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Ray Stevenson

Ray Stevenson is perhaps best known for playing the character of legionary Titus Pullo in the BBC/HBO television series Rome. He shares the lead starring role in the series with Kevin McKidd. His portrayal of Pullo's fierce and loyal character and the character's development and adaptation to the changing circumstances of life and history has won both critical and public acclaim.

Stevenson recently completed the horror movie OUTPOST, in which he stars as the leader of a team of mercenaries hired to retrieve an alleged geological find inside an old WWII bunker located in a remote area of eastern Europe.

Other film roles include playing the part of 'Dagonet,' the knight who sacrifices his life for his comrades in KING ARTHUR in 2004. His first big screen movie role was in THE THEORY OF FLIGHT (1998) with Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter, where he played the part of a gigolo hired to help the character played by Bonham Carter to lose her virginity.

His other TV-work includes guest appearances in popular TV series like Waking the Dead and Murphy's Law as well as lead roles in City Central and At Home with the Braithwaites. He has also appeared in several TV movies such as Some Kind of Life in 1995, in which he co-starred with Jane Horrocks, and The Return of the Native, which also featured Catherine Zeta Jones. Some of his earliest parts were in two Catherine Cookson movies: The Dwelling Place (1994) and The Tide of Life (1996).

His stage work includes playing the part of Christ in the York Mystery Plays in 2000 at York Minster. In 2001 he took the part of Roger in the play Mouth to Mouth by Kevin Elyot, at the Albery Theatre in London with Lindsay Duncan and Michael Maloney. His most well known part is perhaps that of the Cardinal in The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster with Janet McTeer at the Royal National Theatre in 2003.

Born in Northern Ireland, the son of an air force pilot, Ray grew up in England. As a child, he developed an interest in acting when going to Saturday morning matinees. But his focus remained elsewhere and it wasn't until seeing a performance by John Malkovich in a play, Burn This at a West End theatre that he decided to give acting his full attention. At age 27, he began studying acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Ray Stevenson Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayMay 24, 1964 (53)
SignGemini
BirthplaceLisburn, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is Ray Stevenson compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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