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Samuel West has previously worked for Hyde Park on Hudson director Roger Michell in the features Notting Hill and Persuasion, and in the Donmar Warehouse production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.
In addition to the latter, Mr. West’s stage appearances include the title roles in Richard II and Hamlet in Steven Pimlott’s Royal Shakespeare Company productions, winning Critics’ Circle and Theatregoers’ Choice Awards for Hamlet; Rupert Goold’s production of Enron, for which he received Olivier and Evening Standard Award Best Actor nominations; Jonathan Munby’s production of A Number, performed in the U.K. and South Africa; and Arcadia, directed by Trevor Nunn, The Sea, directed by Sam Mendes, and Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Sean Mathias, all at the National Theatre.
His many telefilms and miniseries include Tim Fywell’s Cambridge Spies; Charles Sturridge’s Longitude; Michael Samuels’ Any Human Heart; and Philip Martin’s Murder on the Orient Express. He recently starred as Zak Gist in the television series Eternal Law. Mr. West is currently at work on a new series, Mr. Selfridge.
He came to critical and audience attention as Leonard Bast in Merchant Ivory’s Academy Award-winning Howards End, and was nominated for a BAFTA Award. Among his other movies are Franco Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre; Christopher Hampton’s Carrington; Stephen Sommers’ Van Helsing; Julien Temple’s Pandaemonium; Jonathan Tammuz’s Rupert’s Land, for which he earned a Genie Award nomination; and Richard Eyre’s Iris.