Rufus Sewell
English film, television, and theatre actor
Rufus Sewell
Rufus Frederik Sewell is an English actor. In film, he has appeared in The Woodlanders, Dangerous Beauty, Dark City, A Knight's Tale, The Illusionist, Tristan and Isolde, and Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence. On television, he starred in the BBC's television series Zen (2011) and the mini-series The Pillars of the Earth (2010). Earlier he played the hero, Will Ladislaw, in the BBC adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch.
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Cast As Brooding Leads, Rufus Sewell Says His Real Talent Is Comedy
NPR - 29 days
Rufus Sewell is seemingly everywhere these days — on stage and on the small screen, including Amazon's alternate-history series The Man in the High Castle, in which he plays an American Nazi leader. (Image credit: Liane Hentscher)
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Cast Of 'Man In The High Castle' Is As Curious As We Are About Where It Might Be Going
Huffington Post - 2 months
If it’s any consolation to fans of Amazon’s dark, mysterious and fascinating Man in the High Castle, the actors don’t know where it’s going, either. “You’re playing in the moment,” says Alexa Davalos, whose character is resistance fighter Juliana Crain. “What’s important is what’s happening now, and there’s a freedom in that. If we knew what would happen next, that might start informing your acting choices.” “It’s like real life,” says Luke Kleintop, who plays smooth double agent Joe Blake. “You don’t know what you’ll be called on to do tomorrow.” All we really know about High Castle is that season two will drop Friday on the streaming service, with another 10 episodes that take us further into the shadowy world created in a 1963 novel by American science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. The story is set in 1962, in an America that lost World War II. The Eastern two-thirds of the country are under the control of Nazi Germany, the West Coast run by Imperial Japan. In between is ...
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Theater: Murder, Magic And Memories in Four New Shows
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER *** 1/2 TWELFTH NIGHT *** 1/2 KING RICHARD THE THIRD *** LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME ** A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER *** 1/2 WALTER KERR THEATRE Apparently, once a decade actor Jefferson Mays will find the role that's perfect for his mercurial, shape-shifting talent and explode on the stage as one of our brightest stars. In 2003, it was the one-man play I Am My Own Wife, which featured Mays in one of the best performances I will ever see during a lifetime of theater-going. Now, it's the silly, light fluff of this musical spin on Kind Hearts & Coronets. I love Ealing comedies and Alec Guinness as much as the next person, but that film in particular always felt more like a stunt to show off Guinness in multiple parts (all of them heirs to a grand title and all fated to die hilariously awful deaths). The book by Robert L. Freedman and music by Steven Lutvak (they collaborated on the lyrics) work together to add some emotional resonance ...
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Victor Garber Talks 'Moving Day,' 'Argo' And Working With Funnymen
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
Director Mike Clattenburg certainly keeps audiences guessing. He's best-known for giving the world the deliciously ridiculous Trailer Park Boys, but he's also the man behind Afghan Luke, a far more serious film about a journalist investigating the possibility that Canadian soldiers are mutilating corpses in Afghanistan. His latest flick, Moving Day, falls somewhere in between -- though undoubtedly landing closer to Trailer Park Boys on that broad spectrum. The thoughtful comedy, set in Dartmouth, NS, stars Will Sasso (The Three Stooges) as a kind yet dim-witted furniture mover named Clyde who's stuck in a dead-end job. His coworkers, including the wise ex-con played by Charlie Murphy (Chappelle's Show), encourage him to set his sights higher and work towards landing a coveted job working at construction sites for the city. Indeed, the bar is set high. Victor Garber (Alias, Titanic) co-stars as Clyde's eccentric, hard-ass boss Wilf. Wilf is obsessed with hiding an ominous secret abo ...
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Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Talk ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER
Collider - over 4 years
Now playing is director Timur Bekmambetov‘s (Wanted) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Based on the book of the same name from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith and produced by Tim Burton, the film imagines that Lincoln’s mother and grandfather were killed by a vampire and that the president’s resolve to end slavery was due in part to the “fact” that vampires were involved with the slave trade.  Playing Lincoln is newcomer Benjamin Walker and he stars alongside Rufus Sewell, Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverageand three clips with twenty minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. Last weekend I got to speak with Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in New York City.  We talked about their reaction when they first heard the title and how their characters changed from when they first got the script to the finished film.  Hit the jump to watch. Finally, h ...
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Rufus Sewell Talks Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Dread Central - over 4 years
With Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (review) in theatres now, we recently had a chance to sit down with a few of the film's stars, and so we'll start up this series with the flick's big bad, Rufus Sewell! Q: You’ve done your share of period pieces over the course of your career, but never something as revisionist as this and as entrenched in American history. As an English actor, was it fun to go into the project as somewhat of an outsider? Well, I did "John Adams" and played Alexander Hamilton, so this is a nice alternative. It was very fun for me, and I hadn’t done anything like this before and had never played a vampire. I mean, I’ve certainly done my share of period films, I’ve done my share of bad guys. But for me, the mix and the fact that is was a vampire, which was a first for me, made me feel like I was almost being versatile. Q: You have actually been approached to play a vampire before, though, right? No, I’d approached people and they turned away. I was solicitin ...
