RUFUS SEWELL is one of Britain's most
talented, charismatic, and versatile actors. His combination of good looks,
self-deprecating wit, and courage in taking unexpected roles, makes him unique among his
peers These pages will attempt to pay tribute to his work in theatre, film, and
Sunday, July 25, 2004
British actor Rufus Sewell is joining the cast of Columbia Pictures' The Legend of Zorro.
The Hollywood Reporter
Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are reuniting with director Martin Campbell for The
Mask of Zorro sequel. Sewell portrays Armand, Zorro's rival for the
affection of Elena (Zeta-Jones).
Sewell's credits include A Knight's Tale and Tristan and Isolde.
more on "The Legend of Zorro"
Tristan & Isolde starring James Franco, Sophia Myles, and Rufus Sewell recently
completed filming in Ireland and Prague.
The Hollywood Reporter
more on "Tristan and Isolde"
"One of the better BBC costume dramas
of recent years, 2003's Charles II: The Power and the Passion depends
very strongly on its central performance. Fortunately, Rufus Sewell is admirable throughout as the saturnine, witty monarch who
has retained popular fondness down the centuries in spite of his conscientious adherence
to the bad and losing cause of absolute monarchy. "
The Last King
Charles II - The Power and the Passion
US Premiere: Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 8 PM EST on A&E Network. DVD and
VHS, region 2, available from February 16, 2004 region 1, available from April 27, 2004
"Rufus Sewell was perfectly cast as the wily king
in thrall to, and under the spell of, his tempestuous mistress Lady Castlemaine...."
The Scotsman Evening News - November 17, 2003
"He (Charles) was multi-faceted. Rufus not only looks
like him, but has this great ability in his acting to show charm, humour and generosity of
spirit. He can convey the complexity of the character as well as warmth. He is also
very sexy, which is what Charles was."
Adrian Hodges, screenwriter
and people say that Charles was either the most cynical,
ruthless king inhistory or the most charming. Rufus has the ability to show both
sides of the man. It's a massive part for him but he's doing it with such good
Kate Harwood, producer
more on Charles II
Charles II website with screensavers, trailers and message board
Charles II Gallery
Helen of Troy
Interview from The
Times of Malta
more on "Helen of Troy"
Rufus reads James Bond!
Details from Penguin Books
Kim Bunce LIVE AND LET DIE
To many people, Sean Connery -
or Roger Moore - is James Bond. So Rufus Sewell,
as reader of this 007 series, has an obligation to vanquish these images from listeners'
minds and replace them with the picture etched by Fleming of man with a 'cruel mouth' and
'a scar down his right cheek'. He succeeds so well that it's now possible to
visualise these stories afresh, to be newly horrified
by the smallest act of indiscriminate violence. When Bond has his little finger broken by
Tee Hee in Live and Let Die , the sickening crunch vibrates through the tape machine.
Sewell also succeeds in reinforcing the cruelty of Fleming's characters, tapping into
British sensitivities as Goldfinger casually declares of his cat: 'I'm tired of seeing
this animal around. Here, have it for dinner.' The remark to his Korean butler, Oddjob, is
both derogatory and designed to shock the animal-loving British people.
The Observer (London) 7 April 2002
What would your epitaph be?
'Please pour wine through funnel below.'
from the Penguin Books
by John Osborne, presented at London's
Royal National Theatre, fall 2001
"Rufus Sewell is the ideal actor to play him. Tense and
controlled, the big, dark eyes both watchful and inward-
looking, he turns before you into a public solitary...... Sewell does not overplay the
physical aspect: he is portraying the burden and the torment of a deeply personal faith
that has to pay a physical price as well. As the play goes on, his face looks more and
more like Cranach's famous paintings and engravings of Luther: bleak and bony, intense but
The London Sunday Times 14 October 2001
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