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Rufus Sewell

Highest Rated:   95% Hamlet (1996)
Lowest Rated:   3% Bless the Child (2000)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
60% 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
47% The Sea
  • Carlo Grace
2013
27% 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
56% Vinyan
  • Paul Bellmer
2008
17% Downloading Nancy
  • Albert Stockwell
2008
No Score Yet Dark City (Director's Cut)
  • Actor
2008
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • William
$4.9M 2007
70% Amazing Grace
  • Thomas Clarkson
$21.2M 2007
No Score Yet Shakespeare Retold
  • Actor
2007
47% The Holiday
  • Jasper
$63.3M 2006
74% The Illusionist
  • Crown Prince Leopold
$39.7M 2006
32% 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
8% 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
No Score Yet Arabian Nights
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet In a Savage Land
  • Mick Carpenter
1999
33% The Very Thought of You
  • Frank
1999
38% Illuminata
  • Dominique
1999
No Score Yet At Sachem Farm (Uncorked) (Trade Winds) (Higher Love)
  • Ross
1999
No Score Yet Uncorked
  • Actor
1999
74% Dark City
  • John Murdoch
1998
70% Dangerous Beauty
  • Marco Venier
1998
No Score Yet The Woodlanders
  • Giles Winterbourne
1998
95% Hamlet
  • Fortinbras
1996
83% Cold Comfort Farm
  • Seth
1996
50% Carrington
  • Mark Gertler
1995
No Score Yet Victory
  • Martin
1995
85% A Man of No Importance
  • Robbie Fay
1994
No Score Yet Middlemarch
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Dirty Weekend
  • Tim
1993
50% Twenty-One
  • Bobby
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
82% Victoria
2016
  • Lord Melbourne
  • 2017
79% The Man in the High Castle
2015
  • John Smith
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Restless
2012
  • Lucas Romer
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Aurelio Zen
  • 2011
94% 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

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