Sporting the kind of darkly mischievous good looks that often get him cast as randy, ne'er-do-well paramours, Rufus Sewell began his film career in the early '90s and soon emerged as one of England's most promising young actors. The son of an Australian animator who died when he was ten, Sewell was born in Twickenham, Middlesex, on October 29, 1967. He trained to become an actor at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, leaving the school after three years. After making a promising debut on the London stage with an award-winning performance in Making It Better, Sewell originated the role of Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, which earned him a nomination for the prestigious Olivier Award. He also won acclaim on the other side of the Atlantic, winning Broadway's Theatre World Award for his performance in Translations.
In addition to his work on the stage, Sewell had been acting on both the large and small screen, making his film debut in 1991 with Twenty-One, in which he played Patsy Kensit's junkie boyfriend. In 1994 he caught the attention of American art house filmgoers with his role as a sweet-natured bus driver who becomes the object of Albert Finney's affections in A Man of No Importance; the same year, PBS viewers could see him star in the acclaimed adaptation of Middlemarch.
Sewell's art house recognition increased the following year, when he had starring roles in John Schlesinger's Cold Comfort Farm and Carrington. The first film cast him as an earthy farmer accustomed to rolls in the hay, while the second cast him as one of Emma Thompson's army of spurned lovers. Both films helped to get him noticed, even if the attention centered primarily on his imported lust-object status, but it was not until 1998 that he was given his first starring role, headlining the cast of Dark City. Unfortunately, the film vaporized at the box office, as did Sewell's other film that year, Dangerous Beauty.
In 1999, the actor was again visible to transatlantic audiences, first as a bitter, alcoholic cokehead in The Very Thought of You, a romantic comedy released in Britain the previous year; and then in John Turturro's Illuminata, a turn-of-the-century romantic farce which cast him as an amorous actor. The latter film -- which also featured Susan Sarandon, Ben Gazzara, and Christopher Walken in its impressive cast -- won a number of good reviews, as did Sewell, an actor who by this point had made the expression of earthy lustiness into something of an endearing trademark.
In 2000 Sewell graced the screen in Bless the Child, a supernatural thriller that also starred Kim Basinger and Christina Ricci.
Sewell is currently starring in the CBS drama Eleventh Hour.… Expand
Rufus Sewell's Scores
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|Cold Comfort Farm||May 10, 1996||Seth Starkadder||9.5|
|The Very Thought of You||Aug 27, 1999||Frank||9.2|
|Hotel Noir||Oct 12, 2012||Felix||9.0|
|Tristan and Isolde||Jan 13, 2006||Marke||8.5|
|Dark City||Feb 20, 1998||John Murdoch||8.5|
|Amazing Grace||Feb 23, 2007||Thomas Clarkson||8.2|
|The Illusionist||Aug 18, 2006||Crown Prince Leopold||7.9|
|Downloading Nancy||Jun 5, 2009||Albert||7.8|
|A Knight's Tale||May 11, 2001||Count Adhemar||7.3|
|The Holiday||Dec 8, 2006||Jasper||6.7|
|Extreme Ops||Nov 27, 2002||Ian||6.2|
|Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter||Jun 22, 2012||Adam||6.1|
|Bless the Child||Aug 11, 2000||Eric Stark||5.9|
|The Tourist||Dec 10, 2010||English Man / The Englishman||5.0|
|A Man of No Importance||Dec 22, 1994||Robbie Fay||tbd|
|Hercules: The Thracian Wars||Jul 25, 2014||Autolycus||tbd|