Sebastian Armesto

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Sebastian Felipe Xavier Fernández-Garcia Armesto (born 3 June 1982) is a British film, television and theatre actor. He is the son of the historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto. He was educated at Eton College.


Television and film[edit]

Armesto played Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in the series The Tudors. He starred in the 2008 ITV drama series The Palace as the King's carefree younger brother Prince George.[1] He then played the character of Edmund Sparkler in the 2008 BBC version of Charles Dickens' novel Little Dorrit. In the 2011 film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Armesto played the Spanish King Ferdinand VI. He played the poet and playwright Ben Jonson in Roland Emmerich's film Anonymous. In 2015 he played Lieutenant Dopheld Mitaka in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[2]

Armesto has also been in two stories of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who ("Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways" [2005] and Comte Louis de Provence in Marie Antoinette.

In March 2019, Armesto joined Cursed, a Netflix original television series based on a re-imaging of the Arthurian legend, in the role of Uther Pendragon.[3] The first season was released on 17 July 2020.


Armesto has acted in theatre productions in Britain, including three shows at the National Theatre and one at the Royal Court. He also writes and directs theatre with company Simple 8. His productions include directing and adapting Les Enfants du Paradis.[4] He co-wrote and directed a play based on William Hogarth's The Four Stages of Cruelty[5] and new versions of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Moby-Dick.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Banks-Smith, Nancy (15 January 2008). "G2: Last night's TV: The Palace is not only tosh – it will never top the antics of the real royal family". The Guardian. p. 31.
  2. ^ "Lieutenant Mitaka".
  3. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (4 March 2019). "'Cursed': Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgard, Lily Newmark & More Join Arthurian Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  4. ^ McGinn, Caroline (26 May 2011). "Theatre – Psycho's progress; Adam Brace and Sebastian Armesto visit the London roots of their Hogarth-inspired drama with Caroline McGinn. Portrait Rob Greig". Time Out.
  5. ^ Mountford, Fiona (31 May 2011). "Wild Times and Rich Promise". London Evening Standard.

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