Rufus (Roof) Fredrick Sewell was born in Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in South West London, the son of William, an Australian animator, and Jo Sewell, a Welsh artist and waitress. His father worked on the "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" segment of animation for The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film.
His parents divorced when Rufus was five, and his mother worked to support her two sons. His father died when Rufus was 10. Rufus was educated at Orleans Park School, a state comprehensive school in Twickenham, which he left in 1984, followed by West Thames College, where a drama teacher sent him to audition for drama school. He later enrolled at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
After graduation, Sewell got an agent called Judi Dench who had previously directed a play in which he played. That play was held at the central School of Speech and Drama. He came to be well known in the year 1993 when he got the chance to play nasty Tim for the movie Dirty Weekend. This movie was directed by Michale Winner who was impressed by Sewell’s performance in a play at the Criterion Theatre. Some of his other movies are The Illusionist, Drak City, The Holiday, Amazing Grace etc.
Hero and villain
Apart from appearing as the hero, he has also been on screen villain in many movies such as The Legend of Zorro, Bless the child and A Knight’s Tale. He revealed his unhappiness for playing small roles in an interview. He has also done some very impressive dramas such as The Taming of the Shrew in which he played the role of Petruchio.
For this, he was nominated for the best actor for the BAFTA Television Awards. In 2006 he did a play called Rock n Roll which ran from June 2016 to July 2016. This play was very well received by the viewers as well as the critics making it a commercial success.