The son of the lead animator on The Beatles’ Lucy In The Sky With
Diamonds, Rufus Sewell was born in Twickenham, London, in 1967. He
trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama where he was spotted
by Dame Judi Dench who set him up in the business, by providing him
with an agent, after directing him in a show at the school.
His major breakthrough happened in 1993 when he played both Will Ladislaw in the BBC adaptation of George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, winning the Olivier award for his work in Arcadia.
In film, he has had lead roles in The Woodlanders, The Honest Courtesan, Dark City, A Knight's Tale, and Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence.
He lives in London with his wife Amy and his son Billy born in 2002.