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Rufus Sewell

Biography

Award-winning stage and display screen actor who appeared in Dark City, A Knight’s Tale, as well as the Illusionist. His various other credits include Harmful Beauty, Hercules and Tristan and Isolde. Post-graduation, he was presented to an performing agent by celebrity Judi Dench. He was nominated for an Olivier Prize for his portrayal of Septimus Hodge in playwright Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. His relationship to his second wife, scriptwriter Amy Gardner, finished in 2006. Jointly that they had a kid named William. One of is own earliest tasks was an Emma Thompson-produced film that was terminated due to insufficient funding.

Quick Facts


Full Name Rufus Sewell
Date Of Birth October 29, 1967
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.83 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Orleans Park School, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, West Thames College
Nationality British, English
Spouse Amy Gardner, Yasmin Abdallah
Children William Douglas Sewell
Parents Jo Sewell, William Sewell
Siblings Caspar Sewell
Awards Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer, Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor
Nominations Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Movies A Knight's Tale, Hercules, Dark City, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Illusionist, Tristan & Isolde, The Holiday, Dangerous Beauty, The Tourist, Gods of Egypt, The Legend of Zorro, Amazing Grace, Cold Comfort Farm, Hamlet, The Woodlanders, Helen of Troy, Bless the Child, All Things to All Men, A Man of No Importance, The Devil's Hand, Vinyan, Extreme Ops, Paris, I Love You, Carrington, Downloading Nancy, I'll Follow You Down, Illuminata, In A Savage Land, Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence, At Sachem Farm, Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature, Hotel Noir, Dirty Weekend, Blinky Bill the Movie, The Sea, Killing Jesus, Twenty-One, Victory, The Brunchers, The Taming Of The Shrew, The Last King, Citizen Locke, Paradise Lost, Andam Kosam Pandem, King Henry IV
TV Shows The Man in the High Castle, Victoria, The Pillars of the Earth, Zen, Eleventh Hour, Helen of Troy, John Adams, Middlemarch, Arabian Nights, Charles II: The Power and the Passion, Parade's End, Restless, The Devil's Whore
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Son of BAFTA-nominated Animation Director, Bill Sewell.
2Currently has the starring role in the TV series "Eleventh Hour" on the (US) CBS Network. [September 2008]
3Currently playing the part of Jan in Tom Stoppard's "Rock and Roll" at the Royal Court Theatre in London (until July 15th 2006) [June 2006]
4Reprises his role and outstanding performance as Jan in Tom Stoppard's new play "Rock and Roll" on Broadway, New York City until March 2008. [December 2007]
5Was in a relationship with actress Alice Eve from 2006 until 2008.
6Involved, along with Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Winslet, Miranda Richardson and Paul McGann in the 1998 film project "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline". The film was to be executive produced by Emma Thompson, and written and directed by Fay Efrosini Lellios. The shooting was set to start in June 1998 in New Hampshire. The film was canceled due to financial withdrawal. [1998]
7His father, Bill Sewell, an animator, employed an impressionistic approach to Rotoscoping - the technique of tracing over film negatives - in his own film "Half in Love with Fred Astaire" and then in the famous "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" sequence in "Yellow Submarine.".
8Grew up in Twickenham.
9Son of a film animator who died young.
10He was awarded the 1992 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Most Promising Newcomer.
11Has a son named William Douglas Sewell (Billy), born 18 March 2002 with Amy Gardner


