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Overview (2)

Born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

British actor Sam Riley rose to stardom as Joy Division's poetic lead singer Ian Curtis in the acclaimed film Control (2007), directed by Anton Coribjn, a great fan of the group and also their official photographer. Riley's talent was noticed not only to his striking resemblance to Curtis but also because he was able to sing rock songs, already being a frontman of a rock band in the early 2000's. The personification of Curtis earned him several breakthrough awards and nominations.

A former member of the National Youth Theatre, Riley was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Before his breakthrough in Control, he appeared in a handful of short and TV films while his band "10,000 Things" was producing their works. After the movie, where he also met his future wife Alexandra Maria Lara - they have a son together - Riley went on to appear in some minor films such as Franklyn (2008); 13 (2010); and the role of violent psychotic Pinkie in the remake of Brighton Rock (2010). But it all changed in 2012 when Riley had the opportunity in two acclaimed films with two outstanding directors: as Sol Paradise in Walter Salles' road movie adaptation from Jack Kerouac's best selling novel On the Road (2012); and under the direction of Neil Jordan in Byzantium (2012), which presented Riley to wider audiences and leading to Diaval role in Maleficent (2014) and its sequel.

He moved on to more risky and world cinema projects such as the strange western The Dark Valley (2014), an Austrian film that received great reviews and it was a chance for the actor to play something out of his league; the ensemble war film Suite Française (2014); as Pierre Curin in Radioactive (2019) and the upcoming remake of Rebecca (2020).

Sam Riley might not be so much in the spotlight as many young actors tend to get but he feels comfortable with the projects he's doing and the success he's having.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rodrigo Amaro

Family (4)

Spouse Alexandra Maria Lara (8 August 2009 - present)  (1 child)
Children Ben
Parents Andrew Riley
Amanda Riley
Relatives Annabel Riley (sibling)

Trade Mark (1)

Distinct raspy voice.

Trivia (12)

He resides in Berlin with actress Alexandra Maria Lara. They meet on the set of Control (2007).
Once worked in a clothing factory in Leeds after his band was dropped by their record label.
Went to Uppingham School in Rutland, England.
Former member of the National Youth Theatre.
Was named one of the "Ten Actors to Watch" by Variety magazine (2007).
He proposed to his girlfriend Alexandra Maria Lara on December 24, 2008.
Lead singer of the band 10,000 Things, signed to Domino Records between 2003-2006. His brother George Riley played Bass.
Son, Ben, was born in January 2014. Mother is Alexandra Maria Lara.
Born on the same date as Rachel Nichols.
His sister is actress Annabel Riley.
He was only four months old when Ian Curtis died, of whom he plays in his breakthrough film Control (2007).
He appeared in the music video "Shadowplay" by the rock band The Killers, from the soundtrack of Control (2007).

Personal Quotes (16)

My parents are relieved as much as anything that I'm getting some work.
To do a studio film, something with Disney. My father is thrilled.
I'm an actor, of course, so I like to show off.
Part of what makes your performances more convincing is that your own image isn't getting in the way. And the more you can keep it like that, the better for your work and your state of mind.
I was one of the only ones there interested in acting. You find when you're doing school plays that a lot of people there were on punishment, or something.
I couldn't really take a girl from Berlin to live in Leeds. I love it here. I miss the Yorkshire sense of humor and things like bitter and Yorkshire puddings, but I can still get my hands on salt 'n' vinegar crisps.
I'd been told I was going to be the next big thing. But in actual fact, the complete opposite happened.
I feel quite safe and isolated in Germany. My wife is very well known there. But I am only looked at when I am holding her hand.
We panic if there's two centimeters of snow in London.
I'm Angelina Jolie's sidekick in 'Maleficent'. It's cool.
'On the Road' is another one of those, a film in which the audience has a very clear idea of who they think your character is, so you know you are asking for it. But that's the challenge.
I guess you could say I'm pretty wary.
I've no interest in going on a road trip. If I want to go on holiday, I want to sit on a beach, swim, drink cocktails and read a book.
As an actor, I still don't really know exactly what I am doing most of the time.
I learned to stop looking on the Internet pretty early on.
My god I smoke too much. I haven't smoked today... my voice always sounds like that but it's particularly bad today. Obviously smoking to some extent..., but I think I mostly got it because I used to sing in a band, and I had the smallest amplifier. I was the singer - there were two guitarists, bongos, bass - and I somehow always ended up with this s**t little amp. To make myself heard I sort of destroyed my voice. And talking too loud in pubs.

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