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RUFUS SEWELL (Marke) has established himself with an eclectic group of projects in film, television and on the stage. He 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.

Sewell most recently starred as Armand opposite Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in "The Legend of Zorro.” 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." Sewell returned to the small screen in 2003 earning rave reviews for the title role in "Charles II" 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".

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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