Rufus Sewell is a British actor who has appeared in films such as The Woodlanders, Dangerous Beauty, Dark City, A Knight's Tale, and Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence.
Sewell first gained attention with his television debut in 1994 as Will Ladislaw in the BBC adaptation of Middlemarch.
He later starred in the critically acclaimed BBC production of The Taming of The Shrew, for which he was nominated as Best Actor for a BAFTA Television Award. He was previously seen in Charles II: The Last King.
Sewell was seen on the big screen in Wes Craven's segment of Paris Je T'aime, Amazing Grace and The Holiday.
In 2007, he completed filming Vinyan with Emmanuelle Beart and Downloading Nancy with Maria Bello and Jason Patric.
Other films credits include The Legend of Zorro, Tristan & Isolde, A Knight's Tale, Alex Proyas' futuristic thriller Dark City, Dangerous Beauty, Illuminata, directed by and co-starring John Turturro, Bless The Child, Carrington and Cold Comfort Farm.
On stage, Sewell received a Tony Award nomination this season for his role in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, which he originated at The Royal Court Theatre and then played in London's West End.
Sewell made his West End theatrical debut in 1993 as the Czechoslovakian hustler in Making It Better, which won him the London Critics Circles' Best Newcomer Award.
Other notable roles include the original production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the National Theatre, Pride And Prejudice at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, as well as As You Like It, The Seagull and The Government Inspector, all at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
Sewell made his Broadway debut in 1995, opening to rave reviews in the revival of Brian Friel's Translations, opposite Brian Dennehy.
Other theatre credits include Rat In the Skull, a Royal Court Production directed by Stephen Daldry. Sewell also starred in the title role of Macbeth on London's West End, and John Osborne's Luther at the Royal National Theatre.
From 2008-2009 he starred as Dr. Jacob Hood, a brilliant biophysicist and Special Science Adviser for the FBI who is brought in to investigate crimes of a scientific or paranormal nature, in the television drama series Eleventh Hour.
He also had a starring role as Tom Builder, mason and master-builder of the Kingsbridge Cathedral who is relentlessly driven by the desire to build great buildings, in the historical drama television miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, based on the book of the same name by Ken Follett.
Sewell was born in Twickenham, England, and raised in Wales and London. He currently resides in London.