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Samuel West

Highest Rated:   93% Howards End (1992)
Lowest Rated:   23% Van Helsing (2004)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
60% On Chesil Beach
  • Actor
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
23% 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
No Score Yet 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
50% Carrington
  • Gerald Brenan
1995
84% Persuasion
  • Mr. Elliot
1995
No Score Yet A Feast at Midnight
  • Chef
1995
93% Howards End
  • Leonard Bast
$0.2M 1992
No Score Yet Stanley and the Women
  • Stephen Duke
1991
No Score Yet Reunion
  • Count Konradin
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Bishop of Winchester
  • 2016
100% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • Bishop of Winchester
  • 2016
No Score Yet Mr. Selfridge
2013-2016
  • Frank Edwards
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece
2013-2016
  • Frank Edwards
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
91% Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
2015
  • Sir Walter Pole
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Crimson Field
2014
  • Actor
  • 2015
57% Fleming: The Man Who Would be Bond
2014
  • John Godfrey
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Dr. Constantine Tony Wainwright Frank Edwards Peter Scabius (Older)
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2007
No Score Yet New Tricks
2003-2013
  • David Fleeting
  • 2010
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Humphrey Davy
  • 2005
No Score Yet Waking the Dead
2011
  • Thomas Rice
  • 2002
50% Any Human Heart
2010
  • Peter Scabius (Older)
No Score Yet The Frankenstein Chronicles
2016
  • Actor

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