When news broke that Neil Gaiman's The Sandman was finally getting a screen adaptation, fans of the iconic DC comics were cautiously thrilled. Beloved for its imaginative blend mythology, history and horror, it was groundbreaking for its storytelling and artwork—the surreal covers by Dave McKean alone were worth the price of the graphic novels. It would go on to win numerous Eisner Awards and was even listed on The New York Times bestseller list.
The Sandman centres around Morpheus, the King of Dream, one of seven Endless siblings that include Desire, Destiny, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and, of course, Death. Landing the lead role in the Netflix series, which was executive produced by Gaiman and also stars Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as Lucifer Morningstar, is British actor Tom Sturridge. If the name is unfamiliar, it won't be for long as he has been earning praise—you could almost hear the sighs of relief from hardcore fans of the Gaiman classic—for his portrayal of the alabaster-skinned lord of dreams.
Let's find out more about 36-year-old thespian Sturridge.
He was a child actor
Born to showbiz parents in London on December 21, 1985, he attended The Harrodian School where Robert Pattinson and Will Poulter were also students. His first screen appearance was on TV's Gulliver's Travels in 1996.