Rufus Sewell

Highest Rated: 95% Hamlet (1996)
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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Judy Actor 2019
No Score Yet City of Sin Actor 2017
73% Blinky Bill The Movie The Cat 2016
15% Gods Of Egypt Urshu $31.2M 2016
43% Killing Jesus Caiaphas 2015
58% 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
50% The Sea Carlo Grace 2013
24% All Things To All Men Parker 2013
No Score Yet Paradise Lost Samael 2013
No Score Yet No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka Actor 2013
13% Hotel Noir Felix 2012
35% Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Adam $37.4M 2012
20% The Tourist The Englishman $67.7M 2010
53% Vinyan Paul Bellmer 2008
16% Downloading Nancy Albert Stockwell 2008
No Score Yet Dark City (Director's Cut) Actor 2008
86% Paris Je T'aime William $4.9M 2007
68% Amazing Grace Thomas Clarkson $21.2M 2007
No Score Yet Shakespeare Retold Actor 2007
48% The Holiday Jasper $63.3M 2006
73% 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
20% She Creature Angus 2001
3% Bless the Child Eric Stark $28.2M 2000
60% 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
No Score Yet Uncorked Actor 1999
75% 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
52% 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

TV

CREDIT
86% Victoria
2016
Lord Melbourne
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
81% The Man in the High Castle
2015
John Smith
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Restless
2012
Lucas Romer
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Aurelio Zen
  • 2011
95% Zen
2011
Aurelio Zen
  • 2011
86% Pillars of the Earth
2010
Tom Builder
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Eleventh Hour
2008-2009
Dr. Jacob Hood Jacob Hood
  • 2009
  • 2008
81% John Adams
2008
Alexander Hamilton
  • 2008

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