Rupert Simeon Graves (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. From 2010 to 2017 he starred as DI Lestrade in the BBC television series Sherlock.
Rupert Simeon Graves
30 June 1963
Early life and education
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.
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 appearing in films including A Handful of Dust (1988), The Madness of King George (1994), 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. He was also acclaimed for his portrayal of Young Jolyon Forsyte in the television miniseries The Forsyte Saga (2002).
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, London, and he helped her raise her two daughters, who were 10 and 14 years old when the relationship began. The couple were together for 13 years.
In September 2000, shortly after Graves's relationship with Yvonne ended, he met Australian-born production co-ordinator Suzanne Lewis at the opening-night party for The Caretaker, a play he was appearing in with Michael Gambon. They are married and have five children together.
|1985||A Room with a View||Freddie Honeychurch|
|1988||A Handful of Dust||John Beaver|
|1990||The Plot to Kill Hitler||Axel von dem Busche|
|1990||The Children||Gerald Ormerod|
|1991||Where Angels Fear to Tread||Philip Herriton|
|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|
|1998||The Soldier's Leap||Christian||Short film|
|1998||Sweet Revenge||Oliver Knightly|
|1999||All My Loved Ones||Nicholas Winton||Original title: Vsichni moji blízcí|
|1999||Dreaming of Joseph Lees||Joseph Lees|
|2000||Room to Rent||Mark|
|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||Rupert||based on Anthony Bourdain's novel|
|2016||Sacrifice||Duncan Guthrie||based on Sharon Bolton's novel|
|2018||Swimming with Men||Luke|
|2019||Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans||Governor General Paulinus|
|2021||Smyrna my Beloved||George Horton|
|1978||Return of the Saint||Prefect||Episode: "Yesterday's Hero"|
|1979||The Famous Five||Yan||2 episodes|
|1981||Vice Versa||Tipping||6 episodes|
|1982||All for Love||Episode: "Mona"|
|1983||St. Ursula's in Danger||Teddy|
|1983||Good and Bad at Games||Guthrie|
|1987||Fortunes of War||Simon Boulderstone||3 episodes|
|1991||A Private Affair||Milton|
|1992||Inspector Morse||Billy||Episode: "Happy Families"|
|1993||Screen One||Neil||Episode: "Royal Celebration"|
|1994||Open Fire||David Martin|
|1995||Harry||Dominic Collier||Series 2, Episode 6|
|1996||The Tenant of Wildfell Hall||Arthur Huntingdon||3 episodes|
|1999||The Blonde Bombshell||Dennis Hamilton|
|2000||Take a Girl Like You||Patrick Standish||TV movie|
|2002||The Forsyte Saga||Young Jolyon Forsyte|
|2003||The Forsyte Saga: To Let||Young Jolyon Forsyte||4 episodes|
|2003||Charles II: The Power & the Passion||George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham||4 episodes|
|2005||Spooks||William Sampson||Series 4, Episode 2|
|2005||A Waste of Shame||William Shakespeare|
|2006||Son of the Dragon||The Lord of the North|
|2007||To Be First||Dr. Christiaan Barnard|
|2007||Clapham Junction||Robin Cape|
|2007||The Dinner Party||Roger|
|2008||Ashes to Ashes||Danny Moore||Series 1, Episode 2|
|2008||Waking the Dead||Colonel John Garrett||2 episodes|
|2008||Midnight Man||Daniel Cosgrave||3 episodes|
|2008||God on Trial||Mordechai|
|2008||Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye||Lance Fortescue|
|2009||The Good Times Are Killing Me||Lexy|
|2009–2011||Garrow's Law||Sir Arthur Hill||12 episodes|
|2010||Wallander||Alfred Harderberg||Episode: "The Man Who Smiled"|
|2010||Lewis||Alec Pickman||Episode: "Falling Darkness"|
|2010||Law & Order: UK||John Smith||Episode: "Defence"|
|2010||Single Father||Stuart||3 episodes|
|2010||New Tricks||Adrian Levene||Episode: "Fashion Victim"|
|2010–2017||Sherlock||D.I. Lestrade||13 episodes|
|2011||Case Sensitive||Mark Bretherick||2 episodes|
|2011||Scott & Bailey||Nick Savage||5 episodes|
|2011||Death in Paradise||James Lavender||Series 1 episode 1|
|2012||Putin, Russia & The West||Narrator||4 episodes|
|2012||Terror at Sea: The Sinking of the Concordia||Narrator|
|2012||The Hunt for bin Laden||Narrator|
|2012||Air Force One Is Down||Arkady Dragutin||2 Episodes|
|2012||Doctor Who||Riddell||Series 7, Episode 2: "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"|
|2012||Secret State||Felix Durrell||4 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 Crecy||Episode 2|
|2014||Last Tango in Halifax||Gary||Series 3|
|2015||Valentine's Kiss||Nicholas Whiteley|
|2016||The Nightmare Worlds of H. G. Wells: The Moth||Hapley|
|2016||The Family||John Warren|
|2017||12 Monkeys||Sebastian||Series 3, Episode 8|
|2019||The War of the Worlds||Frederick||2 episodes|
|2020||Riviera||Gabriel Hirsch||8 episodes|
|2023||The Burning Girls||Simon Harper||Main role|
His notable London theatre credits include 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; in 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 (1997–98) at the Old Vic and Queen's Theatre, for which he was nominated for the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.
 and primary archive sources.
- Name: Rupert S Graves Mother's Maiden Surname: Ketley-roberts Date of Registration: Jul–Aug–Sep 1963 Registration district: Weston Inferred County: Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset Volume Number: 7c Page Number: 405
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