Samuel West is an English actor and director best known for his role as Leonard Bast in the 1992 film Howards End; and for his starring role as seasoned newspaper editor Frank Edwards, one of the best-connected men in London, in the period drama television series Mr Selfridge.
Although West may be most recognised for his role in Howard's End, he's appeared in other high-profile films such as Notting Hill with Julia Roberts and Iris with Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent, his Any Human Heart co-star.
The son of British actors Timothy West and Prunella Scales (best known as Sybil on Fawlty Towers), West studied physics then English at Oxford University.
He's also appeared on the British stage in productions such as The Sea (directed by Sam Mendes) and Hamlet at England's Royal Shakespeare Company.
His many credits include Any Human Heart, Murder on the Orient Express, Stiff Upper Lips, Jane Eyre, Foyle's War and Inspector Lynley. Additionally, he has lent his voice to over 50 audiobooks and been a narrator with all the major British orchestras.