Rufus Sewell

Actor, Musician, Road sweep
A mainstay in British costume dramas and historic biopics, actor Rufus Sewell was active on London stages before landing his screen breakthrough in the British television adaptation of George Eliot's "Middlemarch" in ... Read more »
Born: 10/28/1967 in Twickenham, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (44)

Hercules 2014 (Movie)

Autolycus (Actor)

I'll Follow You Down 2014 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

The Devil's Hand 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

All Things to All Men 2013 (Movie)

Parker (Actor)

Restless 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2012 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Hotel Noir 2012 (Movie)

Felix (Actor)

The Sea 2012 (Movie)

Carlo Grace (Actor)

Zen 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pillars of the Earth 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tourist 2010 (Movie)

The Englishman (Actor)

Downloading Nancy 2009 (Movie)

Albert Stockwell (Actor)

Eleventh Hour 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

John Adams 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vinyan 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Amazing Grace 2007 (Movie)

Thomas Clarkson (Actor)

Paris, I Love You 2007 (Movie)

("Pere-Lachaise") (Actor)

ShakespeaRe-Told 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Holiday 2006 (Movie)

Jasper (Actor)

The Illusionist 2006 (Movie)

Crown Prince Leopold (Actor)

Tristan & Isolde 2006 (Movie)

Marke (Actor)

The Legend of Zorro 2005 (Movie)

Armand (Actor)

Helen of Troy 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Extreme Ops 2002 (Movie)

Ian (Actor)

A Knight's Tale 2001 (Movie)

Count Adhemar (Actor)

Arabian Nights 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Bless the Child 2000 (Movie)

Eric Stark (Actor)

Victory 2000 (Movie)

Martin Ricardo (Actor)

Illuminata 1999 (Movie)

Dominique (Actor)

In A Savage Land 1999 (Movie)

Mick Carpenter (Actor)

The Very Thought of You 1999 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Dangerous Beauty 1998 (Movie)

Marco Venier (Actor)

Dark City 1998 (Movie)

John Murdoch (Actor)

Uncorked 1998 (Movie)

Ross (Actor)

Dirty Weekend 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cold Comfort Farm 1996 (Movie)

Seth (Actor)

The Woodlanders 1996 (Movie)

Giles Winterbourne (Actor)

Carrington 1995 (Movie)

Mark Gertler (Actor)

A Man of No Importance 1994 (Movie)

Robbie Fay (Actor)

Middlemarch 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Twenty-One 1991 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Killing Jesus: A History (TV Show)

Actor

She Creature (TV Show)

Actor

The Last King (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A mainstay in British costume dramas and historic biopics, actor Rufus Sewell was active on London stages before landing his screen breakthrough in the British television adaptation of George Eliot's "Middlemarch" in 1995. From there, the actor was tapped to ride many a horse and deliver many a velvet-clad smoldering look in a string of well-received films including "A Knight's Tale" (2001) and "The Illusionist" (2006). While Sewell successfully transitioned to American productions, he remained typecast in period pieces as villainous rulers, brooding noblemen and romantic leads. Eventually the actor's protestations led him to prove his versatility in the critically-acclaimed Tom Stoppard play "Rock 'n' Roll" and the American television series "Eleventh Hour" (CBS, 2008-09), where he proved a very suitable choice to play a handsome criminal investigator whose preferred method of transportation was a car and who was never called upon to engage in a sword fight. The series' demise would, at least temporarily, return Sewell to period dramas, although the charismatic actor would manage to keep at least one foot firmly planted in the modern day for his many projects to come.

