THE LEGEND OF ZORRO
RUFUS SEWELL (Armand) has established himself with an eclectic group of projects in
film, television and on the stage. He has just returned to Broadway in "Shining City" by
acclaimed playwright Conor McPherson. Set in Dublin, "Shining City" tells the story of
a man (Sewell) who seeks help from a counselor after he claims to have seen the ghost
of his recently deceased wife.
Next year, Sewell will be seen in Tristan & Isolde opposite Sophia Myles and James
Franco. He has also completed filming Neil Burger's The Illusionist starring Edward
Norton and Paul Giamatti, which is also scheduled for release in 2006.
Sewell first gained mainstream attention in 1994, with his television debut as Will
Ladislaw in the BBC adaptation of "Middlemarch.â Sewell returned to the small screen
in 2003 earning rave reviews for the title role in "Charles IIâ directed by Joe Wright for
the BBC. More recently he played Petruchio in the BBC's modern adaptation of William
Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew.â
Some of his other Hollywood features include A Knight's Tale, Dark City, Dangerous
Beauty and Bless The Child. He also appeared in Christopher Hampton's Carrington
opposite Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce, as well as John Schlesinger's Cold
Comfort Farm, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, John Turturro's Illuminata and The Very
Thought Of You with Joseph Fiennes and Tom Hollander.
On stage, Sewell made his West End theatrical debut in 1993 as 'Thomas Kratsky,' the
Czechoslovakian hustler in "Making It Better," which won him the London Critics
Circles' Best Newcomer Award. Sewell opened to rave reviews in the Broadway
production of Brian Friel's "Translations," opposite Brian Dennehy. His other notable
theatre credits include "Rat In The Skull" directed by Stephen Daldry, the title role of
"Macbeth" in London's West End and his acclaimed performance in the revival of John
Osborne's "Luther" at the Royal National Theatre.
Sewell studied at London's Central School of Drama before making his film debut in
Don Boyd's Twenty One.
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