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Also Known As: Rufus Frederik Sewell Died:
Born: October 29, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Twickenham, England, GB Profession: actor, musician, laborer, road sweep, carpenter's assistant

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A mainstay in British costume dramas and historic biopics, actor Rufus Sewell was active on London stages before landing his screen breakthrough in the British television adaptation of George Eliot's "Middlemarch" in 1995. From there, the actor was tapped to ride many a horse and deliver many a velvet-clad smoldering look in a string of well-received films including "A Knight's Tale" (2001) and "The Illusionist" (2006). While Sewell successfully transitioned to American productions, he remained typecast in period pieces as villainous rulers, brooding noblemen and romantic leads. Eventually the actor's protestations led him to prove his versatility in the critically-acclaimed Tom Stoppard play "Rock 'n' Roll" and the American television series "Eleventh Hour" (CBS, 2008-09), where he proved a very suitable choice to play a handsome criminal investigator whose preferred method of transportation was a car and who was never called upon to engage in a sword fight. The series' demise would, at least temporarily, return Sewell to period dramas, although the charismatic actor would manage to keep at least one foot firmly planted in the modern day for his many projects to come.

A mainstay in British costume dramas and historic biopics, actor Rufus Sewell was active on London stages before landing his screen breakthrough in the British television adaptation of George Eliot's "Middlemarch" in 1995. From there, the actor was tapped to ride many a horse and deliver many a velvet-clad smoldering look in a string of well-received films including "A Knight's Tale" (2001) and "The Illusionist" (2006). While Sewell successfully transitioned to American productions, he remained typecast in period pieces as villainous rulers, brooding noblemen and romantic leads. Eventually the actor's protestations led him to prove his versatility in the critically-acclaimed Tom Stoppard play "Rock 'n' Roll" and the American television series "Eleventh Hour" (CBS, 2008-09), where he proved a very suitable choice to play a handsome criminal investigator whose preferred method of transportation was a car and who was never called upon to engage in a sword fight. The series' demise would, at least temporarily, return Sewell to period dramas, although the charismatic actor would manage to keep at least one foot firmly planted in the modern day for his many projects to come.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Paradise Lost (2017)
2.
 Occult, The (2014)
3.
5.
 Sea, The (2013)
6.
 Hotel Noir (2012)
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 Tourist, The (2010)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Wales and London
1981:
At age 14, arrested on the mistaken belief he was a male escort
1982:
Landed first acting role in an amateur drama group; donned drag to portray a brothel madam
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Made profesional stage debut in "As You Like It" in Sheffield, England
1991:
Made film debut playing a junkie in drama feature "Twenty-One"
1991:
Early TV credit, "The Last Romantics"
1992:
Made his West End stage debut in "Making It Better"
1993:
Originated role of the tutor Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia"
1994:
Cast in the TV adaptation of "Middlemarch" (BBC)
1994:
Delivered breakthrough role as the young man who catches the eye of a bus conductor (Albert Finney) in "A Man of No Importance"
1995:
Made his U.S. stage debut in the Broadway production of "Translations"
1995:
Played the lusty son Seth in "Cold Comfort Farm" (BBC)
1996:
Portrayed Fortinbras in Kenneth Branagh's full-length version of "Hamlet"
1998:
Played the love interest opposite Catherine McCormack in "Dangerous Beauty"
1998:
Landed lead role of an amnesiac who may or may not have committed a crime in the sci-fi thriller "Dark City"
1998:
Cast as Frank, an out-of-work actor in romantic comedy "The Very Thought of You"
1999:
Co-starred as a local merchant who threatens the marriage of Australian anthropologists in New Guinea in "In a Savage Land"
1999:
Returned to the London stage to play the title role of Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
1999:
Portrayed Ali Baba in the ABC miniseries "Arabian Nights"
2000:
Offered a villainous turn as a former child star turned Satanist cult leader in "Bless the Child"
2001:
Co-starred with Heath Ledger in "A Knight's Tale"
2001:
Performed on the London stage in "Luther"
2002:
Cast in the action adventure feature "Extreme Ops"
2005:
Co-starred in the "Legend of Zorro" opposite Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
2006:
Cast opposite Edward Norton in Neil Burger's "The Illusionist"
2006:
Cast in Tom Stoppard's play "Rock 'n' Roll" at the Royal Court Theatre; reprised role on Broadway in 2007; earned a Tony award nomination for Best Actor in a Play
2007:
Cast in "Amazing Grace," Michael Apted's film about the slave trade in 19th century Britain
2008:
Portrayed Alexander Hamilton in the HBO miniseries "John Adams"
2008:
Played central role on short-lived CBS series "Eleventh Hour"
2010:
Co-starred with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in "The Tourist"
2010:
Appeared in the STARZ miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth"
2012:
Played the lead vampire in the genre mash-up "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith
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Education

Orleans Park School: - 1984
Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England - 1986 - 1989

Notes

"People always want me to be a Byron ot Heathcliff type. I might be the only one who knows it, but my strength is to play against those things." --Rufus Sewell to New York Post, February 17, 1998.

"I wanted to be an actor or a drummer or a cartoonist . . . Acting was the only thing that I knew I could be better at. I'm a hideously unmotivated, lazy person -- with the one exception of acting. I can actually be motivated and get up in the morning and be the sort of person about acting that I am not generally in life." --Rufus Sewell in Theaterweek, May 1-7, 1995.

"The reason I became an actor was to get from part to part. If I let that slip through my fingers by wanting to be famous rather than wanting to be good, then I'd hate myself for it." --Sewell on fame in Theaterweek, May 1-7, 1995.

"As soon as someone tells me I'm perfect for something, I immediately want the opposite part." --Sewell in Harper's Bazaar, July 1995

"As long as you never get to expect any kind of treatment, then your ego can survive quite happily without getting too bloated." --Rufus Sewell to BBC Entertainment News, April 28, 2000.

"When I notice someone peering at me, I never assume it's because they recognize me. Whenever you do, you inevitably find out it's actually because your fly is undone." --Sewell quoted in Biography Magazine, April 1999.

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companion:
Helen McCrory. Actor. Relationship ended in 1995.
companion:
Kate Winslet. Actor. Dated briefly in 1996.
wife:
Yasmin Abdallah. Fashion journalist. Born c. 1975 in Australia; together since 1997; married on March 23, 1999; announced separation in March 2000.
companion:
Heather Graham. Actor. Reportedly dating as of summer 2000.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
William Sewell. Cartoonist. Australian; separated from Sewell's mother; died in 1977.
mother:
Jo Sewell. Waitress. Welsh; remarried after her husband's death.
brother:
Casper Sewell. Landscape gardener. Older.

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