Rupert Graves

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Rupert Graves
Born(1963-06-30) 30 June 1963 (age 49)
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Years active1978-present
Spouse(s)Susie Lewis (2001-present)
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Rupert Graves
Born(1963-06-30) 30 June 1963 (age 49)
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Years active1978-present
Spouse(s)Susie Lewis (2001-present)

Rupert Graves (born 30 June 1963) is an English film, television and theatre actor. He is known for his early roles in A Room with a View and Maurice as well as for his more recent role as DI Lestrade in the television series Sherlock.


Early life

He was born in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England,[1] to Mary Lousilla (née Roberts) Graves, a travel coordinator, and Richard Harding Graves, a music teacher and musician.[2]


Graves was educated at Wyvern Community School,[3] a state comprehensive school in his home town of Weston-super-Mare, which he left at the age of fifteen. The school has since closed and re-opened as the Hans Price Academy.


Graves's first job after leaving school was as a circus clown. He has appeared in over twenty-five films and over thirty-five television productions; he has also appeared on stage. During his career, he has starred alongside actress Helena Bonham Carter four times in A Room with a View, Maurice, Where Angels Fear to Tread and The Revengers' Comedies.

He first came to prominence in costume-drama adaptations of E. M. Forster's novels A Room with a View (1985) and Maurice (1987), before going on to appear in films including A Handful of Dust (1988), Different for Girls (1996) and Intimate Relations (1996).

His role in Intimate Relations won him the Best Actor award at the 1996 Montreal World Film Festival.[4] He was also acclaimed for his portrayal of Jolyon Forsyte Jr. in the television miniseries The Forsyte Saga (2002).[5]


1978Return of the SaintPrefectEpisode: "Yesterday's Hero"
1979The Famous FiveYan2 episodes
1981Vice VersaTipping6 episodes
1982All for LoveEpisode: "Mona"
1983St. Ursula's in DangerTeddy
Good and Bad at GamesGuthrie
1985A Room with a ViewFreddie Honeychurch
1987MauriceAlec Scudder
Fortunes of WarSimon Boulderstone3 episodes
1988A Handful of DustJohn Beaver
1990The Plot to Kill HitlerAxel von dem Busche
The ChildrenGerald Ormerod
1991A Private AffairMilton
Where Angels Fear to TreadPhilip Herriton
1992The Sheltering DesertHermann Korn
Inspector MorseBillyEpisode: "Happy Families"
DamageMartyn Fleming
1993Screen OneNeilEpisode: "Royal Celebration"
1994Doomsday GunJones
Open FireDavid Martin
The Madness of King GeorgeGreville
1995HarryDominic CollierSeries 2, Episode 6
19961914-19183 episodes
The Innocent SleepAlan Terry
Intimate RelationsHarold GuppyMontreal World Film Festival - Best Actor
Different for GirlsPaul Prentice
The Tenant of Wildfell HallArthur Huntingdon3 episodes
1997BentOfficer on train
Mrs DallowaySeptimus Warren Smith
1998The Soldier's LeapChristianShort film
The Revengers' ComediesOliver Knightly
1999The Blonde BombshellDennis Hamilton
Vsichni moji blízcíNicholas Winton
Dreaming of Joseph LeesJoseph Lees
2000Room to RentMark
Take a Girl Like YouPatrick StandishTV movie
2002The Forsyte SagaJolyon Forsyte Jr.
Extreme OpsJeffrey
2003The Forsyte Saga: To LetJolyon Forsyte Jr.4 episodes
Charles II: The Power & the PassionGeorge Villiers, Duke of Buckingham
2004PrideLinusVoice only
2005Rag TaleEddy Taylor
SpooksWilliam SampsonSeries 4, Episode 2
A Waste of ShameWilliam Shakespeare
2006Son of the DragonThe Lord of the North
V for VendettaDominic
2007To Be FirstDr. Christiaan Barnard
Death at a FuneralRobert
Clapham JunctionRobin Cape
The Waiting RoomGeorge
The Dinner PartyRoger
2008Ashes to AshesDanny MooreSeries 1, Episode 2
Waking the DeadColonel John Garrett2 episodes
Midnight ManDaniel Cosgrave3 episodes
God on TrialMordechai
Marple: A Pocket Full of RyeLance Fortescue
2009The Good Times Are Killing MeLexy
Garrow's LawSir Arthur Hill11 episodes
2010WallanderAlfred HarderbergEpisode: "The Man Who Smiled"
LewisAlec PickmanEpisode: "Falling Darkness"
Made in DagenhamPeter Hopkins
Law & Order: UKJohn SmithEpisode: "Defence"
Single FatherStuart3 episodes
New TricksAdrian LeveneEpisode: "Fashion Victim"
2010-SherlockD.I. Lestrade5 episodes
2011Case SensitiveMark Bretherick2 episodes
Scott & BaileyNick Savage5 episodes
2012Putin, Russia & The WestNarrator4 episodes
Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the Concordia
The Hunt for bin Laden
Fast GirlsDavid Temple
Doctor Who[6]RiddellSeries 7, Episode 2: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"[7]
Secret StateFelix Durrell4 Episodes

Theatre work

In addition to his screen work, Graves has also won acclaim for his stage acting, including roles on the American stage in Broadway-theatre productions in New York City, New York, of the plays Closer (2000) and The Elephant Man (2002).

Graves also appeared as Presley Stray in the play The Pitchfork Disney (1991) at the Bush Theatre in London, England and also "A Madhouse in Goa" opposite Vanessa Redgrave.


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