Sebastian de Souza

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Sebastian de Souza
Sebastian de Souza Plastic premiere (crop).jpg
Born Sebastian Denis de Souza
(1993-04-19) 19 April 1993 (age 21)
Oxford, England, UK
Other names Seb de Souza
Occupation Actor, screenwriter
Years active 2007–present
Relatives Chris de Souza

Sebastian de Souza (born 19 April 1993 in Oxford)[1] is an English actor and screenwriter. He first gained popularity by portraying the character of Matty Levan in the E4 teen drama Skins.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sebastian de Souza grew up in the village of Boxford, Berkshire,[3] developing a fascination with theatre, music and writing since early childhood.[4] At the age of 11 he decided to dramatise The Willows at Christmas, William Horwood's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, and performed it in the barn with his classmates. In 2006, when he was 13, he starred in the short film Hangman, premiered at the Corn Exchange. It's a story of witchcraft in the mould of Macbeth, that he co-wrote with the Prep School's Film Club.[5] In the same here, he won a music award at St Edward's School as a pianist, clarinetist and singer.[6]

De Souza was educated at boarding Brockhurst Preparatory School in Berkshire and at St Edward's School, Oxford,[7] where he completed A-levels in English, History and Philosophy.[8] During school age he also followed the acting workshops at the Watermill Theatre, near Newbury. Since 2010 he's a member of the National Youth Theatre.[9]

Career[edit]

De Souza began his acting career at the North Wall Arts Centre, performing lead roles in school productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream playing Puck, Great Expectations as Pip, C. P. Taylor's Good as Maurice, and Henry V as Henry,[4] which earned him a drama prize in 2010.[10]

In 2009 he appears as a student of Oxford in The Truth About Crime, a documentary series presented by Nick Ross on BBC One.[7] While in sixth form, he gained the role of Matty Levan in the fifth/sixth instalment of the E4 series Skins, which screened in 2011/2012 with a third and final generation of young actors.[11] In 2012, he joined the cast of the Emmy-winning historical drama The Borgias,[12] created by Neil Jordan for the American TV network Showtime and filmed at Korda Studios, near Budapest.[13] His character, Alfonso d'Aragona, first appeared in The Confession and closed his run at the end of the third and final season.[14] While in Hungary, he was filmmaker with photographer Benjamin Lebus for Evelyne's World, a concept short film about the allegory of the Cave starring Évelyne Brochu.[15]

De Souza's first big screen role is in Julian Gilbey's thriller Plastic. Production took place in early 2013 on location in Miami and London.[16] As a screenplay writer, he is set to make his cinematic debut in Kids in Love, a film produced by Ealing Studios with de Souza also taking a title role alongside Will Poulter, Alma Jodorowsky and Cara Delevingne.[17] In June 2014 he filmed in Los Angeles an ABC Family pilot called Recovery Road after being cast as Wes Stewart, the male lead from Blake Nelson's novel Recovery Road.[18]

In addition to his acting career, De Souza is a singer and musician. In 2011 he's featured as a lead vocalist for Cubiq in their debut EP Say released by Hidden Label. The tune, related to current electro club music, has been remixed by Matanza and Timmy P[19] in an alternative version that fits the traditional house template.[20]

Personal life[edit]

De Souza is the second of two sons of Elinor Kelly and Chris de Souza,[21] an opera producer of partial Portuguese Indian descent.[22] With his family he annually runs drama courses for 9 to 16 years old at a home-based Centre for Music Drama and Art.[21] In 2013 he has been made a patron of The Globe Theatre Education Fund, which runs drama projects for schools around the country, mostly Shakespearean.[23] Through a practical experience provided by orchestras he can sing in the tenor range and play different instruments.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television
Year Production Role Notes
2009 The Truth About Crime Student (himself) BBC One Documentary (First episode)
2011–2012 Skins Matty Levan E4 Series (14 episodes)
2012–2013 The Borgias Alfonso d'Aragona Showtime Series (11 episodes)
2014 Plastic Rafa Gateway Films
Kids in Love Milo Ealing Studios (post-production)
2015[24] Recovery Road Wes Stewart ABC Family Pilot
Theatre
Year Production Role Notes
2007 A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck North Wall Arts Centre
Great Expectations Pip North Wall Arts Centre
2008 Good Maurice North Wall Arts Centre
2009 Henry V Henry North Wall Arts Centre
Won—David Howorth Drama Prize 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England and Wales, 1916–2005 B100D
  2. ^ "Sebastian de Souza plays Matty". Channel 4 Press. 11 Jan. Retrieved 19 Jan 12. 
  3. ^ "The new Skins cast revealed". BBC UK. 6 Aug 10. Retrieved 14 Jan 12. 
  4. ^ a b "Meet Sebastian de Souza". Screen Terrier. 10 Oct 10. Retrieved 14 Jan 12. 
  5. ^ "Glitzy film premiere hits The Corn Exchange". Newbury Today. 27 June 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "The de Souzas". Arts Play. Retrieved 14 Jan 12. 
  7. ^ a b c "Portfolio de Souza". Nevsmodels Agency (London). Retrieved 14 Jan 12. 
  8. ^ "Sebastian de Souza starring in the new series of Skins". The Goan Voice. 23 Jan 11. Retrieved 11 Mar 12. 
  9. ^ Hooper, Joe (12 Jan). "Why talent is a muscle". IdeasTap. Retrieved 28 Jan 12. 
  10. ^ "St Edward's Chronicle 10/11". Annual School Magazine XXXIII. 15 Dec 11. p. 18. Retrieved 11 Mar 12. 
  11. ^ Pope, Rihanne (17 Jan 11). "Oxford teenager lands part in controversial TV series Skins". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 14 Jan 12. 
  12. ^ Les Chappell (17 Jun 12). "The Borgias: The Confession". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 19 Jul 13. 
  13. ^ Herald, Calgary (8 Nov 11). "The Borgias set visit in Hungary". Korda Studios. Retrieved 29 Jun 12. 
  14. ^ Curtis, Beth (28 Jun 12). "Sebastian de Souza confirms the Borgias season three role". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 Jun 12. 
  15. ^ Lebus, Benjamin (16 Jun 13). "Evelyne's World". Virgin Media shorts. Retrieved 19 Jul 13. 
  16. ^ Sell, Maria (7 Dec 12). "Hot projects on Screenbase". Screen Daily (London). Retrieved 7 Dec 12. 
  17. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (29 Aug 13). "Bohemia, here we come...". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2 Sep 13. 
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (Jun 3, 2014). "Sebastian De Souza & Alexis Carra Cast In ABC Family Pilot ‘Recovery Road’". Deadline.com. Retrieved Jun 20, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Cubiq from UK". Ibiza Voice. Retrieved 30 Jan 12. 
  20. ^ "Cubiq Say feat Seb de Souza". Hidden Label. Jan 2012. Retrieved 30 Jan 12. 
  21. ^ a b "Drama Courses". Arts Play. Retrieved 8 Mar 12. 
  22. ^ de Souza, Edward. "Name derivation". Celestial Toyroom. Retrieved 14 May 12. 
  23. ^ "Biographies". Arts Play. Retrieved 10 Sep 13. 
  24. ^ "Recovery Road". abc family access. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 

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