Rufus Sewell Biography
Rufus Sewell (Rufus Frederik Sewell) is an English actor. He was born on 29th October 1967 in Twickenham, United Kingdom to Jo, a Welsh artist and waitress, and William Sewell, an Australian animator. His parents divorced when Sewell was five, and his mother worked to support him and his brother. His father died when he was 10.
Sewell was educated at Orleans Park School, a state comprehensive school in Twickenham, which he left in 1984, followed by West Thames College, where a drama teacher sent him to audition for drama school. He later enrolled at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
After graduating, Sewell was set up with an agent by Judi Dench, who had directed him in a play while at the Central School of Speech and Drama. His breakthrough year was in 1993, in which he starred as the nasty Tim in Michael Winner’s film Dirty Weekend. Winner chose him after seeing him in a play at the Criterion Theatre.
Rufus Sewell Age
He was born on 29th October 1967 in Twickenham, United Kingdom.
Rufus Sewell Eye Surgery
Rufus Sewell under went Eye Surgery Blepharoplasty of his eye in order to repair Ptosis of his eyelid.(Ptosis is a condition of the eyelid that causes the falling or drooping of the upper eyelid.)
Rufus Sewell Victoria
Vicoria is a TV Show where the monarch’s life is chronicled as the story begins with the death of King William IV in 1837, her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 and her relationships with the influential forces around her. With the advice of the prime minister Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewel) and the support of her husband Prince Albert the young queen flourishes and establishes herself in her newfound role.
Rufus Sewell Family
His parents are William, an Australian animator, and JoSewell, a Welsh artist and waitress. His father worked onthe “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” segment of animation for ‘The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine film. His parents divorced when Sewell was five and his father later died when he was ten years.
Rufus Sewell Wife
Sewell has been married twice. His first wife was Australian fashion journalist Yasmin Abdallah; they were married in 1999 and divorced in 2000. He married his second wife, scriptwriter and producer Amy Gardner, in 2004. They have a son, William Douglas Sewell who was born in 2002. They were divorced in 2006. He also has a daughter.
Rufus Sewell Daughter
He has a young daughter, Lola.
Rufus Sewell Girlfriend
He has been dating a Japanese girlfriend, who is a hair stylist and hates being a part of media and Hollywood, since 2009.
Rufus Sewell Movies and TV Shows
After graduating from from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London he was set up with an agent by Judi Dench who has directed him in a play while at the Central School of Speech and Drama. In 1993 he starred as the nasty Tim in Michael Winner’s film Dirty Weekend. Winner chose him after seeing him in a play at the Criterion Theatre.
His film work includes 1995’s Cold Comfort Farm, directed by John Schlesinger, the lead role of John Murdoch in the science fiction film Dark City in 1998, Amazing Grace, The Illusionist and Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy The Holiday. Amazing Grace deals with William Wilberforce’s political fight to abolish slavery in Britain, with Sewell playing Wilberforce’s co-campaigner Thomas Clarkson.
Sewell is known for his villainous roles, such as those in A Knight’s Tale, The Legend of Zorro, Bless the Child, Helen of Troy and The Illusionist. He spoke of his unhappiness about this, saying that ” don’t want to play a baddie again.” “Everyone has their thing they have to get around”, notes Sewell. “With me, it’s like okay, how can I make this upper class bad guy in the 19th century different and interesting?”
Rufus Sewell Movies
- 2001: A Knight’s Tale
- 1998: Dark City
- 2014: Hercules
- 2012: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
- 2006: The Illusionist
- 2006: Tristan & Isolde
- 2006: The Holiday
- 1998: Dangerous Beauty
- 2010: The Tourist
- 2005: The Legend of Zorro
- 2016: Gods of Egypt
- 2006: Amazing Grace
- 1995: Cold Comfort Farm
- 1996: Hamlet
- 1997: The Woodlanders
- 2000: Bless the Child
- 2003: Helen of Troy
- 1994: A Man of No Importance
- 2014: The Devil’s Hand
- 2013: All Things to All Men
- 2002: Extreme Ops
- 2008: Vinyan
- 2006: Paris, I Love You
- 1995: Carrington
- 2008: Downloading Nancy
- 2013: I’ll Follow You Down
- 1998: Illuminata
- 1999: In A Savage Land
- 1998: Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence
- 1998: At Sachem Farm
- 2001: Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature
- 2012: Hotel Noir
- 2015: Blinky Bill the Movie
- 1993: Dirty Weekend
- 2013: The Sea
- 2015: Killing Jesus
- 1991: Twenty-One
- 1996: Victory
- 2013: The Brunchers
- Paradise Lost
- 2005: The Taming Of The Shrew
- The Last King
- 1994: Citizen Locke
- Andam Kosam Pandem
- King Henry IV
Rufus Sewell TV Shows
- Since 2015: The Man in the High Castle
- Since 2016: Victoria
- 2010: The Pillars of the Earth
- 2011: Zen
- 2008 – 2009: Eleventh Hour
- 2003: Helen of Troy
- 2008: John Adams
- 1994: Middlemarch
- 2000: Arabian Nights
- Since 2003: Charles II: The Power and the Passion
- 2012: Parade’s End
- 2012: Restless
- 2008: The Devil’s Whore
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Rufus Sewell Interview
Source: British Heritage Travel
What was it about Lord Melbourne that made you want to do this role?
