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Rufus Sewell

Rufus Sewell

Birthday: 29 October 1967, Twickenham, Middlesex, England, UK
Birth Name: Rufus Frederick Sewell
Height: 183 cm

Rufus Sewell was born on the 29th of October 1967 in Twickenham, England. His mother, Jo, was Welsh, and was an artist and painter. His father, Bill, was an Australian animator who died when Rufus was ...Show more

Rufus Sewell
I do as much comedy as I possibly can, but I'm basically limited by the imagination of the secretari Show more I do as much comedy as I possibly can, but I'm basically limited by the imagination of the secretaries who make the decisions. Hide
My career has suddenly started to be the one that I'd always wanted, not in terms of level of succes Show more My career has suddenly started to be the one that I'd always wanted, not in terms of level of success, but in terms of - and this is what I've been banging on about - playing different parts in different media. Hide
Hollywood is my domestic idyll. Hollywood is my domestic idyll.
When I left drama school, my fear was that I'd get pigeon holed into comic acting and I did so much Show more When I left drama school, my fear was that I'd get pigeon holed into comic acting and I did so much to counter it that I got stuck in the opposite. Hide
For a long time, I didn't give anything my all. I was so afraid that I'd be crap, so I held myself b Show more For a long time, I didn't give anything my all. I was so afraid that I'd be crap, so I held myself back. Hide
My career has suddenly started to be the one that I'd always wanted, not in terms of level of succes Show more My career has suddenly started to be the one that I'd always wanted, not in terms of level of success, but in terms of - and this is what I've been banging on about - playing different parts in different media. I was very frustrated, in a physical sense, by people seeing me in a way that I wasn't. And I was beginning to find myself boxed into a corner. Hopefully things have loosed up a bit, and I've gotten better and become more relaxed as an actor. Hide
I think I was a bit frightened of having to be a grownup and tried to put that off for as long as I Show more I think I was a bit frightened of having to be a grownup and tried to put that off for as long as I could. Hide
I've always liked the idea of regularly doing a play but I was offered things which I felt were too Show more I've always liked the idea of regularly doing a play but I was offered things which I felt were too 'celebie' and West Endy. Hide
I've gone through long periods without being with someone and got a bit lonely, but not for a while. I've gone through long periods without being with someone and got a bit lonely, but not for a while.
I'm in a position where I'm being continually knocked back for the kind of independent films I want Show more I'm in a position where I'm being continually knocked back for the kind of independent films I want to be in because people don't know who I am. Hide
Billy is a funny, cheeky, lovely boy and I love being with him. Parenthood is terrifying though. I c Show more Billy is a funny, cheeky, lovely boy and I love being with him. Parenthood is terrifying though. I can barely walk past a building without panicking that it's going to collapse on his head. Hide
I wasn't a model schoolboy. Of course, I was forced to sit through Shakespeare and I really got into Show more I wasn't a model schoolboy. Of course, I was forced to sit through Shakespeare and I really got into some of it, though it depended on who was reading it out. Hide
Well, thing is, after they canceled 'Zen', I didn't work for eight months. And in that case, it was Show more Well, thing is, after they canceled 'Zen', I didn't work for eight months. And in that case, it was not my choice. After I've done something that I'm really proud of and I think changes the way I'm perceived, the immediate reaction is: nothing. Hide
A large part of my adolescence was spent doing my very best to draw attention to myself. A large part of my adolescence was spent doing my very best to draw attention to myself.
First I was seen as a brooding bloke on a horse, and then a baddie, and then a king. First I was seen as a brooding bloke on a horse, and then a baddie, and then a king.
I've discovered that I've never had much respect for money, and that has meant that money has ended Show more I've discovered that I've never had much respect for money, and that has meant that money has ended up ruling me a little bit more than it should have. So I'm trying to learn - at this late stage in life! - to actually control that. Hide
People talk about opportunity knocking, but the gate was always swinging in the breeze before I got Show more People talk about opportunity knocking, but the gate was always swinging in the breeze before I got to the door. Hide
I was very frustrated, in a physical sense, by people seeing me in a way that I wasn't. And I was be Show more I was very frustrated, in a physical sense, by people seeing me in a way that I wasn't. And I was beginning to find myself boxed into a corner. Hopefully things have loosed up a bit, and I've gotten better and become more relaxed as an actor. Hide
I'm very, very happy with my recognition/lack of recognition in England in terms of my life. In term Show more I'm very, very happy with my recognition/lack of recognition in England in terms of my life. In terms of household name-age. The public's memory is very short, luckily. Hide
I was the lead in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), until Tom Cruise decide Show more I was the lead in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), until Tom Cruise decided he was interested. I was in The Wings Of The Dove with 'Uma Thurman, until that got canceled. I was in Shakespeare in Love (1998) with Julia Roberts, until that fell apart. Hide
If my British film career was a girl, then I'd been hanging around outside her apartment a little bi Show more If my British film career was a girl, then I'd been hanging around outside her apartment a little bit too long. Hide
People talk about me in 'Arcadia' and I think I was okay in it but I've given better performances in Show more People talk about me in 'Arcadia' and I think I was okay in it but I've given better performances in other productions that didn't have the same impact. But I knew 'Arcadia' was going to be an event and I wanted to be part of it. Hide
Given the choice between someone saying I was handsome in a role or ugly but good, I know which I'd Show more Given the choice between someone saying I was handsome in a role or ugly but good, I know which I'd choose. Hide
For me, if I were to be at home in any kind of style, it is more comedy than anything else. For me, if I were to be at home in any kind of style, it is more comedy than anything else.