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REVIEW: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Tells the Real Story Behind the Civil War — Not!
Movie Line - over 4 years
It’s not every day you see a movie and ask yourself, “Why does this thing even exist?” But I’m truly puzzled by the existence of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I get that it’s based on a novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, part of a pop literary genre — launched by Grahame-Smith himself — that takes famous figures, fictional or otherwise, and pits them against vampires and zombies. I get that it’s directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the zany Russian-Kazakh mastermind behind cult apocalyptic favorites Night Watch and Day Watch (2004 and 2006, respectively), not to mention the stupidly entertaining 2008 action thriller Wanted. I even grant you that it’s probably OK to make up wholly imaginary motives for why Abraham Lincoln might have wanted to end slavery, motives having to do not with the preservation of human dignity, equality between all people and all that rot, but because it was kind of a handy sideline to the task of ridding the world of vampires. I know and accept all of this. And still I ...
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Weekend movie guide
News-Leader - over 4 years
'ABE LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER' 105 minutes • Not reviewed • R for violence and brief sexuality • Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper • Lincoln learns vampires are attempting to gain control of the United States.
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Benjamin Walker & Dominic Cooper: 'Abraham Lincoln' Premiere!
Just Jared - over 4 years
Benjamin Walker suits up for the premiere of his new film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter held at the AMC Loews Theater in Lincoln Square on Monday (June 18) in New York City. The 29-year-old actor was joined by his co-stars Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Rufus Sewell, Erin Wasson, and the movie’s director, Timur Bekmambetov. Mary, 27, hit the red carpet in a Valentino dress paired with Brian Atwood pumps. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits theaters Friday (June 22)! 15+ pictures inside of Benjamin Walker and others at the New York premiere of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter…
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It's history with a twist in new Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter trailer
Ciniplex - over 4 years
See a side of former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln that’s not in your history textbooks in the latest trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The hirsute freedom-loving president of our neighbours to the South gets re-imagined as an axe-wielding hunter of vampires in this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel. In this American history re-write, vampires have been hiding amongst the living in the New World for centuries.  Finally tired of lurking in the shadows and feasting on unsuspecting victims, they’re ready to battle under the moonlight for a nation of their own, and it’s up to Honest Abe and his trusty axe to stop them. Lincoln puts down the axe long enough to spout some crowd-rousing presidental wisdom. The famous “Four score and seven years ago…” of his iconic Gettysburg address gets a mash-up with some pretty intense-looking fight sequences featuring Benjamin Walker as Lincoln and Rufus Sewell as a dapper-looking vampire.  Director Timur Bekmambetov’s version of ...
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2012 Summer Movie Preview
Mount Vernon Patch - almost 5 years
Every year about this time, it's the calm before the theatrical storm. Things are winding up in Hollywood, as the studios prepare for their marketing onslaught. Should we, the movie-viewing public, be getting excited? What can we expect this summer? What spectacles are headed our way? You can take stock of all the blockbusters they have pinned their hopes and bank accounts on below. So many movies and A-list actors…you might spend half your summertime in the dark! What are you looking forward to?  "Marvel's The Avengers:" (Releasing May 4) Director: Joss Whedon Starring Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, and Don Cheatle Written and directed by cult sensation Joss Whedon, "The Avengers" is already being hailed as an awesome slice of superhero sandwich bread. It has a little of what most movie-lovers want: action, suspense, good actors, a hot starlet, all directed by the god of the Whedonverse, wh ...
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First Image from HOTEL NOIR Starring Carla Gugino, Rufus Sewell, and Danny DeVito
Collider - almost 5 years
Production has completed on the neo noir caper Hotel Noir, and the first image from the film has been released.  Snakes on a Plane screenwriter Sebastián Gutiérrez tries his hand as a director at the noir genre in the 1950s-set film that centers on a detective holed up in a downtown hotel waiting for assassins to kill him.  We follow the detective through the night as he meets and converses with various characters who have haunted pasts of their own.  This being a Gutiérrez film, it’s described as a “sexually charged” crime film.  The cast is fairly impressive and includes Rufus Sewell, Carla Gugino, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Malin Akerman, and Robert Forster.  The pic is currently without distribution, but it will be shopped to international buyers in Cannes. Hit the jump to read the press release and to check out the first image from the film. Los Angeles, April 20, 2012: The highly sought after, Shangri-La Entertainment produced, HOTEL NOIR from writer/director Sebastiá ...
