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Rupert Graves

Highest Rated:   100% A Room With a View (1985)
Lowest Rated:   0% Rag Tale (2005)
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Birthplace:   Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
Rupert Graves has repeatedly impressed audiences with his dead-on portrayals of upper-class twits since 1985, when he appeared in Merchant Ivory's classic adaptation of E.M. Forster's A Room With a View. However, Graves' own background could not be more different from those of the characters he brings to the screen.Born June 30, 1963, Graves grew up in the small town of Western-Super-Mare (coincidentally also the birthplace of John Cleese), located in western England. By his own account a terrible student who resented authority, Graves left school at 15 and joined the circus. After his stint with the circus ended, Graves made his way to London, where, at 19, he landed his first acting role in a stage production of The Killing of Mr. Toad. His performance caught the attention of a film industry figure, which in turn led to his first film role in A Room With a View. As the irresponsible and irrepressible Freddy Honeychurch (brother of the film's heroine, played by Helena Bonham-Carter), Graves gave a performance that set the pattern for the roles he was to be typcast in for much of the next decade. Graves virtually became the male equivalent of Helena Bonham-Carter, in that he was stuck in period drama after period drama until others slowly realized that his range was not limited to films with an abundance of waistcoats, corsets, and men with names like Cecil or Clive. Graves' other significant films of the 80s included another Merchant Ivory outing, the memorable Maurice (1987) (in which Graves played Maurice's working class lover, Alec Scudder, and, as in A Room With a View, demonstrated his ability to tackle nude scenes), 1988's A Handful of Dust (also starring a then-unknown Kristin Scott Thomas, and Graves' Maurice colleague James Wilby), and the epic television series Fortunes of War, set during World War II and starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson.In the 1990s, Graves has continued to do period pieces such as the 1991 adaptation of E.M. Forster's Where Angels Fear to Tread (reuniting him again with Bonham-Carter), and Nicholas Hytner's brilliant The Madness of King George (1995), which also starred "the other Rupert," Rupert Everett. In addition, he made a memorable appearance in the film adaptation of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway (1997) as a shell-shocked World War I veteran. As he has gained greater recognition, however, Graves has been able to branch out toward other genres, notably as Jeremy Irons' jilted, ill-fated son in Louis Malle's Damage (1993), a confused and irresponsible motorcycle courier in Different For Girls (1996), and as the severely conflicted Harold Guppy in the deliciously twisted Intimate Relations (1996), for which he won a Best Actor award at the Montreal Film Festival. In addition to his film work, Graves has continued to work for television and the stage, acting as the wormy, conniving Octavius alongside Billy Zane in the TV series Cleopatra (1999), and in such stage productions as Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh (1998) and the the hit Broadway production of Patrick Marber's Closer (1999).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
36% Sacrifice
  • Duncan Guthrie
2016
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos
  • Stirling Rogers
2014
No Score Yet Salting the Battlefield
  • Stirling Rogers
2014
82% Fast Girls
  • David
$0.4M 2012
80% Made in Dagenham
  • Peter Hopkins
$1.1M 2010
No Score Yet Garrow's Law
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet God on Trial
  • Mordechai
2008
60% The Waiting Room
  • George
2007
60% Death at a Funeral
  • Robert
$8.5M 2007
No Score Yet Clapham Junction
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Son of the Dragon
  • Prince of the North
2007
73% V for Vendetta
  • Dominic
$70.5M 2006
0% Rag Tale
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Waste of Shame
  • Shakespeare
2005
No Score Yet Pride
  • Linus
2004
No Score Yet Last King: The Power And Passion Of Charles Ii, The
  • George Duke of Buckingham
2004
8% Extreme Ops
  • Jeffrey
$4.8M 2002
No Score Yet Take a Girl Like You
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Room to Rent (Una cama a cualquier precio)
  • Mark
2000
No Score Yet The Revengers' Comedies (Sweet Revenge)
  • Oliver Knightly
2000
64% All My Loved Ones
  • Nicholas Winton
2000
36% Dreaming of Joseph Lees
  • Joseph Lees
1999
No Score Yet Cleopatra
  • Actor
1999
71% Mrs. Dalloway
  • Septimus Warren Smith
1998
67% Bent
  • Officer on Train
1997
48% Different for Girls
  • Paul Prentice
1997
14% Intimate Relations
  • Harold Guppy
1996
No Score Yet The Innocent Sleep
  • Alan Terry
1996
93% The Madness of King George
  • Greville
1994
No Score Yet Doomsday Gun
  • Jones
1994
62% Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • Philip Herriton
1994
No Score Yet Fortunes of War
  • Actor
1994
80% Damage
  • Martyn Fleming
1992
No Score Yet Children, The
  • Gerald Ormerod
1991
No Score Yet The Plot to Kill Hitler
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet A Handful of Dust
  • John Beaver
1988
93% Maurice
  • Alec Scudder
1987
100% A Room With a View
  • Freddy
1985
No Score Yet Tony Palmer's Film About Puccini
  • Tomio Puccini's Son
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% Sherlock
2010
  • Inspector Lestrade Detective Inspector Lestrade
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2010
59% The Family
2015-2016
  • John Warren John
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Crimson Field
2014
  • Actor
  • 2015
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Young Jolyon Jolyon Arthur Stirling Rogers DI Lestrade Harderberg Lestrade Patrick Standish Alec Pickman Insp. Lestrade Young Jolyon Fortsyte Young Jolyon Forsyte Lance Fortescue Mordechai
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 1997
78% The White Queen
2013
  • Actor
  • 2013
89% Doctor Who
2006
  • Riddell
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inspector Lewis
2007-2015
  • Alec Pickman
  • 2010
89% Wallander
2008-2016
  • Povel Wallander
  • 2010
No Score Yet MI-5
2003-2011
  • William Sampson
  • 2006
No Score Yet Death in Paradise
2011
  • James Lavender
No Score Yet Secret State
2012
  • Felix Durrell
No Score Yet Waking the Dead
2011
  • Col. John Garrett

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