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
|Birthday||October 29, 1967 (50)|
|Birthplace||Twickenham, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom|
|Height||6' (1m83) How tall is Rufus Sewell compared to you?|