10 December 1983 |
Hamilton, Victoria, Australia
Xavier Samuel (born 10 December 1983) is an Australian actor. He has appeared in leading roles in the feature films September, Further We Search, Newcastle, The Loved Ones and A Few Best Men, and played Riley Biers in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
Early life and education
Samuel was born in Hamilton, Victoria, the son of Maree and Clifford Samuel. He grew up in Adelaide, South Australia and graduated from Rostrevor College in 2001. He has a younger brother, Benedict, a writer, producer and actor,  as well as an older sister, Bridget, a stage manager.
Despite completing his senior secondary years at Rostrevor College, Samuel undertook final year drama at Christian Brothers College under the tutelage of Amanda Portus, where he played the part of Tom Snout (the wall) in Rostrevor College's production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as well as playing "Belvile" in CBC's production of Aphra Behn's The Rover (The Banished Cavaliers).
Xavier Samuel later attended Flinders University Drama Centre in 2005, where he studied under renowned acting teacher Professor Julie Holledge. He played Hamlet in the graduate production.
Acting debut and international breakthrough
He made his debut on an Australian TV show named McLeod's Daughters in 2003. He starred in the Australian horror movie Road Train as Marcus, and also acted in the Australian movie Drowning with Elephant Princess star Miles Szanto, directed by Craig Boreham. In 2009, he was cast as Brent in the Australian horror/thriller movie The Loved Ones in the lead role opposite Robin McLeavy. Although it received several award nominations, the film was a financial failure.
In early 2010, Samuel was cast as Riley Biers in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The film gave Samuel his first blockbuster film worldwide. Samuel received his first award nomination and win at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. In an interview with GQ Australia  in November 2010, Samuel described the process of his shock Twilight casting. "I sent off the audition tape from Sydney, which landed in a big pile on someone's desk. So then to actually hear something back was kind of unusual. I guess I was a bit of a gamble, but it's bizarre and wonderful."
Samuel appeared in the 2011 film Anonymous. He plays a lead role in A Few Best Men (2011/2012). He was cast in 3D feature Bait, released in September 2012 and short film Sanctuary, which was also released in 2012. In 2013 he played Ian in Adore/Two Mothers alongside Robin Wright and Naomi Watts.
|2006||Two Weeks with the Queen||Colin||Windmill Performing Arts|
|Osama the Hero||Unknown||The Old Fitzroy Theatre|
|2007||Mercury Fur||Unknown||Griffin Theatre|
|2003||McLeod's Daughters||Jason||TV show|
|Angela's Decision||Will Turner||Feature film|
|2007||September||Ed Anderson||Feature film|
|Dream Life||Boyd||TV film|
|The Loved Ones||Brent||Feature film|
|Further We Search||Age||Feature film|
|2010||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Riley Biers||Feature film
Won – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Robert Pattinson and Bryce Dallas Howard)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Male Breakout
Nominated – Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards for Favorite Movie Star
Nominated – Scream Awards for Best Breakthrough Performance Male
|Road Train (a.k.a. Road Kill)||Marcus||Feature film|
|2011||Anonymous||Henry Wriothesley||Feature film|
|A Few Best Men||David||Feature film|
|2012||Bait 3D||Josh||Feature film|
|Drift||Jimmy Kelly||Feature film|
|Fury||Lt. Parker||Feature film|
|2015||Della Mortika||Lt Pasha Dimitrikov||(Short) Post-production|
|2015||Love and Friendship||Reginald||Post-production|
Awards and Nominations
|2010||Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite movie actor||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Nominated|
|2010||Scream Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance Male||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Nominated|
|2011||MTV Movie Awards||"Best Fight"||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (with Robert Pattinson and Bryce Dallas Howard)||Won|
|"Best Breakout Star"||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Breakout: Male||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Nominated|
- Schembri, Jim (29 November 2007). "September (Film reviews)". The Age. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
- Maddox, Gary (27 November 2006). "Tender tale takes shape in the dust". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
- Edwards, Russell (14 September 2007). "September (Australia)". Variety. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- Further We Search, subcultureentertainment.com; accessed 15 June 2015.
- Dunn, Emily; Josephine Tovey (14 April 2008). "Baby face surfs into Big Apple". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
- "Xavier Samuel". xaviernews.com. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- Profile, au.lifestyle.yahoo.com; accessed 15 June 2015.
- "Benedict hammers home talent in Summer Bay". Herald Sun (Australia: The Herald and Weekly Times). 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
- Twilight Convention Dallas, TX | Creation Entertainment
- , GQ Australia – Twilight's Xavier Samuel.
- Bowden, Kate (23 December 2011). "Xavier Samuel is a Tony Modra fan", Adelaide Now. Retrieved 22 March 2013.