Graves at the Made in Dagenham film premiere in September 2010
30 June 1963 |
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Susie Lewis (2001–present)|
Rupert Graves (born 30 June 1963) is an English film, television and theatre actor. He is known for his early roles in A Room with a View and Maurice as well as for his more recent role as DI Lestrade in the television series Sherlock.
Graves was educated at Wyvern Community School, a state comprehensive school in his home town of Weston-super-Mare, which he left at the age of fifteen. The school has since closed and re-opened as the Hans Price Academy.
Graves's first job after leaving school was as a circus clown. He has appeared in over twenty-five films and over thirty-five television productions; he has also appeared on stage. During his career, he has starred alongside actress Helena Bonham Carter four times in A Room with a View, Maurice, Where Angels Fear to Tread and The Revengers' Comedies.
He first came to prominence in costume-drama adaptations of E. M. Forster's novels A Room with a View (1985) and Maurice (1987), before going on to appear in films including A Handful of Dust (1988), Different for Girls (1996) and Intimate Relations (1996).
His role in Intimate Relations won him the Best Actor award at the 1996 Montreal World Film Festival. He was also acclaimed for his portrayal of Young Jolyon Forsyte in the television miniseries The Forsyte Saga (2002).
In 1987 in his hometown of Weston-super-Mare, Graves met Yvonne, a stained glass artist (later a trained gardener), in a cafe. They lived together in Stoke Newington, and he helped her raise her two daughters, who were 10 and 14 years old when the relationship began. Graves and Yvonne were together for 13 years.
In September 2000, shortly after his relationship with Yvonne ended, he met Australian-born production coordinator Suzanne Lewis at the opening-night party for The Caretaker, a play he was appearing in at the time with Michael Gambon. They married, and have five children together: Joseph, Ella, Noah, Isaac, and Zoe.
|1978||Return of the Saint||Prefect||Episode: "Yesterday's Hero"|
|1979||The Famous Five||Yan||2 episodes|
|1981||Vice Versa||Tipping||6 episodes|
|1982||All for Love||Episode: "Mona"|
|1983||St. Ursula's in Danger||Teddy|
|1983||Good and Bad at Games||Guthrie|
|1985||A Room with a View||Freddie Honeychurch|
|1987||Fortunes of War||Simon Boulderstone||3 episodes|
|1988||A Handful of Dust||John Beaver|
|1990||The Plot to Kill Hitler||Axel von dem Busche|
|1990||The Children||Gerald Ormerod|
|1991||A Private Affair||Milton|
|1991||Where Angels Fear to Tread||Philip Herriton|
|1992||The Sheltering Desert||Hermann Korn|
|1992||Inspector Morse||Billy||Episode: "Happy Families"|
|1993||Screen One||Neil||Episode: "Royal Celebration"|
|1994||Open Fire||David Martin|
|1994||The Madness of King George||Greville|
|1995||Harry||Dominic Collier||Series 2, Episode 6|
|1996||The Innocent Sleep||Alan Terry|
|1996||Intimate Relations||Harold Guppy||Montreal World Film Festival - Best Actor|
|1996||Different for Girls||Paul Prentice|
|1996||The Tenant of Wildfell Hall||Arthur Huntingdon||3 episodes|
|1997||Bent||Officer on train|
|1997||Mrs Dalloway||Septimus Warren Smith|
|1998||The Soldier's Leap||Christian||Short film|
|1998||The Revengers' Comedies||Oliver Knightly|
|1999||The Blonde Bombshell||Dennis Hamilton|
|1999||Vsichni moji blízcí||Nicholas Winton|
|1999||Dreaming of Joseph Lees||Joseph Lees|
|2000||Room to Rent||Mark|
|2000||Take a Girl Like You||Patrick Standish||TV movie|
|2002||The Forsyte Saga||Young Jolyon Forsyte|
|2003||The Forsyte Saga: To Let||Young Jolyon Forsyte||4 episodes|
|2003||Charles II: The Power & the Passion||George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham||4 episodes|
|2005||Rag Tale||Eddy Taylor|
|2005||Spooks||William Sampson||Series 4, Episode 2|
|2005||A Waste of Shame||William Shakespeare|
|2006||Son of the Dragon||The Lord of the North|
|2006||V for Vendetta||Dominic|
|2007||To Be First||Dr. Christiaan Barnard|
|2007||Death at a Funeral||Robert|
|2007||Clapham Junction||Robin Cape|
|2007||The Waiting Room||George|
|2007||The Dinner Party||Roger|
|2008||Ashes to Ashes||Danny Moore||Series 1, Episode 2|
|2008||Waking the Dead||Colonel John Garrett||2 episodes|
|2008||Midnight Man||Daniel Cosgrave||3 episodes|
|2008||God on Trial||Mordechai|
|2008||Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye||Lance Fortescue|
|2009||The Good Times Are Killing Me||Lexy|
|2009–2011||Garrow's Law||Sir Arthur Hill||12 episodes|
|2010||Wallander||Alfred Harderberg||Episode: "The Man Who Smiled"|
|2010||Lewis||Alec Pickman||Episode: "Falling Darkness"|
|2010||Made in Dagenham||Peter Hopkins|
|2010||Law & Order: UK||John Smith||Episode: "Defence"|
|2010||Single Father||Stuart||3 episodes|
|2010||New Tricks||Adrian Levene||Episode: "Fashion Victim"|
|2010–present||Sherlock||D.I. Lestrade||8 episodes|
|2011||Case Sensitive||Mark Bretherick||2 episodes|
|2011||Scott & Bailey||Nick Savage||5 episodes|
|2011||Death in Paradise||James Lavender||Series 1 episode 1|
|2012||Putin, Russia & The West||Narrator||4 episodes|
|2012||Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the Concordia||Narrator|
|2012||The Hunt for bin Laden||Narrator|
|2012||Fast Girls||David Temple|
|2012||Doctor Who||Riddell||Series 7, Episode 2: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"|
|2012||Secret State||Felix Durrell||4 Episodes|
|2013||The White Queen||Lord Stanley||6 episodes|
In addition to his screen work, Graves has also won acclaim for his stage acting, including roles on the American stage in Broadway-theatre productions in New York City, New York, of the plays Closer (2000) and The Elephant Man (2002).
- "Biography". Rupert Graves Online. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
- "Rupert Graves". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
- Brockes, Emma (2002-04-22). "Rupert bared". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- "Rupert Graves". United Agents. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- "Rupert Graves". Gaydar Nation. 2002-04-22. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
- Billen, Andrew (27 March 2002). "The secret life of Rupert Graves". The London Evening Standard. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
- Hardy, Rebecca (11 November 2011). "Why I said no to fame: After starring in A Room With A View Rupert Graves was tipped for Hollywood greatness – but he was having none of it". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
- Official website
- Rupert Graves at the Internet Movie Database
- Rupert Graves at the Internet Broadway Database