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Also Known As: Sam West Died:
Born: June 19, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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A rising British actor who was the son of two prominent thespians, Samuel West first won attention as a pampered German aristocrat who finds his relationship with a Jewish friend from childhood threatened by the Nazi movement in "Reunion" (1989). While that film failed to garner much attention outside his native England, West stepped onto the international stage with a memorable supporting turn in the acclaimed costume drama, "Howards End" (1992). From there, he transitioned easily between film and television, appearing in substantial roles on a number of British TV series while also maintaining a steady presence in films like "Persuasion" (1995), "Jane Eyre" (1996), "Notting Hill" (1999) and "Iris" (2001). In the new millennium, West upped his profile with prominent roles in "Van Helsing" (2004) and "Hyde Park on the Hudson" (2012), making clear that the actor remained ever determined to make a name for himself on the other side of the pond.

A rising British actor who was the son of two prominent thespians, Samuel West first won attention as a pampered German aristocrat who finds his relationship with a Jewish friend from childhood threatened by the Nazi movement in "Reunion" (1989). While that film failed to garner much attention outside his native England, West stepped onto the international stage with a memorable supporting turn in the acclaimed costume drama, "Howards End" (1992). From there, he transitioned easily between film and television, appearing in substantial roles on a number of British TV series while also maintaining a steady presence in films like "Persuasion" (1995), "Jane Eyre" (1996), "Notting Hill" (1999) and "Iris" (2001). In the new millennium, West upped his profile with prominent roles in "Van Helsing" (2004) and "Hyde Park on the Hudson" (2012), making clear that the actor remained ever determined to make a name for himself on the other side of the pond.

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CAST: (feature film)

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3.
 Dark Relic (2010)
4.
 Schweitzer (2009)
5.
 Van Helsing (2004) Dr Victor Frankenstein
6.
 Iris (2001) Young Maurice
7.
 Bread and Roses (2000)
8.
 Complicity (2000) Neil
9.
 Pandaemonium (2000) Robert Southey
10.
 Notting Hill (1999)
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Milestones close milestones

1979:
Made TV debut on BBC series "Nanny"
1989:
Film debut, "Reunion"
1989:
Played King Caspian on BBC series "Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader"
1992:
Featured as Leonard Bast in "Howards End"
1995:
Co-starred in "Carrington"
1995:
Made American TV debut in "Danielle Steel's 'Zoya'" (NBC)
1996:
Starred with his father in British production of Shakespeare's "Henry IV Parts 1 and 2"
1996:
Played leading role of St. John Rivers in "Charlotte Bronte's 'Jane Eyre'"
1997:
Acted with his mother in the spoof of period films "Stiff Upper Lips"
1999:
Appeared as an actor in the film-within-the-film in "Notting Hill"; credited as Sam West
2000:
Co-starred in "Complicity" with Brian Cox
2001:
Earned plaudits for stage performances as "Richard II" at the Royal Shakespeare Company
2004:
Cast as Dr. Victor Frankenstein in "Van Helsing"
2008:
Narrated BBC documentary series "World War Two: Behind Closed Doors"
2012:
Portrayed King George VI opposite Bill Murray's Franklin D. Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on Hudson"
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Education

University of Oxford: Oxford , England - 1988

Notes

"I watch 'Sesame Street' as often as I can. I'd love to sing with Bert and Ernie." --West quoted in People, November 27, 1995.

"There are a lot of good actors his age, and it's a struggle to be noticed--but Sam's doing it. He assumes the character completely." --Christopher Hampton, director of "Carrington" quoted in People, November 27, 1995.

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companion:
Julie Cox. Actor. Born c. 1973; appeared with West in "Zoya"; no longer together.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Timothy West. Actor. Born October 20, 1934.
mother:
Prunella Scales. Actor. Appeared on "Fawlty Towers".
half-sister:
Juliet West. Mother is Timothy West's first wife.
brother:
Joseph West. Born c. 1969; married with two children; lives in France.
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