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Man in the High Castle2015-2016TV SeriesObergruppenführer John Smith
Victoria2016TV SeriesLord Melbourne
Rise2016/IShortColonel Briggs
Gods of Egypt2016Urshu
Blinky Bill the Movie2015The Cat (voice)
Killing Jesus2015TV MovieCaiaphas
Dangerous Liaisons2014TV MoviePhilip Fitzgerald Julien
The Devil's Hand2014Jacob Brown
Hercules2014/IAutolycus
I'll Follow You Down2013Gabriel
The Sea2013Carlo Grace
All Things to All Men2013Jonathan Parker
The Brunchers2013ShortTom
Restless2012TV MovieLucas Romer
Hotel Noir2012Felix
Parade's End2012TV Mini-SeriesReverend Duchemin
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter2012Adam
Masterpiece Mystery2011TV SeriesAurelio Zen
Zen2011TV Mini-SeriesAurelio Zen
The Tourist2010The Englishman
The Pillars of the Earth2010TV Mini-SeriesTom Builder
Eleventh Hour2008-2009TV SeriesDr. Jacob Hood
Vinyan2008Paul Bellmer
John Adams2008TV Mini-SeriesAlexander Hamilton
Downloading Nancy2008Albert Stockwell
The Holiday2006Jasper
Amazing Grace2006Thomas Clarkson
Paris, je t'aime2006William (segment "Pere-Lachaise")
The Illusionist2006Crown Prince Leopold
Tristan + Isolde2006Marke
ShakespeaRe-Told2005TV Mini-SeriesPetruchio
The Legend of Zorro2005Armand
Taste2004TV MovieMichael Kuhleman
The Last King2003TV Mini-SeriesCharles II
Victoria Station2003ShortThe cabbie
Helen of Troy2003TV Mini-SeriesAgamemnon
Extreme Ops2002Ian
Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature2001TV MovieAngus
A Knight's Tale2001Count Adhemar
Bless the Child2000Eric Stark
Arabian Nights2000TV Mini-SeriesAli Baba
In a Savage Land1999Mick Carpenter
At Sachem Farm1998Ross
Illuminata1998Dominique
The Very Thought of You1998Frank
Dark City1998John Murdoch
Dangerous Beauty1998Marco Venier
The Woodlanders1997Giles Winterbourne
Hamlet1996Fortinbras
Victory1996Martin Ricardo
Performance1995TV SeriesHarry Percy (Hotspur)
Carrington1995Mark Gertler
Cold Comfort Farm1995TV MovieSeth Starkadder
A Night with a Woman, a Day with Charlie1994TV ShortCharlie
A Man of No Importance1994Robbie Fay
Citizen Locke1994TV MovieMidshipman Clarke
Screen Two1992-1994TV SeriesClive / Mike Costain
Middlemarch1994TV Mini-SeriesWill Ladislaw
Dirty Weekend1993Tim
Gone to Seed1992TV SeriesBilly
Twenty-One1991Bobby

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gone to Seed1992TV Series performer: "On the Street Where You Live"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Poetry, Passion, the Postman: The Poetic Return of Pablo Neruda1996TV Movie documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
This Morning1998-2016TV SeriesHimself
Hercules: The Bessi Battle2014Video shortHimself
Hercules: Weapons!2014Video shortHimself
Hercules and His Mercenaries2014Video shortHimself
No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka2013DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The BAFTA Britannia Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2012TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2008TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Dark City: Memories of Shell Beach2008Video documentaryHimself
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Play
100 höjdare2008TV SeriesHimself - Interviewed at Sundance Film Festival
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
How Sweet the Sound: The Story of Amazing Grace2007Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'The Illusionist'2007Video shortHimself
9/11: Out of the Blue2006TV Movie documentaryThe Man
Love Conquers All: The Making of Tristan + Isolde2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Legend of Zorro: Armand's Party2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Stunts of 'The Legend of Zorro'2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Charles II'2003TV Movie documentary
Sexy Armor and a Rock Band on Tour2001Video documentary shortHimself
HBO First Look2001TV Series documentaryHimself
To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet1997Video documentary shortHimself
Poetry, Passion, the Postman: The Poetic Return of Pablo Neruda1996TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement2016TV SeriesJohn Murdoch
Chelsea Lately2012TV SeriesAdam
Open Sesame: The Making of 'Arabian Nights'2000TV Movie documentaryAli Baba (uncredited)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Man in the High Castle (2015)
2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesRestless (2012)
2011DaggerCrime Thriller Awards, UKBest Leading ActorZen (2011)
2006BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorShakespeaRe-Told (2005)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror ActorDark City (1998)


