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RUFUS SEWELL (Jasper) has distinguished himself with a wide range of film, television and stage roles.

This year, the English actor starred in Tom Stoppard's acclaimed new play "Rock 'n' Roll” directed by Trevor Nunn, for which Sewell received glowing reviews. Set in Prague and Cambridge, "Rock 'n' Roll” spans the years 1968 to 1990 and also stars Brian Cox and Sinead Cusack. It premiered at the Royal Court Theatre before moving to the West End.

He was recently seen in the period films The Illusionist, directed by Neil Burger and starring Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti, and Tristan & Isolde opposite Sophia Myles and James Franco. He also portrayed the French aristocrat Armand in The Legend of Zorro in 2005.

His earlier Hollywood work includes the films 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. He made his film debut in Don Boyd's Twenty-One.

Sewell first gained mainstream attention in 1994 with his television debut as Will Ladislaw in the BBC adaptation of "Middlemarch.” He returned to the small screen in 2003, earning rave reviews for "Charles II: The Last King” directed by Joe Wright for the BBC. More recently, he played Petruchio in the BBC's modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew” for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor.

Sewell's West End theatrical debut as Thomas Kratsky, the Czechoslovakian hustler in "Making It Better," brought him the London Critics Circle's Best Newcomer Award in 1993. He opened to rave reviews in the Broadway production of Brian Friel's "Translations" opposite Brian Dennehy. Other notable theater 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.


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