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Graves at the Made in Dagenham film premiere in September 2010
Rupert S. Graves

(1963-06-30) 30 June 1963 (age 56)
Years active1978–present
Susie Lewis(m. 2001)

Rupert S. Graves [1] (born 30 June 1963) is an English film, television, and theatre actor. He is known for his roles in A Room with a View , Maurice , The Madness of King George and The Forsyte Saga . Since 2010 he has starred as DI Lestrade in the BBC television series Sherlock .


Early life

Graves was born in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England, [2] to Mary Lousilla ( née Roberts) Graves, a travel coordinator, and Richard Harding Graves, a music teacher and musician. [3]


Graves was educated at Wyvern Community School, [4] a state comprehensive school in his home town of Weston-super-Mare, which he left at the age of 15. 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 more than 25 films and more than 35 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. [5] He was also acclaimed for his portrayal of Young Jolyon Forsyte in the television miniseries The Forsyte Saga (2002). [6]

Personal life

In 1987 in his hometown of Weston-super-Mare, Graves met Yvonne, a stained glass artist (later a trained gardener), in a café. 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. [7]

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.



1985 A Room with a View Freddie Honeychurch
1987 Maurice Alec Scudder
1988 A Handful of Dust John Beaver
1990 The Plot to Kill Hitler Axel von dem Busche
1990The ChildrenGerald Ormerod
1991 Where Angels Fear to Tread Philip Herriton
1992 Damage Martyn Fleming
1992 The Sheltering Desert Hermann Korn
1994 The Madness of King George Robert Fulke Greville
1996 Different for Girls Paul Prentice
1996 The Innocent Sleep Alan Terry
1996 Intimate Relations Harold Guppy Montreal World Film Festival - Best Actor
1997 Bent Officer on train
1997 Mrs Dalloway Septimus Warren Smith
1998The Soldier's LeapChristianShort film
1998 Sweet Revenge Oliver Knightly
1999All My Loved Ones Nicholas Winton Original title: Vsichni moji blízcí
1999 Dreaming of Joseph Lees Joseph Lees
2000Room to RentMark
2002 Extreme Ops Jeffrey
2005 Rag Tale Eddy Taylor
2005 V for Vendetta Dominic
2007 Death at a Funeral Robert
2007 The Waiting Room George
2010 Made in Dagenham Peter Hopkins
2012 Fast Girls David Temple
2015 Bone in the Throat Rupertbased on Anthony Bourdain's novel
2016 Native Cane
2016SacrificeDuncan Guthriebased on Sharon Bolton's novel
2018 Swimming with Men Luke
2019 Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans Governor General Paulinus
2020 Emma. Mr. Weston


1978 Return of the Saint PrefectEpisode: "Yesterday's Hero"
1979 The Famous Five Yan2 episodes
1981Vice VersaTipping6 episodes
1982All for LoveEpisode: "Mona"
1983St. Ursula's in DangerTeddy
1983 Good and Bad at Games Guthrie
1987 Fortunes of War Simon Boulderstone3 episodes
1991 A Private Affair Milton
1992 Inspector Morse BillyEpisode: "Happy Families"
1993Screen OneNeilEpisode: "Royal Celebration"
1994 Doomsday Gun Jones
1994 Open Fire David Martin
1995 Harry Dominic CollierSeries 2, Episode 6
19961914-19183 episodes
1996 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Arthur Huntingdon3 episodes
1999 The Blonde Bombshell Dennis Hamilton
1999 Cleopatra Octavian
2000 Take a Girl Like You Patrick StandishTV movie
2002 The Forsyte Saga Young Jolyon Forsyte
2003 The Forsyte Saga: To Let Young Jolyon Forsyte4 episodes
2003 Charles II: The Power & the Passion George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham 4 episodes
2004 Pride LinusVoice only
2005 Spooks William SampsonSeries 4, Episode 2
2005 A Waste of Shame William Shakespeare
2006 Son of the Dragon The Lord of the North
2007To Be FirstDr. Christiaan Barnard
2007 Clapham Junction Robin Cape
2007The Dinner PartyRoger
2008 Ashes to Ashes Danny MooreSeries 1, Episode 1
2008 Waking the Dead Colonel John Garrett2 episodes
2008 Midnight Man Daniel Cosgrave3 episodes
2008 God on Trial Mordechai
2008 Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye Lance Fortescue
2009The Good Times Are Killing MeLexy
20092011 Garrow's Law Sir Arthur Hill 12 episodes
2010 Wallander Alfred HarderbergEpisode: "The Man Who Smiled"
2010 Lewis Alec PickmanEpisode: "Falling Darkness"
2010 Law & Order: UK John SmithEpisode: "Defence"
2010 Single Father Stuart3 episodes
2010 New Tricks Adrian LeveneEpisode: "Fashion Victim"
2010present Sherlock D.I. Lestrade 13 episodes
2011Case SensitiveMark Bretherick2 episodes
2011 Scott & Bailey Nick Savage5 episodes
2011 Death 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
2012 Air Force One Is Down Arkady Dragutin2 Episodes
2012 Doctor Who [9] RiddellSeries 7, Episode 2: " Dinosaurs on a Spaceship " [10]
2012 Secret State Felix Durrell4 Episodes
2013 The White Queen Lord Stanley 6 episodes
2014 Turks & Caicos Stirling Rogers
2014 Salting the Battlefield Stirling Rogers
2014 The Crimson Field Maj. Edward CrecyEpisode 2
2014 Last Tango in Halifax GarySeries 3
2015Valentine's KissNicholas Whiteley
2016 The Nightmare Worlds of H. G. Wells: The MothHapley
2016 The Family John Warren
2017 12 Monkeys SebastianSeries 3, Episode 8 [11]
2018 Krypton Ter-ElEpisode: "Pilot"

