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Rufus Frederik Sewell (/ˈsuːəl/; born 29 October 1967) is an English actor. He has appeared in films such as Hamlet, The Woodlanders, Dangerous Beauty, Dark City, A Knight's Tale, The Illusionist, Tristan and Isolde, and Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence. On television, he has starred in Middlemarch, The Man in the High Castle, Zen, The Pillars of the Earth, Charles II: The Power and The Passion, Holiday and Eleventh Hour.[1] On stage, he originated the role of Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia and the role of Jan in Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, with the latter earning him an Olivier Award and a Tony Award
Tony Award
nomination.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] Rufus Frederik Sewell was born in Twickenham
Twickenham
on 29 October 1967, the son of Jo, a Welsh artist and waitress, and William Sewell, an Australian animator.[2][3] His father worked on the "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" segment of animation for The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film. His parents divorced when Sewell was five, and his mother worked to support him and his brother. William died when Sewell was 10. Sewell has said that he was a difficult teenager.[4] Sewell was educated at Orleans Park School, a state comprehensive school in Twickenham, which he left in 1984, followed by West Thames College, where a drama teacher sent him to audition for drama school. He later enrolled at the Central School of Speech and Drama
Central School of Speech and Drama
in London.[citation needed] Career[edit] After graduating, Sewell was set up with an agent by Judi Dench, who had directed him in a play while at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[citation needed] His breakthrough year was in 1993, in which he starred as the nasty Tim in Michael Winner's film Dirty Weekend. Winner chose him after seeing him in a play at the Criterion Theatre.[5] Also in 1993 Sewell starred in the BBC
BBC
serial of George Eliot's Middlemarch
Middlemarch
and on stage in Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia at The Royal National Theatre
Royal National Theatre
(Lyttelton). His film work includes 1995's Cold Comfort Farm, directed by John Schlesinger, the lead role of John Murdoch in the science fiction film Dark City in 1998, Amazing Grace, The Illusionist and Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy The Holiday. Amazing Grace deals with William Wilberforce's political fight to abolish slavery in Britain, with Sewell playing Wilberforce's co-campaigner Thomas Clarkson. Sewell is known for his villainous roles, such as those in A Knight's Tale, The Legend of Zorro, Bless the Child, Helen of Troy and The Illusionist. He spoke of his unhappiness about this, saying that "[I] don't want to play a baddie again."[6] "Everyone has their thing they have to get around",[7] notes Sewell. "With me, it's like okay, how can I make this upper class bad guy in the 19th century different and interesting?" In 2008, Sewell appeared in the HBO
HBO
miniseries John Adams as Alexander Hamilton. He received critical praise for his portrayal of "merry monarch" Charles II in the BBC's Charles II: The Power and The Passion. The series' cast included Ian McDiarmid, Helen McCrory, Rupert Graves
Rupert Graves
and Shirley Henderson
Shirley Henderson
and spanned the life of the king from his last days in exile to his death. He co-starred in the controversial film Downloading Nancy, which was released on 5 June 2009. At the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, audiences walked out of the screening, and as of summer 2008, any theatrical release was still uncertain. Despite the controversy, Sewell continues to staunchly support the film. "It's a film I'm very proud of, whether you consider that it fails or succeeds, whether you like it or don't like it. I'm proud to be in it".[7] Although best known for his work in costume dramas, Sewell prefers "cravat-less" roles in modern pieces, such as the role of Petruchio
Petruchio
in the BBC's 2005 version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. This was shown as part of the ShakespeaRe-Told
ShakespeaRe-Told
series, and the role earned him a Best Actor nomination at the 2006 BAFTA Television Awards. In this modern retelling of the story, the action moves from 17th century Padua, Italy to 21st century London. This production marked the fourth time that Sewell had acted in a work based on a Shakespeare play since becoming a professional actor: he previously portrayed Hotspur in Henry IV, Part 1
Henry IV, Part 1
in 1995, Fortinbras in Hamlet in 1996 and the title role in Macbeth
Macbeth
in 1999. The role also reunited him with his Charles II co-star Shirley Henderson. He appeared in the premiere and first run of Tom Stoppard's latest play Rock 'n' Roll at the Royal Court Theatre
Royal Court Theatre
from June to July 2006 and at the Duke of York's Theatre
Duke of York's Theatre
from July until November 2006. The play was a critical and commercial success, playing to full houses and collecting several awards and nominations, including wins for Sewell in the Best Actor category at The Evening Standard Awards, The Critics' Circle Awards and The Olivier Awards. He has recorded eleven of Ian Fleming's James Bond
James Bond
books on 36 CDs for Collins. He continues to work in film, television and theatre, playing the lead role of Dr. Jacob Hood in the CBS TV series Eleventh Hour.[1] He finished filming in November 2009 for a miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, which was shown on TV in 2010.[8] In 2010, he played the Italian detective Aurelio Zen, based on the best-selling novels by Michael Dibdin, for the BBC
BBC
One drama series Zen. The three episodes were filmed in Rome and shown on BBC
BBC
One in early January 2011. The series was cancelled by the BBC
BBC
after just one season.[9] He also had a small part in the film The Tourist, which also starred Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
and was released in cinemas in 2010.[10] He played the lead vampire, Adam, in the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,[11] which was filmed in New Orleans and released in June 2012.[12] Sewell played the role of Ethics Man in Darkside, Tom Stoppard's 2013 radio drama based on Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon.[13] Sewell co-starred with Dwayne Johnson, as Autolycus, in the film Hercules, which was released in July 2014.[14] In 2015, Sewell voiced the role of Sir Claude, a feral cat, in Blinky Bill the Movie. Sewell has most recently appeared as Obergruppenführer
Obergruppenführer
Smith in The Man in the High Castle,[15] and as Lord Melbourne
Lord Melbourne
in Victoria. Personal life[edit] Sewell has been married twice. His first wife was Australian fashion journalist Yasmin Abdallah; they were married in 1999 and divorced in 2000.[16] He married his second wife, scriptwriter and producer Amy Gardner, in 2004. They have a son, William Douglas Sewell (born 2002).[17] They were divorced in 2006.[18][19] He also has a daughter.[20] On his hobbies, Sewell has said, "My favourite things are just wandering from place to place, going to cafés, taking photographs. My favourite day is a happy accident."[21] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1991 Twenty-One Bobby

