Sturgess was born on in London, England but grew up in Farnham, Surrey outside of London. In 1997 he studied at the University of Salford’s School of Media, Music and Performance. He graduated in 1999 with an HND in Media and Performance. He was discovered whilst performing in his self-written poetry-based one-person show “Buzzin” where he was recommended to an actor’s agency back in London. While acting in various television programmes and independent films he became a member of a seven-piece band named the “Dilated Spies”. Once the band broke up he began to once again pursue a career in acting.
Sturgess sustained almost a decade of roles in British productions, mostly telefilms, including I’m Frank Morgan (2000), Hawk (2001) and the three installments of The Quest series.
In 2007, he made his big break in Julie Taymor’s musical Across the Universe, portraying Jude Feeny, a paternally-shorn young man who travels to the U.S. amid the raging throes of the late ’60s and… read more