Sunday October 21, 2018

samuel west

actor and director


Samuel West was born in London, and studied English at Oxford University.

On stage he has played the title roles in Richard II and Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company, winning the Critics’ Circle award for Hamlet. His parents are both actors (his father is Timothy West and his mother is Prunella Scales CBE). 

In 2006, Sam West and Timothy West appeared together in Caryl Churchill’s A Number, with Sam playing his father’s three cloned sons. He has appeared at the Donmar Warehouse twice recently, in Betrayal and The Family Reunion. Sam has also directed nine plays and two operas, including the first opera ever to tour to Palestine. He was from 2005 to 2007 the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres.
His performance in the film Howards End was nominated for a BAFTA award.  Other films include Van Helsing, Notting Hill, Franco Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre, Carrington and Rupert’s Land, for which he was nominated for a Canadian Academy Award.  He has just finished being a CIA spy in the forthcoming Schweitzer.  Sam also plays the voice of Pongo in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure.

Sam enjoys working with musicians, and as a reciter has appeared with all the major British orchestras, as well as the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC. He performed Walton’s Henry V at the 2002 Last Night of the Proms. 

Sam narrates a lot of documentaries, most recently World War II: Behind Closed Doors. On TV he has been seen in The Chronicles of Narnia, Longitude, Cambridge Spies, Ring of the Nibelungs  and Waking the Dead, among many others. He played Ted Heath in the recent BBC drama Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley.

Sam lives in Islington with playwright Laura Wade and in their spare time they go bird watching.