Rupert Graves

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Rupert Graves
Rupert Graves 2010 cropped.jpg
Graves at the Made in Dagenham film premiere in September 2010
Born(1963-06-30) 30 June 1963 (age 51)
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
Years active1978-present
Spouse(s)Susie Lewis (2001–present)
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Rupert Graves
Rupert Graves 2010 cropped.jpg
Graves at the Made in Dagenham film premiere in September 2010
Born(1963-06-30) 30 June 1963 (age 51)
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
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, Maurice, and The Madness of King George, as well as for his more recent role as DI Lestrade in the television series Sherlock.

Early life

Graves 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.

Graves 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), the Oscar nominated The Madness of King George (1994), Different for Girls (1996), and Intimate Relations (1996).

Graves's 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 Young Jolyon Forsyte in the television miniseries The Forsyte Saga (2002).[5]

Personal life

In 1987 in his hometown of Weston-super-Mare, Graves met Yvonne, a stained glass artist (later a trained gardener), in a cafe. They lived together in Stoke Newington, and he helped her raise her two daughters, who were 10 and 14 years old when the relationship began. Graves and Yvonne were together for 13 years.[6]

In September 2000, shortly after Graves's relationship with Yvonne ended, he met Australian-born production coordinator Suzanne Lewis at the opening-night party for The Caretaker, a play he was appearing in at the time with Michael Gambon. They married, and have five children together: Joseph, Ella, Noah, Isaac, and Zoe.[7]



1985A Room with a ViewFreddie Honeychurch
1987MauriceAlec Scudder
1988A Handful of DustJohn Beaver
1990The Plot to Kill HitlerAxel von dem Busche
1990The ChildrenGerald Ormerod
1991Where Angels Fear to TreadPhilip Herriton
1992DamageMartyn Fleming
1992The Sheltering DesertHermann Korn
1994The Madness of King GeorgeRobert Fulke Greville
1996Different for GirlsPaul Prentice
1996The Innocent SleepAlan Terry
1996Intimate RelationsHarold GuppyMontreal World Film Festival - Best Actor
1997BentOfficer on train
1997Mrs DallowaySeptimus Warren Smith
1998The Soldier's LeapChristianShort film
1998The Revengers' ComediesOliver Knightly
1999All My Loved OnesNicholas WintonOriginal title: Vsichni moji blízcí
1999Dreaming of Joseph LeesJoseph Lees
2000Room to RentMark
2002Extreme OpsJeffrey
2005Rag TaleEddy Taylor
2006V for VendettaDominic
2007Death at a FuneralRobert
2007The Waiting RoomGeorge
2010Made in DagenhamPeter Hopkins
2012Fast GirlsDavid Temple


1978Return of the SaintPrefectEpisode: "Yesterday's Hero"
1979The Famous FiveYan2 episodes
1981Vice VersaTipping6 episodes
1982All for LoveEpisode: "Mona"
1983St. Ursula's in DangerTeddy
1983Good and Bad at GamesGuthrie
1987Fortunes of WarSimon Boulderstone3 episodes
1991A Private AffairMilton
1992Inspector MorseBillyEpisode: "Happy Families"
1993Screen OneNeilEpisode: "Royal Celebration"
1994Doomsday GunJones
1994Open FireDavid Martin
1995HarryDominic CollierSeries 2, Episode 6
19961914-19183 episodes
1996The Tenant of Wildfell HallArthur Huntingdon3 episodes
1999The Blonde BombshellDennis Hamilton
2000Take a Girl Like YouPatrick StandishTV movie
2002The Forsyte SagaYoung Jolyon Forsyte
2003The Forsyte Saga: To LetYoung Jolyon Forsyte4 episodes
2003Charles II: The Power & the PassionGeorge Villiers, Duke of Buckingham4 episodes
2004PrideLinusVoice only
2005SpooksWilliam SampsonSeries 4, Episode 2
2005A Waste of ShameWilliam Shakespeare
2006Son of the DragonThe Lord of the North
2007To Be FirstDr. Christiaan Barnard
2007Clapham JunctionRobin Cape
2007The Dinner PartyRoger
2008Ashes to AshesDanny MooreSeries 1, Episode 2
2008Waking the DeadColonel John Garrett2 episodes
2008Midnight ManDaniel Cosgrave3 episodes
2008God on TrialMordechai
2008Marple: A Pocket Full of RyeLance Fortescue
2009The Good Times Are Killing MeLexy
2009–2011Garrow's LawSir Arthur Hill12 episodes
2010WallanderAlfred HarderbergEpisode: "The Man Who Smiled"
2010LewisAlec PickmanEpisode: "Falling Darkness"
2010Law & Order: UKJohn SmithEpisode: "Defence"
2010Single FatherStuart3 episodes
2010New TricksAdrian LeveneEpisode: "Fashion Victim"
2010–presentSherlockD.I. Lestrade8 episodes
2011Case SensitiveMark Bretherick2 episodes
2011Scott & BaileyNick Savage5 episodes
2011Death in Paradise[8]James LavenderSeries 1 episode 1
2012Putin, Russia & The WestNarrator4 episodes
2012Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the ConcordiaNarrator
2012The Hunt for bin LadenNarrator
2012Doctor Who[9]RiddellSeries 7, Episode 2: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"[10]
2012Secret StateFelix Durrell4 Episodes
2013The White QueenLord Stanley6 episodes
2014Turks & CaicosStirling Rogers
2014Salting the BattlefieldStirling Rogers
2014The Crimson FieldMaj. Edward CrecyEpisode 2
2014Last Tango in HalifaxGarySeries 3

