Sebastian de Souza
|Sebastian de Souza|
|Born||Sebastian Denis de Souza
19 April 1993
Oxford, England, UK
|Other names||Seb de Souza|
Sebastian de Souza grew up in the village of Boxford, Berkshire, developing a fascination with theatre, music and writing since early childhood. At the age of 11 he decided to dramatize The Willows at Christmas, William Horwood's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, and performed it in the barn with his classmates. In 2006, when he was 13, he starred in the short film Hangman, premiered at the Corn Exchange. It's a story of witchcraft in the mould of Macbeth, that he co-wrote with the Prep School's Film Club. In the same here, he won a music award at St Edward's School as a pianist, clarinetist and singer.
De Souza was educated at boarding Brockhurst Preparatory School in Berkshire and at St Edward's School, Oxford, where he completed A-levels in English, History and Philosophy. During school age he also followed the acting workshops at the Watermill Theatre, near Newbury. Since 2010 he's a member of the National Youth Theatre.
De Souza began his acting career at the North Wall Arts Centre, performing lead roles in school productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream playing Puck, Great Expectations as Pip, C. P. Taylor's Good as Maurice, and Henry V as Henry, which earned him a drama prize in 2010.
In 2009 he appears as a student of Oxford in The Truth About Crime, a documentary series presented by Nick Ross on BBC One. While in sixth form, he gained the role of Matty Levan in the fifth/sixth installment of the E4 series Skins, which screened in 2011/2012 with a third and final generation of young actors.
De Souza is featured as a lead vocalist for Cubiq, in their debut EP Say, which was released on 20 December 2011 by Hidden Label. The tune, related to current Electro Club music, is designed around the tones of his voice and has been remixed by Timmy P in an alternative version that fits the traditional house template.
In 2012, he joined the cast of the Emmy-winning historical drama The Borgias, created by Neil Jordan for the American TV network Showtime and filmed in Budapest. His character, Alfonso d'Aragona, first appeared in The Confession and will return for season three in 2013.
De Souza is the second of two sons of Elinor Kelly and Chris de Souza, an opera producer of partial Portuguese Indian descent. With his family he annually runs drama courses for 9 to 16 years old at a home-based Centre for Music Drama and Art. He has been a patron of the Enact Academy, a Performing Arts School in Tamworth that aims to maximise the individual skills in youth ages 4–18. Through a practical experience provided by orchestras he can sing in the tenor range and play different instruments.
|Film and Television|
|2009||The Truth About Crime||Student (himself)||BBC One Documentary (First episode)|
|2011–2012||Skins||Matty Levan||E4 Series (14 episodes)|
|2012–2013||The Borgias||Alfonso d'Aragona||Showtime Series|
|TBA||Plastic||Gurmet||Gateway Films (post-production)|
|2007||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Puck||North Wall Arts Centre|
|Great Expectations||Pip||North Wall Arts Centre|
|2008||Good||Maurice||North Wall Arts Centre|
|2009||Henry V||Henry||North Wall Arts Centre
Won—David Howorth Drama Prize 2010
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