Tom Rosenthal

IntroBritish comedian
Is Comedian 
From United Kingdom 
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Birth 14 January 1988 
Age32 years
Father: Jim Rosenthal

Thomas Alan Smith “Tom” Rosenthal (born 14 January 1988) is a British comedian and actor. He is the son of television sports presenter Jim Rosenthal. He is best known for playing Marcus Gallo and Jonny Goodman in Plebs and Friday Night Dinner respectively.

Life and career

Rosenthal was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Christine “Chrissy” (Smith), a former Newsnight producer, and Jim Rosenthal, a television sports presenter. One of his paternal great-grandfathers was German-born physician and writer Oscar Levy. Tom Rosenthal is of Jewish heritage on his father’s side. In 2011, he stated, “I get called a Jewish comedian and I’m totally fine with that, but I can’t really inform either of the performances I’ve done this year with a Jewish background. But I have learnt a lot about the culture and it has given me great pride to do so. It is an amazing culture to learn about.”

In 2011, he was cast with a leading role as Jonathan “Jonny” Goodman in the Channel 4 sitcom, Friday Night Dinner, along with Simon Bird.

He is an avid Arsenal F.C. fan and has appeared on Playback Media podcast “Footballistically Arsenal” alongside Boyd Hilton, Jack Whitehall and Dan Baldwin.

In 2013, Rosenthal played Marcus Gallow, one of the lead characters in ITV2 sitcom Plebs. Plebs returned for a second series in September 2014, with a cameo from his father Jim as a chariot race commentator. Rosenthal also appeared in ITV’s drama Breathless as Sam Roth.

In 2014, Rosenthal starred in and created a comedy pilot for BBC iPlayer with Naz Osmanoglu, entitled Flat TV, which was later commissioned into a mini-series.

In 2015, Rosenthal was cast as Gary Thorp in the second series of ITV’s Broadchurch. Also in 2015, he was a guest star in the BBC series Horrible Histories and played a song named ‘I’m out of Town’ with a parody of Ed Sheeran’s song ‘Lego House’

In 2016, Rosenthal appeared on Spencer Owen’s Bench Warmers and voiced guest character Brandon Berrenger in an episode of Thunderbirds Are Go.


  • Nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Breakthrough Act of 2011, alongside Greg Davies, Micky Flanagan and Angelos Epithemiou.
  • Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year (Joint winner with Ben Target) 2011
  • Paramount Funniest Student Winner 2009 (video available)
  • Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Finalist 2009
  • Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Commended Finalist 2008
  • Amused Moose Laugh-Off Finalist 2008
  • Chortle Leicester Comedian Of The Year Review, Sunday 20 February 2011