Rufus Sewell

Rufus Sewell

Highest Rated: 100% The Father (2020)

Lowest Rated: 3% Bless the Child (2000)

Birthday: Oct 29, 1967

Birthplace: Twickenham, London

Sporting the kind of darkly mischievous good looks that often get him cast as randy, ne'er-do-well paramours, Rufus Sewell began his film career in the early '90s and soon emerged as one of England's most promising young actors. The son of an Australian animator who died when he was ten, Sewell was born in Twickenham, Middlesex, on October 29, 1967. He trained to become an actor at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, leaving the school after three years. After making a promising debut on the London stage with an award-winning performance in Making It Better, Sewell originated the role of Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, which earned him a nomination for the prestigious Olivier Award. He also won acclaim on the other side of the Atlantic, winning Broadway's Theatre World Award for his performance in Translations.In addition to his work on the stage, Sewell had been acting on both the large and small screen, making his film debut in 1991 with Twenty-One, in which he played Patsy Kensit's junkie boyfriend. In 1994 he caught the attention of American art house filmgoers with his role as a sweet-natured bus driver who becomes the object of Albert Finney's affections in A Man of No Importance; the same year, PBS viewers could see him star in the acclaimed adaptation of Middlemarch.Sewell's art house recognition increased the following year, when he had starring roles in John Schlesinger's Cold Comfort Farm and Carrington. The first film cast him as an earthy farmer accustomed to rolls in the hay, while the second cast him as one of Emma Thompson's army of spurned lovers. Both films helped to get him noticed, even if the attention centered primarily on his imported lust-object status, but it was not until 1998 that he was given his first starring role, headlining the cast of Dark City. Unfortunately, the film vaporized at the box office, as did Sewell's other film that year, Dangerous Beauty.In 1999, the actor was again visible to transatlantic audiences, first as a bitter, alcoholic cokehead in The Very Thought of You, a romantic comedy released in Britain the previous year; and then in John Turturro's Illuminata, a turn-of-the-century romantic farce which cast him as an amorous actor. The latter film -- which also featured Susan Sarandon, Ben Gazzara, and Christopher Walken in its impressive cast -- won a number of good reviews, as did Sewell, an actor who by this point had made the expression of earthy lustiness into something of an endearing trademark.In 2000 Sewell graced the screen in Bless the Child, a supernatural thriller that also starred Kim Basinger and Christina Ricci. Of course few actors of his generation could essay such instantly dislikable villains as the talented Sewell, and after raising the ire of the noble Heath Ledger in the popular period adventure A Knight's Tale, he would once again make viewer's skin crawl as an aristocratic creep with more than a few skeletons in the closet in Neil Burger's romantic fantasy The Illusionist. In 2008 Sewell appeared as Alexander Hamilton in the Emmy-winning HBO mini-series John Adams, with subsequent roles in Eleventh Hour and The Pillars of the Earth preceding a turn as Detective Aurelio Zen in the TV mini-series Zen, and a turn as an evil bloodsucker with designs on the newly established United States in Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.


Highest Rated Movies



100% The Father Actor 2020
82% Judy Actor 2019
No Score Yet City of Sin Actor 2017
73% Blinky Bill The Movie The Cat 2016
No Score Yet Blinky Bill på eventyr The Cat 2016
16% Gods Of Egypt Urshu $31.2M 2016
43% Killing Jesus Caiaphas 2015
57% Hercules Autolycus $59.5M 2014
33% I'll Follow You Down Gabe 2014
No Score Yet Restless Lucas Romer 2014
No Score Yet The Devil's Hand (Where the Devil Hides) Jacob Brown 2013
No Score Yet No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka Actor 2013
52% The Sea Carlo Grace 2013
24% All Things To All Men Parker 2013
No Score Yet Paradise Lost Samael 2013
13% Hotel Noir Felix 2012
34% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Adam $37.4M 2012
20% The Tourist The Englishman $67.7M 2010
53% Vinyan Paul Bellmer 2008
19% Downloading Nancy Albert Stockwell 2008
No Score Yet Dark City (Director's Cut) Actor 2008
87% Paris Je T'aime William $4.9M 2007
68% Amazing Grace Thomas Clarkson $21.2M 2007
No Score Yet Shakespeare Retold Actor 2007
49% The Holiday Jasper $63.3M 2006
74% The Illusionist Crown Prince Leopold $39.7M 2006
31% Tristan & Isolde Lord Marke $14.6M 2006
26% The Legend of Zorro Armand $45.4M 2005
No Score Yet Last King: The Power And Passion Of Charles Ii, The Charles II 2004
No Score Yet Helen of Troy Agamemnon 2003
7% Extreme Ops Ian $4.8M 2002
58% A Knight's Tale Count Adhemar $55.1M 2001
43% She Creature Angus 2001
3% Bless the Child Eric Stark $28.2M 2000
67% Arabian Nights Actor 2000
No Score Yet In a Savage Land Mick Carpenter 1999
33% The Very Thought of You Frank 1999
40% Illuminata Dominique 1999
No Score Yet At Sachem Farm (Uncorked) (Trade Winds) (Higher Love) Ross 1999
76% Dark City John Murdoch 1998
68% Dangerous Beauty Marco Venier 1998
No Score Yet The Woodlanders Giles Winterbourne 1998
95% Hamlet Fortinbras 1996
83% Cold Comfort Farm Seth 1996
54% Carrington Mark Gertler 1995
No Score Yet Victory Martin 1995
86% A Man of No Importance Robbie Fay 1994
No Score Yet Middlemarch Actor 1994
No Score Yet Dirty Weekend Tim 1993
57% Twenty-One Bobby 1991


