Thomas Middleditch is an actor and television writer of Canadian and British origin. He is best known to TV audiences as the lead star of the HBO series Silicon Valley. The actor’s portrayal of the show’s lead character Richard Hendricks earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 2016, the first of his career. Middleditch equally has several big-screen credits to his name including a voice role in the 2016 animated superhero film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, which was a box-office hit.
Thomas Middleditch Biography
Thomas Steven Middleditch was born on March 10, 1982, in Nelson, a small city in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada. He was not an early bloomer as he was shy and reticent for the most part of his childhood. However, all that changed in the eighth grade when he got cast in a school play. Following that life-changing opportunity, Middleditch practised and mastered the art of improvisational theater while still in grade school and overnight, he became the toast of his entire school.
Middleditch had his college education at the University of Victoria after which he relocated to Toronto. There, he auditioned and got accepted into George Brown College but strangely, he never attended classes. He instead chose to learn how to make comedy sketches on his own while earning a living at a clothing store. He ultimately moved to Chicago where he studied and performed with The Second City and iO Theater. While at it, he got to audition for NBC’s Saturday Night Live and despite not getting cast on the show, his performance at the audition landed him a deal with the NBC which necessitated him to move to New York City.
Relocating to New York gave a major boost to Middleditch’s showbiz career as he began featuring in several TV commercials and also getting acting roles. He had his first lead role in the romantic comedy film Splinterheads (2010) opposite Rachel Taylor followed by a recurring role on the web series Jake and Amir (2011-13). He had roles in films like The Campaign (2012), Search Party (2014) and he equally guest-starred on several TV shows.
Thomas Middleditch’s career-defining moment came in early 2013 when he was cast in the role of Richard Hendricks, the lead character of the HBO pilot series Silicon Valley. Interestingly, the character was specifically created with Middleditch in mind after the show creators stumbled upon an initial comedy routine which he had earlier produced. The actor’s brilliant performance on Silicon Valley has earned him much critical acclaim since the show premiered for its first season in April 2014. He has received 2 Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations as well as one Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
He voiced the lead character in the 2-season long animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero (2014-17) and he also appeared in films like The Bronze (2015), Joshy (2016) and Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017). The talented actor lent his voice to the role of Harold Hutchins, one of the main characters in the animated feature film Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017).
Thomas Middleditch has successfully established himself as a bonafide leading man within the first decade of his acting career. Armed with a diverse array of talents, the Silicon Valley star is definitely set to accomplish much in Hollywood even beyond his on-screen work. He equally has several juicy endorsement deals to his name the most notable of which is with Verizon Wireless starting from 2017. With these and several other ventures, the Hollywood star has amassed an astonishing net worth of $7 million.
Wife and Family
Thomas Middleditch is currently married to costume designer Mollie Gates. The duo dated for about 3 years before getting engaged in June 2015. A few months after their engagement, the couple tied the knot on August 22, 2015.
There is not much information on Thomas Middleditch’s birth family but it is known that his parents are both from Britain and they are both Jewish.
Is Thomas Middleditch Gay?
Thomas Middleditch’s sexual preference has never been in doubt going by his pretty laid-out relationship history. It is widely believed that he is straight given that his only publicly known romantic involvement has been with women. This belief is bound to remain so until the actor states otherwise.