Samuel Barnett (actor)
Samuel Barnett (born 25 April 1980) is an English actor. He has performed on stage, film, television and radio, and achieved recognition for his work on the stage and film versions of The History Boys by Alan Bennett. His television performances include roles in the BBC comedy Twenty Twelve and in the Showtime drama Penny Dreadful. He played the lead role of Dirk Gently in the 2016 BBC America adaptation of the Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency book series by Douglas Adams.
Barnett at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Barnett was born in Whitby in North Yorkshire, England. He started performing at an early age before moving to London to study acting at LAMDA. Barnett is one of five children. Barnett's father is of Polish-Jewish descent, whereas his mother is of Quaker background.
Barnett appeared in the original London stage production of Alan Bennett's 2004 play The History Boys, as well as in the New York, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong productions and radio and film versions of the play. He had been involved in The History Boys from its very first reading.
He appeared at the National Theatre in Women Beware Women by Thomas Middleton which ran from 20 April – 4 July 2010. From July 2012, he appeared in an all-male-cast as Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare's Richard III at the Globe Theatre in London alongside Mark Rylance in the title role, also playing the role of Sebastian in Twelfth Night. The production transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End, opening 2 November 2012 and running for a limited engagement. Both Twelfth Night and Richard III transferred to Broadway in 2013 and played at the Belasco Theatre until February 2014. In the Broadway productions, Barnett reprised his role as Elizabeth Woodville in Richard III and took on the role of Viola (previously played by Johnny Flynn in London) in Twelfth Night. In July 2018, Barnett reunited with History Boys playwright Alan Bennett and co-star Sacha Dhawan for Bennett's new play Allelujah! at the Bridge Theatre.
Recognition and awards
Barnett was nominated for Evening Standard Award as Most Promising Newcomer for his role in The Marriage of Figaro in 2002. He won Best Newcomer & Best Supporting Actor in a play at the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers Choice Awards for his work on the original production of The History Boys. He was nominated for the 29th annual Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role. He won a 2006 Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a 2006 Tony Award for his work on the Broadway production.
Barnett was nominated for the 2006 British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer (On Screen) for his work on the film version of The History Boys.
In 2014, Barnett received a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his work in Twelfth Night.
|2001||Coupling||sex shop assistant||BBC||Series 2 Episode 2 "My Dinner in Hell"|
|2002||The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||Brian Byrne||BBC||Series 1 Episode 1 "Well-Schooled in Murder"|
|2003||Doctors||Charlie Ambrose||BBC||Series 5 Episode 153 "All an Illusion"|
|The Royal||Joe Steeples||ITV||Series 3 Episode 5 "Poison"|
|2006||American Experience||Philip Hamilton's schoolmate||PBS||Series 19, Episode 15 "Alexander Hamilton"|
|2007||Wilfred Owen: A Remembrance Tale||Wilfred Owen||BBC|
|John Adams||Thomas Boylston Adams||HBO|
|2008||Beautiful People||Adult Simon Doonan / narrator||BBC|
|2009||Desperate Romantics||John Millais||BBC|
|Beautiful People: Series 2||Adult Simon Doonan / narrator||BBC|
|Agatha Christie's Marple||Sergeant Tiddler||ITV||The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side|
|2011||Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps||Leonard||BBC|
|Shakespeare in Italy||Romeo Montague||BBC|
|2015||Not Safe for Work||Nathanial||Channel 4|
|2016-17||Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency||Dirk Gently||BBC America|
|2005||Mrs Henderson Presents||Paul|
|2006||The History Boys||Posner|
|2009||Bright Star||Joseph Severn|
|2015||Jupiter Ascending||Advocate Bob|
|2015||The Lady in the Van||Out of work Actor|
|2004||Fighting for Words||Thomas Moynihan||BBC Radio 4|
|2005||The History Boys||Posner||BBC Radio 3|
|When You Cure Me||Peter||BBC Radio 3|
|2007||Down and Out in Paris and London||George Orwell||BBC Radio 4|
|2008||The Babington Plot||Thomas Salisbury||BBC Radio 4|
|2009||The Quest||Mordred||BBC Radio 4|
|Joan of Arc, and How She Became a Saint||Dauphin of France||BBC Radio 4|
|Turing's Test||Alan Turing||Made In Manchester|
|2010||Spitfire||Tony||BBC Radio 4|
|Translations||Yolland||BBC Radio 4|
|I, Claudius||Caligula||BBC Radio 4|
|A Tiny Bit Marvellous||Oscar||BBC Radio 4|
|2011||Wuthering Heights||Edgar Linton/Linton Heathcliff||BBC Radio 3|
|My Week With Marilyn||Colin Clark (narrator)||BBC Radio 4|
|2012||Dickens' London||Charles Dickens||BBC Radio 4|
|The Voysey Inheritance||Edward Voysey||BBC Radio 3|
|2013||Tosca's Kiss||Rospo||BBC Radio 3|
|Jill||John Kemp||BBC Radio 4|
|Denmark Hill||Charles||BBC Radio 4|
|Sometimes into the Arms of God||Cecil Beaton||BBC Radio 4|
|2018||The Case of Charles Dexter Ward||Charles Dexter Ward||BBC Radio 4|
|2009||Doctor Who: The Beast of Orlok||Hans||Big Finish|
|2016||Doctor Who: Nightshade||Robin Yeadon|
|2016, 2018||Torchwood - Monthly Range||Norton Folgate|
|2016||Torchwood - Special Releases: The Torchwood Archive|
|2016||The Confessions Of Dorian Gray||Staurt Knight|
|2016||Torchwood - Special Releases: Outbreak||Norton Folgate|
|2018||Torchwood - The Story Continues: God Among Us 2||Norton Folgate|
|2019||Doctor Who: Tartarus||Cicero|
|2020||Torchwood Soho - Parisite||Norton Folgate|
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