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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 29 October 1967Twickenham, Middlesex, England, UK
Birth NameRufus Frederick Sewell
Nickname Roof
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rufus Sewell was born on the 29th of October 1967 in Twickenham, England. His mother, Jo, was Welsh, and was an artist and painter. His father, Bill, was an Australian animator who died when Rufus was 10. He has one brother, Caspar. He attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama and left in June of 1989 after completing three years of training. He made his London Stage debut in "Making It Better" for which he won the "Best Newcomer Award"; he also originated the role of Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppards "Arcadia" and was nominated for an Oliver Award. On the Broadway stage, he debuted in "Translations" and received the Broadway Theater World Award. His film work has been has been equally varied and acclaimed from the junkie in Twenty-One (1991), the sweet bus driver in A Man of No Importance (1994), and the volatile artist in Carrington (1995). The lustful son in Cold Comfort Farm (1995), the protagonist hounded Dostoevsky-like in Dark City (1998), the star-crossed suitor in Dangerous Beauty (1998), to the the bitter, acidic, alcoholic cokehead of The Very Thought of You (1998), he has appeared in some of the most acclaimed theatre, film and television productions.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Amy Gardner (February 2004 - 2006) (divorced) (1 child)
Yasmin Abdallah (24 March 1999 - 2000) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Lazy eye
Deep Gravelly Voice
Deep Rich Voice
Often plays Villains

Trivia (11)

Has a son named William Douglas Sewell (Billy), born 18 March 2002 with Amy Gardner
He was awarded the 1992 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Most Promising Newcomer.
Son of a film animator who died young.
Grew up in Twickenham.
His father, Bill Sewell, an animator, employed an impressionistic approach to Rotoscoping - the technique of tracing over film negatives - in his own film "Half in Love with Fred Astaire" and then in the famous "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" sequence in "Yellow Submarine.".
Involved, along with Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Winslet, Miranda Richardson and Paul McGann in the 1998 film project "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline". The film was to be executive produced by Emma Thompson, and written and directed by Fay Efrosini Lellios. The shooting was set to start in June 1998 in New Hampshire. The film was canceled due to financial withdrawal.
Was in a relationship with actress Alice Eve from 2006 until 2008.
Reprises his role and outstanding performance as Jan in Tom Stoppard's new play "Rock and Roll" on Broadway, New York City until March 2008. [December 2007]
Currently playing the part of Jan in Tom Stoppard's "Rock and Roll" at the Royal Court Theatre in London (until July 15th 2006) [June 2006]
Currently has the starring role in the TV series "Eleventh Hour" on the (US) CBS Network. [September 2008]
Son of BAFTA-nominated Animation Director, Bill Sewell.

Personal Quotes (49)