Of course, I want to look good, as that helped me get jobs. But it didn't get me the jobs I wanted a Show more Of course, I want to look good, as that helped me get jobs. But it didn't get me the jobs I wanted and it held me back. Hide
I don't know why the universe is so determined to keep my feet on the ground. I don't know why the universe is so determined to keep my feet on the ground.
I want to be able to do anything. I know it's probably not reasonable to expect, but that's what I'd Show more I want to be able to do anything. I know it's probably not reasonable to expect, but that's what I'd like to do. Hide
I no longer have a style to maintain. I rent a little flat in Los Angeles, I don't take holidays, I Show more I no longer have a style to maintain. I rent a little flat in Los Angeles, I don't take holidays, I don't dine out and I take cheap flights. Hide
It's nice when women fancy me, but I think I will only disappoint them so I prefer it if they don't Show more It's nice when women fancy me, but I think I will only disappoint them so I prefer it if they don't know who I am. Hide
It's important to me to be in a relationship when I'm in one, but I'm not someone who needs to be in Show more It's important to me to be in a relationship when I'm in one, but I'm not someone who needs to be in a relationship. I don't actively look for it, I've never been like that. I've gone through long periods without being with someone and got a bit lonely, but not for a while. Hide
I've always believed very, very strongly that the way you treat people is more important than anythi Show more I've always believed very, very strongly that the way you treat people is more important than anything, professionally or otherwise. Hide
As a person I'm perfectly vain, I'm just vainer as an actor about my ability. My acting vanity trump Show more As a person I'm perfectly vain, I'm just vainer as an actor about my ability. My acting vanity trumps my human vanity. Hide
I recognize myself to a lesser or greater extent in everything I read, good and bad, and that's part Show more I recognize myself to a lesser or greater extent in everything I read, good and bad, and that's part of being a human being if you're honest enough. And obviously the darker parts are the things you don't let control you. Hide
'The Taming Of The Shrew' is probably the first time I've worked in this country for about ten years Show more 'The Taming Of The Shrew' is probably the first time I've worked in this country for about ten years, apart from theatre, and it's not for want of trying. It was so fantastic to work in London - it felt really glamorous. Hide
I'd like an omelet named after me. I'd like an omelet named after me.
I think if a character appeals to you, there are certain parts of yourself will come to the fore and Show more I think if a character appeals to you, there are certain parts of yourself will come to the fore and other parts that will play down. Hide
I don't have any shame about the way I conducted my professional life. I don't have any shame about the way I conducted my professional life.
My feelings about my mortality are less selfish than they used to be. I used to affect a cavalier at Show more My feelings about my mortality are less selfish than they used to be. I used to affect a cavalier attitude to death; now I see it from my son's perspective. Hide
The reason I am unemployed for six months out of every year is because I have to turn down most of t Show more The reason I am unemployed for six months out of every year is because I have to turn down most of the films I'm offered. If I didn't, I'd only ever play a dark, satanic count on a horse. Hide
For a long time, I've had to hustle. If a film role is obviously great, then it's been difficult for Show more For a long time, I've had to hustle. If a film role is obviously great, then it's been difficult for me to get a look-in. Hide
I don't think the roles that I'm necessarily known for in this country are my best work, or even any Show more I don't think the roles that I'm necessarily known for in this country are my best work, or even anywhere near it. I didn't think I was great in 'Arcadia.' I think it's a great part and a great play and had a lot of attention. Hide
I'm only based in L.A. because I couldn't get any work in England. I'm only based in L.A. because I couldn't get any work in England.
I'm hoping that a lifetime of compromise and disappointment will read as extra depth and layers in m Show more I'm hoping that a lifetime of compromise and disappointment will read as extra depth and layers in my work. Hide
I think the only thing I've got going for me as an actor specifically is the fact that I can change. I think the only thing I've got going for me as an actor specifically is the fact that I can change.
I don't know if the money I've earned is going to need to last me for the next few weeks or the rest Show more I don't know if the money I've earned is going to need to last me for the next few weeks or the rest of my life. Hide
Lazy journalists, they'll read stuff and get a quote then ask the same question again hoping I'll sa Show more Lazy journalists, they'll read stuff and get a quote then ask the same question again hoping I'll say a similar thing; it's very tiresome. Hide
Yes, years of compromise and disappointment have added depth to my acting. Yes, years of compromise and disappointment have added depth to my acting.
At times, I think of my career as a map. The closer you get to the map, the more you know where you Show more At times, I think of my career as a map. The closer you get to the map, the more you know where you are, but the closer I get to my career, the less happy I feel. At the same time, I have carved out the career for myself which I wanted. Hide
I was a very undisciplined person but acting was something that actually motivated me to get up in t Show more I was a very undisciplined person but acting was something that actually motivated me to get up in the morning. I hadn't experienced that before, but it was something that really excited me. I think I could be quite self-conscious and it gave me a release. Hide
Rufus Sewell's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (32)
Rufus Sewell Rufus Sewell'S roles
Crown Prince Leopold
Crown Prince Leopold

Armand
Armand

John Murdoch
John Murdoch

Lord Melbourne
Lord Melbourne

Obergruppenf
Obergruppenf

Autolycus
Autolycus

Marco Venier
Marco Venier

The Englishman
The Englishman

Obergruppenführer John Smith
Obergruppenführer John Smith

Adam
Adam

Lucas Romer
Lucas Romer

Jasper Bloom
Jasper Bloom

Thomas Clarkson
Thomas Clarkson

Lord Melbourne
Lord Melbourne

Tom Builder
Tom Builder

Count Adhemar
Count Adhemar

Mark of Cornwall
Mark of Cornwall

Caiaphas
Caiaphas

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