79% The Pale Horse
Mark Easterbrook 2020
87% Victoria
Lord Melbourne 2019
84% The Man in the High Castle
John Smith 2019
No Score Yet Restless
Lucas Romer 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Aurelio Zen 2011
95% Zen
Aurelio Zen 2011
77% Pillars of the Earth
Tom Builder 2011
35% Eleventh Hour
Dr. Jacob Hood Jacob Hood 2009
81% John Adams
Alexander Hamilton 2008


Autolycus says: I hope the enemy has a sense of humor.

Autolycus says: Don't just stand there. Kill someone!

Autolycus says: If you're lucky, you'll go to Hades where all the fun people are.

John Murdoch says: You want to know what it is about us that made us human. Well, you’re not going to find it in here. You went looking in the wrong place.

John Murdoch says: You want to know what it is about us that made us human. Well, you're not going to find it in here. You went looking in the wrong place.

Marke says: [on the affair] How long?

Marke says: How long?

Isolde says: Since you thought he was dead. I found him wounded on a beach in Ireland. And I told him my name was Bragnae. So when he came to the tournament at Dunluce to win Doncadh's daughter he didnt realize it was me. All this time, my heart has been his. And I'm sorry. He tried, harder than you can possible imagine because he loves you.

Marke says: Do you find no comfort in your home, these stearn walls that you helped build?

Tristan says: I find these walls a prison.

Marke says: Why?

Tristan says: Everything I wanted seems meaningless.

Chief Inspector Uhl says: They don't recognise you

Chief Inspector Uhl says: They don't recognise you.

Crown Prince Leopold says: Keep your distance. I don't want to be seen with a Policeman

Crown Prince Leopold says: Keep your distance. I don't want to be seen with a Policeman.

John Murdoch says: I don't think the sun even... exists... in this place. 'Cause I've been up for hours, and hours, and hours, and the night never ends here.

Crown Prince Leopold says: He has tricked you, it is all an illusion!

Chief Inspector Uhl says: Perhaps there is truth in this illusion.

Crown Prince Leopold says: I know you have been with him!

Duchess Sophie von Teschen says: It has nothing to do with you.

Crown Prince Leopold says: It has EVERYTHING to do with me!

Crown Prince Leopold says: And we'll gather our best minds next time. You'll really have a challenge then.

Eisenheim says: Then I shall prepare something special. Perhaps I'll make you disappear.

Iris says: Jasper--- Oh, wait, I need the lights on. [turns on a lamp] Jasper, you have never treated me right, ever!

Jasper says: Oh, bab---

Iris says: Shush! You broke my heart and you acted like it was somehow my fault, my misunderstanding, and I was too in love with you to ever be mad at you, so I just punished myself! For years! But you waltzing in here on my lovely Christmas holiday and telling me that you don't want to lose me whilst you're about to get MARRIED! Somehow newly entitles me to say, "It's over!" This-this-this twisted toxic thing between us! It's finally finished! I'm miraculously done being in love with you! Ha! I've got a life to start living, and you're not going to be in it!

Jasper says: Darling---

Iris says: Now I've got somewhere really important to be and you have got to get the hell out! [opens door] Now!

Jasper says: What exactly has gotten in to you?

Iris says: I don't know [pushes jasper out the door] but I think what I've got is something resembling, Gumption! [slams door shut]

Adam says: Only the living can kill the dead.

John Murdoch says: I know this is gonna sound crazy, but what if we never knew each other before now?

Abraham Lincoln says: I persume you know what I can do with this.

Abraham Lincoln says: I presume you know what I can do with this.

Adam says: I know what you can do with one,but against 20?

Adam says: I know what you can do with one, but against 20?

Veronica Franco says: Then why are you here ?

Marco Venier says: Because I could not stay away.

Veronica Franco says: Well, then don't.