Rufus Sewell: I didn’t know anything about Lord Melbourne until I got the script. I just liked him so much — he has so much kindness, warmth and intelligence. I related to him, but I’m not saying I’d describe myself that way. He was a much better version [of me]in so many ways. I liked the relationship between ‘Lord M,’ as she called him, and Victoria. It checks off so many literary boxes as a coupling–whether their relationship comes to fruition or not.
I was actually a little bit suspicious that it had been souped up in some way. I thought had it been as it appeared in this script then surely we would have known more about it. It was extraordinary.
Having expressed an interest, I did a little bit of research and read a wonderful biography [of Melbourne]by Lord David Cecil, who is actually a descendant of Lord M, and I kind of fell for him. He was an interesting, very complex, kind, slightly dotty, ingenious and infuriating character. Politically speaking, he had incredible intellect and understanding. He was deft at managing people. Somehow, by appearing to give a little, he managed to stay in power for a very long time. He was a very successful Prime Minister.
The relationship between Melbourne and Victoria certainly seemed unlikely given the age difference.
Rufus Sewell: It was wonderfully written, but I had a couple of concerns about the age difference and how that would play out because it needed to be dealt with very, very sensitively or it could possibly be creepy or manipulative. It was a very fine line. He was in his late fifties, a full 10 years older than me, and Queen Victoria was 15 years younger than Jenna. I love the idea of aging up because it’s something I’ve done before. It felt like a good balance to play it like Jenna and I actually are. I think it works very well.
How would you characterize what Lord Melbourne and Queen Victoria had in those early days?
Rufus Sewell: The fact is there were so many competing impulses in both of them. She was exactly the kind of woman that brought up those romantic feelings he’d given up on, but at the same time he wanted what was best for her. Alongside those feelings on both sides, those feelings of naughty friends, mates, like we say in England — he was very conscious of his responsibility. When it came time for her to marry, he actually was the one who helped bring about her marriage to Albert, even if it cost him in the end. There was just a tremendous amount of heart that he had. He just wanted her to be happy.
Melbourne had a lot of sadness in his personal life. Was that something you felt was important to play?
Rufus Sewell: Incredibly important. I loved that he had this incredibly rich past that gave him a witty, wistful sadness. He had just been around. He’d made terrible mistakes; he’d been hurt and been abused in certain ways. One of the most touching things about him was the way he was treated by Lady Caroline Lamb. She was married to him when she ran off with Lord Byron and he was publicly humiliated. She was always unstable, and in the end when Byron treated her abominably, even through his terrible heartbreak, Melbourne reached out to her. He looked after her. When she was mentally ill and broken, he nursed her. I liked the fact that he was honorable, but not in a clichéd way. He was a well-defined character that had a whiff of reality. I believed it.
The series is so cinematic. How much does the incredible period detail help you create your character?
Rufus Sewell: All of that helps a lot, but it’s nothing compared to the quality of the script, the characterization and whether you can believe what you’re doing because, in the end, I don’t really care if we use a cardboard box: If the script and the story are good enough, the characters are well enough defined, then you can make that leap of imagination. It certainly helps that it looks like this on television. These days there is a whole section of the movies that no longer exist. They’ve been replaced rather wonderfully by television. In the absence of the [movie]studios overlooking the people who love that kind of quality work, television has taken over that long-form drama and can actually do more with it. There has never been a better time for television. The money goes not just into costumes but the writers, the directors and the actors. It’s great for actors.
What does that say about America’s enduring Anglophilia that shows like Victoria are so popular here?
Rufus Sewell: I don’t know, but it is true that it’s easier for an American audience to suspend disbelief when they’re watching a show like this. But if you look out the window from your house in London, you certainly don’t see a house like [Downton Abbey]. Americans say, ‘Oh, I’d love to go to England.’ Well, make sure you go to the rich area. Make sure you go to Highclere! The wonderful truth about England is that it’s so much more multicultural and vibrant. To me, [period dramas]are just as completely otherworldly and romantic as they are to an American.
You and Jenna have incredible chemistry in the series. Is that something you knew going in?
Rufus Sewell: There are no rules to these things. The truth is, Jenna and I just really got on and had a lot of fun talking to each other and hanging out. Luckily for us, we were playing the kind of parts where that was mirrored by our characters. All I know is that it was really fun. In certain ways, the truth reflected the fiction. I knew I only had five episodes and Albert was coming on. I’d be out and she’d have a new friend. I also knew, like Melbourne did, that the show must go on and I must hand over the reins. Quite like life.
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