Jun. 30th, 1963
Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
Rupert Graves' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Death at a Funeral
2006 - V for Vendetta
2002 - Extreme Ops
1997 - Bent
1994 - The Madness of King George
1992 - Damage
1988 - A Handful of Dust
1986 - A Room with a View
Guest TV Roles
Colonel John Garrett
Born in a seaside resort town, Britain's Rupert Graves was born a rebel, resisting authority and breaking rules at an early age. In his teens he became a punk rocker and even found work as a circus clown and in traveling comedy troupes. In 1983 he made his professional stage debut in "The Killing of Mr. Toad" and went on to co-star with Harvey Fierstein in the London production of "Torch Song Trilogy." It didn't take long for somebody to take note of Rupert's boyish good looks and offbeat versatility. By the mid-80s he was a presence in quality films and TV, primarily period pieces such as his Freddy Honeychurch in A Room with a View (1985) and the gay drama Maurice (1987).
Rupert moved to the front of the class quickly. His decisions to select classy, obscure arthouse films as opposed to box-office mainstream may have put a dimmer on his star, but earned him a distinct reputation as a daring, controversial artist in the same vein as Johnny Depp. In A Handful of Dust (1988) he essayed the role of a penniless status seeker who beds down a married socialite; in Different for Girls (1996) he was the lover of a male transsexual; in The Innocent Sleep (1996) he played a derelict drunk; and in the award-winning Intimate Relations (1996) he portrayed an aimless boarder who has a relationship with both the mother/landlady and her daughter.
Equally adept at costume and contemporary drama, Rupert more recently earned rave reviews on Broadway with "Closer" in 2000 and "The Elephant Man" in 2002. Rupert is currently married to production coordinator Susie Lewis.
- He has a son with wife Susie Lewis named Joseph, born 2003.
- Left school at the age of 15--he ran away from his hometown of Weston-Super-Mare to join the circus as a clown.
- Son of Richard Harding Graves and Mary Lousilla.
- Worked odd jobs including a shoe factory and a fish-and-chips shop prior to 1986.
- He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor of 1997 season for his performance in HurlyBurly at the Queen's Theatre.
- Best Actor Award, 1996 Montreal Film Festival - "Intimate Relations"