and stars in the upcoming short film â€œPragma,â€ which he described as a â€œdystopian rom-com set in the near futureâ€ where there is a â€œsteady decline in sustainable relationships.â€ Not that his own relationships are suffering. The movie is directed by Ms. Heydon, his girlfriend, and Jason Sudeikis, the star of â€œTed Lasso,â€ is the executive producer.
Vocational Training: Before becoming an actor, Mr. Dunster wanted to be a rugby player. But during a failed tryout for the London Irish Rugby Football Club at 15, he realized he â€œcouldnâ€™t hack it with the bigger boys,â€ he said.
The training came in handy on â€œTed Lasso.â€ â€œJamieâ€™s pout comes from a rugby player that I used to play with, who managed to make me feel very small by always sort of screwing up his face and pouting at me,â€ he said.