Leon “Bug Boy” Micheaux

played by Tom Payne


Leon is an apprentice jockey represented by Joey. Despite his enthusiasm, his challenges in making weight threaten to derail his promising talent.


Tom Payne plays the lead role of "Leon Micheaux," a jockey in the center of the new HBO series, 'Luck,' which centers on the fast-paced and sometimes brutal sport of professional Horse Racing.

Payne made his feature film debut in 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day' opposite Amy Adams and Frances McDormand, and was cited as one of Screen International's 'Stars of Tomorrow.'

Other recent credits include playing the famous footballer George Best in the BBC telefilm 'Best,' 'Miss Marple' with Brian Cox, and 'Wuthering Heights' with Tom Hardy and Andrew Lincoln.

A U.K. native, Tom is a graduate of London's Central School of Speech and Drama, from which he earned his BA in Acting in 2005. At the School, he appeared in stagings of such plays as 'Class Enemy,' 'The Balcony,' 'The Rivals,' 'Three Sisters,' 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' (as "Bottom"),' 'Richard III,' and 'The Man Who Had All the Luck.'

Post-graduation, Mr. Payne starred in a lead role in David Grindley's sold-out New Ambassadors revival of 'Journey's End' in London's West End; and played opposite Imogen Stubbs in Maria Aberg's Soho Theatre staging of 'Shrieks of Laughter.' He has also made appearances on U.K. television, in episodes of the hugely popular 'Skins' as well as 'Casualty.' He had a regular role on the hit show 'Waterloo Road' and has costarred in the telefilms 'Miss Marie Lloyd' directed by James Hawes and 'He Kills Coppers' directed by Adrian Shergold.

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