Xavier Samuel

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Xavier Samuel
Samuel in 2012
Born (1983-12-10) 10 December 1983 (age 40)
Years active2003–present
RelativesBenedict Samuel (brother)

Xavier Samuel (born 10 December 1983) is an Australian film and theatre actor. He has appeared in leading roles in the feature films Adore, September,[1] Further We Search,[2] Newcastle,[3] The Loved Ones,[4] Frankenstein, A Few Best Men, and played Riley Biers in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Billy in Spin Out. He also starred as Cass Chaplin in Blonde.

Early life and education[edit]

Samuel was born in Hamilton, Victoria, the son of Maree and Clifford Samuel.[5] He grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, and graduated from Rostrevor College in 2001 where he boarded.[6][7] When Samuel was 13, his family spent a year in Darwin due to his parents' teaching jobs.[8]

He has a younger brother, Benedict, a writer, producer and actor,[9] as well as an older sister, Bridget, a stage manager.[7]

Despite completing his senior secondary years at Rostrevor College, Samuel undertook final year drama at Christian Brothers College, 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).[6]

Samuel later attended Flinders University Drama Centre and graduated in 2006.[10]


Samuel made his debut on the Australian TV show 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.[11]

Alongside Mia Wasikowska, Samuel was in 2007 the Australian film September, set in 1968 where two young boys who share a passion for boxing are friends.[12]

In 2008, Samuel starred in the Australian surfing movie Newcastle, opposite Reshad Strik.

In 2009, Samuel was cast as Brent in the Australian horror/thriller movie The Loved Ones in the lead role opposite Robin McLeavy.

In early 2010, Samuel was cast as Riley Biers in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The film was Samuel's first high-profile film. Samuel was nominated for, and won, his first film award at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. In an interview with GQ Australia [1] in November 2010, Samuel described the process of his 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."[13]

Samuel appeared in the 2011 film Anonymous.

In 2012 Samuel played a lead role in A Few Best Men with other notable stars, Rebel Wilson and Olivia Newton-John. The film is about a wedding.[14]

Eventually forming a relationship with co-star Phoebe Tonkin, Samuel was cast in 3D feature Bait, released in September 2012.[15][16]

In 2013 he played Ian in Adore beside Robin Wright and Naomi Watts, which is based on Doris Lessing's book and directed by Anne Fontaine.[17] The film is about two middle-aged mothers who become the lovers of each other's sons.[7] Anne Fontaine coached Samuel through rehearsals of the love scenes in a hotel room using a paid actress who stood in for Wright.[7] The film was shot in Seal Rocks in New South Wales and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival under its original name of Two Mothers.[7][18]

Alongside Hugo Weaving and an owl, Samuel was cast in the movie Healing in 2014. The film is about a prison program where the inmates rehabilitate birds. When speaking about Doris the owl, Samuel stated that he grew rather fond of her as she was easy to play with and was a real diva.[7]

Samuel at the Twilight: Eclipse premier in London in 2010

In 2014, Samuel was cast alongside Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in the $80 million blockbuster Fury, about a group of Americans in Nazi Germany at the end of World War II.[7]

In 2016, Samuel played the titular character in The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, with Rachel Ward and her daughter, Matilda Brown.[19]

In the same year, Samuel performed alongside Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Stephen Fry, and James Fleet in the critically-acclaimed film Love and Friendship, adapted from Jane Austen novel Lady Susan.[8]

Starring alongside Hugo Weaving yet again, Samuel played the role of Simon Heywood in the Australian TV series, Seven Types of Ambiguity in 2017. The series was based on Seven Types of Ambiguity, a 2003 novel by Australian writer Elliot Perlman.[20]

Samuel played Kit Parker in the Amazon thriller series Tell Me Your Secrets in 2021.[21]

In 2022, he starred in the Marilyn Monroe bio-pic Blonde, written and directed by Andrew Dominik and adapted from the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates. It stars Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe and premiered on Netflix in September 2022.

Personal life[edit]

As a child, Samuel wanted to be an Australian rules football star like his hero Tony Modra, and is a supporter of the Adelaide Football Club.[7]

Samuel regularly moves between America and Australia to take on roles.[6]

From 2010 to 2011 Samuel dated German model Shermine Shahrivar. In 2012, Samuel dated his Bait 3D co-star, Phoebe Tonkin.[16] From 2012 to 2015, Samuel dated his Plush co-star Emily Browning.[22][23] Model Jessica Gomes was in a relationship for two years with Samuel that started in 2016.[24]

Acting work[edit]


Year Play Role Notes
2006 Two Weeks with the Queen Colin Windmill Performing Arts
Osama the Hero Unknown The Old Fitzroy Theatre
2007 Mercury Fur Unknown Griffin Theatre
2014 The Seagull Konstantin South Australian State Theatre


