Rufus Sewell

Rufus Sewell is an English actor. He portrays Lord Melbourne in ITV's Victoria. He has appeared in films such as Hamlet, The Woodlanders, Dangerous Beauty, Dark City, A Knight's Tale, The Illusionist, Tristan and Isolde, and Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence.

Early Life

Rufus Frederik Sewell was born in Twickenham on 29th October 1967, the son of Jo, a Welsh artist and waitress, and William Sewell, an Australian animator. His father worked on the "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" segment of animation for The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film. His parents divorced when Rufus was five, and his mother worked to support him and his brother. William died when Sewell was 10. Sewell has said that he was a difficult teenager.

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.

Personal Life

Rufus 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 (born 2002). They were divorced in 2006. He also has a daughter.

On his hobbies, Sewell has said, "My favourite things are just wandering from place to place, going to cafés, taking photographs. My favourite day is a happy accident."


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Twenty-One Bobby
1992 Gone to Seed Billy TV series: 6 episodes
1992–1994 Screen Two Mike Costain


TV series: 2 episodes
1993 Dirty Weekend Tim
1994 A Night with a Woman, a Day with Charlie Charlie TV
Middlemarch Will Ladislaw TV series: 7 episodes
Citizen Locke Midshipman Clarke TV
A Man of No Importance Robbie Fay
1995 Cold Comfort Farm Seth Starkadder TV
Carrington Mark Gertler
Performance Harry Percy TV series: Episode – Henry IV, Part 1
1996 Hamlet Fortinbras
Victory Martin Ricardo
1997 The Woodlanders Giles Winterbourne
1998 Dangerous Beauty Marco Venier
Dark City John Murdoch
Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence Frank
Illuminata Dominique
At Sachem Farm Ross
1999 In a Savage Land Mick Carpenter
2000 Arabian Nights Ali Baba TV
Bless the Child Eric Stark
2001 A Knight's Tale Count Adhemar
Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature Angus TV
2002 Extreme Ops Ian
2003 Helen of Troy Agamemnon TV
Victoria Station The cabbie
Charles II: The Power and the Passion Charles II TV series: 4 episodes
2004 Taste Michael Kuhleman
2005 The Legend of Zorro Count Armand
ShakespeaRe-Told Petruchio TV series: Episode – The Taming of the Shrew

Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actor

2006 Tristan and Isolde Marke
The Illusionist Crown Prince Leopold
Paris, je t'aime William Segment: "Père-Lachaise"
Amazing Grace Thomas Clarkson
9/11: Out of the Blue The Man
The Holiday Jasper
2008 Downloading Nancy Albert
John Adams Alexander Hamilton TV series: 2 episodes
Vinyan Paul Bellmer
2008–2009 Eleventh Hour Dr. Jacob Hood TV series: 18 episodes
2010 The Pillars of the Earth Tom Builder TV series: 5 episodes
The Tourist English man
2011 Zen Aurelio Zen TV series: 3 episodes
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Adam
Hotel Noir Felix
Parade's End Reverend Duchemin TV series: 4 episodes
Restless Lucas Romer TV series: 2 episodes
2013 All Things to All Men Parker
I'll Follow You Down Gabe
The Sea Carlo Grace
2014 Hercules Autolycus
The Devil's Hand Jacob Brown
2014–present The Man in the High Castle Obergruppenführer John Smith TV series: 20 episodes
2015 Killing Jesus Caiaphas
Blinky Bill the Movie Sir Claude Voice
2016 Gods of Egypt Urshu
China's Forgotten Emperor Narrator History documentary
2016-2017 Victoria Lord Melbourne TV series
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