1992 Gone to Seed Billy TV series: 6 episodes

1992–1994 Screen Two Mike Costain Clive TV series: 2 episodes

1993 Dirty Weekend Tim

1994 A Night with a Woman, a Day with Charlie Charlie TV

Middlemarch Will Ladislaw TV series: 7 episodes

Citizen Locke Midshipman Clarke TV

A Man of No Importance Robbie Fay

1995 Cold Comfort Farm Seth Starkadder TV

Carrington Mark Gertler

Performance Harry Percy TV series: Episode – Henry IV, Part 1

1996 Hamlet Fortinbras

Victory Martin Ricardo

1997 The Woodlanders Giles Winterbourne

1998 Dangerous Beauty Marco Venier

Dark City John Murdoch

Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Frank

Illuminata Dominique

At Sachem Farm Ross

1999 In a Savage Land Mick Carpenter

2000 Arabian Nights Ali Baba TV

Bless the Child Eric Stark

2001 A Knight's Tale Count Adhemar

Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature Angus TV

2002 Extreme Ops Ian

2003 Helen of Troy Agamemnon TV

Victoria Station The cabbie

Charles II: The Power and the Passion Charles II TV series: 4 episodes

2004 Taste Michael Kuhleman

2005 The Legend of Zorro Count Armand

ShakespeaRe-Told Petruchio TV series: Episode – The Taming of the Shrew Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actor

2006 Tristan and Isolde Marke

The Illusionist Crown Prince Leopold

Paris, je t'aime William Segment: "Père-Lachaise"

Amazing Grace Thomas Clarkson

9/11: Out of the Blue The Man

The Holiday Jasper

2008 Downloading Nancy Albert

John Adams Alexander Hamilton TV series: 2 episodes

Vinyan Paul Bellmer

2008–2009 Eleventh Hour Dr. Jacob Hood TV series: 18 episodes

2010 The Pillars of the Earth Tom Builder TV series: 5 episodes

The Tourist English man

2011 Zen Aurelio Zen TV series: 3 episodes

2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Adam

Hotel Noir Felix

Parade's End Reverend Duchemin TV series: 4 episodes

Restless Lucas Romer TV series: 2 episodes

2013 All Things to All Men Parker

I'll Follow You Down Gabe

The Sea Carlo Grace

2014 Hercules Autolycus

The Devil's Hand Jacob Brown

2014–present The Man in the High Castle Obergruppenführer
Obergruppenführer
John Smith TV series: 20 episodes

