Ryan Sampson

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Ryan Sampson
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Sampson at the 2013 British Comedy Awards
Ryan Oliver Sampson

EducationWales High School
Years active2003–present

Ryan Oliver Sampson is an English actor best known for playing Grumio in the British sitcom Plebs, for various roles in the comedy sketch show Glitchy, and for his appearances in After You've Gone, in which he plays Alex, son of Jimmy Venables (Nicholas Lyndhurst). In 2008 he appeared as Luke Rattigan in two episodes of Doctor Who, "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky".

He had been a main cast member of the seventh series of the 2015 Horrible Histories reboot from 2017 to 2018, but did not appear for the show's 8th series which premiered on June 2019.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sampson was born in Masbrough, Rotherham, South Yorkshire.[2] He went to Anston Brook primary school and then on to Wales High School in Kiveton Park, where he appeared in school productions such as The Little Shop of Horrors.


Sampson began his career at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. Prior to After You've Gone, he appeared in Wire in the Blood, in 2003, In Denial of Murder, Heartbeat and Holby City in 2006. He appeared in the BBC Three pilot The Things I Haven't Told You and had a role in two episodes of the 2008 series of Doctor Who, playing the young American genius Luke Rattigan in "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky". In 2008 he worked at the National Theatre. In 2011 he played a small part in Channel 4 comedy series Fresh Meat. In 2015 he played various characters in the ITV2 sketch show Glitchy. In 2015 he also appeared as Charles 'Boz' Dickens in ITV Encore's The Frankenstein Chronicles. Sampson currently portrays ‘Tommo’ in Sky One’s 2019 British comedy sitcom ‘’Brassic’’.

Personal life[edit]

Sampson confirmed that he is gay via Twitter on 20 February 2019, publishing a photo of himself with his boyfriend.[3][4]



Title Character Broadcaster Episodes Date
Wire in the Blood II: "Right to Silence" Vinny Markham ITV 1 2003
In Denial of Murder Marcus Edwards BBC One 1 2004
Heartbeat: "Bad Company" Paul Eyre ITV 1 2006
Holby City: "Looking After Number One" Niall Allen BBC One 1 2006
After You've Gone Alex Venables BBC One 25 2007–08
The Things I Haven't Told You Mark Lamb BBC Three 1 2007
Doctor Who: "The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky"[5] Luke Rattigan BBC One 2 2008
Fresh Meat Rob Channel 4 1 2011
The Work Experience Shussi E4 6 2012
Plebs Grumio ITV2 22 2013-
Up the Women Thomas BBC Four 9 2013-15
Dates Waiter Channel 4 1 2013
Undercover Stepan Dave 5 2015
Glitchy Various Characters ITV2 6 2015-
The Frankenstein Chronicles 'Boz' ITV Encore 4 2015-
Holby City: "Children of Men" Ivor Wayland BBC One 1 2016
"Horrible Histories (2015 TV series)" Various CBBC 15 known 2017 - 2018
Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed! Peter "Pieface" Shepherd CBBC 52 2017-present
The Crown Dudley Moore Netflix 2 2017-present
Brassic Tommo Sky One 2019-present


Title Character Theatre Dates
Richard III Prince Edward Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 19 Mar - 10 Apr 2002
Over Gardens Out Dennis Southwark Playhouse
A Brief History of Helen of Troy Franklin UK Tour 7 - 26 Nov 2005
Monsieur Ibrahim And The Flowers Of The Qur'an Moses Bush Theatre 17 Jan - 11 Feb 2006
The Arbour (rehearsed reading) Various Royal Court Theatre 2006
DNA A Boy Royal National Theatre 7 March - 10 April 2008
The Miracle Royal National Theatre 7 March - 10 April 2008
Dido, Queen of Carthage Ganymede/Sergestus Royal National Theatre 2009
Canary Younger Russell Liverpool Playhouse 24 Apr - 15 May 2010
Sixty Six Books Joshua Bush Theatre 10 - 29 Oct 2011
The Kitchen Sink Billy Bush Theatre 21 Nov - 17 Dec 2011
Floyd Collins William Burke "Skeets" Miller Southwark Playhouse 22 Feb - 31 Mar 2012
From Here to Eternity the Musical Maggio Shaftesbury Theatre 30 September 2013 -[6]


  1. ^ "Horrible Histories Series 7 Cast and Summary".
  2. ^ Spotlight: RYAN SAMPSON
  3. ^ "Plebs' Ryan Sampson publicly comes out as gay after 'homophobic DMs'". Metro. 21 February 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/02/25/plebs-actor-ryan-sampson-comes-out-as-gay-on-social-media/
  5. ^ Doctor Who Magazine, January 2008, ISSN 0957-9818
  6. ^ "Darius Campbell leads cast of From Here to Eternity". London Theatre Direct. London Theatre Direct. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.

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