I think the only thing I've got going for me as an actor specifically is the fact that I can change.
First I was seen as a brooding bloke on a horse, and then a baddie, and then a king.
My career has suddenly started to be the one that I'd always wanted, not in terms of level of success, but in terms of - and this is what I've been banging on about - playing different parts in different media. I was very frustrated, in a physical sense, by people seeing me in a way that I wasn't. And I was beginning to find myself boxed into a corner. Hopefully things have loosed up a bit, and I've gotten better and become more relaxed as an actor.
It's important to me to be in a relationship when I'm in one, but I'm not someone who needs to be in a relationship. I don't actively look for it, I've never been like that. I've gone through long periods without being with someone and got a bit lonely, but not for a while.
When I left drama school, my fear was that I'd get pigeon holed into comic acting and I did so much to counter it that I got stuck in the opposite.
People talk about opportunity knocking, but the gate was always swinging in the breeze before I got to the door.
I recognize myself to a lesser or greater extent in everything I read, good and bad, and that's part of being a human being if you're honest enough. And obviously the darker parts are the things you don't let control you.
I was the lead in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), until Tom Cruise decided he was interested. I was in The Wings Of The Dove with 'Uma Thurman, until that got canceled. I was in Shakespeare in Love (1998) with Julia Roberts, until that fell apart.
I've gone through long periods without being with someone and got a bit lonely, but not for a while.
I've always believed very, very strongly that the way you treat people is more important than anything, professionally or otherwise.
Yes, years of compromise and disappointment have added depth to my acting.
Given the choice between someone saying I was handsome in a role or ugly but good, I know which I'd choose.
I'm hoping that a lifetime of compromise and disappointment will read as extra depth and layers in my work.
I'd like an omelet named after me.
Well, thing is, after they canceled 'Zen', I didn't work for eight months. And in that case, it was not my choice. After I've done something that I'm really proud of and I think changes the way I'm perceived, the immediate reaction is: nothing.
For a long time, I didn't give anything my all. I was so afraid that I'd be crap, so I held myself back.
For a long time, I've had to hustle. If a film role is obviously great, then it's been difficult for me to get a look-in.
I don't have any shame about the way I conducted my professional life.
People talk about me in 'Arcadia' and I think I was okay in it but I've given better performances in other productions that didn't have the same impact. But I knew 'Arcadia' was going to be an event and I wanted to be part of it.
Billy is a funny, cheeky, lovely boy and I love being with him. Parenthood is terrifying though. I can barely walk past a building without panicking that it's going to collapse on his head.
It's nice when women fancy me, but I think I will only disappoint them so I prefer it if they don't know who I am.
I want to be able to do anything. I know it's probably not reasonable to expect, but that's what I'd like to do.
I wasn't a model schoolboy. Of course, I was forced to sit through Shakespeare and I really got into some of it, though it depended on who was reading it out.
A large part of my adolescence was spent doing my very best to draw attention to myself.
I was a very undisciplined person but acting was something that actually motivated me to get up in the morning. I hadn't experienced that before, but it was something that really excited me. I think I could be quite self-conscious and it gave me a release.
As a person I'm perfectly vain, I'm just vainer as an actor about my ability. My acting vanity trumps my human vanity.
The reason I am unemployed for six months out of every year is because I have to turn down most of the films I'm offered. If I didn't, I'd only ever play a dark, satanic count on a horse.
I do as much comedy as I possibly can, but I'm basically limited by the imagination of the secretaries who make the decisions.
For me, if I were to be at home in any kind of style, it is more comedy than anything else.
I no longer have a style to maintain. I rent a little flat in Los Angeles, I don't take holidays, I don't dine out and I take cheap flights.
I think if a character appeals to you, there are certain parts of yourself will come to the fore and other parts that will play down.
I don't know if the money I've earned is going to need to last me for the next few weeks or the rest of my life.
I think I was a bit frightened of having to be a grownup and tried to put that off for as long as I could.
I've always liked the idea of regularly doing a play but I was offered things which I felt were too 'celebie' and West Endy.
I was very frustrated, in a physical sense, by people seeing me in a way that I wasn't. And I was beginning to find myself boxed into a corner. Hopefully things have loosed up a bit, and I've gotten better and become more relaxed as an actor.
Of course, I want to look good, as that helped me get jobs. But it didn't get me the jobs I wanted and it held me back.
If my British film career was a girl, then I'd been hanging around outside her apartment a little bit too long.
Lazy journalists, they'll read stuff and get a quote then ask the same question again hoping I'll say a similar thing; it's very tiresome.
Hollywood is my domestic idyll.
I don't know why the universe is so determined to keep my feet on the ground.
At times, I think of my career as a map. The closer you get to the map, the more you know where you are, but the closer I get to my career, the less happy I feel. At the same time, I have carved out the career for myself which I wanted.
I don't think the roles that I'm necessarily known for in this country are my best work, or even anywhere near it. I didn't think I was great in 'Arcadia.' I think it's a great part and a great play and had a lot of attention.
I'm very, very happy with my recognition/lack of recognition in England in terms of my life. In terms of household name-age. The public's memory is very short, luckily.
My feelings about my mortality are less selfish than they used to be. I used to affect a cavalier attitude to death; now I see it from my son's perspective.
'The Taming Of The Shrew' is probably the first time I've worked in this country for about ten years, apart from theatre, and it's not for want of trying. It was so fantastic to work in London - it felt really glamorous.
I'm in a position where I'm being continually knocked back for the kind of independent films I want to be in because people don't know who I am.
My career has suddenly started to be the one that I'd always wanted, not in terms of level of success, but in terms of - and this is what I've been banging on about - playing different parts in different media.
I've discovered that I've never had much respect for money, and that has meant that money has ended up ruling me a little bit more than it should have. So I'm trying to learn - at this late stage in life! - to actually control that.
I'm only based in L.A. because I couldn't get any work in England.

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