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#Quote
1I'm only based in L.A. because I couldn't get any work in England.
2I've discovered that I've never had much respect for money, and that has meant that money has ended up ruling me a little bit more than it should have. So I'm trying to learn - at this late stage in life! - to actually control that.
3My career has suddenly started to be the one that I'd always wanted, not in terms of level of success, but in terms of - and this is what I've been banging on about - playing different parts in different media.
4I'm in a position where I'm being continually knocked back for the kind of independent films I want to be in because people don't know who I am.
5'The Taming Of The Shrew' is probably the first time I've worked in this country for about ten years, apart from theatre, and it's not for want of trying. It was so fantastic to work in London - it felt really glamorous.
6My feelings about my mortality are less selfish than they used to be. I used to affect a cavalier attitude to death; now I see it from my son's perspective.
7I'm very, very happy with my recognition/lack of recognition in England in terms of my life. In terms of household name-age. The public's memory is very short, luckily.
8I don't think the roles that I'm necessarily known for in this country are my best work, or even anywhere near it. I didn't think I was great in 'Arcadia.' I think it's a great part and a great play and had a lot of attention.
9At times, I think of my career as a map. The closer you get to the map, the more you know where you are, but the closer I get to my career, the less happy I feel. At the same time, I have carved out the career for myself which I wanted.
10I don't know why the universe is so determined to keep my feet on the ground.
11Hollywood is my domestic idyll.
12Lazy journalists, they'll read stuff and get a quote then ask the same question again hoping I'll say a similar thing; it's very tiresome.
13If my British film career was a girl, then I'd been hanging around outside her apartment a little bit too long.
14Of course, I want to look good, as that helped me get jobs. But it didn't get me the jobs I wanted and it held me back.
15I was very frustrated, in a physical sense, by people seeing me in a way that I wasn't. And I was beginning to find myself boxed into a corner. Hopefully things have loosed up a bit, and I've gotten better and become more relaxed as an actor.
16I've always liked the idea of regularly doing a play but I was offered things which I felt were too 'celebie' and West Endy.
17I think I was a bit frightened of having to be a grownup and tried to put that off for as long as I could.
18I don't know if the money I've earned is going to need to last me for the next few weeks or the rest of my life.
19I think if a character appeals to you, there are certain parts of yourself will come to the fore and other parts that will play down.
20I no longer have a style to maintain. I rent a little flat in Los Angeles, I don't take holidays, I don't dine out and I take cheap flights.
21For me, if I were to be at home in any kind of style, it is more comedy than anything else.
22I do as much comedy as I possibly can, but I'm basically limited by the imagination of the secretaries who make the decisions.
23The reason I am unemployed for six months out of every year is because I have to turn down most of the films I'm offered. If I didn't, I'd only ever play a dark, satanic count on a horse.
24As a person I'm perfectly vain, I'm just vainer as an actor about my ability. My acting vanity trumps my human vanity.
25I was a very undisciplined person but acting was something that actually motivated me to get up in the morning. I hadn't experienced that before, but it was something that really excited me. I think I could be quite self-conscious and it gave me a release.
26A large part of my adolescence was spent doing my very best to draw attention to myself.
27I wasn't a model schoolboy. Of course, I was forced to sit through Shakespeare and I really got into some of it, though it depended on who was reading it out.
28I want to be able to do anything. I know it's probably not reasonable to expect, but that's what I'd like to do.
29It's nice when women fancy me, but I think I will only disappoint them so I prefer it if they don't know who I am.
30Billy is a funny, cheeky, lovely boy and I love being with him. Parenthood is terrifying though. I can barely walk past a building without panicking that it's going to collapse on his head.
31People talk about me in 'Arcadia' and I think I was okay in it but I've given better performances in other productions that didn't have the same impact. But I knew 'Arcadia' was going to be an event and I wanted to be part of it.
32I don't have any shame about the way I conducted my professional life.
33For a long time, I've had to hustle. If a film role is obviously great, then it's been difficult for me to get a look-in.
34For a long time, I didn't give anything my all. I was so afraid that I'd be crap, so I held myself back.
35Well, thing is, after they canceled 'Zen', I didn't work for eight months. And in that case, it was not my choice. After I've done something that I'm really proud of and I think changes the way I'm perceived, the immediate reaction is: nothing.
36I'd like an omelet named after me.
37I'm hoping that a lifetime of compromise and disappointment will read as extra depth and layers in my work.
38Given the choice between someone saying I was handsome in a role or ugly but good, I know which I'd choose.
39Yes, years of compromise and disappointment have added depth to my acting.
40I've always believed very, very strongly that the way you treat people is more important than anything, professionally or otherwise.
41I've gone through long periods without being with someone and got a bit lonely, but not for a while.
42I was the lead in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), until Tom Cruise decided he was interested. I was in The Wings Of The Dove with 'Uma Thurman, until that got canceled. I was in Shakespeare in Love (1998) with Julia Roberts, until that fell apart.
43I recognize myself to a lesser or greater extent in everything I read, good and bad, and that's part of being a human being if you're honest enough. And obviously the darker parts are the things you don't let control you.
44People talk about opportunity knocking, but the gate was always swinging in the breeze before I got to the door.
45When I left drama school, my fear was that I'd get pigeon holed into comic acting and I did so much to counter it that I got stuck in the opposite.
46It's important to me to be in a relationship when I'm in one, but I'm not someone who needs to be in a relationship. I don't actively look for it, I've never been like that. I've gone through long periods without being with someone and got a bit lonely, but not for a while.
47My career has suddenly started to be the one that I'd always wanted, not in terms of level of success, but in terms of - and this is what I've been banging on about - playing different parts in different media. I was very frustrated, in a physical sense, by people seeing me in a way that I wasn't. And I was beginning to find myself boxed into a corner. Hopefully things have loosed up a bit, and I've gotten better and become more relaxed as an actor.
48First I was seen as a brooding bloke on a horse, and then a baddie, and then a king.
49I think the only thing I've got going for me as an actor specifically is the fact that I can change.

#Trademark
1Often plays villains
2Gravelly voice
3Lazy eye

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