Relationships

Yasmin Abdallah

Wife
Together since 1997

Alice Eve Actor

Companion

Amy Gardner Actor

Wife

Heather Graham Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in 2000

Helen McCrory

Companion
Ended relationship in 1995

William Sewell

Father
Australian created the famous "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" sequence in the Beatles' animated feature, "Yellow Submarine" (1968) was separated from Sewell's mother at the time of his death in 1977

Jo Sewell

Mother
Welsh remarried after her husband's death

William Sewell

Son
Born March 18, 2002 mother, Amy Gardner

Casper Sewell

Brother
Older

Kate Winslet Actor

Companion
Dated briefly in 1995 No longer together

EDUCATION

Central School of Speech and Drama

London , England 1986 - 1989

Orleans Park School

1984

Milestones

2012

Played the lead vampire in the genre mash-up "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith

2010

Co-starred with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in "The Tourist"

2010

Appeared in the STARZ miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth"

2008

Played central role on short-lived CBS series "Eleventh Hour"

2008

Portrayed Alexander Hamilton in the HBO miniseries "John Adams"

2007

Cast in "Amazing Grace," Michael Apted's film about the slave trade in 19th century Britain

2006

Cast opposite Edward Norton in Neil Burger's "The Illusionist"

2006

Cast in Tom Stoppard's play "Rock 'n' Roll" at the Royal Court Theatre; reprised role on Broadway in 2007; earned a Tony award nomination for Best Actor in a Play

2005

Co-starred in the "Legend of Zorro" opposite Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones

2002

Cast in the action adventure feature "Extreme Ops"

2001

Performed on the London stage in "Luther"

2001

Co-starred with Heath Ledger in "A Knight's Tale"

2000

Offered a villainous turn as a former child star turned Satanist cult leader in "Bless the Child"

1999

Portrayed Ali Baba in the ABC miniseries "Arabian Nights"

1999

Returned to the London stage to play the title role of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"

1999

Co-starred as a local merchant who threatens the marriage of Australian anthropologists in New Guinea in "In a Savage Land"

1998

Landed lead role of an amnesiac who may or may not have committed a crime in the sci-fi thriller "Dark City"

1998

Played the love interest opposite Catherine McCormack in "Dangerous Beauty"

1998

Cast as Frank, an out-of-work actor in romantic comedy "The Very Thought of You"

1996

Portrayed Fortinbras in Kenneth Branagh's full-length version of "Hamlet"

1995

Made his U.S. stage debut in the Broadway production of "Translations"

1995

Played the lusty son Seth in "Cold Comfort Farm" (BBC)

1994

Delivered breakthrough role as the young man who catches the eye of a bus conductor (Albert Finney) in "A Man of No Importance"

1994

Cast in the TV adaptation of "Middlemarch" (BBC)

1993

Originated role of the tutor Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia"

1992

Made his West End stage debut in "Making It Better"

1991

Made film debut playing a junkie in drama feature "Twenty-One"

1991

Early TV credit, "The Last Romantics"

1982

Landed first acting role in an amateur drama group; donned drag to portray a brothel madam

1981

At age 14, arrested on the mistaken belief he was a male escort

Made profesional stage debut in "As You Like It" in Sheffield, England

Raised in Wales and London

Bonus Trivia

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"I wanted to be an actor or a drummer or a cartoonist. Acting was the only thing that I knew I could be better at. I'm a hideously unmotivated, lazy person – with the one exception of acting. I can actually be motivated and get up in the morning and be the sort of person about acting that I am not generally in life." – Sewell in Theaterweek, May 1-7, 1995

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"The reason I became an actor was to get from part to part. If I let that slip through my fingers by wanting to be famous rather than wanting to be good, then I'd hate myself for it." – Sewell on fame in Theaterweek, May 1-7, 1995

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"As soon as someone tells me I'm perfect for something, I immediately want the opposite part." – Sewell in Harper's Bazaar magazine, July 1995

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"People always want me to be a Byron or Heathcliff type. I might be the only one who knows it, but my strength is to play against those things." – Sewell to the New York Post, Feb. 17, 1998

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"When I notice someone peering at me, I never assume it's because they recognize me. Whenever you do, you inevitably find out it's actually because your fly is undone." – Sewell quoted in Biography magazine, April 1999

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