Samuel Anderson (actor)

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Samuel Anderson
Born (1982-04-27) 27 April 1982 (age 37)

Samuel Anderson (born 27 April 1982) is a British actor. He played Crowther in The History Boys, Danny Pink in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who and Daniel in the Sky1 sitcom Trollied.

Early life[edit]

Anderson was born in Handsworth, Birmingham, to an Irish mother and Jamaican father. From early life, Anderson made it clear that he wished to pursue acting as a career. He attended Stuart Bathurst, a Catholic secondary school.[1]


Anderson attended the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London before going on to originate the role of Crowther in the 2004 National Theatre production of Alan Bennett's play The History Boys. He subsequently performed the same role in the Broadway, Sydney, Wellington, and Hong Kong productions, and radio and film versions.[2][3]

On television, Anderson has appeared in Hex for Sky One in 2004, and Totally Frank for Channel 4 in 2006-2007. In 2007, he appeared in the BBC Three comedy series Gavin & Stacey as recurring character Fingers. He made another appearance in the show in 2009. He has also appeared in the BBC Four comedy film Stuck, and made various guest appearances in Doctors and Casualty on BBC One.[4]

Samuel Anderson in Bournemouth from 2015.
Samuel Anderson (Right) meets a young fan (Left) at Bournemouth Comic-Con in 2015.

From October 2007, Anderson starred in the ITV1 soap opera Emmerdale as Ross Kirk. His casting in the role was announced in September 2007, with Anderson stating that it was "great" to be joining "such a successful show".[5] Emmerdale series producer Kathleen Beedles stated that Anderson was "a fantastic addition to the cast".[5] Anderson remained a series regular in Emmerdale until January 2009, with major storylines including his character having an affair with Donna Windsor-Dingle and his wrongful imprisonment for the murder of Shane Doyle.[6]

Anderson played Mr. Romantic in a Carte Noire coffee advertising campaign in 2011. He also featured in an advertising campaign for Ginsters in 2012. In February 2014, he had a small role in an episode of BBC drama series Death In Paradise. Also in February 2014, it was announced that Anderson had been cast as recurring character Danny Pink, a teacher at Coal Hill School, in the eighth series of Doctor Who,[7] and he appeared in 11 episodes. Between 2014 and 2017, Anderson appeared in Sky1 sitcom Trollied, playing the role of Daniel. In February 2016, he appeared in the BBC One drama series Moving On. Currently, starting in the comedy Loaded on Channel 4.


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The History Boys Crowther
2007–2009 Emmerdale Ross Kirk Series Regular
2007–2009 Gavin & Stacey Fingers recurring character
2009, 2012 Casualty Kris Kingsley recurring character
2012 Bedlam Taylor 1 episode ('Dare')
2013 Midsomer Murders Perry Stevens 1 episode ('Death and the Divas')
2014 Death in Paradise Swimming Model 1 episode (Season 3, episode 6 'The Early Bird')
2014 Doctor Who Danny Pink 11 episodes
2014–2017 Trollied Daniel Wilson Series regular, 24 episodes
2015 Pleasure Island Nate Supporting character
2015 The Lady in the Van Jehovah's Witness
2016–2018 Witless Patrick Main role
2016 DCI Banks DC Vince Grady 6 episodes
2017 Loaded Leon 6 episodes
2019 Father Brown Alan Tylett 1 episode ('The Sacrifice of Tantalus')
2019 Another Life William 10 episodes


  1. ^ "Culture: History repeating itself; Birmingham-born actor Samuel Anderson talks to Terry Grimley about the life-changing experience of appearing in the stage and screen versions of Alan Bennett's The History Boys".
  2. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: Samuel Anderson Credits on Broadway". Retrieved 7 January 2007.
  3. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". Retrieved 17 October 2006.
  4. ^ "Samuel Anderson". IMDb.
  5. ^ a b "Emmerdale welcomes new policeman". Metro. 26 September 2007.
  6. ^ Debnath, Neela (2 September 2015). "Doctor Who and Emmerdale star Samuel Anderson says he WOULD return to soap as Ross Kirk". Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  7. ^ "New recurring character for Doctor Who Series 8". Doctor Who TV. BBC. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.

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