Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Tommy Bastow

Tommy Bastow (born 26 August 1991) is a British actor and musician from Epsom, Surrey. He is best known for playing the character Dave the Laugh in the 2008 film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and as the lead singer in the band FranKo.


Bastow wanted to become an actor after watching films like A Clockwork Orange, Pulp Fiction and American Psycho with his dad and being inspired by the performances of the actors, "Watching those great performances sent tingles down my spine and I wanted to have that ability myself. I wanted other people to watch me and get that same feeling, I wanted to entertain." Bastow first got involved with acting at the age of thirteen.


He currently studies at the BRIT School, Croydon, where he studies theatre. Since 2005, Bastow has appeared in several BT adverts. In 2008, he appeared in two episodes of the CBBC program M.I.High and in a short film titled Londongrad. Bastow landed his first major film role playing the character of "Dave the Laugh" in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, released in July 2008.  In December 2008, he played the role of a young Sir Guy of Gisborne for an episode of the BBC One series Robin Hood which aired on 6 June 2009.


In 2005, Bastow was the lead singer of a band called Blackspray. In October 2007, Bastow and members of another band called Hawkwood (two of which are also students from the BRIT School) formed FranKo (http://www.myspace.com/frankouk). In 2008, FranKo played their first gigs in the UK and recorded their debut EP with producer Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, Foo Fighters, Manic Street Preachers). Later that year, the band toured Thailand which included an appearance on MTV Thailand.