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's notable London theatre credits includes his performance as Presley Stray in the original production of Philip Ridley's The Pitchfork Disney (1991) at the Bush Theatre, west London, which won him Best Actor at the 1991 Charrington London Fringe Awards; Martin Sherman's A Madhouse in Goa (1989) opposite Vanessa Redgrave; and as Eddie in the Peter Hall Company's production of David Rabe's Hurlyburly (1997-8) at the Old Vic and Queen's Theatre, for which he was nominated for the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.

1983The Killing Of Mr. Toad by David GoodersonAlistair Graham, Mr. ToadThe King's Head Theatre, London, director David Gooderson
1983, 1984Sufficient Carbohydrate by Dennis PotterClayton VosperHampstead Theatre and Albery Theatre, London, director Nancy Meckler
1985Torch Song Trilogy (Part 2: 'Fugue in a Nursery') by Harvey FiersteinAlanAlbery Theatre, London, director Robert Allan Ackerman
1986Amadeus by Peter ShafferWolfgang Amadeus MozartTheatr Clwyd, director Simon Callow
1987The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar WildeAlgernon MoncrieffCrucible Theatre, Sheffield, director Clare Venables
1986-7Candida by George Bernard ShawMarchbanksThe King's Head Theatre, London, director Frank Hauser (director)
1988'Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford (dramatist)GiovanniRoyal National Theatre (Olivier), London, director Alan Ayckbourn
1989The History Of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, adapted by Andrew WickesTom JonesWatford Palace Theatre, director Matthew Francis
1989A Madhouse In Goa by Martin ShermanDavid, Barnaby GraceLyric Theatre (Hammersmith) and Apollo Theatre, London, director Robert Allan Ackerman
1991The Pitchfork Disney by Philip RidleyPresley StrayBush Theatre, London, director Matthew Lloyd
1992A Midsummer Night's Dream by William ShakespeareLysanderRoyal National Theatre (Olivier), London, director Robert Lepage
1994Toyer by Gardner McKayPeter MatsonRedgrave Theatre, Farnham, director Wyn Jones
1995Design for Living by Noël CowardOttoGielgud Theatre, London, director Sean Mathias
1996Les Enfants du Paradis by Jacques Prévert, adapted by Simon CallowBaptisteBarbican Centre, London, director Simon Callow
1997, 1998Hurlyburly by David RabeEddiePeter Hall Company at the Old Vic and Queen's Theatre, London, director Wilson Milam
1998The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'NeillDon ParritAlmeida Theatre, London, director Howard Davies (director)
1999Closer by Patrick MarberDanMusic Box Theater, Broadway, director Patrick Marber
2000, 2000–01The Caretaker by Harold PinterMickYvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, and Comedy Theatre, London, director Patrick Marber
2001Speak Truth To Power : Voices From Beyond The Dark by Ariel DorfmanThird VoicePlayhouse Theatre, London, director Gari Jones
2002The Elephant Man by Bernard PomeranceDr. Frederick TrevesRoyale Theatre, Broadway, director Sean Mathias
2003A Woman of No Importance by Oscar WildeLord IllingworthTheatre Royal Haymarket, London, director Adrian Noble
2004Dumb Show by Joe PenhallGregRoyal Court Theatre, London, director Terry Johnson (dramatist)
2006The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik JensenKerryRiverside Studios, London, director Bob Balaban

[11] and primary archive sources.


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  6. ^ Billen, Andrew (27 March 2002). "The secret life of Rupert Graves". The London Evening Standard. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Hardy, Rebecca (11 November 2011). "Why I said no to fame: After starring in A Room With A View Rupert Graves was tipped for Hollywood greatness – but he was having none of it". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Death in Paradise, Series 1, Episode 1". BBC One. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Foster, Chuck (22 February 2012). "Series 7: First publicity photo released". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
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