Katie Holmes will return to TV as a Manhattan socialite in ABC pilot

Katie Holmes will return to TV as a Manhattan socialite in ABC pilot

March 11 (UPI) -- Katie Holmes is returning to TV in her first starring role since "Dawson's Creek."
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Sewell recalls biting 'Vampire' co-star Cooper

Sewell recalls biting 'Vampire' co-star Cooper

NEW YORK, June 22 (UPI) -- British actor Rufus Sewell admits he accidentally sank a prosthetic fang into the cheek of his co-star Dominic Cooper on the first day of shooting their horror flick "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
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'Vampire Hunter' shown on aircraft carrier

'Vampire Hunter' shown on aircraft carrier

LOS ANGELES, June 17 (UPI) -- Actors Benjamin Walker and Anthony Mackie attended a preview screening of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" aboard a Navy aircraft carrier in the Middle East.
Sewell, Shelton to star in new CBS drama

Sewell, Shelton to star in new CBS drama

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- British actor Rufus Sewell is set to star in the new mystery/suspense drama series "Eleventh Hour," CBS announced.
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CBS announces plans for five new shows

NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. television network CBS announced Wednesday that its 2008-09 fall prime-time lineup will include two new comedies and three dramas.

'John Adams' miniseries to premiere in Va.

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- HBO announced Wednesday it is planning to premiere its historical miniseries "John Adams" at the Byrd Theatre in Richmond, Va.

HBO to air Adams mini-series next month

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- HBO is planning to air a star-studded, seven-part original mini-series about John Adams, the second U.S. president.

Sondheim revival wins big at Oliviers

LONDON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The London revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park with George" was the big winner at the Laurence Olivier Awards, claiming five honors.

Evening Standard names Turner best actress

LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- At the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in London Monday, Kathleen Turner was named best actress for her role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

U.K.'s Armitage pens epic 9/11 poem

LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- British poet Simon Armitage wrote a tearjerker for the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, making him a top contender to become Britain's poet laureate. The Sunday Times of London said the poem features a fictional British trader who is trapped in one of the W

'Illusionist' helps Biel diversify career

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- With a role in the high-profile U.S. film "The Illusionist," actress Jessica Biel said she has taken a key step in diversifying her career.

Cross dresser to play Macbeth

LONDON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Cross-dressing comic Eddie Izzard is slated to star in "Macbeth" in New York in 2006, Daily Variety reports.

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British actor Rufus Sewell attends the world premiere of "The chronicles of Narnia:the lion,the witch and the wardrobe" at Royal Albert Hall in London on December 7, 2005.(UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Rufus Frederik Sewell (born 29 October 1967) is an English actor. In film, he has appeared in The Woodlanders, Dangerous Beauty, Dark City, A Knight's Tale, The Illusionist, and Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence. On television, he became well known for his role as the hero, Will Ladislaw, in the BBC adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch. In 2003, he appeared in the lead role in Charles II: The Power and The Passion. He starred in the CBS drama Eleventh Hour which was cancelled in April 2009. On stage, he originated the role of Septimus Hodge in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia and the role of Jan in Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, which earned him an Olivier Award and a Tony Award nomination for the latter performance.

Sewell was born in Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in South West London, the son of William Sewell, an Australian animator, and Jo, 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 Sewell was five and his mother worked to support her two sons. His father died when Sewell was 10, and by his own admission he was a difficult teenager.

Sewell attended Orleans Park School, which he left in 1984. Later on, a drama teacher at West Thames College spotted his promise and sent him to audition for drama school. He enrolled at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After graduating, he was set up with an agent by Dame Judi Dench who had directed him in a play while at Central.

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