2015 Killing Jesus Caiaphas

Blinky Bill the Movie Sir Claude Voice

2016 Gods of Egypt Urshu

China's Forgotten Emperor Narrator History documentary

2016–2017 Victoria Lord Melbourne TV series

2018 Judy Sidney Luft Filming

References[edit]

^ a b " Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
biography." CBS.com. ^ Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
Biography (1967–) ^ Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
Biography – Yahoo! Movies ^ Saner, Emine (8 December 2006). "Dark star". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 May 2010.  ^ Winner Takes All: A Life of Sorts by Michael Winner, p.269. ^ Leonard, Tom."I really don't want to play a baddie again." The Telegraph. 8 December 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2008. ^ a b "Rufus Sewell: Downloading Nancy". SuicideGirls.com. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009. . ^ "Three sign on for 'Pillars of the Earth'", The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2009. ^ Conlan, Tara (22 February 2011). "BBC1 axes Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
detective drama Zen". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 March 2012.  ^ Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
joins Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
in Paris ^ " Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
is top baddie in 'Vampire Hunter'". Variety. Los Angeles. 12 April 2011. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.  ^ Filipponi, Pietro (30 March 2011). "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Set Pics ..." The Daily Blam!. Retrieved 4 March 2012.  ^ " Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
album inspires Sir Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
radio play". BBC. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.  ^ "Joseph Fiennes, Ian McShane Join 'Hercules' Cast". Variety.  ^ Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
interview: 'My character is not a monster - he's a human' ^ Fox, Chloe (5 November 2003). "Cut and Thrust". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 5 February 2013.  ^ Emine Saner (8 December 2006). "Dark star". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 5 February 2012.  ^ " Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
Dumped By Wife". 2 January 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2012.  ^ Lisa Sewards (6 January 2011). "At last I've ditched the britches! Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
on swapping costume drama to be TV's coolest detective". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 5 February 2012.  ^ Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
says role in Art was 'very inconvenient' for family ^ Macdonald, M. "The Evening Standard", page 14. Associated Press, 2005

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Awards for Rufus Sewell

v t e

Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor

Antony Sher (1985) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) Oliver Ford Davies
Oliver Ford Davies
(1989/1990) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1991) Nigel Hawthorne (1992) Robert Stephens
Robert Stephens
(1993) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(1994) David Bamber (1995) Alex Jennings (1996) Antony Sher (1997) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Henry Goodman
Henry Goodman
(2000) Conleth Hill
Conleth Hill
(2001) Roger Allam
Roger Allam
(2002) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2003) Matthew Kelly (2004) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2005) Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy
(2006) Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
(2007) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2008) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(2009) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2010) Roger Allam
Roger Allam
(2011) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
and Jonny Lee Miller
Jonny Lee Miller
(2012) Luke Treadaway (2013) Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear
(2014) Mark Strong
Mark Strong
(2015) Kenneth Cranham (2016) Jamie Parker (2017)

v t e

Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor

1955-1959

Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1955) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1956) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1957) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1958) Eric Porter (1959)

1960-1969

Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1960) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1963) Nicol Williamson
Nicol Williamson
(1964) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1965) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1966) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1967) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1968) Nicol Williamson
Nicol Williamson
(1969)

1970–1979

John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1970) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1971) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1972) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1973) John Wood (1974) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1975) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1976) Donald Sinden
Donald Sinden
(1977) Alan Howard (1978) Warren Mitchell
Warren Mitchell
(1979)

1980–1989

Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1980) Alan Howard (1981) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1982) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1983) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1984) Antony Sher (1985) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1986) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1987) Eric Porter (1988) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1989)

1990–1999

Richard Harris
Richard Harris
(1990) John Wood (1991) Nigel Hawthorne (1992) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1993) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1994) Michael Gambon
Michael Gambon
(1995) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1996) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1997) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1998) Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
(1999)

2000–2009

Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2000) Alex Jennings (2001) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2002) Michael Sheen
Michael Sheen
(2003) Richard Griffiths
Richard Griffiths
(2004) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2005) Rufus Sewell
Rufus Sewell
(2006) Patrick Stewart
Patrick Stewart
(2007) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2008) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2009)

2010–9999

Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear
(2010) Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch
and Jonny Lee Miller
Jonny Lee Miller
(2011) Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale
(2012) Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear
Rory Kinnear
(2013) Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston
(2014) James McAvoy
James McAvoy
(2015) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(2016) Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield
(2017)

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