Samuel West

Highest Rated: 94% Howards End (1992)
Lowest Rated: 24% Van Helsing (2004)
Birthday: Jun 19, 1966
Birthplace: Not Available
One of Britain's more underrated actors, Samuel West first became known to international audiences in 1992 as the perpetually unfortunate Leonard Bast in the acclaimed Ismail Merchant/James Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster's Howards End.The son of actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales, West was born in London on June 19, 1966. Taking to science rather than to acting when he was growing up, he attended Oxford University, where he planned to study physics. However, an interest in acting finally took hold, and West switched his studies to English and became involved with the University Experimental Theatre Club and Dramatic Society, touring Africa with it in 1986.Upon his graduation in 1988, West secured his first film role as a German aristocrat in Reunion. Although the film was critically well-received, it was largely unseen, and West subsequently did most of his work on television. His acclaimed performance in Howards End, for which he earned a British Academy Award nomination, gave him both greater respect and recognition. He went on to appear in a number of films of varying quality, doing particularly notable work in Persuasion (1995), Carrington (1995), and Jane Eyre (1996). He parodied the sort of period dramas in which he had made his name with his role as an upper-crust prig in Stiff Upper Lips in 1998, and that same year he finally broke through to modern dress in the Canadian film Rupert's Land, earning a Genie nomination for his portrayal of a clean-cut lawyer reluctantly dragged on an odyssey across the wilds of British Columbia. The following year, he was back in breeches and a frock coat for his bit part in Notting Hill, and that same year he could be seen taking to the sea in the popular British miniseries, Horatio Hornblower. In addition to his screen roles, West is known in his native country for his work on the stage, television, and radio, endearing many a listener to his deep, mellifluous voice.


Highest Rated Movies



67% On Chesil Beach Geoffrey Ponting 2018
No Score Yet Spying On the Royals Narrator 2018
73% Suffragette Benedict Haughton $7.2M 2015
No Score Yet Secrets of Chatsworth Narrator 2013
37% Hyde Park on Hudson Bertie $6.4M 2012
No Score Yet Codebreaker Narrator 2012
No Score Yet Secrets of the Manor House Narrator 2012
No Score Yet Dark Relic Friar George 2010
No Score Yet Albert Schweitzer Phil Figgis 2009
No Score Yet Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley Ted Heath 2008
No Score Yet WWII Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West Actor 2008
No Score Yet Private Life of a Masterpiece, The: Renaissance Masterpiece Narrator 2007
No Score Yet Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King King Gunther 2006
No Score Yet Auschwitz Actor 2005
No Score Yet War of the Century Actor 2005
24% Van Helsing Dr. Victor Frankenstein $119.7M 2004
No Score Yet Cambridge Spies Actor 2003
67% 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Pongo 2002
79% Iris Young Maurice $5.4M 2001
No Score Yet A History of Britain Actor 2001
58% Pandaemonium Robert Southey 2001
No Score Yet Complicity (Retribution) Actor 2000
80% Longitude Nevil Maskelyne 2000
No Score Yet War of the Century - When Hitler Fought Stalin Actor 1999
83% Notting Hill Anna's Co-Star 1999
38% Stiff Upper Lips Edward 1998
No Score Yet The Ripper Prince Edward 1997
No Score Yet Nazis: A Warning from History Actor 1997
74% Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre St. John Rivers 1996
52% Carrington Gerald Brenan 1995
85% Persuasion Mr. Elliot 1995
No Score Yet A Feast at Midnight Chef 1995
94% Howards End Leonard Bast $0.2M 1992
No Score Yet Stanley and the Women Stephen Duke 1991
No Score Yet Reunion Count Konradin 1989


No Score Yet Great Performances
Bishop of Winchester
  • 2016
97% The Hollow Crown
Bishop of Winchester
  • 2016
69% Mr. Selfridge
Frank Edwards
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece (Inactive)
Frank Edwards
  • 2016
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50% Any Human Heart
Peter Scabius (Older)
  • 2015
91% Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Sir Walter Pole
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Crimson Field
  • 2015
57% Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond
John Godfrey
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Dr. Constantine Tony Wainwright Frank Edwards Peter Scabius (Older)
  • 2014
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  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2007
No Score Yet New Tricks
David Fleeting
  • 2010
No Score Yet Mystery!
Lt. Col. James Wintringham Tony Wainwright
  • 2007
  • 2005
No Score Yet NOVA
Humphrey Davy
  • 2005
No Score Yet Waking the Dead
Thomas Rice
  • 2002
80% The Frankenstein Chronicles


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