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Rufus Sewell

Rufus Sewell will be seen in All Things to All Men. He most recently starred in Zen for Left Bank Pictures and The BBC, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Tourist, The Pillars of the Earth, for Starz and Channel 4, Jerry Bruckheimer's television series Eleventh Hour (in which Sewell played the lead), and John Adams for HBO. In 2006 Sewell starred onstage as Jan in Tom Stoppard's Rock n' Roll, at The Royal Court Theatre and London's West End, for which he won Best Actor at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2006, London Critic's Circle Best Actor Award 2007 and Best Actor at the 2007 Olivier Awards. He reprised this role on Broadway and received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play, and a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play.

Sewell first gained attention with his television debut in 1994 as Will Ladislaw in the BBC adaptation of Middlemarch. He garnered further acclaim in Christopher Hampton's feature film Carrington, opposite Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce, as well as in John Schlesinger's Cold Comfort Farm.

In 2005 Sewell starred as Petruchio in the critically acclaimed BBC production of The Taming of the Shrew, for which he was nominated as Best Actor for a BAFTA Television Award. Other recent films include: Fabrice Du Weltz's Vinyan, Johan Renck's Downloading Nancy, Neil Burger's The Illusionist, and Wes Craven's Paris Je T'aime.

Other films include Nancy Meyer's The Holiday, Martin Campbell's The Legend of Zorro, Kevin Reynold's Tristan + Isolde, Brian Helgeland's A Knight's Tale, Alex Proyas' futuristic thriller Dark City, Dangerous Beauty, with Catherine McCormack, Illuminata, directed by and also starring John Turturro, Susan Sarandon and Christopher Walken, Miramax's The Very Thought of You, with Joseph Fiennes, Paramount Pictures' Bless The Child, also starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, Victory, with Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, Channel Four Film's The Woodlanders, and BBC Film's A Man Of No Importance.

On stage, Sewell made his West End theatrical debut in 1993 as Thomas Kratsky, the Czechoslovakian hustler in Making It Better, which won Sewell the London Critics Circles' Best Newcomer Award. Other notable roles include Septimus Hodge in the original production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, at the National Theatre, Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, as well as As You Like It, The Seagull, and The Government Inspector, all at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Sewell made his Broadway debut in 1995, opening to rave reviews in the revival of Brian Friel's Translations, opposite Brian Dennehy and Dana Delany. Other theatre credits include Rat In The Skull, a Royal Court Production directed by Stephen Daldry, Macbeth, on London's West End, and John Osborne's Luther, at the Royal National Theatre.

Sewell studied at London's Central School of Drama before making his film debut in Don Boyd's Twenty-One.


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Rufus Sewell Facts

OccupationActor
BirthdayOctober 29, 1967 (50)
SignScorpio
BirthplaceTwickenham, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is Rufus Sewell compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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