Fast Facts

  • Was President of the Experimental Theatre Club at the University of Oxford.
  • Is Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts.
  • Directed the Olivier-nominated opera Cosi Fan Tutte in 2004, and the Olivier-nominated play Dealer's Choice in 2008.
  • Participated in the 2006 and 2007 Choir of London tour to Jerusalem and the West Bank, respectively.
  • Became patron of the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus in 2008.
  • Nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor for ENRON in 2010 
  • Is a patron for 3 charities; Scene and Heard, Eastside Educational Trust and Mousetrap Theater Projects.


  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1998, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2010, Olivier Awards — Best Actor: Nominee


  • Kate Reardon — Ex-significant Other
  • Victoria Coren — Ex-significant Other
  • Timothy West — Father
  • Laura Wade — Significant Other
  • Joseph West — Brother
  • Lockwood West — Grandfather
  • Prunella Scales — Mother
  • Juliet West — Half Sister


  • University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, England (BA Hons in English Literature, 1988)

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  • Birth Name: Samuel Alexander Joseph West
  • Birth Place: Hammersmith, London, England
  • Profession: Actor

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