Sam Crane (actor)

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Sam Crane (born 1979) is an English actor. He attended Oxford University and LAMDA, where he won the Nicholas Hytner Award for the best actor of his year.[1] He played Farinelli in Claire van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King opposite Mark Rylance at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse[2] and reprised his role when the production transferred first to the Duke of York's Theatre[3] and then to the Belasco Theatre on Broadway.[4] He is also known for playing Winston Smith in Headlong's production of 1984 in the West End[5], Fred Walters in the BBC's six-part drama series Desperate Romantics[6] and Frederick Abberline in Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Syndicate.[7]. In 2017 he played Patrick Plunket in an episode of the Netflix series The Crown.[8]

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Crane is the son of playwright Richard Crane and theatre director Faynia Williams. He studied at Oxford University, and LAMDA. He is married to filmmaker Pinny Grylls and they have a young son and daughter.[9]


  1. ^ "Actor stakes his claim on the national stage". The Oxford Times. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ Shakespeare's Globe press release
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  5. ^ Digital Spy review of 1984
  6. ^ Interview in "Yorkshire Evening Post"
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  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ Interview in the Evening Times, 21 July 2009

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