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Rufus Sewell and Anne Heche to Dabble in The Occult
Dread Central - almost 5 years
If there's anything that we're thankful for around here, it's the stupidity of the human race. People are always looking to stick their noses where they don't belong, and the horror genre is here to chop them off! According to Variety producer Mickey Liddell (The Grey) has set up The Occult with <a class="fplink fp-243275" href="/Rufus+Sewell+1">Rufus Sewell</a> (pictured), <a class="fplink fp-328322" href="/Anne+Heche+1">Anne Heche</a>, and newcomer Alycia Debnam-Carey in final negotiations to star in the thriller, which Christian Christiansen (The Roommate) will direct. The story follows a small commune dealing with a prophecy that predicts the coming of the devil's daughter. As the shared 18th birthday of five girls approaches, a sequence of murders causes panic to spread through the community, making some wonder whether the prophecy is coming true or if someone is silencing those who know too much. The flick will go into production this month in North Carolina. More as it com ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rufus Sewell
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 47
    In 2015, Sewell voiced the role of Sir Claude, a feral cat, in Blinky Bill the Movie.
    More Details Hide Details Sewell has most recently appeared as Obergruppenführer Smith in The Man in the High Castle.
  • 2014
    Age 46
    Sewell co-starred with Dwayne Johnson, as Autolycus, in the film Hercules, which was released in July 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 45
    Sewell played the role of Ethics Man in Darkside, Tom Stoppard's 2013 radio drama based on Pink Floyd's album The Dark Side of the Moon.
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  • 2012
    Age 44
    He played the lead vampire, Adam, in the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which was filmed in New Orleans and released in June 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    He also had a small part in the film The Tourist, which also starred Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and was released in cinemas in 2010.
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    In 2010, he played the Italian detective Aurelio Zen, based on the best-selling novels by Michael Dibdin, for the BBC One drama series Zen.
    More Details Hide Details The three episodes were filmed in Rome and shown on BBC One in early January 2011. The series was cancelled by the BBC after just one season.
  • 2009
    Age 41
    He finished filming in November 2009 for a miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, which was shown on TV in 2010.
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    He co-starred in the controversial film Downloading Nancy, which was released on 5 June 2009.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2006
    Age 38
    He appeared in the premiere and first run of Tom Stoppard's latest play Rock 'n' Roll at the Royal Court Theatre from June to July 2006 and at the Duke of York's Theatre from July until November 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The play was a critical and commercial success, playing to full houses and collecting several awards and nominations, including wins for Sewell in the Best Actor category at The Evening Standard Awards, The Critics' Circle Awards and The Olivier Awards. He has recorded eleven of Ian Fleming's James Bond books on 36 CDs for Collins. He continues to work in film, television and theatre, playing the lead role of Dr. Jacob Hood in the CBS TV series Eleventh Hour.
  • 2004
    Age 36
    He and second wife, scriptwriter and producer Amy Gardner, whom he married in 2004, have a son, William Douglas Sewell (born 2002). They separated in early 2006 and subsequently divorced.
    More Details Hide Details Sewell has said: "My favourite things are just wandering from place to place, going to cafés, taking photographs. My favourite day is a happy accident".
  • 1999
    Age 31
    Sewell has been married twice. His first wife was Australian fashion journalist Yasmin Abdallah; they married in 1999 and divorced a few weeks later.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 27
    This production marked the fourth time that Sewell had acted in a work based on a Shakespeare play since becoming a professional actor: he previously portrayed Hotspur in Henry IV, Part 1 in 1995, Fortinbras in Hamlet in 1996 and the title role in Macbeth in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details The role also reunited him with his Charles II co-star Shirley Henderson.
    His film work includes 1995's Cold Comfort Farm, directed by John Schlesinger, the lead role of John Murdoch in the science fiction film Dark City in 1998, Amazing Grace, The Illusionist and Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy The Holiday.
    More Details Hide Details Amazing Grace deals with William Wilberforce's political fight to abolish slavery in Britain, with Sewell playing Wilberforce's co-campaigner Thomas Clarkson. Sewell is known for his villainous roles, such as those in A Knight's Tale, The Legend of Zorro, Bless the Child, Helen of Troy and The Illusionist. He spoke of his unhappiness about this, saying that "I don't want to play a baddie again." "Everyone has their thing they have to get around", notes Sewell. "With me, it's like okay, how can I make this upper class bad guy in the 19th century different and interesting?" In 2008, Sewell appeared in the HBO miniseries John Adams as Alexander Hamilton. He received critical praise for his portrayal of "merry monarch" Charles II in the BBC's Charles II: The Power and The Passion. The series' cast included Ian McDiarmid, Helen McCrory, Rupert Graves and Shirley Henderson and spanned the life of the king from his last days in exile to his death.
  • 1993
    Age 25
    Also in 1993 Sewell starred in the BBC serial of George Eliot's Middlemarch and on stage in Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia at The Royal National Theatre (Lyttelton).
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    After graduating, Sewell was set up with an agent by Judi Dench who had directed him in a play while at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His breakthrough year was in 1993, in which he starred as the nasty Tim in Michael Winner's film Dirty Weekend.
    More Details Hide Details Winner chose him after seeing him in a play at the Criterion Theatre.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1984
    Age 16
    Sewell was educated at Orleans Park School, a state comprehensive school in Twickenham, which he left in 1984, followed by West Thames College, where a drama teacher sent him to audition for drama school.
    More Details Hide Details He later enrolled at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on October 29, 1967.
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