Samuel Barnett

Samuel Barnett

Highest Rated: 89% The Lady in the Van (2015)

Lowest Rated: 17% Love Tomorrow (2012)

Birthday: Apr 25, 1980

Birthplace: Whitby, North Yorkshire, England, UK

Born in small town Whitby, England in 1980, Samuel Barnett never expected to make a career as an actor, but he decided to follow his dreams and enroll in The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Upon graduation, Barnett appeared in a few guest spots on television, but spent much of his time on stage. One of his first significant roles was in Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre production of "His Dark Materials" in 2003. This led to his breakout role, as Posner in the original production of Alan Bennett's "The History Boys," also directed by Hytner in London in 2004. For the next few years, "The History Boys" dominated Barnett's time, as he played the role in London, Sydney, Hong Kong, and New York, where he was nominated for a Tony Award. Barnett also starred in the 2006 feature film adaptation of the play, again directed by Hytner. The success led to a flurry of work in film and television with roles in the HBO miniseries "John Adams" (HBO, 2006), the feature "Bright Star" (2009), and his first lead role in a series, as artist John Everett Millais in "Desperate Romantics" (BBC Two, 2009). It was announced that Barnett would play the title role in the series adaptation of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency set for debut in 2016 on BBC America.

Highest rated movies

The Lady in the Van
The History Boys
Love Tomorrow




89% 64% The Lady in the Van Donald (Character) $10.0M 2015
17% No Score Yet Love Tomorrow Cal (Character) - 2012
65% 70% The History Boys Posner (Character) $2.7M 2006


No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder in Provence Unknown (Character) 2022
78% No Score Yet Four Lives Ryan Edwards (Character) 2022
85% 95% Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Dirk Gently (Character) 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2016
88% 94% Endeavour Anthony Donn (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Not Safe for Work Nathanial (Character) 2015
No Score Yet 94% Vicious Young Stuart (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperate Romantics John Millais (Character) 2009
82% 85% John Adams Thomas Adams (Guest Star) 2008