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. Toad The King's Head Theatre, London, director David Gooderson
1983, 1984Sufficient Carbohydrate by Dennis Potter Clayton Vosper Hampstead Theatre and Albery Theatre, London, director Nancy Meckler
1985 Torch Song Trilogy (Part 2: 'Fugue in a Nursery') by Harvey Fierstein Alan Albery Theatre, London, director Robert Allan Ackerman
1986 Amadeus by Peter Shaffer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Theatr Clwyd, director Simon Callow
1987 The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde Algernon Moncrieff Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, director Clare Venables
1986-7 Candida by George Bernard Shaw Marchbanks The King's Head Theatre, London, director Frank Hauser (director)
1988 'Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford (dramatist) Giovanni Royal National Theatre (Olivier), London, director Alan Ayckbourn
1989 The History Of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, adapted by Andrew WickesTom Jones Watford Palace Theatre, director Matthew Francis
1989A Madhouse In Goa by Martin Sherman David, Barnaby Grace Lyric Theatre (Hammersmith) and Apollo Theatre, London, director Robert Allan Ackerman
1991 The Pitchfork Disney by Philip Ridley Presley Stray Bush Theatre, London, director Matthew Lloyd
1992 A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare Lysander Royal National Theatre (Olivier), London, director Robert Lepage
1994Toyer by Gardner McKay Peter MatsonRedgrave Theatre, Farnham, director Wyn Jones
1995 Design for Living by Noël Coward Otto Gielgud Theatre, London, director Sean Mathias
1996 Les Enfants du Paradis by Jacques Prévert, adapted by Simon Callow Baptiste Barbican Centre, London, director Simon Callow
1997, 1998 Hurlyburly by David Rabe Eddie Peter Hall Company at the Old Vic and Queen's Theatre, London, director Wilson Milam
1998 The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill Don Parrit Almeida Theatre, London, director Howard Davies (director)
1999 Closer by Patrick Marber Dan Music Box Theater, Broadway, director Patrick Marber
2000, 2000–01 The Caretaker by Harold Pinter Mick Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, and Comedy Theatre, London, director Patrick Marber
2001Speak Truth To Power : Voices From Beyond The Dark by Ariel Dorfman Third Voice Playhouse Theatre, London, director Gari Jones
2002 The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance Dr. Frederick Treves Royale Theatre, Broadway, director Sean Mathias
2003 A Woman of No Importance by Oscar Wilde Lord Illingworth Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, director Adrian Noble
2004 Dumb Show by Joe Penhall Greg Royal Court Theatre, London, director Terry Johnson (dramatist)
2006 The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen Kerry Riverside Studios, London, director Bob Balaban
2018Pinter Five - The Room/Victoria Station/Family Voices by Harold Pinter Bert Hudd/Driver/Voice Three Harold Pinter Theatre, London, director Patrick Marber

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