Rupert Graves Poster


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Overview (2)

Born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in a seaside resort town, Britain's Rupert Graves was born a rebel, resisting authority and breaking rules at an early age. In his teens he became a punk rocker and even found work as a circus clown and in traveling comedy troupes. In 1983 he made his professional stage debut in "The Killing of Mr. Toad" and went on to co-star with Harvey Fierstein in the London production of "Torch Song Trilogy." It didn't take long for somebody to take note of Rupert's boyish good looks and offbeat versatility. By the mid-80s he was a presence in quality films and TV, primarily period pieces such as his Freddy Honeychurch in A Room with a View (1985) and the gay drama Maurice (1987).

Rupert moved to the front of the class quickly. His decisions to select classy, obscure arthouse films as opposed to box-office mainstream may have put a dimmer on his star, but earned him a distinct reputation as a daring, controversial artist in the same vein as Johnny Depp. In A Handful of Dust (1988) he essayed the role of a penniless status seeker who beds down a married socialite; in Different for Girls (1996) he was the lover of a male-to-female transsexual woman; in The Innocent Sleep (1996) he played a derelict drunk; and in the award-winning Intimate Relations (1996) he portrayed an aimless boarder who has a relationship with both the mother/landlady and her daughter.

Equally adept at costume and contemporary drama, Rupert more recently earned rave reviews on Broadway with "Closer" in 2000 and "The Elephant Man" in 2002. Rupert is currently married to production coordinator Susie Lewis.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Susie Lewis (2001 - present) ( 5 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Expressive dark brown eyes
Often in period dramas
Often works with James Ivory and Helena Bonham Carter

Trivia (10)

Best Actor Award, 1996 Montreal Film Festival - for Intimate Relations (1996).
Worked odd jobs including in a shoe factory, a fish-and-chip shop and as a holiday camp entertainer prior to 1986.
Left school at the age of 15; he ran away from his hometown of Weston-super-Mare to join the circus as a clown. His stage name was Tomato, later changed to Otto.
He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor of 1997 season for his performance in "HurlyBurly" at the Queen's Theatre.
He has five children with wife Susie Lewis; Josef, Ella, Noah, Isaac and Zoe.
Son of Richard Harding Graves and Mary Lousilla.
He has starred alongside actress Helena Bonham Carter a total of four times: A Room with a View (1985), Maurice (1987), Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991) and The Revengers' Comedies (1998).
Rupert is good at football.
Good friends with Una Stubbs.
Attributes his name for his Merchant Ivory success.

Personal Quotes (22)

Giving interviews is just very dull. Talking about yourself and something that you've got less interest in than you had, because you've already moved on to something else. But you have a contractual obligation. - interview with Emma Brooks, April 22, 2002.
"I'm really pleased with myself. I've not had any training. I came from Weston-super-Mare, the same place as John Cleese, but I didn't have an education. I knew nothing about acting except that early on I knew I wanted to do it, and I've managed for 20 years to do things without doing them just for the money. Very, very occasionally when I've been really strapped for cash I thought I'd better do a job for money maybe about four times in 20 years, every five years or so on average. And the rest of the time I've done pretty much as I've pleased in jobs that have interested me. By those standards, which are the standards that I judge myself by, I feel happy. The amount of work you need to do to become a very successful celebrity is something I'm not prepared to do." Interview with Andrew Billen, March 27, 2002.
You have to be savvy to be a celebrity. You have to create a personality and shove that out. It just seems fatuous to me. Professionally, it's a good idea. But I can't do it.
I was concerned about doing the right thing when I was a kid. I suppose as a child, you're a massive egomaniac, and you think that everything you do is going to affect the world.
I never went to acting school. I started in the circus, music hall, I was in a group, did kids' bits. I've always had this kind of insecurity being uneducated.
I'm entirely uneducated. I went to public school - public in the American sense - a blue-collar, working-class school. I never got a scholarship, I left when I was 15, never did any exams.
I was a dozy boy; I'd like to have been like James Dean, but I was more Arthur Askey - pathetically rebellious in a cheeky, chappy sort of way.
I was a closet straight. I think I wanted to be gay because I thought it was arty and interesting. And also, I was phenomenally shy with girls.
There's a thing I think children realize at a certain age, which is that if their parents say, 'Don't do it', and they go ahead and do it, they're still not going to die. And I think that's what it is: that no matter what you do, you're not going to die.
Not being anxious requires a level of humility, doesn't it? It does, I think. It's not all about you.
Celebrity's a pain in the backside - you're always on display.
It's interesting when you're in your thirties and you're not the same pretty boy that you were when you were 21. I think people's anger at themselves getting older is projected on to you because you become a symbol of that.
I just think the older I get, actually, the better I feel.
The amount of work you need to do to become a very successful celebrity is something I'm not prepared to do.
I'm crap at interviews. I'm just not very good at sentences.
I don't plan. I don't think, 'I have to do this kind of part 'cause I've done that kind of part.' I'm not a very good planner.
The urge to act became the overriding force in my life. It thrilled me. There's a moment with acting when you're in the groove, and you and what you're trying to do are seamlessly one. That happens sometimes, and I'm really happy it can happen to me.
I kind of always wanted to act, but to get a grant I would have needed two A-levels, and I was too far away from even O levels. I didn't know you could get a scholarship, so I determined early not to pursue that.
On his character in Sherlock (2010): I'm too stupid even to be Watson. I'm just Lestrade.
I drifted into acting, and I've drifted into my career, and I've never been guided by anything particularly concrete.
On his favorite Sherlock (2010) scene: I don't often get too much to say. I think my favorite scene is when Lestrade first saw that Sherlock was okay, at the underground car park. The art is to react, in the moment, so it depends very much on what Benedict Cumberbatch is doing, and the other people are doing. And there's a scene [in the special] between Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson that was great. We've been friends for awhile, Una Stubbs and I, and it was great to get to act together.
It's just very dull. Talking about yourself and about something that you've got less interest in than you had, because you've always moved on to something else.

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