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Biography #2 (for Tristan & Isolde)

Rufus Sewell has established himself with an eclectic group of projects in film, television and on the stage. He returned to Broadway in Shining City by acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson. Set in Dublin, Shining City tells the story of a man (Sewell) who seeks help from a counselor after he claims to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife.

Sewell most recently starred as Armand opposite Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in The Legend of Zorro. He has also completed filming Neil Burger's The Illusionist, starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, which is also scheduled for release in 2006.

Sewell first gained mainstream attention in 1994, with his television debut as Will Ladislaw in the BBC adaptation of Middlemarch. Sewell returned to the small screen in 2003 earning rave reviews for the title role in Charles II directed by Joe Wright for the BBC. More recently he played Petruchio in the BBC's modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew.

Some of his other Hollywood features include A Knight's Tale, Dark City, Dangerous Beauty and Bless the Child. He also appeared in Christopher Hampton's Carrington, opposite Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce, as well as John Schlesinger's Cold Comfort Farm, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, John Turturro's Illuminata and The Very Thought of You., with Joseph Fiennes and Tom Hollander.

On stage, Sewell made his West End theatrical debut in 1993 as Thomas Kratsky, the Czechoslovakian hustler in Making It Better, which won him the London Critics Circles' Best Newcomer Award. Sewell opened to rave reviews in the Broadway production of Brian Friel's Translations, opposite Brian Dennehy. His other notable theatre credits include Rat in the Skull directed by Stephen Daldry, the title role of Macbeth in London's West End and his acclaimed performance in the revival of 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.

Bio courtesy Fox for "Tristan & Isolde" (31-Mar-2006)


Biography #3

Rufus Sewell, the noted British actor, marks his 16th motion picture role with A Knight's Tale.

His cinema credits include Carrington, Hamlet, Dark City and Martha Meets Frank, Daniel & Laurence, for which he received a 1998 British Film Critics Circle nomination. His other movie work includes Bless The Child, In A Savage Land, At Satchem Farm, Illuminata, Dangerous Beauty, The Woodlanders, Victory, Cold Comfort Farm, A Man Of No Importance, Dirty Weekend and Twenty-One.

Highly regarded in the theatre, Sewell was voted Best Newcomer in 1993 by the London Critics Circle for his performance in Making It Better. In 1994, he received an Olivier Award nomination for Arcadia and the following year was honored in New York with the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut in Translations. His other theatre credits include Macbeth, Rat In The Skull, As You Like It, The Seagull, The Government Inspector, Pride And Prejudice, Peter And The Captain, The Lost Domain, Comedians and Royal Hunt Of The Sun.

He has acted on British television in such shows as Arabian Nights, Henry IV, Citizen Loocke, Dirty Something, Middlemarch, Gone To Seed and The Last Romantics.

Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment (01-Jan-2000)


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