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Samuel Barnett Biography

Birth Place:
Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Fast Facts

  • Acted in his first theater production at the age of 6
  • Part of the original The History Boys West End cast in 2004, as Posner; he transferred with the show to Broadway in 2006 and appeared in the film adaptation
  • Won the 2006 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his work in The History Boys
  • Starred as Queen Elizabeth I in a 2012 all-male West End reimagining of Shakespeare's Richard III, opposite Mark Rylance; he later transferred with the show to Broadway


  • 2006British Independent Film Awards-Most Promising Newcomer (Onscreen): nominated