Year Film Title Role Notes
2006 2:37 Theo
Angela's Decision Will Turner
2007 September Ed Anderson
2008 Newcastle Fergus
2009 Drowning Dan Short film
The Loved Ones Brent
Further We Search Age
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Riley Biers 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
2011 Anonymous Henry Wriothesley
A Few Best Men David
2012 Bait 3D Josh
2013 Adore Ian
Drift Jimmy Kelly
Plush Enzo
2014 Healing Paul
Fury Lt. Parker
2015 Frankenstein Monster/Adam
2016 Love & Friendship Reginald DeCourcy
Mr. Church Owen
Spin Out Billy
The Death and Life of Otto Bloom Otto Bloom
2017 Bad Blood Vincent
A Few Less Men David
Seven Types of Ambiguity Simon Heywood TV series
2018 Riot Jim Walker
Della Mortika Lt Pasha Dimitrikov Short film
2021 Tell Me Your Secrets Kit Parker Main role, Amazon Original Series[25]
2022 Elvis Scotty Moore
Blonde Charles Chaplin Jr.
2023 The Clearing Colin Garrison TV series

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Favorite movie actor The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Nominated
2010 Scream Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Male Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout: Male Nominated
2011 MTV Movie Awards "Best Breakout Star" Nominated
"Best Fight" The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (with Robert Pattinson and Bryce Dallas Howard) Won
2015 Louisiana International Film Festival Best Actor Frankenstein Won
2018 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama Riot Nominated
Equity Ensemble Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Mini-series or Telemovie Seven Types of Ambiguity Won
2019 Riot Won
2023 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actor Blonde Nominated


  1. ^ Schembri, Jim (29 November 2007). "September (Film reviews)". The Age. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  2. ^ Further We Search Archived 23 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine, subcultureentertainment.com; accessed 15 June 2015.
  3. ^ Dunn, Emily; Josephine Tovey (14 April 2008). "Baby face surfs into Big Apple". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Xavier Samuel". xaviernews.com. Archived from the original on 18 December 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  5. ^ Profile Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine, au.lifestyle.yahoo.com; accessed 15 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b c James, HANNAH (20 August 2016). "Interview: Spin Out with Xavier Samuel". dailytelegraph. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Debelle, Penelope (14 February 2014). "Acting is in Xavier Samuel's blood". adelaidenow. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  8. ^ a b "DATE WITH KATE: XAVIER SAMUEL". Kate Waterhouse. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Benedict hammers home talent in Summer Bay". Herald Sun. Australia: The Herald and Weekly Times. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  10. ^ admin (9 May 2014). "Twilight star shares thoughts". e.NCOUNTER - Alumni News. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  11. ^ Twilight Convention in Dallas, Texas, twilightconvention.com; accessed 29 May 2017.
  12. ^ Spirits, Jens Korff, Creative (21 December 2018). "September (Film)". Creative Spirits. Retrieved 9 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Twilight's Xavier Samuel, gq.com.au; accessed 29 May 2017.
  14. ^ Ryan, Tom (28 January 2012). "A Few Best Men". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Bait (2012) starring Richard Brancatisano, Xavier Samuel, Chris Betts, Sharni Vinson directed by Kimble Rendall Movie Review". www.themoviescene.co.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  16. ^ a b "Dancing With The Stars's Jessica Gomes once dated this Twilight star". Who. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  17. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Xavier Samuel Discusses "Adore"". LiveAbout. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  18. ^ "The Most Scandalous Movie Of The Year?". HuffPost. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  19. ^ Wilson, Jake (15 March 2017). "The Death and Life of Otto Bloom review: Tale of charismatic time traveller just a tiresome fantasy". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  20. ^ "Seven Types of Ambiguity review – Hugo Weaving conjures dark magic amid a powerful cast". the Guardian. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  21. ^ "Tell Me Your Secrets' Haunting First Look Will Make You Eager For Answers". E! Online. 27 January 2021. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  22. ^ Osenlund, R. Kurt (10 October 2013). "Catherine Hardwicke On Her Kinky, Twisted Thriller 'Plush' and Why She Considers 'Twilight' an Indie". IndieWire. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  23. ^ Khera, Japleen (10 January 2021). "Is Emily Browning Dating or Married? Who is Emily Browning's Boyfriend?". The Cinemaholic. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  24. ^ "Jessica Gomes reveals she broke up with long-term partner". Who. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  25. ^ "'Tell Me Your Secrets': Xavier Samuel Cast As Series Regular in TNT Thriller Drama". deadline.com. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2019.

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