Sebastian Armesto

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Sebastian Armesto
Born (1982-06-03) 3 June 1982 (age 36)
Years active 2004–present

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 plays the poet and playwright Ben Jonson in Roland Emmerich’s feature film Anonymous.

Armesto has also been in two stories of the British sic-fi series Doctor Who ("Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways" [2005] and "Human Nature/Family of Blood" [2007]). He has also played Simon in "Nanny McPhee", and played a cameo role as a First Order officer in "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" [2015].


Armesto has acted in high-profile 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 to great acclaim.[2] Most recently, he co-wrote and directed a play based on William Hogarth's The Four Stages of Cruelty[3] and new versions of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Moby-Dick.



  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. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Mountford, Fiona (31 May 2011). "Wild Times and Rich Promise". The Evening Standard.

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