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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 19 June 1966Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Birth NameSamuel Alexander Joseph West
Nicknames Sam
Sammy
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Samuel West was born on June 19, 1966 in Hammersmith, London, England as Samuel Alexander Joseph West. He is known for his work on Van Helsing (2004), Notting Hill (1999) and Howards End (1992).

Trivia (17)

Hobbies include cooking, gardening, poker, and traveling. Collects stamps and board games.
Brother of Joseph West, younger half-brother of Juliet West.
Attended Oxford 1985-1988. BA honors English literature.
His mother, Prunella Scales, starred in the vastly popular British comedy series Fawlty Towers (1975) with John Cleese. Sam once said that in his teens he used to frequent the set and that Mr. Cleese would ask him if he had any good ideas for insults to put into the show.
He is a highly respected Shakespearean actor who has played both Richard II and Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He was awarded the John and Wendy Trewin Award for Best Shakespearian Performance at the 2001 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama) for his performance in Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre.
Succeeded Michael Grandage as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres in 2005.
Resigned as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres in December 2006; will leave role in April 2007.
Has twice portrayed Prince Albert Victor Eddy (son of Edward VII) on television: first, as a child, in Edward the King (1975) and later as the Duke of Clarence in The Ripper (1997).
He played Eddy, HRH Prince Albert Victor of Wales, in both Edward the King (1975) and The Ripper (1997). His mother Prunella Scales later played Queen Victoria, Eddy's grandmother, in Looking for Victoria (2003).
He is a frequent co-star of his father, Timothy West. In many of the production in which they appear together, they play father and son.
He is a huge fan of Doctor Who (1963).
His mother, Prunella Scales, played Queen Elizabeth II in Screen One: A Question of Attribution (1991) about the life of Anthony Blunt. He played Blunt in Cambridge Spies (2003). He would later play Queen Elizabeth II's father King George VI in Hyde Park on Hudson (2012).
Performing in Harold Pinter's play, "Betrayal", at the Donmar Warehouse, London as the character of "Robert". [June 2007]
Performing in a T.S. Eliot play, "Family Reunion", at the Donmar Warehouse in London as the character of "Harry". [November 2008]
Won the prestigious London Critic's Circle best Shakespearean performance award for playing 'Hamlet'.

Personal Quotes (3)

Shakespeare I love, but for an English graduate, I'm incredibly badly read.
What did my parents say when I told them I wanted to be an actor? 'Be a plumber.'
"Oliver Reed regretted not sleeping with every woman in the world, and Betjeman said he wished he'd had more sex. It doesn't matter how much sex I have, I'll be of Olli Reed's mind when it comes down to it. And so will anybody who's honest".

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